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ROAM vs How to Survive

An update on Kickstarter from ROAM is called "How to Steal," as it calls out 505 Games for allegedly using their game ideas for How to Survive, and noting that prior to publishing How to Survive, 505 had been in touch with them about publishing ROAM. We have contacted 505 Games for a comment about this, but have not yet received a reply. Meanwhile, a follow-up update (thanks nin) for ROAM apologizes for making this a public dispute, and says they are moving forward with no plans to pursue this further. Finally, a third ROAM Kickstarter update from just moments ago allows that this may all be "the craziest coincidence" the ROAM developer has ever experienced. Here's a bit:

So, after this thing has blown up so big it’s been brought to my attention that on a French website "How to Survive" had existed under a different name, "Monster Island". A title being developed in France. 505 games picked up "Monster Island" and renamed it to "How to Survive". I scoured the net to find the development history behind “How to Survive” and I couldn’t find anything of it besides it being announced by 505 out of the blue in May, months after our Kickstarter campaign had ended. I don't speak French, but I did try my best to do my homework before posting a statement.

In my mind during the chain of events: 505games contacted Roam about publishing, Roam declined, 505games went and found someone to make "Roam".

What might’ve actually happened: 505games contacted Roam about publishing, Roam declined, so 505games went to Ekosoft and picked up their "Monster Island". This is fair.

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17. Re: ROAM vs How to Survive Oct 28, 2013, 16:14 gilly775
 
Heh, there's a fanboy on the KS comments to the story who was saying he was contacting Steam to request a refund because 505 Games stole this idea and it makes him upset at the thought of it.  
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