Soulbound Studios insists work on Chronicles of Elyria continues in pre-litigation paperwork response

"Soulbound is still operational, and never actually shuttered"

    
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Back in August, we reported on players filing pre-litigation paperwork to sue Soulbound Studios over Chronicles of Elyria in a class-action lawsuit after hiring a lawyer. This paperwork involved sending letters to both Soulbound Studios and Xsolla, the company responsible for processing payment. As of a couple of days ago, there’s been an update on the Discord channel tracking the case:

The letter from Xsolla’s lawyer effectively defers to Soulbound Studios, simply calling itself a “conduit” for transactions between Soulbound and its customers and stating that the company is unable to respond fully to the pre-litigation letter “without knowing […] contentions about Xsolla’s role in the alleged breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and how [the company] violated [the related] Business and Professions Code.”

The response from Souldbound’s lawyer is significantly more aggressive in tone, outright calling the game merely delayed and continuing to claim that although the studio had laid off its staff, it was still operating and working to deliver CoE:

“While Soulbound’s current financial situation required the company to terminate substantially all of their employees, the founder of Soulbound has, since the end of March, continued to work on CoE on an unpaid basis as his only work and plans to continue working on CoE until Soulbound is able to deliver CoE, with the elements promised to backers.”

The letter further addresses the complaints of backers, claiming that the studio is under no obligation to provide deliverables until they are ready, arguing that the studio’s gameplay videos are not misleading, and denying the claim that Soulbound didn’t shut down its store and stop crowdfunding after the mass layoff. The letter further demands that any additional correspondence include “actual evidence or facts” in support of future claims.

“It is difficult to advise our client to take any particular action based solely on blanket and conclusory allegations. That said, Soulbound agrees to preserve documents and other potential evidence as requested in your letter; and is happy to immediately discuss non-monetary resolutions, with the understanding that the company is lacking the resources to make any monetary settlement offers.”

Doing a quick check of CoE’s official channels, we see no recent updates on either Twitter, the official site, or its developer-facing forum sections.

source: Discord via MMORGP.com
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Bruno Brito

The response from Souldbound’s lawyer is significantly more aggressive in tone, outright calling the game merely delayed and continuing to claim that although the studio had laid off its staff, it was still operating and working to deliver CoE:

I hope the backers organize to fling poop on the studio hq.

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2Ton Gamer

Give him 10-15 years to work on it in a tiny single room with a toilet and maybe an assistant named Bubba, ya know, for emotional support during those tough crunch times….

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silverlock

In related news I’m still working on the next great American novel expect it soon!

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Greaterdivinity

I’m sure Jeremy is working hard on it! Spending hours a day thinking about what he could do if he had a staff and money to pay them.

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treehuggerhannah

Ugh. Everyone understands by now that this game is never going to happen. It’s crappy of the developer to pull this transparent charade for the sole purpose of denying people their refunds.

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HolyAvengerOne

Ahh Jeromy, you’re fooling no one. You had many chances of coming clean, actually atoning, turning that ship around but every time you seem to have had that nasty Dungeon Master-god ego complex preventing you from seeing your own folly. Now that your supporters and your employees have paid the price, when they come after your money and all you have for playing unfair, now your family is paying the price in the long run.

How long has it been, Jeromy, how alone must you feel.

Put an end to this, come clean, bare it all, put this to rest and you’ll save what’s left for your children and your future.

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Dro Gul

Lock him up.
Lock him up.
Lock him up.

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velimirius

Lies of Elyria continues

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Ironwu

Only ‘still being worked’ on for purposes of legal maneuvering. No game will ever come of this.

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Tanek

I got the impression with the initial announcement at the start of the year that the founder thought announcing the financial trouble and studio closure would be a “whoops, didn’t work out, oh well” and that was that. (I mean “And so, for the time being, Chronicles of Elyria heads into the darkness…” does not sound like it is just pining for the fjords, does it.)

Then with the threat of legal issues it all of a sudden became “what? you thought the game was dead? no no no, it is still being actively worked on.”

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P Jones

The owner literally said, multiple times, that he had shuttered/closed his studio. Then magically when he realized people were pissed he changed his tune and said he (and some unnamed volunteers) were still working on it. Guy is a clown.

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PanagiotisLial1

The problem is he can actually win by pretending he is working on it and just keeping the site and maybe forum online. I dont see how anyone would be able to prove he doesnt work on it vs his “I am working alone so I need a lot of time”. He can easily drag it around 10+ years when everyone will have forgotten. We already barely remember TUG for example. Of course its quite unethical but I am not convinced he cares

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silverlock

That might work for criminal law (but I wouldn’t bet on it) but for civil law such a obvious lie wouldn’t help his case in fact it would probably weaken it.

Also TUG actually produced a pretty good game I know I liked it.