Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World, an unauthorized sequel from indie developer Phantasm Studios, has been pulled from Kickstarter due to an intellectual property dispute.
The campaign was shuttered at the behest of Capcom, who submitted a request on Nov. 19. Phantasm was attempting to obtain a developers license for the game, which would have reimagined many of the Ghosts 'N Goblins' original concepts. If the studio failed to obtain the rights, it planned to rename Ghosts ‘N Goblins: Demon World to King Arthur.
A copyright notice on Kickstarter states the following:
"The project acknowledges its goal is to create an update to the Ghosts ‘N Goblins franchise based upon the characters, stories, music and other copyrightable elements of the Property. Such unauthorized update would clearly violate Capcom's exclusive rights under copyright law to create derivative works of the Property. It would also violate Capcom's trademark rights in the Property. The project admits it will need Capcom's permission to proceed and has not received one. To its knowledge, Capcom has not been contacted by the project."
Kickstarter currently lists the project as canceled.