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Actually, that was one of the arguments that they raised with Valve, but in the end they still had to deal with the option holders. That was in 2012, when Faceless was going to be free.
However, if you look at the Christmas 2014 journal, guess who showed up again?
<i>"Faceless did certainly have its struggles this year, earlier on we were told to cease all development by a lawyer for the Slender Man's option holders.
Despite direct support from Eric Knudsen himself, the option holders own the rights to adapt the Slender Man to media such as film/TV, and videogames. They relied on outdated information from way back when we were called "Slender: Source" and sought to close the project down. Fortunately, after much deliberation and communication, we are pleased to say that the request was dropped after the option holders acknowledged that we provided enough information that The Being is altogether a different entity, despite the remaining similarities in its appearance."</i>
Both times, the issue was resolved but not for the reason you thought. Both times, the option holder had to be dealt with. And I think Valve would be extra tough on games with "Slender" or "Slender Man" in the title (or, likely in Faceless' case, SM or an entity that looks like him being in one of the main images unless - as I have stated before - the option holder's express permission has been granted for use of SM)
Hey guys, been on the group for a while but I don't think I ever really introduced myself here. I'm Daniel (most people know me as Dan, TheWalshinator or Walsh) and I'm the project leader at Walshinator Productions, where me and my currently small team are working on a first-person psychological horror game series called ALWAYS HUNTING, a prototype for the first of which (Jacob's Story) is currently in development.
Help is always welcome and greatly appreciated, so if you are interested in helping out or just want to chat (which I'm totally fine with), feel free to send me a PM or hit me up on Skype (thewalshinator1). I'll say now that we do not currently have a budget, so paid work isn't an option right now but might become available in the future, because I plan to launch a fundraiser campaign after the prototype's three levels are completed.
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Yes, Haunted Memories got Greenlit, but that is because the game had clear differences to it. The most important of them was that they never used the Slender Man myth or character, nor is Slender Man ever mentioned in it; Haunted Memories tells the story of Mark Slender (who, as established by the scraps collected, is a completely different entity altogether, only similarities are the basic appearance and the "Slender" in his name).
Just because the Slender Man is known as an urban myth, it doesn't mean it isn't copyrighted. Copyright on a work (in this case, the Slender Man myth and character) automatically applies as soon as it is published (in this case, on the SomethingAwful forums). Those rights belonged to Eric, and were bought from him by the option holder, who probably applied for extra protection on their claim to Slender Man.
To be honest, I don't think Hadley's permission will mean much to Valve, since he doesn't own the Slender Man myth or character. Just because of the fact that he and BIS might have had Eric's and/or the option holder's permission to use the Slender Man in Slender: The Arrival, it doesn't mean that either can grant the permission to use Slender Man to someone else. And - as I have stated before- the option holder's words will outweigh all in terms of talking to Valve.
Not trying to be a downer here, just saying that I wouldn't hold my breath for S:A being allowed on Steam anytime soon, unless you're willing to take it up with the option holder.
Trust me, I'm basing my statement on a popular Slender-based game that you might have heard of; the one that goes by the title Faceless. Faceless was blocked from Steam Greenlight at one point - even though 1) it was going to be free at the time 2) it got high ratings from the community and 3) the developers had Mr. Knudsen's permission and blessing to create it, which they had made clear - due to copyright concerns, specifically regarding the option holder. Thing is, while Eric is the undisputed creator of the Slender Man myth, he doesn't actually have the power to decide who can and who can't use the Slender Man in films, TV, literature or games; that right goes to the option holder, who owns the Slender Man IP.
I doubt it, Valve wouldn't allow it - unless we had express permission from Eric Knudsen (AKA Victor Surge) and the (anonymous) third-party option holder to use the Slender Man in our game - to avoid drama.
Nice screenie :D
Could be a possibility, I will consider it...
Whether or not to remove Laughing Jack, Eyeless Jack, Jeff and BEN
I'll give it to you straight: it's hard to understand what you're trying to say sometimes, and your grammar could use some work.
It's nothing against you personally, it's just that it can really let down the written elements of a project if the grammar and/or structure is out (I have played quite a few games and read quite a few stories where this was the case).
Nice screenies, Endo :D
If you ever need help with spelling and grammar, just shoot me a message ;) I'm good at that stuff.
Tracking, I think this is gonna be great :)
Danke, mein fruend ^^
Or maybe "conducting" the scenery ;)
Liking the looks of these, can't wait to test >.<
Looks great :D
Looks great :D looking forward to this
When it's done :/
When it's done
That looks friggin awesome :D
Man, every time I see more progress, I get more excited to see this :D
Still accepting help, yes :)
That's because it's an alpha XD
Graphics are so beautiful ^^
Can't wait to see this :D
Thank you :)
Sounds great :D
If you have something to contribute, yes :)
'Twas the aim ;)
Lol, White Night is a TC.
To clarify: I know this is a joke, but I just had to point it out XD