Recent comments from Renegade Kid founder Jools Watsham about having to leave the 3DS if piracy got to be too bad unsurprisingly got people talking. His original post was a rather short one, and in an attempt to clarify where he stands on the matter, the game director has written a more extensive follow-up on his blog.
"I wrote this: 'If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games.' This does not mean I am taking a stand against piracy," writes Watsham. "This does not mean I am taking my business elsewhere in an action of protest. What this means is if we cannot make money from developing games we can no longer develop games. That is what can happen if piracy gets bad. If enough people choose to illegally obtain copies of my games for free instead of paying for them, it directly affects my business and my home."
Continuing, he reiterates that Renegade Kid has plans for 3DS games into 2014. "I don't think there is a solution to piracy. It will always exist in some form. We just need to make sure the price of games is affordable. We need to make it easy to buy and own games. The availability and access player's have to their games needs to be at least as easy and convenient as the ROM sites make it to illegally download a game file. Ideally, it should be better. If the player's only question is, 'buy or not buy?', and not dealing with issues such as, 'how do I transfer ownership of this game to my new system?' then we'll have minimized the appeal of piracy."
3DS Piracy Revisited! [Jools Watsham's Blog]