Atlus is suing followers who recreated defunct Shin Megami Tensei MMO
Writer Atlus has taken the considerably brutish step of submitting go well with in opposition to a celebration of Shin Megami Tensei followers who allegedly created an unofficial server for the now-defunct SMT MMO, Think about. In associated information, a fan server, titled “ReImagine” has been working since 2020, however has now, understandably, been taken offline. The go well with was initially noticed by Twitter consumer “Marsh”.
In keeping with the lawsuit, (viewable right here at CourtListener) Atlus is searching for round $25,000 per copyright violation, citing the “irreparable injury” that the Shin Megami Tensei: Think about recreation has brought on to the writer. The defendants are recognized “Rekuiemu” and “COMP_Hack” which the go well with alleges are answerable for the creation of the unofficial MMO, its engine, and its entrance finish.
As reported by VGC, a swiftly eliminated message on the ReImagine Discord noticed a mod said that it was a “competitor” that was served the lawsuit, and never ReImagine itself. However, fearing additional reprisal, the ReImagine crew has chosen to close down the ReImagine servers and web site to guard its builders. The lawsuit itself solely refers back to the defendants, and doesn’t explicitly reference “ReImagine“. The veracity of this assertion can’t be clarified, and the ReImagine website is now not operational.
ReImagine was, in essence, a full replication of the Shin Megami Tensei: Think about shopper, which first launched in Japan means again in 2007, however was finally taken offline in 2016, following the closure of developer Marvelous’ PC division. The ReImagine server featured the worlds, characters, and U.I. of the unique MMO.
Whereas this isn’t the primary instance of a defunct MMO being recreated and finally shut down by its official writer, typically it’s merely a case of a easy Stop & Desist order, quite than the full-blown serving of a lawsuit, whisking its personal followers off to the courtroom to face a string of five-figure fines.