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Wisecrack Games cancels Sam Suede Kickstarter project

False reports of Al Lowe lawsuit damaged the game's chance of success

Wisecrack Games has cancelled its Kickstarter project for Sam Suede in Undercover Exposure following an alleged dispute with Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe.

"After much deliberation, we have decided to take a step back, regroup and brainstorm as to the best approach to re-launching this project," a statement on the Sam Suede Kickstarter page reads.

"Within an hour of the Kickstarter launch, erroneous and misleading information was posted and declared to the media about Wisecrack Games, attempting to derail any progress of this Kickstarter campaign. It was the leg work and research of the gaming community that revealed the foul play. Eventually, the truth prevailed, albeit too late."

The game's Kickstarter pitch video featured Lowe's image several times, and drew particular attention to his involvement with the game. Lowe did work on the idea six years earlier, but numerous reports surfaced that he intended to sue Wisecrack for misrepresenting his contribution.

The information proved to be incorrect, but, according to Wisecrack, the damage was already done.

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Latest comments (1)

Paul Trowe President & CEO, Replay Games4 years ago
Ken Wegrzyn should really stop lying to the fans, public and media. Their initial Kickstarter campaign had Al Lowe and Leisure Suit Larry all over it. In addition, it was entitled "Al Lowe & Ken Wegrzyn present Sam Suede" which couldn't be further than the truth. In fact, Al had nothing to do with legal action against Ken Wegrzyn or Wisecrack, it all came from Replay Games since they were using our IP, which we paid a hefty price tag for, w/o our knowledge or consent. My personal emails to them went unanswered so our lawyer sent a demand letter to their corporate address. They then took Al's pictures (all 10 of them) off the page along with all the screen shots of the various MULTIPLE Larry games.

When reporting something, do your freaking homework, will ya? Whatever happened to investigative journalism? I guess not everybody can be a Dean Takahashi.
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