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Remember Save Me Mr Tako: Tasukete Tako-San? This Game Boy-style adventure was given a glowing 8/10 review by us in 2018 and seemed destined to receive a lovely physical edition at one point. But sitting here right now, in The Year of Our Lord 2020, it’s currently impossible to purchase this delightful game.

That’s because Christophe Galati, the developer, has parted company with publisher Nicalis, which means the title has been delisted from all digital storefronts. “After being published by Nicalis for two years it was time to go separate ways,” Galati told us exclusively. “I can’t discuss this matter more but I’m excited to be able to exploit my game again and do things with my IP.”

While Galati has been nothing but professional about the whole matter and, in October, issued a statement in which he spoke in positive terms of his relationship with Nicalis, reading between the lines it’s fairly easy to detect a degree of tension between the two. When revelations regarding the business practices of Nicalis surfaced last year, Save me Mr Tako was cited as an example of the publisher’s lack of commitment to its partners.

According to Kotaku:

Earlier this month, the developer of a Game Boy-styled platformer called Save Me, Mr. Tako told a similar story, writing on Twitter that he’d submitted a new patch for his game that added an easy mode and fixed some of players’ complaints. “But it’s up to Nicalis to decide when it will come out,” he wrote. “It’s ready, and I guess it will come out on Steam first. Really hope it will be soon because it’s frustrating to see people complaining about issues I fixed a while back.” In response, Rodriguez wrote on Twitter that Tako hadn’t sold well enough to justify implementing the patch. “Unfortunately, the game did not yet make back what we put into it,” he said. “We have a policy of stringent QA testing before pushing releases, and we do not have the space in our budget to QA test the patch so we can push it out.”

It’s easy to see, then, why Galati has been so keen to wrestle back control over his game. Unfortunately, because the title was totally delisted from digital stores, it does mean that anyone who has already purchased it will have to pay all over again once it becomes available – although Galati tells us that he is looking into ways of doing a “special sale” or a code giveaway to those who have already paid money for it.

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