Tale of Two Ashfalls A scandal is brewing between NetEase
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Tale of Two Ashfalls: A scandal is brewing between NetEase and the veteran PlayStation studio

Michael Mumbauer, founder and CEO of Liithos Studio, in his microblog commented the recent announcement of post-apocalyptic MMO shooter Ashfall from NetEase Games and Legendary Star Studio.

    Image sources: Liithos and NetEase Games

Image sources: Liithos and NetEase Games

The situation is notable in that in late June, Liithos unveiled a game of the same name – a story-focused open-world action that transitions from a single-player adventure to a network adventure.

According to the developer earlier this year Liithos presented Ashfall to the management of NetEase Games, but the Chinese publisher was not interested in the project. Different apparently from its title.

    Original Ashfall (Liithos) concept art shown by NetEase Games (Image source: Michael Mumbauer)

Original Ashfall (Liithos) concept art shown by NetEase Games (Image source: Michael Mumbauer)

Liithos VP of Creative Direction and author of Ashfall, John Garvin, known for his work on Siphon Filter and Days Gone, called the whole situationcrazy»and NetEase games – shameless».

“I still can’t believe it… Michael Mumbauer showed NetEase MY Ashfall, we announced it back in June website and followerand now three months later they are making an announcement with my name on it? And a keyframe identical to ours? Shit… they can’t plead ignorance.”Garvin is sure.

    Screenshot of Ashfall by NetEase Games (Image source: Steam)

Screenshot of Ashfall by NetEase Games (Image source: Steam)

Mumbauer concluded: “What a shame when a large foreign company can so easily, openly and purposefully show disrespect to the creators. I can’t imagine any other major publisher doing this. Unfortunately”.

Only time will tell who gets the rights to Ashfall. Mumbauer He speaksthat NetEase only registered this trademark, while Garvin meanwhile sure of victory through a Chinese company.

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