Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Netflix sued over Rebel Moon game

The company behind the planned Rebel Moon tabletop game are suing Netflix for allegedly backing out of a deal and refusing to compensate.

Netflix may be gearing up for the winter release of the first part of Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon saga – which is totally not a Star Wars ripoff – but if you’re looking for tie-in fun, you might be better off flipping through the novelization. As it turns out, not only was the previously announced Rebel Moon TTRPG (tabletop role-playing game for the newbs) been scrapped, but its creator, Evil Genius Games is even suing Netflix over alledgedly backing out of the deal.

As per Evil Genius’ website, “We signed an official agreement with Netflix on March 22, 2023, to create the game and RPG-related materials, promising a finished game to coincide with the film’s release on December 22, 2023.” Soon after the deal was made, they produced a 228-page World Bibe, a 337-page Game Master’s Guide and a 430-page Player’s Guide for their Rebel Moon game. “Unfortunately, after delivering this unbelievable world and tabletop role-playing game to Netflix, it canceled the contract and is asserting the IP we created, along with the entire game, now belongs to it. Netflix also refused to compensate us fairly for our work.” One of the triggers came when Netflix insisted there was a breach when Evil Genius took materials from the Rebel Moon game to a trade show.

The aforementioned Rebel Moon game’s World Bible was meant to build on Snyder’s universe, which the lawsuit claims was at least partly created to fill in gaps deemed necessary to understand the entirety of the world.

In a statement, Evil Genius CEO said, “Our aim is to ensure our team is recognized for their fantastic work, and that we can release this game for millions of TTRPG enthusiasts to enjoy…It’s disheartening to see Netflix backpedal on content that was jointly showcased and had received their prior consent. We urge our supporters to contact Netflix and Zack Snyder to push for the release of this game.’’ The company has set up various means to help them promote their cause.

Evil Genius Games also has licenses for other major properties such as Escape from New York, Total Recall and Rambo.

The first part of Rebel Moon hits Netflix on December 22nd, while the second is set for April 19th, 2024.

What do you make of the lawsuit between Evil Genius Games and Netflix over the Rebel Moon game? Would you play the TTRPG if it ever hits shelves?

Originally published at https://www.joblo.com/netflix-sued-over-rebel-moon-video-game/

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