Allison Road developer Lillith Ltd has severed its ties with publisher Team 17 after its indie horror game Allison Road was suddenly cancelled.
The studio announced at the beginning of June that the title, inspired by Konami’s similarly canned PT and Silent Hills, had ceased development.
At the time little more was said, other than: “Very sad it came to this.”
Statements from both Lillith and its publishing partner Team 17, whose backing saw the project abandon its Kickstarter campaign before its conclusion, have since revealed that the partnership has split.
“After a long consideration between Team17 and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label,” Lillith posted on Facebook.
“Sometime things pan out differently than expected as game development and publishing have so many layers of complexity... We’d like to especially thank everyone for their support through-out, it has and will always be appreciated.”
Team 17 similarly released a statement, issued to VG247, which reads almost exactly the same:
“After a long consideration between Lilith owner Chris Kesler and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label,” it reads.
“We love the concept and value Chris talent highly, but sometime things pan out differently than expected as game development and publishing have so many layers of complexity. The whole team here wish all the best to Chris on his current and future projects for which, before being a business partner, we are also a fan.”
The cancellation and split could be due to a possible legal threat from Konami over the similarities between Allison Road and PT, to which the former pays clear homage. However, the true reason may never be revealed.