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Planet Entertainment released this Switch cartridge earlier this month, although IP holder Office Create says it shouldn't.
enlarge Planet Entertainment released this Switch cartridge earlier this month, although IP holder Office Create says it shouldn’t.

Updating (April 16): In a statement posted on Twitter Last night, Planet Entertainment claimed it is “fully within its rights to publish” Cooking Mama Cookstar

“Office Create, the rights holder of Cooking Mama, approved a detailed game design in 2019,” the statement reads in part. “1st Playable is the game developer and Planet followed the exact approved design. That design is the exact game on Nintendo Switch that also featured additional Office Create suggestions that add gameplay value.

“Unfortunately, creative disagreements arose as Cooking Mama Cookstar was nearing completion that was outside the scope of our agreement and the Office Create-approved game design.”

Despite Office Create’s legal threats, Planet notes that “there is no active lawsuit or ruling preventing Planet from publishing the game.”

Original story (April 15)

The creator of the cooking mom franchise threatens legal action against publisher Planet Entertainment over what it calls an “unauthorized release” of Switch title Cooking Mama: Cookstar† The game, which technically came out earlier this month, now appears to be stuck in a partial state of retail and distribution lime.

cooking mom IP holder Office Create (which developed the best-selling Nintendo DS and Wii editions of the game) said in a statement that Planet Entertainment has licensed the name for cook in 2018. “Unfortunately, the quality of the game build was not up to the standards our customers expect and deserve,” according to Office Create.

“Office Create rejected a wide range of flaws that affect the overall feel, quality and content of the game,” the statement continued. “However, despite being contractually obligated to correct the identified deficiencies and resubmit the corrected game for Office Create approval, Planet continued to release Cooking Mama: Cookstar without addressing all rejections and without Office Create’s approval.”

Office Create went on to say that it is “evaluating all legal action against Planet to protect our customers, intellectual property rights and the Cooking Mama series,” and the company apologized to customers and fans for “any confusion and disappointment caused by its behavior.” of the planet.”

Reverse Releases and Blockchain Rumors

Despite what Office Create says was an “immediate license termination” in late March, Planet actually announced cook‘s availability at major retailers in early April. planet too said a downloadable version on the Switch eShop was still pending, just because “the whole world is currently upside down with delays.”

A handful of media reviews, as well as photos and gameplay videos from Twitter users, prove that the game exists and was distributed through retail. But as IGN reports, any sign of the game’s release quickly disappeared from major US storefronts. While the game is currently sold directly through an official website and European retailers, the only other offerings from major US retailers appear to come from third-party resellers (which charge significant surcharges starting at the suggested retail price of $39.99).

To complicate matters further, Planet issued a confusing buzzword-filled press release last August detailing how: cook (which was then called) Mama cooking: coming home to mama) “will be the first game to integrate blockchain technology on major consoles.” That led to rumors that cook had issues with retailers and Nintendo for secretly using Switch hardware to mine cryptocurrency.

Developer 1st Playable, who was contracted by Planet to actually release the game to the public denied those rumors earlier this month. The game is official cook Twitter account also had to deny the allegationsclarifying that while the developers “explored both blockchain technology and cryptocurrency tokens… as a means of enabling players to trade in-game assets,” these ideas never got beyond the “exploration[ing] the theory behind the concept” phase.

In addition, online offers for a PS4 version of the game have appeared through international rating boards, European distributors and some retailers. Despite this, Office Create says it has “not licensed Planet (or any other entity) to make Cooking Mama games for PS4. Office Create itself has not been involved in the development of a PS4 Cooking Mama game.”

We have reached out to Planet Entertainment for comment on this apparent dispute. For now, however, the company appears to be continuing to sell and promote the game as if nothing happened.

By akfire1

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