A while back, indie developer Phantasm Studios decided to launch a Kickstarter for its upcoming game, Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World. While the developer launched this campaign without the license for the series, CEO Monty Singleton assured gamers that Phantasm already had a chance to talk Capcom about the game.
“Capcom only promised to review our submission, and nothing more,” he said. “We have only discussed a possibility of a developer’s license if the game is up to their standards. We do not currently have one and may not get one.”
Singleton said that even if Capcom decided not to support the project, he would make the game as a spiritual successor by removing notable Ghost ‘N Goblins elements, like King Arthur himself, from the final product. However, it seems that this is now an impossibility, as Capcom has shut down the project in its entirety over an intellectual property dispute. The company even stated that it never actually talked with anyone from Phantasm Studios!
“The project admits it will need Capcom’s permission to proceed and has not received one,” said Capcom’s DCMA notice. “To its knowledge, Capcom has not been contacted by the project.”
What do you think of the situation? Are you completely unsurprised by the outcome, like myself? Do you wish you were still able to play a new Ghosts ‘N Goblins game? Sound off in the comments below!