Activision has sent a cease and desist to the creator of the fan-made Spyro: Myths Awaken.
Sebastian Chapman received the letter from Activision’s lawyers, and has confirmed that “Spyro: Myths Awaken is dead,” reports Eurogamer. All of that work wasn’t for nothing though, as Chapman has said the game “as its own thing, with the story, levels, characters, gameplay” is” very much alive.”
Over on Reddit, Chapman warned other devs of fan-made Spyro projects to be cautious.
“While we planned for something like this potentially happening, and built our game around this possibility, and will be continuing with our game on it’s own, separate from Spyro past this point, this is something to be cautious of for any other fan games out there with Spyro at the moment, or people thinking about doing Spyro fan games,” Chapman said.
“We now know Activisions stance on the matter and how it’ll likely go (I’m not trying to make a big statement about Activision or how this was handled etc., just relaying how it happened and what this means, so don’t take this any particular way),” he said.
The project was planned four years ago, when “Spyro was essentially dead” and began production in February 2017.
“I always wanted a proper continuation of the classic era of Spyro, and since one was never going to happen, I jumped at the chance,” Chapman explained. “Really, if not for Reignited happening, this wouldn’t even likely be happening right now, and Myths Awaken as a Spyro fan game would likely be continuing. Bad timing, really…”