Tiny Metal embezzlement drama winds down, as court case comes to conclusion

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Chary, Jul 31, 2018.



    Some might still remember the ill-fated Project Phoenix Kickstarter campaign from 2013, to create a strategy RPG with heavy influences from Final Fantasy Tactics. The project had reputable staff members with experience from games like Valkyria Chronicles, Steins;Gate, L.A. Noire, Final Fantasy III, and more, who's names helped funding break the million dollar mark, out of a $100,000 goal. Project Phoenix was slated for a March 2015 release and, obviously, failed to meet that deadline.

    In 2017, after a lack of updates on Phoenix's development, it was suddenly announced that a new game called Tiny Metal was being worked on by Project Phoenix's leader; Hiroaki Yura. Concerns arose when it was revealed that Tiny Metal would be developed in order to gain funding for Phoenix, which already had a $1,000,000 budget through crowdfunding. It was stressed that Tiny Metal was not being funded with Project Phoenix's money, but with mostly radio silence on the original game, things were looking bleak.

    An employee, Tariq Lacy, said to be working on both games claimed that Yura was embezzling money in order to get Tiny Metal developed. Lacy took to the game's official Facebook to outline an alleged embezzlement plot, which Yura claimed was slander. Both became embroiled in a court case against the other, and a year later, the results have been decided. Tokyo's Civil Affairs Court has mandated that Lacy must publicly admit that their claims were incorrect and slander, as well as paying out around $3,700 in damages. Though, Lacy is still owed $5,400 in contract fees that have been yet unpaid, that must be paid as well.

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    Project Phoenix still has received no updates, despite Tiny Metal having launched late last year.
    Discussion (8 replies)
  1. AdamFX990

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    When considering the amount of free media attention Tiny Metal got from the drama and the result of the case, I would've thought it prudent for this Hiroaki guy to capitalise on the chance to reveal some progress on Project Phoenix. But it seems to me the Phoenix is down...
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  2. HaloEliteLegend

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    Ah, so he won the lawsuit. Good for him, but unfortunately I think the damage is already done as far as public opinion goes.
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  3. the_randomizer

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    Never even heard of this *shrug*
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  4. MeteoXavier

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    Jul 21, 2018
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    I've had personal contact and experience with Hiroaki Yura before all this and the Project Phoenix thing was started. A long time ago, when I was a young VGM composer wannabe trying to get any kind of work whatsoever, I happened upon a project that promised big things and a big budget. I had talked the project director into letting me see if we could get Hiroki Kikuta to re-arrange one of my themes into something with vocals and Hiroaki introduced himself to me on Facebook as a mediator between the two of us. I came exceptionally close to getting an old song re-arranged by Hiroki and then the project director disappeared without a trace. So that was the end of that opportunity.

    Oddly still, I occasionally talked to Hiroaki a couple times after that on the subject and he made some rather bizarre claims about Hiroki Kikuta that he volunteered seemingly out of nowhere - specifically that Hiroki had weird emotional/personal problems and he did all his work on an old and overheating iMac. Then at some random point Hiroaki blocked me entirely from Facebook for reasons I'm completely in the dark about.

    So when I read this stuff, it's like... I dunno... I don't really completely trust either side...
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  5. tyrran

    tyrran Advanced Member

    May 17, 2008
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    This game looked too good to be true when it was teased on Kickstarter: fantastic core concepts, gorgeous graphics, really great “Kickstarter only” bonuses for backers and, best of all, Uematsu Nobuo attached for the soundtrack. It made me so sad that I couldn’t back for a copy at the time, and I hoped to eventually scrape together enough to slacker-back through their website.

    Jesus in a Tesla, am I glad I saved my money. This dumpster fire is going to burn long into the next decade, and I wonder if I’ll ever see it launched.
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  6. Prior22

    Prior22 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 23, 2010
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    Tiny Metal and Wargroove were both tributes to the Advance Wars series. Hopefully Nintendo can take this is as a hint to devote less attention to the fifty billionth Fire Emblem release, and more to the first AW since 2008.
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  7. Chary

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    The damage was already done when he needed to create another game to get cash for his million dollar Kickstarter that's about 3 years overdue with no well detailed explaination.
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  8. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
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    Tiny metal == Tiny soldering?