The developer of The Outbound Ghost has asked players not to buy its game after a dispute with its publisher.
Conrad Grindheim—the lead developer of The Outbound Ghost—has taken to YouTube to state that his relationship with his publisher, Digerati, has “unraveled” and he wanted the publisher to return the copyright to him.
Stating that the indie title “doesn’t live up to the quality standards of the games I create and that you would expect from me”, he asked fans to avoid the game and said he was taking legal action to protect “our company, our name, our reputation and consumer rights”.
“The past few weeks have been incredibly stressful due to many factors, but mainly because my relationship with the game publisher has been resolved,” Grindheim said (cheers, PC Gamer). “My priority will always be to do a good job by the fans of the game.”
Digerati publisher in the beginning Post a statement In early December, he acknowledged the Switch version’s problems and said “Hopefully [a patch] It won’t be much longer.” Three days later, he she told her Twitter followers that it was “aware of performance issues” on the Switch and said a patch would come “next week”.
Outbound Ghost’s own Twitter account said it was “incredibly disappointed” with the game’s performance on console, and prompted players to stick with Steam because “it’s the Steam version I approve of”.
A few days later, Degherati posted another statement on Twitter, saying that “In addition to the Day 1 patch that was available for the PlayStation versions, an additional update was posted on Tuesday 6th December”.
“A patch for the Switch version is still under review with Nintendo, but is expected to be within the next seven days. We will provide more information on this as soon as possible,” he continued, inviting users who are still “experiencing issues” to get in touch. on in touch.
It concluded, “Digerati has released over 50 different games on the console, and launches with situations like this one are the exception.” “We remain very committed to making further improvements to The Outbound Ghost as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.”
Following this update, Grindheim posted their statement to YouTube on December 8, prompting Digerati to respond with a video of her own. The game was also removed from sale on Steam, most likely by Digerati after Grindheim vandalized their game store page.
A statement regarding the current situation includes our recently published title, “The Outbound Ghost”. pic.twitter.com/niYsH0dJHO
– Digerati (DigeratiDM) December 9, 2022
“I want to explain some of the recent activity surrounding Outbound Ghost,” said Sarah Alfieri, owner of Digerati and widow of the company’s recently deceased founder. “We’ve been pretty much silent over the past few days as we’ve been blown away by the sudden negativity from Conrad, the game’s developer.
“Even literally hours before the console was released, we had been enjoying a mutually enjoyable and collaborative working relationship with Conrad and saw no indication of any discontent on his part.”
The statement adds that the publisher provided Grindheim with “significant funds” to develop its “passion project” and in return “licensed us full rights to distribute the game”.
Alfieri added, “Unfortunately, he has now wrongfully told us he is terminating our contract, even going so far as to attempt to use the tragic and untimely death of my husband as grounds for terminating the contract.” In addition, Konrad illegally tampered with the Steam page and attempted to take down the console versions as well.
“It’s not fair to us, and it’s not fair to you.
Our goal is to support The Outbound Ghost and has always been to support our developers. We are actively trying to make improvements and release patches, and we have encountered repeated attempts to sabotage our efforts and sully our name.
“Despite all of this, we still hope to find a solution and work together to continue supporting The Outbound Ghost with its lead developer on our side, and we want to give you, the consumer, the best possible version of the game you deserve.”
There has been no further update from either party at the time of writing and in a statement to PC Gamer, Grindheim only confirmed that it was looking into “appropriate legal action to resolve this situation and protect the game.”
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