Renegade Kid threatens to drop the 3DS if piracy gets bad

Not hacked yet but it could be.

Posted By | On 03rd, Jan. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl

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There’s no piracy on the 3DS yet, however, with the recent hackings, it could be possible that the system will get as bad the Nintendo DS for third parties, but could also ensure a lot of hardware sales.

This is sort of a pre emptive warning from Renegade Kid–the studio that has developed Mutant Mudds, Dementium and Moon. These are all indie games but piracy is a big no-no according to them and their boss says that they will drop the system if any such thing happens.

“Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe. We’ll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time,” studio head Jools Watsham wrote in a blog post.

He cited the sales of Dementium which sold 100k copies but its successor did half and that was due to the piracy on the system.

“We’ll never truly know why that was so, but many seem to believe that piracy had a lot to do with it. If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games.”

This is a really complicated thing, because users who have bought the system have every right to break it open.

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  • I’m not sure where you got your info for the fact that the 3DS hasn’t suffered from piracy yet, but I can tell you that is not true, a friend of mine was playing pirated RE:Revelations on it. Side-note: I have no idea why people keep saying that game is fantastic, I thought it was utter crap compared to Uncharted: Golden Abyss on Vita.
    Edit: Also what is that about “users who have bought the system have every right to break it open.”???? Just because you bought something doesn’t mean you should hack it to rip off hard working game developers. It’s a vicious circle; developer makes game, you pirate it and not buy it, others do the same, developer doesn’t get any money, developer closes and never makes games again. Is that what we really want to see?


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