When we had a look at it, Pixel Force: DJ Hero was in playable form, but hadn’t yet been released to the public. After waiting a little longer than the “month” we were promised, the game finally saw the light of day a week ago, on December 1st.
…but it didn’t last long. While Activision apparently had no problems with the retro-pixel-love-fest that is Ruth‘s trademark, it seems that Universal Music have put their foot down, sending the developer a Cease and Desist note and ordering him to take the game down.
From Ruth’s Twitter:
“Pixel Force: DJ Hero has been removed due to a C&D [cease and desist – Ed.] from Universal Music Group. Big Companies with too much money can suck it.”
Apparently, it’s not-so-cool to make chiptune mash-ups of songs that you don’t hold the publishing rights to, even if you’re using them in super-clever projects with awesome art direction. The fact Ruth wasn’t making any money off of the game doesn’t factor into it. Sigh.
Still – the game was in the wild for a whole week, so if you haven’t played it yet, chances are a quick search will come up with some download links for you.