We’ve been incredibly excited for WaterMelon Games’ upcoming Genesis brawler Paprium ever since it was known as Project Y. We were like many of you who jumped at the chance of throwing their money at the Pier Solar developer earlier this year when Paprium was made available for pre-order with a Fall 2017 release date.
Unfortunately, it looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to get our hands on the game than we had anticipated as WaterMelon has announced the game will be pushed to an early 2018 release.
It appears that the developer has had problems with PayPal locking their account for suspected suspicious activity.
“They locked our funds after over 8 years of business,” their announcement read. “Thanks to your trust and love for quality retro games, we received an unprecedented large amount of orders. Paypal decided it was way too suspicious for a Mega Drive/SEGA Genesis game to be that successful.”
WaterMelon said their funds have been locked, which has “greatly affected our schedule and operations.” The team has apparently been using their own savings to continue production of the game, but they believe the issue with PayPal will soon be resolved.
Watermelon assured those who pre-ordered Paprium that their money and pre-orders are safe, but they’re issuing refunds if people don’t want to wait the extra time for the game.
Paprium will be compatible with both PAL and NTSC Mega Drive and Genesis systems and has been translated to English, Japanese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. The game is said to be the biggest Genesis game ever, clocking in at 80 MBs, and it’ll feature five playable characters, 24 levels, 60fps gameplay, two-player co-op, multiple game modes and three save slots.