Upcoming adventure title A space for the unbound is delayed indefinitely after Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio allege that publisher PQube Games exploited the studio for financial gain. The developers posted a joint statement to the game’s official Twitter accountwhich is partly:
Earlier this year we discovered that PQube Games, a UK-based publisher, we signed for the console release A space for the unbound in the western regions, had done certain things that made us feel manipulated and exploited and so we had to terminate our agreement with them.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, PQube Games leveraged our position and heritage as a developer from Indonesia to receive a diversity fund from a well-known console platform. The Diversity Fund was a grant fund designed to help underrepresented game developers, particularly during the pandemic. However, instead of passing these funds on to the developers as intended, PQube Games intentionally withheld information about the grant and used it as leverage for its own commercial gain.
Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio allege that PQube Games withheld the facts about the subsidy, added it as a minimum refundable guarantee, and then used it to negotiate an increase in their revenue share. The statement says the studio only found out about this in March 2022, and as such “we clearly cannot trust PQube Games or continue working together.”
PQube has responded with a statement denying the allegations, saying it has fulfilled its role as publisher despite a history of “delays and difficulties” and an attempt by Toge Productions to “unilaterally enforce inappropriate revised terms of our agreement.” .
We have honored all commitments of our publishing agreement and have supported Toge Productions at every stage of product development through all delays and difficulties. This support included offering significant additional funding, beyond grant funding, to support development, porting and commercialization. Toge Productions have for some time attempted to unilaterally enforce inappropriate revised terms of our Agreement and it is disappointing that they have attempted to handle the matter in this manner, failing to achieve this and despite PQube’s considerable efforts to do so consider. We will respond through the appropriate channels.
A space for the unbound is a slice of life game set in rural Indonesia in the late 90’s about a boy and girl dealing with a cocktail of anxiety, depression and supernatural powers. Atma and Raya, two high school sweethearts, embark on an adventure through beautiful pixel art scenes.
The game was originally going to be released on Steam, Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It is unclear when or if the game will be released now, as the publishers and developers enter into this conflict.
https://www.polygon.com/23320146/a-space-for-the-unbound-toge-productions-mojiken-studio-pqube-games According to Game Studio, the publisher took advantage of them to get a “diversity fund” and kept the money