Coffee Talk, A Space For The Unbound developers Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio announced indefinite suspension of their latest game due to alleged exploitation by publisher PQube Games.
This week, the official Twitter account for A Space for the Unbound published a post that detailed not only a delay on their upcoming title, but the reason behind it, which is a scathing accusation of exploitation of Mojiken Studio by publishing partner PQube Games. The full post can be seen below:
The damning report includes the accusation towards PQube Games that details the exploitation happening around two major themes: the allegation that they used a diversity fund based on the Indonesian location of Indie Mojiken Studio for commercial gain, and they’ve knowingly withheld information from the developer which the fund was intended to help, and the notion PQube took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, to which the fund specifically aimed to help with, to make it happen.
The Indie developer Mojiken Studio continues with “We have to make a stand against exploitative publishers and speak up about this to stop things like this from happening again in the future,” effectively terminating their contract with PQube Games, and A Space For The Unbound console publishing rights are allegedly still being withheld from the creators.
In a statement to The Verge, PQube Games denied wrongdoing, stating “This support has included offering significant further funding, over and above grant funding, to support development, porting and marketing,” adding “Toge Productions have sought for some time to unilaterally enforce unreasonable revised terms to our agreement, and it is disappointing that, as a result of not achieving that and despite PQube’s significant efforts to accommodate this, they have sought to deal with the matter in this way. We will respond through the appropriate channels.”
While A Space For The Unbound remains in limbo, more information will surely follow these allegations, so fans will just have to stay tuned to what happens next.