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Is it illegal if someone wants to make a cancelled game ?

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Hi everyone, newbie here!
So im a big fan of fangames, i love seeing how people pour all their talents into making   a fangame or maybe remaking old games with modernized graphics,voices,controls etc.Recently i played Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (i know,i got late, shame on me) and i loved it! I grew up with Lucasarts games and i played a lot of point and click games in my childhood (Sam and Max, Monkey Island, Grim Fandago and so on).Come to find out there were apparently two more Indy games to come but they were cancelled. So i was wondering if someone in general wants to bring a cancelled game to life is that illegal or not.

Thanks!

P.S:Sorry for my bad English

     
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It’s illegal.

I am not a big supporter of fan games. It seems like waste of their time and possible talent. If someone is good enough to create a game, why not go just a little bit further and create something original. Or make an effort to keep the original games alive, and join projects like ScummvM and ResidualVM.

I have never heard about cancelled Indiana Jones adventure games. Action-adventures, yes, but adventures, haven’t heard about. What games are you referring to?

If you mean games like Indiana Jones and the Seven Cities of Gold or Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth, they are fan games to begin with, and if they have been cancelled it’s either because the developers lost interest, or they were shut down by lawyers, as fan games are almost always illegal.

     

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Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny

Both of them apparently got shelved.

Also here are the links for both games development info and halt reasoning.

https://indianajones.fandom.com/wiki/Indiana_Jones_and_the_Iron_Phoenix_(game)
https://indianajones.fandom.com/wiki/Spear_of_Destiny_(game)

     
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It is, indeed, illegal as the IP’s are always owned by someone, in this case, Disney which has never been known to be a fan-friendly company if those fans are interested in using their IP’s even for free.

Fangame makers always take a risk in developing an unlicensed, free game, as you never know how the IP holders will react. On some cases, especially if the IP is seen as dead or not profitable or if the IP holders just are nice, fans can get away with it. Like with what happened to King’s Quest fan remakes when they made an agreement with the current rights holder to keep the games forever free and not try to monetize them in any way. They were granted a specific fan license by Activision. Many fan games have been likewise snuffed by the IP holders.

     

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theangelofdarkness - 14 January 2020 12:21 PM

Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny

Both of them apparently got shelved.

Also here are the links for both games development info and halt reasoning.

https://indianajones.fandom.com/wiki/Indiana_Jones_and_the_Iron_Phoenix_(game)
https://indianajones.fandom.com/wiki/Spear_of_Destiny_(game)

Why not invent your own archeologist/researcher-of-ancient-mysteries character instead of using Indiana Jones.
Have the character active in the 1800’s—or in the present day—some time other than when Indiana Jones was active.
Make a unique character. You don’t want to put a lot of effort into the game just to have some corporation shut it down over IP.

     
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crabapple - 14 January 2020 06:56 PM

Why not invent your own archeologist/researcher-of-ancient-mysteries character instead of using Indiana Jones.

Make a unique character. You don’t want to put a lot of effort into the game just to have some corporation shut it down over IP.

It is also possible to make a complete, shameless rip-off, but still keep it “original” enough to avoid lawyers. Like Diamon Jones series.

http://adventuregamers.com/gameseries/view/1645

     

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GateKeeper - 14 January 2020 07:47 PM
crabapple - 14 January 2020 06:56 PM

Why not invent your own archeologist/researcher-of-ancient-mysteries character instead of using Indiana Jones.

Make a unique character. You don’t want to put a lot of effort into the game just to have some corporation shut it down over IP.

It is also possible to make a complete, shameless rip-off, but still keep it “original” enough to avoid lawyers. Like Diamon Jones series.

http://adventuregamers.com/gameseries/view/1645

And: http://www.raunes.com/

     
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there’s this… pretty insane mixture lol

  i have only played a little of it and it seemed pretty fun. It def has that amateur vibe going on to a degree but it’s pretty interesting crazy idea

     
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need to try and give it a full play sometime..

     

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hmm interesting.I will check that one soon enough.

     

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