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Genesis brawler ‘Paprium’ delayed to early 2018

WaterMelon Games cites PayPal issues for operations, schedule delays

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.

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds and Mega Visions Magazine. Over the years, he’s written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he’s also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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  • Filipe OutRunner

    It’s not accurate to say it’s “80MBs”. They refer to 80 mega power, as in 80 megabits, not megabytes. It will be 10MB in actual ROM size.

  • Hikingguy

    My experience with Watermelon has been positive in the past. I wonder why Paypal locked their account? Unusual volume seems like it could be fixed quickly. It is a shame that a company has that much power over another. I really appreciate Pier Solar but I have been holding off buying this game. A few years ago I would have not hesitated to buy this game, but times change.

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