The creators of fan made project, Pokémon Uranium has decided to take down the download links for the non-commissioned project.
The developer clarified that while neither Nintendo nor The Pokémon Company had issued a cease and desist, the decision was made “out of respect for their copyright.” Which is an unusual stance for not respecting the copyright when making Pokémon Uranium in the first place.
Also, while the group had not received cease and decist notices, Nintendo of America’s lawyers were starting to send takedown notices to sites hosting the files.
The creators of Pokémon Uranium commented
We are making what we feel is the safest choice that is in the best interests of us, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and our fans. Please respect our decision and don’t lash out at them – they have done nothing to us.
While official download links will no longer be posted on the website the team did confirm that the game is not dead and that they would continue to release updates through the game launcher. They also pointed out that the game has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times and that they “have no connection to fans who reupload the game files to their own hosts, and we cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.”
Pokemon Uranium is a fan-made Pokemon RPG that has been in development for over 9 years. Set in the tropical Tandor region, the player will encounter more than 150 all-new species of Pokemon in their quest to collect all 8 Gym Badges and triumph over the Tandor League. Along the way, the player must battle against a sinister threat that’s causing Nuclear Meltdowns, and will encounter an all-new type of Pokemon: the Nuclear type.
It does make us wonder, why do fan based groups develop for so long on a game they know will likely be taken down by the IP owner. They obviously have skills to make games so why not make their own and build up their own community, in the long run it is better for them, their community and the owners of existing IP like Pokémon.