Pokemon: Obsidian Version
Hello everyone, I'm making a pokemon ROM hack, basically that means I'm making my own pokemon game: Obsidian version (the title may change eventually). It's still deep in the developmental phases, but by the end it will be an entirely new region with a pokedex of up to 200 original pokemon (around 50 have been sprited so far). It's going to run on the engine for the gba games, so it will have graphics similar to ruby and sapphire. On this thread I'll be posting information about it leading up to it's release, things like characters, pokemon, and the map. Once production is far enough along, I'll also be posting the release date here, and where you can check the game out for yourselves. Feel free to leave feedback on the things that I post here, it's better to hear the critiques before the game is released so that hopefully I can fix most of the problems. Thank you for your attention, and I hope you all like whatever you see here.
My advice? Don't post the release date. Nintendo has been a real gluteus maximus to fangame developers lately. Shutting down Uranium on Launch day and the 8 year labor of love that was POkemon Prism just days before the final version launched.
I'd be worried if my efforts could very well be for naught tbh. There's been tons of one-man projects that have been shut down by Nintendo. It's not a matter of the size of a team, it's a matter of whether they find the material or not. Sure, if you only want to share the game on this forum it's super unlikely that they'll find it, but would you really work for two years just to share your project on such a ridiculously small scale?
Ditching the Pokémon IP in the name is a super good idea though! As long as you don't use source material owned by Nintendo, you might be safe. Nintendo is still on its massive DMCA spree, and I think they have taken down over 500 in hide'Nintendo' games in 2016 alone. Then again, you can always follow the tracks of Pokémon Uranium: Release it, have people download the material, receive a C&D, take it down and depend on the people who DLed the game to spread it around. Once something's online, it's super hard for a company to take everything down.
In that case, I wish you the best of luck! The amount of effort that goes into stuff like this is ridicilous. It definitely sounds like a fun project to work on in your spare time.
how could you do that?!?
Like NightmareRebuff said, it's best to not share any release info on your ROM hack.
Actually, it's better to keep development quiet until the very release of the game. Nintendo is incredibly strict on third party/ripped/altered content of their IP (for a good reason), and they will send you a C&D once they get wind of it.