Sadly, just four days before it’s scheduled release Pokemon Prism, a fan project, was stopped dead in it’s tracks by a cease & desist order from Nintendo.
Considering last month Pokémon Uranium was removed from the ballot at this year’s The Game Awards, news also came out today that fan project Pokémon Prism has been cancelled also. However, not to confuse anyone Pokemon Uranium was released it just got removed from the ballot at The Game Awards.
Announcing the ROM hack’s fate via Twitter, the game’s creator accompanied his message with a notice from Nintendo’s Australian-based legal team, which cites Pokémon Prism as an “unauthorized use of Nintendo’s intellectual property rights.”
Nintendo explains that allowing Pokémon Prism to happen wouldn’t be fair to them, as it would “undercut the hard work and dedication of the highly creative people and innovative staff at Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, who have worked for over 2o years on the Pokémon franchise.”
Pokémon Prism was in development for eight years and was slated to launch this Christmas. The creator’s previous works, Pokémon Brown and Pokémon Rijon Adventures, must be removed as well according to the documents. Pokémon Prism was going to feature an all new region, an original story, customizable characters, and the ability to play as one of your Pokémon.
I'm sorry everyone, but Pokemon Prism is cancelled. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/rD5LSr1bQA
— Adam (@Koolboyman) December 21, 2016
Many fans have requested an “accidental release,” which at this point doesn’t seem at all likely to happen.