Madmind Studios has been desperately trying to get the unrated version of Agony up and out to the general public. Well, now they recently announced that the unrated version of Agony has been cancelled due to legal and technical reasons, and that the studio is undergoing financial problems.
In a post published on the Kickstarter page, Madmind explained…
“We regret to inform you that our company is currently struggling with financial problems. Due to technical and legal reasons, Madmind must cancel the development of Agony Unrated. Part of the team will continue to support Agony on Steam and consoles by publishing new patches.”
They note that the bugs present in the Xbox One and Xbox One X versions of the game will be addressed, and that they have passed on the patch to the publisher, who in turn will pass on the patch to Microsoft for certification, which will then roll out across the Xbox servers for Xbox One owners over the course of the next few days.
Under their original publisher, Playway, they claimed that they legally couldn’t release the unrated version for PC and home consoles shortly before the game’s release. Obviously, AO rated content isn’t allowed on the PS4 and Xbox One, so that was going to be a no-go from the start. Some gamers hoped that Madmind would eventually release the unrated and uncensored version on Steam, but they couldn’t do it under the current publishing agreement they had with Playway.
Eventually, Madmind decided to publish Agony Unrated on their own terms, and announced that it would take them around three months to finish the patch. They also were investigating a release for the uncensored version of the game on GOG.com.
Madmind stumbled and bumbled their way from one controversy to the next over trying to get the uncensored version of Agony up and out for crowdfunding backers, but seemed to fail at every turn. The only thing that they did manage to do is release a compilation of clips containing some of the uncensored content that was removed or censored for the console release.
Quite naturally, a lot of gamers were angered over the announcement by Madmind about not being able to deliver the unrated version of the game. Some other gamers were understanding.
Users like Steven Myers basically summed up how some of the users felt about the news, writing…
“Best of luck and hopefully your studio can right the boat. Sad to hear about the unrated version. That and a good horror VR is why I backed this project from the get.”
It’s unlikely that Madmind’s reputation will rebound from this unless they can find some way to deliver Agony Unrated. However, given the studio’s current predicament it’s unlikely that the uncensored version of Agony will ever make its way out into the public sphere, unless some “hacker” manages to get their hands on the source code and drop it into a digital basket and let it stream down the internet’s “raging rivers”.
(Thanks for the news tip Lyle)
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