The individual placed in charge of acquiring backgrounds for us, EvilPanda, has deliberately sabotaged this project. More after the break...
EvilPanda came to us at the beginning of our project and offered to help us acquire needed backgrounds. We saw no reason to turn down the help, so we gladly accepted on the condition that he speak to each artist individually. He informed me that he had done just this. As this project is designed to be for the community, by the community, we wanted to involve as many popular fandom artists as possible. It has been brought to our attention he did not speak to a single artist about the use of their work.
When confronted about this he informed us that he works for both another project and a blogger. With this, he stated he had never intended on helping this team, but the opposite. I never felt the need to go back and check that he had indeed contacted the artists. It seemed unlikely that someone would lie, especially regarding a project that is being developed as a free gift. His motivation for this is unclear, but we have our suspicions as to the blogger he is working with. As for now, we can not say until concrete evidence is found.
For the artists that were damaged by this, I can only express my most sincere apologies to them, and my anger for this incident. We will be posting a full accreditation of the art used to our site shortly. In addition, we will remove all artwork not created by a staffed team member from our archives. Why someone would behave in such a manner is far beyond me, but it goes without saying this a pretty bucked up move. I would strongly advise anyone that knows this individual to NOT work or associate with them.
I personally apologize for this incident, and will work to ensure this does not happen again.
This being the case, I have something for all of you. Given this situation, I am beyond disgusted. As this game is made as a gift for all of you, we here at Filly Gamez would like your thoughts on what our next move should be. We can continue this project and move on with Act 2, but we leave this entirely in your hands. This has never been our project, it has been yours. A gift made for you the community. As our game is about decisions, it seems only fair to let you, the players, make this decision.
What should Filly Gamez do?
1. Continue on with Act 2 and make the necessary changes to Act 1?
2. Leave the project unfinished?