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A Space For The Unbound Indefinitely Delayed Due To PQube Games Controversy
The Indonesian indie game scene is facing some trouble from outside parties.
On 24 August, the team behind A Space for the Unbound came out with a statement on Twitter stating the game will be indefinitely delayed until further notice. The game was initially slated to release for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Switch, and PC via Steam later this year.
The Indonesian-based development team, Mojiken Studio stated that the reason for this is following a controversy involving the game’s console publishing partners in PQube Games.
In the statement, it is revealed that the devs over at Mojiken were deceived and manipulated by the folks over at PQube in regards to a grant that PQube applied for. The grant was to be given to the developers to help aid development during the height of the pandemic.
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“At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, PQube Games used our position and heritage as developers from Indonesia to obtain a diversity fund from a well known console platform. The diversity fund was a grant fund intended to help underrepresented game developers, especially during the pandemic. However, instead of giving those funds to the developers as the grant was intended, PQube Games intentionally withheld information about the grant and used it as a leverage for their own commercial gain. Rather than paying the grant money to us, PQube Games hid the facts about the grant’s award and added it as a recoupable minimum guarantee, and then used it to negotiate the increase of their revenue share. We have only uncovered the true amount of these funds and their intended purposes in March 2022.”
PQube has refused to transfer publishing rights for the console versions back to the developers, the companies said.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must hold back the release of A Space for the Unbound so that we can make new arrangements and ensure that it is published as intended and in a way that is consistent with our and our community’s values.”
You can read the statement in full on the game’s official Twitter. PQube Games have yet to make a statement regarding this at this point in time.