The dungeon crawler indie title Ittle Dew 2 has been removed from the Microsoft Store (and other digital outlets) with the developer blaming publisher, Nicalis.
CEO of Ludosity, Joel Nyström, revealed in a now-deleted series of tweets, that the removal of the game took place against Ludosity's wishes. Around six months ago, Ludosity emailed Nicalis to cancel their license to publish Ittle Dew 2 and wanted the rights for the game to be transferred back to its developers. Nicalis originally agreed, but as it turns out, Nicalis didn't do that and de-listed the game from console storefronts.
"Can definitely confirm that Nicalis is a piece of shit publisher - after being surprised to find out (by looking in their email inbox) that we cancelled their license to publish six months ago, they first agreed to transfer the games over to us.It looks like Nyström is looking at options to get the game re-listed back on digital storefronts, so it shouldn't be too long before the game is available to download again.
"Well after the usual ghosting for a few weeks I today wake up to find that they just couldn't be bothered, and just delisted Ittle Dew 2 from all console storefronts.
"Another promise to us they just straight-up broke - and a shit move for the customers. Now I'm gonna see if I can get them de-delisted or if I have to re-publish."
Nicalis has recently come under fire due to a recent investigation led by Kotaku. Several partners and former staff spoke out against Nicalis and revealed significant issues such as racism, ghosting, exploitation of staff and some questionable business practices all went on at the video game publisher. The investigation has led to a number of developers now refusing to work with Nicalis, including Binding of Isaac developer Edmund Mcmillen. McMillen told Kotaku that the CEO of Nicalis, Tyrone Rodriguez "wasn't ever my boss, he's always just been a publisher of my work. "I won’t be moving forward with Nicalis when it comes to the port of The Legend of Bum-bo or any console versions of Mewgenics.”