Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game


Teens with too much attitude

I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes of a producer making their own tokusatsu show in the classic mold. A lot of other folks liked that idea as well, which translated to quite a bit of money on Kickstarter. All's well that ends well, right? 

Unfortunately, like Rita Repulsa sticking her mug out of that moon dumpster she was sleeping in, shady business interests have smelled money and are looking to capitalize. According to an update released to backers, Behold have revealed that they're currently in talks with Saban, the owners of Power Rangers to work out a deal to give the company royalties from the game's sales when it comes out. The alternative, according to the studio, would be that Saban would sue to keep the game from being released over copyright concerns.

This reads as a real sleazy move on Saban's part, because Chroma Squad is inspired by far more than the Power Rangers (which is adapted from Super Sentai, as you likely know). As Behold notes: 

"You all know that our game is inspired by something much broader than Power Rangers...We're talking about an amazing sentai culture that is mostly Japanese, but got even bigger with fans from around the world. We're talking about tokusatsu in general, Japanese super heroes, animes, kamen riders, everything that inspired us very much in our childhood and continue to inspire us now."

If nothing else, Behold is in active talks and has committed to getting the game out in the state they want it to be. It's just a real bummer that Saban, which has virtually nothing to do with the game directly, seem to think they're entitled to a cut.

Zordon would be ashamed.

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