Has it been abandoned?

Abandoned Developer Reportedly Mislead Fans In ‘Toxic’ Chat Room

Abandoned developer Blue Box Game Studios has reportedly misled fans in a “toxic” chat room rife with NDAs and solicited business deals.

Announced in April 2021, Abandoned has traversed a rocky road, to say the least. Rumours of it being a secret Hideo Kojima project ended up being false. At one point, it seemed that the developers played along with the Kojima rumours.

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More recently, historic tweets were suddenly deleted, which sparked rumours that Abandoned was never going to be released. Furthermore, despite denying that Abandoned is a horror game, we’re no closer to actually knowing what this actually game is.

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We don’t know what to believe

Unfortunately, the development road of Abandoned has gotten even rockier, that’s if recent reports are to be believed. In a report from GameSpot, individuals close to Blue Box have claimed that fans have been misled in a “toxic” private Discord chat room. Additionally, it is claimed the game is “not actively being worked on”. Some even suggest that “there is no game” in development.

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The Discord chat room is said to be led by Blue Box Game Studios president, Hasan Kahraman. It is claimed that only a small group of its community members have been kept inside the games development loop.

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It’s reported that the small group was required to sign an NDA. For that reason, names have been kept anonymous. According to interviews with GameSpot, the select Discord group members have had close contact with Kahraman since September 2021.

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Is Abandoned in disarray?

However, not only is Abandoned claimed to be “in disarray,” but Kahraman “promises a lot, including paid work for fans, but also delivers very little.” Furthermore, it’s claimed that should members press Kahraman for information, he was described as “duplicitous and prone to mood swings.

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Credit: Blue Box Game Studios

Kahraman used to tell the group he was actively working on Abandoned, but as time went on, he would fail to show much of anything that seemed genuine or compelling, often even missing self-imposed deadlines,” claims the report.

For instance, after saying he had a reveal planned for a day of the week, that day would come and go without a new development.

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Kahraman would also reportedly offer the Discord members paid work related to Abandoned, including storing physical copies of the game.

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Credit: Blue Box Game Studios

The GameSpot report claims that Kahraman asked a fan to keep physical copies of Abandoned in storage for a payment of $1,500. Kahraman even went as far as creating a Blue Box email address for the fan so that they could correspond with Sony. Kahraman would later rescind that deal.

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Another report claims that Kahraman admitted in private that Abandoned is “on hold and he first needs to fund its development with a playable prologue, which our sources indicate he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to create.

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Blue Box denies the allegations

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Credit: Blue Box Game Studios

However, just a few days ago, Blue Box issued a statement to PC Gamer, denying the recent allegations.

It is in development, all of this is just out of context resulted by angry fans who did not see the game, the article written by GameSpot is just based on what these angry users speculate,” read the statement. “One of them is pretending to be a [sic] business partner.

The Prologue will be released whenever we are ready. We are not letting speculation force us to ‘prove’ the game,” continued the statement.

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It’s a sad state of affairs and in truth, it’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to the development of Abandoned. That being said, if there was ever a game befitting of its name, look no further than the enigma from Blue Box Game Studios.

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