The CastleVania 1 Remake in Unreal fanproject gets Cease and Desist order from Konami
And perhaps for good reason.
While fans of the CastleVania franchise may have been initially thrilled with one man’s attempt to remake the whole game using the Unreal Game Engine, the franchise’s IP owner Konami, is not at all pleased as they have reportedly sent a Cease & Desist order to the project’s developer, this after a Kickstarter campaign was set up in order to fund the project’s completion. First revealed earlier this year, the project is a working progress with pretty much a significant chunk of the game already ported to Unreal and with a demo already released through itch.io.
The project may have remained unchecked for some time however, developer Raino “Dejawolfs” Sommer perhaps got a lot of Konami’s attention after putting up a Kickstarter campaign in order to complete the project last November 2016. The developer may have just been aiming for people to support the project through crowdfunding in order to complete it but since Kickstarter is not purely about donation, and backers get copies of their backed projects as part of the deal, it would technically count as Dejawolfs trying to make money by selling a product that is copied direcly from another product and even bears the name of the said original product.
Dejawolfs is hopeful that the project will continue sometime in the future though as he says that he is in talks with a person named Jay from Konami UK as to acquire a license to develop his CastleVania remake.