A fan made Pokémon game that has been in the making for 9 years has now been shelved by developers, but not before it was downloaded a massive 1.5 million times!
Pokémon Uranium as the title was called, was a clever creation styled on the original Game Boy Pokémon titles. The game was set in the Tandor region and contained 150 new Pokémon including iconic original Pokémon that have been mutated by radiation.
In a statement on the game’s official website, developers said:
“While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply.”
The game is likely still available if you look hard enough but the developers have warned players about pursuing it saying that they “cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate.”
Unfortunately, just because a fan made game is released for free without any party making a profit, doesn’t mean they are allowed to distribute them. Pokémon Uranium is another in a long line of fan made games that have been removed at the wishes of the creators, Battlefront 3 and a remake of Metroid 2 to name a few.
There have been some minor successes however, Capcom requested a fan made remake of Resident Evil 2 be stopped but have announced they are remaking the game themselves and will be consulting with the minds behind the remake to trade ideas. Bethesda have also given their blessing to the Skywind modding project, a remake of The Elder Scrolls 3 – Morrowind using the Skyrim engine.
How do you feel about fan made games? Do you think they should be allowed provided they are non-profit or do you think developer would do better by creating something original? Let us know in the comments section below!