Outbound Ghost publisher is taking legal action following Dev complaints and Steam page edits

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Update #2 [Mon 12th Dec, 2022 11:10 GMT]: After hearing from the lead developer of The Outbound Ghost last week, publisher Digerati has now responded with a full statement regarding the game’s release, including legal action following threats of lawsuit from Conradical Games.

In a complaint filed with the US District Court, Digerati stated that the developer had “trampled” the team’s contractual rights and was thus opening a lawsuit to order Conradical to “perform its obligations under the license agreement to ensure the success of The Ghost Released”.

The publisher says it still hopes it can mend the relationship with the development team (which Conradical previously described as “promiscuous”) and believes the split between the two has been exacerbated by “forces outside of either party”.

The change in partnership was described in the statement as “sudden” and the following legal action was specified as being for purposes of ensuring the success of the game only and not a financial matter. The publisher reiterates his desire for an amicable reconciliation between the two parties.

This is the full statement Digerati filed with the complaint:

While this is not something we ever wanted to do, we were forced into a situation that required us to protect our rights under the licensing agreement with Conradical. We still hope that we will still be able to resolve this issue amicably, and that we will be able to collaborate on the continuous improvement of The Outbound Ghost’s performance. However, we cannot simply sit idly by and be dragged through the mud in a public forum, nor can we allow our contractual rights to be violated without some form of remedy being exercised. In the lawsuit, we ask the court to order Conradical to perform its obligations under the license agreement to ensure the success of The Outbound Ghost. We’re not after money at this time because we want to get back on track where The Outbound Ghost will be successful.

Given the sudden change in the nature of our relationship with Conrad, as well as other information we have received, we have reasonable suspicion that forces outside of either party were involved in stitching up the divide between us on the developer’s side. This is an area that needs to be addressed. We look forward to the possibility of restoring a positive relationship with Conradical once they both accept and acknowledge that we have done them no wrong.

As DeGuerati repeatedly mentioned in private; Digerati is willing, willing and able to work with Conradical to ensure the success of The Outbound Ghost and Conradical as an ongoing partner. We hope that the need for legal interventions was short-lived, and this matter can be settled immediately.

As for patch timing, the initial Switch patch remains with Nintendo for release timing, and should be applied in the next few days. We will continue to monitor eligible comments from anyone who plays the game and would like to share their experience with the game via DigeratiDM.

Every one of the consumers who have purchased the game, be it digital or physical, should rest assured knowing that the performance issues will be corrected as they exist.

This is not a normal situation for us either, and it was just as worrisome on our part as it is for those seated across from us.

Digerati’s complaint follows recent edits to the game’s Steam page that saw the game renamed to “This game is no longer authorized by the developer” with all trailers and screenshots removed. While many of these mods have since been removed, the title is still not available for purchase on Steam.

Those changes prompted the following video statement from Digerati owner Sarah Alfieri, which was posted to Twitter over the weekend:

In the video, the owner reiterated several comments that will later be made formally in the official legal complaint. On top of reiterating that the company was “shocked” by the sudden change in the working relationship, Alfieri claims the developer attempted to use the “tragic and untimely death” of DeGuerati’s former owner, Nick Alfieri, as a reason for termination. Contract.

In each of these statements, the publisher continues to stress that it listens to player feedback, stating that “everyone should be assured that performance issues will be rectified as they exist.”


Modernization [Fri 9th Dec, 2022 13:30 GMT]: Just last week we heard from the team behind the 2.5D Paper Mario-like, The Outbound Ghost, that the version released to Switch had not been approved and was experiencing performance issues.

Lead developer Conrad Grindheim has now released a full video statement claiming that these issues stem from a difficult relationship with the game’s publisher. While the partnership dissolved the following week, the developer claims that the publishing studio continues to profit from the situation.

The statement also states that those who have supported the game’s Kickstarter campaign will receive everything promised when the team is happy with the final product. It appears Conradical Games plans to self-publish the title in the future, though it’s unclear when this will be while the team considers “appropriate legal action” to take against the publishers.

You can watch Grindheim’s full statement in the video below:


The original article [Fri 2nd Dec, 2022 15:30 GMT]: We’ve been heavily anticipating the release of The Outbound Ghost for a good few months now. Greeting Mario from Paper 2.5D with an adorable little ghostly as the main character? What do you not like! Unfortunately, it looks like the game released on Switch yesterday isn’t the version developer Conradical Games ever wanted to see.

It was shared in a post on the game’s official Twitter account, @tweetThe developer has apologized for the state the game currently finds itself in. According to the letter, the lead developer received a number of comments regarding issues with the game at launch and now publicly available, stating that “I never wanted to release this version of an Exodus game”, but that the release was out of their control.

You can find the full statement in the following tweet.

Reading responses in the time following this announcement, it appears that the issues with the game stem from it being released in a rush without time for adequate testing. Although we still need to get our hands on the game itself, the issues seem to be related to the lack of language options and performance issues.

Those who pre-ordered the game will still receive their copy, but the developer has stated that it is not up to its quality standards.

In response to a customer, the developer seemed to indicate that it was unable to test the game itself, potentially pointing to the publisher as the driving force behind the game’s rapid release.

What is evident in all of the messages and responses in the announcement thread is that Conradical Games is doing everything they can to rectify the situation and ensure that the game is rectified as quickly as possible. Here we hope that the team can work out the issues and release the title as intended.

At the moment, the only developer-approved version of The Outbound Ghost appears to be the one available on Steam. Switch users will have to wait for the patch before knowing what the game is like in its intended state.

What do you think of this news? Did you pre-order the game? Let us know in the comments!


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