As you all may know I have been very neutral in this matter because of my involvement with SMP. First time I heard that there even were an issue was when Muzzy came to these forums explaining the situation: http://forum.dwelvers.com/showthread.php?tid=560
To be honest, at first I didn't believe him because this came as a shock to me, but after that I had a chat with Ben I understood the seriousness in the situation.
So this is the current situation, Ben has left Towns and will not get paid for any sales happening after Jan 31. This is a big step, and I truly admire his decision, by doing this he have proven to be someone that care a lot more of his integrity than about the money, and I can not feel anything but respect for him. A part of me also feels like he did it because he didn't want his involvement in Towns to hurt Dwelvers reputation.
These are the links to his announcement:
And here we have a longer discussions on steam regarding this matter:
There are some details I am not allowed to discuss in the contract, but to confirm some things I will say this:
I signed a contract with SMP and they became my publishers, meaning that they financed me during a certain period so that I were able to work on the game full time, and in return they will get a cut out of the sales on Steam. There is nothing fishy about this, it is a standard publisher / developer agreement.
The only involvement Xavi have with Dwelvers is what have been mentioned above. He have had no involvement in the development of Dwelvers what so ever.
Ben have been with me since the first day we signed the contract, he have helped me a lot with the graphics, he have come up with ideas for the game and have motivated me to a large extent. I may add that if it wasn't for him we would probably not have the multilayer dungeon implemented into the game yet, if ever. I have been avoiding discussions about how much Ben have helped me with the game, because as I said in a earlier post about this matter, that what I write and what people hear can be two different things. But I now hope that you all can see that he helping me actually didn't take any time out of the Towns development.
Ben have proven over and over again for me that he is very reliable and that he has a true passion for game design and for Dwelvers and I can say with 100 percent certainty that he is not the reason why Towns stopped developing.
As you probably know, SMP has gotten a very bad reputation on Steam, this is nothing anyone can deny, and this will probably spill over on Dwelvers in one way or another. I have had no involvement in Towns what so ever, but I have to be realistic and take the situation as it is. So the counter messages we probably will take to calm down the storm a little is to give the Towns buyers a discount on Dwelvers. I will post more about this in the upcoming days when we have decided if this is the right way to go.