YIIK devs accused of plagiarism, say the dialog in question was intentionally included

A tribute, or a step too far?

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG players have caught on to a dialog section included in the game is actually ripped straight from After Dark, a book from novelist Haruki Murakami. The dialog is word-for-word as it appears in the book, which lead some players to believe that the content was plagiarized. When Ackk Studios was approached about the matter, they offered up the following explanation.

“YIIK does intentionally contain allusions to After Dark by Haruki Murakami! That book was an influence on the game and we wanted to pay tribute to it.”

The team went a bit deeper than that, explaining the whole thought process behind the included lines.

“The ‘Proto Woman’ character speaking the words from the novel is part of a distorted reality being presented to Alex; they’re not a character from the regular, grounded reality Alex believes he knows. A regular person would have been written to speak with the intention and knowledge that they were quoting a book. Instead, the role ‘Proto Woman’ plays is more like a pseudo ‘narrator’ of After Dark.

The idea is, Alex has read After Dark, and his fondness for the novel is seeping into his reality with vocal and physical manifestations calling his attention back to the passages of the book now living in his subconscious. In that context, we thought it would not be in-character for ‘Proto Woman’ to cite that their words hail from Murakami’s novel, since they don’t have the awareness that their words are actually an excerpt from a book.

Also, it was our intention for Alex to be utterly bewildered by the things that he’s seeing and hearing all around him. Certainly the YIIK player might realize these are words from After Dark, but we thought it would be difficult for Alex to consciously realize in that moment that he was listening to a direct excerpt of the novel.”

While we often see other pop culture tidbits referenced in games, it's not usually in the form of directly-ripped quotes. Going one step further, neither the book or its author are attributed anywhere in the game.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG's upcoming patch detailed

A patch for YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is in the works. We don't have a solid release date for it yet, but we do have a couple details on what it'll provide.

- improved overall frame-rate in dungeons,

- battle load times sped up

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG contains a Satoru Iwata tribute

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG players have noticed a very straightforward tribute to none other than former Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata. As you can see in the image above, this isn't a passing reference or hidden shout-out. This is a very direct mention of the man himself. Some people find the tribute to be a bit tasteless, and it's causing quite a discussion on Twitter. What do you think?

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG glitch causes a fast food menu to block the screen

You know what makes a battle tough in an RPG? A big text box blocking your battle options. That's something that can happen in YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG, and it's a pretty nasty glitch. We're not sure what triggers the issue, but the result is an in-game fast food menu that blocks pretty much all of your battle options. You'll just have to work through on muscle memory!

Undertale's creator provided a song for YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG

Toby Fox, the creator of Undertale, is shared a little secret today. He created one of the songs in the recently-released YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG. Fox didn't have a hand in creating the game itself, as it's the project of Ackk Studios. Fox didn't say what song he composed for the game, but I'm willing to bet fans can sniff it out. There's just something instantly recognizable about Fox's style!

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG Now available on Switch

SINGAPORE – Jan. 17, 2018 – YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG, the surreal Japanese-style RPG set at the end of last millennium from Ysbryd Games and Ackk Studios, arrives on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac today. A PS Vita version will spin conspiracy theories later in 2019.

It’s spring of ‘99 and Alex just returned home from college as a graduate. When a cat steals his grocery list, it starts him on the longest and weirdest journey of his life: women vanishing from elevators, beings made of light, and enemies ranging from smiley faces on springs to giant pandas armed to the teeth are just a few of the unusual things he encounters on his quest.

Join Alex and friends as they explore surreal dungeons filled with puzzles and traps, crash evil parties, peel back the layers of conspiracy and engage in combat based on minigames.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG features more than 30 hours of content including a fully-voiced main story campaign with voice actors whose previous works include Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Tales of Zestiria, Disgaea 5, Attack on Titan and more. The simple textures and saturated color scheme enhance the supernatural quality of the environments and characters present in this insane adventure.

The soundtrack, featuring compositions from Undertale creator Toby Fox and Hiroki Kikuta of Secret of Mana, is as distinctive as the game itself, including an electroacoustic fusion of jazz, funk, traditional JRPG-style tunes and swing.

“YIIK is an eclectic mix of ideas and crazy audiovisual stimulation inspired by a time when the internet was new and people were only just learning about the strangeness of the world around them,” said Andrew Allanson, founder and co-director, Ackk Studios. “Today it’s easy to find details on just about anything, but back in 1999, the internet offered up more questions than answers. YIIKexplores the what-could-be that existed before Snopes.”

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam for $19.99 and supports English. Japanese and Simplified Chinese support will be added in Q1 2019.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - another round of footage

In this surreal Japanese-style RPG set in the '90s, prepare to experience a conspiracy like no other.

YIIK - nearly 20 minutes of footage

After witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator, college graduate Alex embarks on an adventure to rescue her, which spirals into an epic quest with stakes higher than he could have ever imagined.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - more gameplay

After witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator, college graduate Alex embarks on an adventure to rescue her, which spirals into an epic quest with stakes higher than he could have ever imagined.

YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG - a round of gameplay footage

YIIK: A Postmodern RPG is a surreal Japanese-style RPG set in the late '90s. After witnessing a woman vanish from an elevator with no plausible explanation, college graduate Alex gathers friendly misfits from the internet to investigate her disappearance. Alex's search for the truth leads him and his companions into a journey rife with mystery and danger... and who knows what lurks beyond the new millennium?