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Updated: The Other Brothers' alpha gameplay footage looks great, but ugly legal situation suggests it's a no-play

Un-brotherly love

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Product: The Other Brothers | Developer: Tobgame | Publisher: 3D Attack | Genre: Action, Platform, Retro
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[Update: Since this article was published, we've been contacted by Thomas and Bjorn from Tobgame, who claim that they have full legal rights over the game and that it will released as planned in the fall. We've contact dotbunny for its side of the story, and will continue our investigations.

Earlier this year we reported on The Other Brothers, an indie game that captured the spirit and story (if not the fairy tale atmosphere) of Super Mario Brothers.

The simple platform gameplay and retro pixel-art graphics made us - and the rest of the gaming community - take notice.

Now, new details about the game and an alpha preview video have surfaced, and it looks like The Other Brothers is close to completion.

The plot kicks off when two plumber brothers see a beautiful redhead kidnapped by some Mafiosi types in front of their garage. They set off to rescue her and travel through sewers and pipes in their quest.

Warp pipe reality

However, there is a chance that we won't be able to play The Other Brothers.

Following a recent dispute with one-time collaborator, dotBunny, the four man team behind The Other Brothers formed their own studio, Tobgame, and continued development on the project without dotBunny’s involvement.

dotBunny says it will be asserting its legal rights. It recently issued a public statement indicating that it is prepared to pursue legal action against "any or all parties involved in the development, production, marketing, distribution, and/or sale of 'The Other Brothers'"

Should the game make it to Google Play or the App Store, it definitely looks like an enjoyable little title, but The Other Brothers appears to have a long and difficult road ahead of it.

 

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Matthew Diener 28 May 2012
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Reapazor | 19:23 - 4 June 2012
It's funny to watch people pose as 'the public' and post things.
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SimianSquared | 01:12 - 30 May 2012
Indeed, TAP and CPriestman, I'd also like to clarify that 'tobgame' is not the name of the studio, it's simply an abbreviation of 'The Other Brothers Game' (.com) which is the web address for the game. The team is infact a partnership between Thomas Pasieka, Bjorn Hurri and Simian Squared Ltd.

Feel free to get in touch via our website at http://www.simiansquared.com :)
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Retrogamer | 04:31 - 29 May 2012
Bjorn Hurri is one of the industry's most respected AAA artists having worked on just about every big name title in the last 10 years and he designed The Other Brothers with his best friend Thomas Pasieka. I know exactly who to believe. Lets see *rubs chin* on one hand we have http://www.opusartz.com/ well known for new IP and designs (Bjorn Hurri) and on the other hand we have some random site by dotBunny which has no finished titles and a lot of hot air.

Lawsuit my ass. The trolls will eventually go away and this game will be enjoyed by it's fans.
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splat | 02:24 - 29 May 2012
As everyone can see, this is clearly a tricky subject. As noted in the update section, we've tweaked a couple of lines of this article, while keeping the - as far as we can work out - key elements of disagreement between the 2 parties involved.

We'll be following up on the subject...
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gigabite | 00:19 - 29 May 2012
Do you work for them TomGamer -- do you know something we don't? If a lawsuit is filed, they will need to defend the suit in court. This is how the legal system works in most western countries.
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TomGamer | 23:40 - 28 May 2012
There is no need to prove anything in court. Please don't make statements about topics you have very little info about "gigabite". The article here on PocketGamer is very factually wrong and should be rewritten/removed.
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gigabite | 22:31 - 28 May 2012
It's true they suggest there is no legal issue, but they may have to prove that in court. Legal action can be costly, and I've seen many games go under simply because of the legal effort involved in publishing.
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TAP | 22:29 - 28 May 2012
dotBunny is NOT the original developer. Bjorn Hurri and Thomas Pasieka own the IP. This article is false in many ways. There is NO legal action trying to stop the development of this game. No legal action what so ever.
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TomGamer | 20:43 - 28 May 2012
There is no legal issue as dotbunny doesn't own the IP. Simple as that.
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CPriestman | 20:36 - 28 May 2012
Actually the doyBunny issue was cleared up the devs, essentially there wasn't one http://mobile.indiegamemag.com/the-other-brothers-not-cancelled-despite-rumours-to-the-contrary/
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