Yesterday during PlayStation’s State of Play we saw a trailer for a game that caught our eye more than any other, Aeon Must Die. This all-new side-scrolling fighter hit the mark straight away with incredible looking designs, characters reminiscent to Studio Trigger’s Gurren Lagann and high octane action. When we first saw the trailer we here at 3-Bit were awestruck, as along with the stunning art design the game looked to have incredible and fun looking combat. In Aeon Must Die we can kill, subdue or befriend those we come across, as we play both hero and villain, a concept that is delivered by offering players a series of choices, both in dialogue and in gameplay. This concept will blur the line of sanity for our protagonist and the game holds a lot of promise, but as we dug deeper into this incredible looking game we came across a disturbing rumour from a relatively unknown source. The rumour began with a video on youtube by Level 1, which held a link to “the truth of Aeon Must Die”. We at 3-Bit continued to follow the source and found that there was a lot of traction surrounding the issue, and we were not alone as other major accounts weighed in on the situation, such as SIE Santa Monica’s Creative Director Corey Balrog, and popular gaming news source Nibellion, causing the rumour to trend on Twitter in the small hours last night. The rumour in question was that Limestone Game’s development team quit the project en masse last week due to being overworked, team members not being paid, Intelectual Property being stolen and impossible deadlines and crunches were being set by their Publishers Focus Home Interactive. The Team had allegedly decided to make this news public after they received their last paychecks. With the video posted on Youtube, there was also a series of documents available both in English and Russian stating the above reasons for leaving, which are justifiable in their own rights along with accusations of foul play, corruption and abuse from the publishers.
We have not had an official statement from either party yet regarding the matter, however, we at 3-Bit have reached out to both Limestone Games and Focus Home Interactive for comment so that we can update you when the dust settles and the truth is revealed. 3-Bit is against any situation in which staff are treated in such an abusive manner. Our considerations are with all the people who have been affected by this and will continue to investigate this volatile rumour. If you want to see this story to the end just like us then be sure to follow us below, as we continue to search for the truth.
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