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Posted by Chris Scott Barr on May 13, 2009

Douche Of The Week – Square Enix

It’s really difficult being a die-hard fan of a game franchise, especially when the developers leave so much of the story untold. Today, I really feel for those that have taken it upon themselves to fill in the void after Chrono Trigger. A group of such fans have been working for the last 5 years on their own game entitled Chrono Trigger: Crimson Echoes. I personally wasn’t aware of the project, but am suddenly intrigued by it. Especially since it will be released in only a few short weeks. Or at least it would have been.

Square Enix moved in and sent out a cease-and-desist letter which pretty much put an end to the project. Talk about a douchebag move. I’m aware that they are obligated to protect their copyrights, and I have no issue with that. What I do take issue with is their timing. These people have been working for five years, and now have absolutely nothing to show for their hard work and dedication. I don’t doubt that Square Enix has known about this project for some time. If they were really concerned about protecting their property, they’d have shut this down years ago.

Or here’s another thought. They’ve been turning their heads for a few years now, so what would another few weeks hurt? The game could get released, those people could take pride in their work and other fans could enjoy it. Square Enix could then take an official stand against the game, and send out all the cease-and-desist letters they want, thus protecting their intellectual property. Of course by then the game would already be loose, and available through any number of means. Sounds like a win-win to me.

Square Enix, your piss poor timing shows that either you’ve been completely ignorant to a project based on your work for five years, or that you just really love screwing over your (once) loyal fans. Either way, you’ve earned yourself the title of Douche of the Week.

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