Ittle Dew 2 developer Ludosity has alleged that Nicalis has attempted to re-publish their game after their publishing contract had been voided.
"Okay so a year ago me and Tyrone of Nicalis emailed some back and forth, agreeing (together with their lawyer) that they had been in breach of a contract and that it's null now," Ludosity's CEO Joel Nyström said in a tweet. "FAST FORWARD TO TODAY, and I just found out they tried to re-publish our game again on a console."
"Like.. what. If you want to be evil you have to be smart," he continued. "You [can't] be dumb AND evil. If you know you're dumb, you should try and be kind. That's my advice."
When Ludosity Took Ittle Dew 2 Back
Roughly six months ago, Ittle Dew 2 was delisted from digital game stores by then-publisher Nicalis. At the time, Ludosity said that no explanation has been provided to them by Nicalis. This happened a little more than a week after an exposé revealed several troubling issues with the company, including allegations that they would "ghost" prospective developers and fail to continue communications in the midst of prospective business deals.
Shortly thereafter, Ludosity took back the rights to their game; indeed, they are shown as both the developer and publisher for the Ittle Dew sequel on its Steam Store page. Presumably, no new deal has been struck, so it seems very strange for Nicalis to try to publish it again if they do not have a contract as reported by Ludosity's CEO.
We've reached out to both Ludosity and Nicalis on this matter and will update this article when we receive a response.
Update: Nicalis has responded with a statement on the allegations from Ludosity:
In 2019 Nicalis and Ludosity terminated the publishing agreement for Ittle Dew 2+. The game was then removed from all store fronts as quickly as reasonably possible. Nicalis has not attempted to re-publish Ittle Dew 2+ on any platform at any time since the agreement was terminated.
We wish the Ludosity team and the Ittle Dew series continued success.
The developers at Ludosity also commented, stating that they had no further comment other than that they were attempting to clear up the mess
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