Atlus Sues Fans Who Recreated Defunct MMO Shin Megami Tensei

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Publisher Atlus has taken the somewhat brutal step of filing a lawsuit against a group of Shin Megami Tensei fans who allegedly created an unofficial server for the now-defunct SMT massively Multiplayer Online Game, Imagine. In related news, a fan server, titled “reimagine” has been operating since 2020, but has now understandably gone offline. the suit was initially seen by a Twitter user “Swamp”.

According to the lawsuit (which can be viewed here on CourtListener), Atlus is seeking around $25,000 in copyright infringement, citing the “irreparable damage” that the Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine recreation has caused the editor. The defendants identify themselves as “Rekuiemu” and “COMP_Hack,” who the lawsuit alleges are responsible for the creation of the unofficial MMO, its engine, and its interface.

As reported by VGC, a quickly deleted message on the reimagine Discord saw a mod that said it was a “competitor” who was served with the lawsuit, and didn’t reimagine itself. But, fearing further reprisals, the reimagine team has chosen to close the reimagine servers and website to protect its developers. The lawsuit itself refers only to the defendants, and makes no explicit reference to “reimagine“. The veracity of this statement cannot be clarified, and the reimagine the site is no longer operational.

reimagine It was, in essence, a complete replica of the Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine client, which was first released in Japan in 2007, but was eventually taken offline in 2016, following the closure of developer Marvelous’s PC department. the reimagine The server featured the worlds, characters, and user interface of the original MMO.

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While this isn’t the first example of a defunct MMO being recreated and eventually shut down by its official publisher, it’s often simply a case of a simple cease and desist order, rather than the full filing of a lawsuit, beating its own fans. to the courtroom to face a series of five-figure fines.

Chris Moyse

Senior Editor: Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Master of Saturday Night Slam. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors. Twitter: @ChrisxMoyse

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