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Focus Interactive responds to “serious allegations” of crunch, harassment, abuse at Aeon Must Die studio

Publisher Focus Interactive has responded to “serious allegations” relating to the alleged mistreatment of staff at Estonian studio Limestone Games during the development of visually arresting beat-’em-up Aeon Must Die – revealed during yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play.

Immediately following Aeon Must Die’s high-profile debut during Sony’s video showcase, a version of the striking announcement trailer appeared on YouTube, accompanied by a description alleging it had be created “with abuse, manipulation, theft.”

“People who have worked on every shot of this are no longer with the company holding IP rights,” the statement continued, “Some were not even paid for their work. This trailer has a pending conflict of IP. The real IP for the game was stolen from the creators via foul play.” The uploader also provided a link to a Dropbox folder containing a considerable amount of documentation claiming to reveal “the truth about development of this game”.

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Publisher Focus Interactive has responded to “serious allegations” relating to the alleged mistreatment of staff at Estonian studio Limestone Games during the development of visually arresting beat-’em-up Aeon Must Die – revealed during yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play.

Immediately following Aeon Must Die’s high-profile debut during Sony’s video showcase, a version of the striking announcement trailer appeared on YouTube, accompanied by a description alleging it had be created “with abuse, manipulation, theft.”

“People who have worked on every shot of this are no longer with the company holding IP rights,” the statement continued, “Some were not even paid for their work. This trailer has a pending conflict of IP. The real IP for the game was stolen from the creators via foul play.” The uploader also provided a link to a Dropbox folder containing a considerable amount of documentation claiming to reveal “the truth about development of this game”.

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