Shadows of Lylat: Star Fox fan-game not at E3


Remember that Star Fox game we didn’t hear about at E3? Well here it is – Shadows of Lylat – a Starfox fan-game that looks good enough to press, package, and sell in stores.  The only problem? It’s not for the Wii.  Shadows of Lylat is built on the Freespace 2 Open engine, a cross platform space simulator engine built from, you guessed it, Freespace 2.  When finished, you’ll be able to play the game on PC, Mac, and Linux – and well, MAYBE on the Wii too, if you’re into that “grey area” homebrew stuff.

Barrel roll past the break for a trailer.

15 Responses to Shadows of Lylat: Star Fox fan-game not at E3

  1. XCWarrior says:

    If it is true, and if they can actually finish it, I want that so bad.

    I really miss my Star Fox Nintendo. Is it the new Earthbound apparently?

  2. RoyalRook says:

    The game is simply breath taking. It’s in development for 6+ years, I began follow it a year ago. This is why I loved about PC gaming, it’s just amazing.

  3. Jeff says:

    Now I know what Square Enix feels like.

  4. Drahken says:

    Hey, look at that. Great Fox as it’s supposed to look. Not that ugly circumcised version from Assault.

  5. doughboy74 says:

    A lot of the forum stuff is people wondering on when Nintendo will shut it down. For the most part, it is copyright infringement. Many of the commenters state that by the time the game gets release, it doesn’t matter if Nintendo tries to shut it down, there will be too many copies already out there… Sounds a lot like pirate-lingo. I feel that if the company has great ideas (not copied), a great development team, make it legit.

  6. Matthew says:

    As long as they don’t make money, isn’t it legal?

    I will defintaly play this!

  7. Sean says:


    I wish fan-groups like this really could “go legit” with these games, but it’s up to Nintendo, Squaresoft, or whoever owns the property. I remember one Chrono Trigger re-make project was creating a 3D ps2/gamecube demo of their favorite parts of the game, but were shut down before releasing it – I always imagined how great it would have been if instead of sending a C&D, Square rewarded their talent and dedication with a contract – the team would cost less then traditional development studios and output a product fueled by passion – made for fans by fans.

  8. Davey1983 says:


    It is a common misconception that as long as you don’t get any money than it is not copyright infringement, and that thinking is actually wrong. It is harder to prove damages when/if it goes to court, but using copyrighted material even without financial gain is still illegal (it can potentially ‘dilute’ the brand).

    If Nintendo finds out about this they have the right to shut it down and prevent it from being released.

  9. Sean says:

    The law on such things has always been unclear to me. For instance, as far as I know “fan art” does not violate any copyright, although it’s using copyrighted characters/images or “material” without endorsement. Fan-Games use the material in the same way. Either only one is a violation, or both is a violation and only one is pursed, or neither is a violation, but one is pursed and can be shut down through lawsuit.

    It’s important to remember lawsuit is somewhat independent of law – that is, you can sue for anything you want, a copyright violation does not need to occur for a lawsuit to take place.

  10. Matthew says:

    Ohhh… THank you for explaining that. I never knew that.

  11. Fan art may be a copyright violation if it’s published or made publicly available.

  12. Mohan says:

    That just looks wicked, I hope it would come out. 🙂

  13. absolofdoom says:

    C&D, it’s almost sure to happen. If they’d be smart and not broadcast what they’re doing to the world until it’s done, then it’d get out there, and Nintendo wouldn’t be able to take it down.

  14. doughboy74 says:

    Let’s look at this a little closer:

    Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material that is covered by copyright law, in a manner that violates one of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works.

    (For electronic and audio-visual media, unauthorized reproduction and distribution is occasionally referred to as piracy.)

    Look it up yourself for examples @ 17 U.S.C. § 106.

  15. Paul says:

    It’s a mod. For the pc. I doubt Nintendo is even going to bother.

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