Who would’ve guessed that a game can go from a feeling of excitement and anticipation to pure disgust mere minutes after its announcement? Aeon Must Due was announced earlier today on Sony’s State of Play event. What seemed like another ordinary game in a presentation turned out to have a lot more behind it than meets the eye.
In a tweet from @colibrono on Twitter, it was revealed through an email that all of the devs had to work through major crunch and unbearable working conditions, with low pay and some even receiving no pay at all.
There’s also mentioning of exploitation and manipulation and the realization from the devs that the publisher stole the IP from the founder. You can read this excerpt from the Dropbox that was released.
Sony’s State of Play is happening on the 6th of August. One of the planned announcements is “Aeon Must Die!” (AMD), a game created by people who in June of 2020 were forced to leave
their former studio Limestone Games along with its founder/creative director. Their reasons were unbearable work conditions with endless crunch, harassment, abuse, corruption, and
manipulation. When the team acquired an attorney to figure out the truth behind all the conflicting information and pressure, it was also discovered that the company and the entire IP was covertly taken from the founder. Multiple attempts at establishing dialogue and remedying the situation internally were shut down by the management and majority shareholders.
There’s a lot to unpack from this, so I’ll just leave the Dropbox link here. The rest of the documents include more in-depth details on the working conditions, individual experiences from devs and so much more.
I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this story and any updates that are available, I’ll be sure to cover.