Slightly Mad Studios have reacted to Simbin’s announcement on considering legal actions against the studio due to misleading claims in their Need for Speed Shift announcements.
The whole issue is about Slightly Mad Studios claiming to be involved in the development of simulation titlesÂ GTR2 and GT Legends. Back when these titles were put together, many of the SMS employees were working as part of Simbin staff. Simbin and these employees later split ways, founding Blimey! Games which has now been taken over by Slightly Mad Studios. Now, both studios are fighting about who has the right to claim to be responsible for those critcially acclaimed titles, certainly a good reputation to have when advertising new products.
All in all a pretty complicated situation, especially for those not involved in the sim industry. SMS’s Ian Bell has reacted to Simbin’s announcement by giving the following statement to gamasutra.com:
Mr. Ling’s suggestions are utterly absurd.
More than 25 of Slightly Mad Studios’ current staff worked on and are actually credited in GT Legends and GTR2 including the majority of the core development team.
They worked on these titles whilst at Blimey! Games Limited – who was involved in the development of GT Legends and actually developed GTR2 itself.
As you may know Blimey is now in administration but we recently purchased certain of its business and assets and took on all the jobs of its excellent team. That team deserves the credit for its work.
It saddens me when fellow developers make inappropriate statements like this in public, but I think the fact that the first I heard of it was from a gaming journalist says everything you need to know about the credibility of the claims. Had there been any merit to them I am sure I would have heard sooner.
Update: Unfortunately, I had no other choice but to close the comments for this item, since Slightly Mad Studios have chosen to send legal threats my way due to one of the submitted comments. It seems like discussion on this particular matter is frowned upon, apologies for the inconvenience!