Report suggests development on Abandoned has halted

Report suggests development on Abandoned has halted
Josh Wise Updated on by

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A new report, from GameSpot, alleges that PlayStation 5 survival horror Abandoned is in development trouble; indeed, that, at the moment, “there is no game” in development.

The report claims to have information from a private Discord server, in which the game’s director, Hasan Kahraman, communicates with fans. Kahraman is the founder of Blue Box Game Studios—the developer supposedly working on the game.

The members of this server had to sign non-disclosure agreements. In return, Kahraman would share content: “Screenshots, animations, and even a page of the game’s script.”

The report paints a very strange picture. GameSpot interviewed “more than half a dozen people who have had close contact with Kahraman since September 2021.”

The crux of the matter is simple. Kahraman has seemingly been dishonest with the fans on this server. He would indicate, for example, that a reveal was planned for a certain day, only for nothing to happen. He has, according to GameSpot, admitted that Abandoned is “on hold and he first needs to fund its development with a playable prologue, which our sources indicate he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to create.” Kahraman would apparently play Rainbow Six Siege with server members late into the night.

Blue Box has refuted the report, in a statement to PC Gamer, saying that the game is “in development.” And blaming “angry fans who did not see the game.” On the official website, an FAQ informs us that “The Playable Prologue is a standalone game.” And that “The revenue generated from the Prologue will help us independently fund the development for Abandoned.”

So there you have it—something of a confusing picture. It seems as if the game itself is currently not in development. Rather the Playable Prologue is. I tried to play the game, but it didn’t work.