A fan-made Pokemon game was abruptly cancelled just 4 days before its planned release. Pokemon Prism, the follow-up to the popular Pokemon Brown fan game, was shut down after its makers received an alleged cease and desist letter from Nintendo.
Pokemon Prism's maker, who goes by Adam online, posted an announcement on the game's Facebook page, which has almost 8,5000 followers. "Pokemon Prism has been cancelled," Adam wrote. "Thank you all for your support throughout the years. I'm sorry it ended like this. I will make a longer statement regarding this soon, but expect this page to be shutdown in a few days."
Adam attached a copy of Nintendo's cease and desist letter, which demanded that he halt progress on Pokemon Prism and take down any links to download Pokemon Brown.
Pokemon Prism rose to prominence thanks to the online Twitch Plays Pokemon community. The game was set to feature a new storyline and a new region, and a debut trailer released earlier this year received millions of views.
On the one hand, it's disappointing to see someone put 8 years of work into a project and then have it shut down just days before its planned release. However, as we saw with Pokemon Uranium (another fan made game shut down by Nintendo), Nintendo does not take kindly to projects that infringe on its intellectual property.