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Creator Of Hit Pigeon-Courting Sim Says Epic By no means Paid Her Royalties

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Art shows a pigeon in front of a pink background alongside the title "Hatoful Boyfriend."

Picture: Hato Moa / Mediatonic / Devolver Digital

Mediatonic is greatest recognized for the colourful battle royale Fall Guys. Lengthy earlier than it was bought by Epic Video games, nevertheless, the UK-based studio created the worldwide HD remaster of the cult-hit courting sim about pigeons that go to highschool, Hatoful Boyfriend. The sport’s authentic creator, manga artist Hato Moa, now says she hasn’t acquired a paycheck for gross sales of the remaster in two years.

“I’ve received no royalty fee for Hatoful Boyfriend from Epic since they acquired Mediatonic again in spring 2021,” Moa tweeted final week after Epic Video games introduced over 800 layoffs, with Mediatonic significantly hard-hit. “I don’t suppose the gross sales have been zero for 2 years?” She additionally stated she had beforehand reached out to Epic however it had by no means responded. The corporate did respond to her tweets, nevertheless, promising to look into the matter.

A spokesperson for the corporate directed Kotaku to that tweet when requested to elaborate on the state of affairs.

Launched in 2011 on PC, Hatoful Boyfriend sees gamers navigate romantic relationships as a human pupil at a faculty the place all of their classmates are birds. Branching storylines reveal secrets and techniques concerning the characters, in addition to a horror twist. It shortly turned a cult sensation, getting translated into English by followers. When then-Mediatonic artistic designer Ed Concern performed it, he lobbied the studio to work with Moa on a world remake for a wider launch. Concern was a type of laid off by Epic final week.

After Mediatonic was acquired by Epic, its remaster was removed from iOS, Android, and PlayStation shops, leaving Steam because the final place to purchase the sport. Moa speculated that ongoing gross sales for the sport are most likely not a lot, though current person opinions which give the sport a ranking of 97 % optimistic point out that new gamers are nonetheless shopping for it there.

“Don’t fear, I’m completely tremendous,” Moa tweeted. “I simply want I had been robust and influential sufficient to help all of [the] good individuals from Mediatonic. They’ve been at all times good to me and Hatoful.”