Crowdfunded 'hentai Harvest Moon' cancelled after artist flees with assets

Crowdfunded 'hentai Harvest Moon' cancelled after artist flees with assets
Matthew Jarvis

By Matthew Jarvis

July 15th 2016 at 11:13AM

Breeding Season art director Vladimir Sandler started rival project Cloud Meadow – but claims his actions were an effort to 'save' the game

A massively popular sex-farming simulator hybrid has been shut down after one of its creators set up a competing game using its assets.

Breeding Season was described as a cross between farming sim Harvest Moon and the Japanese animated porn known as hentai, and was estimated to be making more than $42,000 a month on Patreon, according to Kotaku.

Breeding Season suddenly vanished from the crowdfunding site recently, with one of its developers posting a lengthy blog post explaining the situation.

As it is told by the dev, the art director for the project, Vladimir Sandler, was granted full ownership and rights to the title’s art assets from its beginning.

Sandler subsequently left the development team and created his own sex-farming simulator, Cloud Meadow (pictured).

Thanks to Sandler’s ownership of Breeding Season’s art, he made use of the assets in his new game, while threatening his former colleagues with legal action unless they removed the files from their game – as well as reportedly “walking away with half the entire studio’s savings”.

“This leaves Breeding Season half stripped of assets,” the title’s remaining team said. “Effectively, this would scrap the entire project as it currently stands, forcing us to start over completely from square one.

“There is no way the project could actually survive the process, the game is just dead, that’s the end.”

Sandler himself issued a response, claiming that his actions were an attempt to “save” Breeding Season.

“The way the actual Breeding Season game development was going, it would never have actually been finished, even if myself and the other artists worked 24/7,” he said.

“Cloud Meadow was not made to simply steal the profits of Breeding Season for myself, but to actually save what I could of the Breeding Season project, and deliver on the spirit of the promises made by the project.”