Atlus has long since closed the MMO Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Online, so some fans got organized and resurrected it, launching the REImagine project, that is, creating amateur servers to host the game. The Japanese company however did not take it well and has sued the authors of the project, to the point that soon they will have to appear before a judge to defend themselves against the accusation of having caused very serious damage with their behavior.
The lawsuit was filed in December 2021, but only now has it gotten to the point of ending up in court. Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Online is a MMO for PC set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, where players visit various locations and complete quests to earn loot.
Launched in 2007 in Japan and in 2008 and 2009 in North America and Europe, respectively, it has never met with enormous success, so much so that on May 24, 2016 it was closed. Some fans, however, did not give up and, gathered under the name of Rekuiemu Games, in 2020 they decided to resurrect it, making it playable again. This is not the first time something like this has happened, as there are similar services for other games no longer supported by their publishers, such as Star Wars Galaxies, City of Heroes and The Matrix Online.
Usually no one has anything to say about such initiatives, which concern very small circles of people (only the most dedicated fans of the various titles), but Atlus believes that the REimagine project “has caused and will continue to cause irreparable damage”, to unless the court intervenes and stops him definitively.
Atlus wants all the sites connected to the project, as well as the servers, to be closed and wants compensation for $ 25,000. The fact that the REimagine project is the only way to preserve Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Online and that its authors earn nothing from it is of little interest to the company, which goes straight on its way.