White Cat Project developer and publisher Colopl has released a statement, stating that claims in damages over a patent related lawsuit with Nintendo has risen to 4.95 billion yen. The lawsuit originally began in January 2018, but is currently ongoing. Due to this, the original amount of 4.4 billion yen has been raised due to various fees that have accumulated over time. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
However, Colopl continues to assert that they are “confident that our game does not infringe upon Nintendo’s patent rights,” and that the developer and publisher will continue to stand by that view.
Originally, Nintendo had filed complaints against Colopl in 2016. When the developer and publisher explained to the company that it had not infringed upon any patent, Nintendo then filed for a lawsuit in 2018.
In February 2020, Colopl announced that it would be changing some of the control schemes in White Cat Project. However, there was no mention that this was due to the current on-going lawsuit with Nintendo. Originally, White Cat Project featured a control scheme that was patented by Nintendo which involved ‘the special technology used to operate a joystick over a touch panel.’ Alongside the update in February, Colopl also released a video demonstrating the change in control scheme.
White Cat Project is immediately available to Japanese consumers for Android and iOS devices.