Mutant Mudds and Dementium developer Renegade Kid says it will cease support for 3DS if the rampant piracy that plagued its predecessor breaks out on the console.
According to various online reports, hackers have, in recent weeks, made major strides in their efforts to unlock the inner workings of Nintendo's portable and running unofficial code on the device - developments which could lead to piracy.
Renegade Kid boss Jools Watsham has voiced his concerns in a recent blog post.
"Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe. We'll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time," he said, stating that the sequel sold 'less than half' of the original due to piracy.
"If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games," he warned. "Some say that piracy leads to more game sales, claiming that it enables players to try before they buy. Bullshit. The percentage of people who will spend money on a game that they already got for free is surely very small - especially with so many 'free' games already in the market. The line between what should/should not be free is getting very blurry."
Watsham continues with a clear message to hackers. "If these hackers really want to mess with the guts of a 3DS, why not become legit developers for it and let the world enjoy their talents? Many of today's great programmers used to be hackers back in the day. It is a great way to learn the craft. Putting ones efforts towards the creation of legit games instead of potentially crippling the market seems like a much more fulfilling path."
Former Nintendo UK general manager David Yarnton told CVG ahead of 3DS' launch in early 2011 that the portable contains the most sophisticated anti-piracy technology of any console in Nintendo history.