Allison Road Publisher Addresses Cancellation, Doesn't Explain What Happened

"Sometimes things pan out differently than expected."

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Team17 has released a statement addressing the cancellation of Allison Road, the P.T. (Silent Hills) inspired horror game developed by indie studio Lilith Ltd.

"After a long consideration between Lilith owner Chris Kesler and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label," the publisher said, speaking to VG247.

"We love the concept and value Chris's talent highly, but sometimes things pan out differently than expected, as game development and publishing have so many layers of complexity. The whole team here wish all the best to Chris on his current and future projects for which, before being a business [partners of], we are also a fan."

Allison Road appeared in the wake of Konami cancelling P.T. (Silent Hills) and got off the ground using Steam Greenlight in 2015. Although Lilith initially used Kickstarter for funding, it later partnered with Worms developer Team 17 for a traditional publishing deal.

On June 5, 2016, the official Allison Road Twitter account confirmed the project had been cancelled, and no explanation was provided for why. Following this, the Allison Road Facebook page was updated with a statement. This, however, didn't provide any further insight into why development had been abandoned.

"After a long consideration between Team17 and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label.

"Sometime things pan out differently than expected as game development and publishing have so many layers of complexity. We'd like to especially thank everyone for their support through-out, it has and will always be appreciated."

The original plan was for Allison Road to be released on PC before the end of 2016, followed by Mac, Linux, and console ports after that. As is the case with many cancelled game development projects, we may never know what happened behind the scenes.

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I see some fellow gamers are bashing RE7. I personally liked the demo a lot - I was sceptical at first, but now I have finished it in any way possible, I am confident it will make me enjoy the franchise after a lot of years. The atmosphere is great, the (hinted) inventory puzzles and multiple choices system shows promise for the final product (we'll have to wait and see though) and the story seems to be taking a less "war on zombies" and more "mysterious evil in scary places" path. As a huge fan of the original trilogy and a sworn hater of modern Capcom, they certainly have my attention with this one.

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Team17 probably wanted Lilith to do or include something related to a previous game and Chris was like "NO" and they got pissed. It's always some minor bullshit that causes things to go sour.

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It's too bad this didn't make it. I was looking forward to peeking around corners with a knife in my hand and squealing when the lights go out.

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"After a long consideration between Lilith owner Chris Kesler and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label,"

"After a long consideration between Team17 and ourselves, we have reached a mutual agreement to end our collaboration on publishing Allison Road under Team17’s Games label."

This is repeated in the article.

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@chad28_69: That's because it's reinforcing the point that both Team 17 and Lilith are just repeating the same vague language that one of their legal departments came up with.

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@zmanbarzel: good save

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How awesome would be if Sony hush to the rescue and save this IP eh?

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Guys, if you were really looking forward to this, you should Google "Visage".

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Maybe konami got to them if so will take action against capcom with Res 7.

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The game actually looked damn good. But its really not a shocker it got cancelled. We will not get a great horror game this gen and that is how I feel about it. You can see say RE7 but we will see what that final product looks like.

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@imajinn: RE7 will be disappointing.

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@imajinn: Agree, when i saw RE7 trailer I thought it was Condemned 3. It's just Capcom is not doing their own way but instead start looking other developer idea put into their game. This is why I have not bought any capcom games for while.

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Camou beat me to it... ;) There's a HUGE difference between "good concept and early POC build" and actually finishing a game -- let alone a FUN game... I know this from personal experience.

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I think what happened was he wanted to emulate P.T. badly becoming the white knight of gaming and that was as far as his planning went. If you don't have a real vision for something, chances are that you will be stuck in development hell

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AT LEAST WE HAVE AUTOPLAY VIDEOS!!!!! WTF

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@wtf_666: NoScript in Firefox=solved. Or even blacklist certain components in AdBlock Plus.

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@Pyrosa: Already told him to use Adblock to get rid of the container the video is in. I think he just wants to bitch and moan.

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That's too bad, really. I'm kinda surprised that they would keep cancelling these games since everyone seems to be upset about not having a game like this.

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PT got canceled, this got canceled.

Resident evil VII third time's the charm?

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@swavo13:

"PT got canceled, this got canceled.

Resident evil VII probably should be cancelled." Fixed xD

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@swavo13: na, capcom needs money so they will milk this franchise really bad

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Maybe #FucKonami got to them.

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Took the money and run.

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@DrunkenPunk800: what money? they canceled their kickstarter before they saw any money from it.

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