Capcom has put the brakes on a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for an unlicensed Ghost 'N Goblins game. Phantasm Studios' campaign is now the subject of an intellectual property dispute initiated by Capcom, and has been shutdown. The Kickstarter page for the campaign now features a DMCA notice from Capcom.
"The project acknowledges its goal is to create an update to the Ghosts 'N Goblins franchise based upon the characters, stories, music and other copyrightable elements of the Property," said Capcom's DMCA notice. "Such unauthorized update would clearly violate Capcom's exclusive rights under copyright law to create derivative works of the Property. It would also violate Capcom's trademark rights in the Property. The project admits it will need Capcom's permission to proceed and has not received one. To its knowledge, Capcom has not been contacted by the project."
This news isn't particularly shocking – even to those who launched it on Kickstarter. When the Kickstarter began, the studio highlighted the fact that it did not have permission from Capcom but vowed to secure it if the Kickstarter was successful.
"Capcom only promised to review our submission, and nothing more. We have only discussed a possibility of a developer's license if the game is up to their standards. We do not currently have one and may not get one," said Phantasm Studios CEO and founder Monty Singleton when the campaign launched. "If we can't secure a developers license we will change King Arthur and the name of the game, but that is all. Thankfully werewolves, demons, skeletons, reapers, ghosts, goblins, etc. are all public domain. The modifications will be so minor, the changes will be easy and will not change our release schedule."
Phantasm Games has not publicly commented on the shut down.