Last week we posted about Mobile 1UP's Lemmings live blog, which was met with tons of enthusiasm both on our forums and in the comments of the actual story along with some very understandable skepticism that this unauthorized port would even see the light of day. Originally published by Psygnosis in 1991, the Lemmings franchise became part of Sony Computer Entertainment when Psygnosis was sold to Sony in 1993. Since then the game has been ported in one form or another to every Sony console, and with Sony's latest online ad campaign targeting the App Store, their reaction to Mobile 1UP's Lemmings isn't entirely surprising.

Citing Joystiq, the cease and desist letter sent by Sony is viewable in its entirety on the Mobile 1UP blog. This isn't entirely bad news, as even though the iPhone port of Lemmings is on hold for the time being, Mobile 1UP has posted in our forums that they're going to try to open a dialog with Sony in attempt to arrange distribution rights to legally bring Lemmings to the App Store. Unfortunately, the licensing costs involved likely means Lemmings will no longer be free as originally intended.

We'll keep a close eye on the drama between Mobile 1UP and Sony, but in the meantime, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that a real Lemmings game makes it to the App Store sooner or later.

  • http://Www.pendleproducts.com Martin

    That's a real shame. Hopefully we might one day see an official port, although I would prefer it on the iPad. That would be a really great game.

  • http://Www.pendleproducts.com Martin

    That's a real shame. Hopefully we might one day see an official port, although I would prefer it on the iPad. That would be a really great game.

  • Adams Immersive

    I didn’t realize it wasn’t authorized. I too hope for an official Amiga-to-iOS port... with 2-player mode!

    I’d also like to see the similar Clones come to iOS (gameplay is halfway through the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9ovqSQ-dI

  • Adams Immersive

    I didn’t realize it wasn’t authorized. I too hope for an official Amiga-to-iOS port... with 2-player mode!

    I’d also like to see the similar Clones come to iOS (gameplay is halfway through the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9ovqSQ-dI

  • slembcke

    I figured that if they had done a PalmOS port that they had rights to all the game's assets. I guess not... Somehow this doesn't surprise me then.

  • slembcke

    I figured that if they had done a PalmOS port that they had rights to all the game's assets. I guess not... Somehow this doesn't surprise me then.

  • http://www.glenncorpes.com GlennX

    That's hardly surprising. Has an official version of Lemmings been released on a non-Sony platform since Psygnosis became SCE Liverpool around ten years ago?

  • http://www.glenncorpes.com GlennX

    That's hardly surprising. Has an official version of Lemmings been released on a non-Sony platform since Psygnosis became SCE Liverpool around ten years ago?

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Well, who didn't see this coming?

  • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

    Well, who didn't see this coming?

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    It's a disappointing, but not surprising development. This is, arguably, Sony IP on a competitor's platform.

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      It could happen. They brought us Q*Bert, after all.

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    It's a disappointing, but not surprising development. This is, arguably, Sony IP on a competitor's platform.

    • http://www.jindofox.com Jindo Fox

      It could happen. They brought us Q*Bert, after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Well, there was an unofficial one on the app store quite awhile ago that works perfectly well which I got.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elimcfly88 Eli Mcfly

    Well, there was an unofficial one on the app store quite awhile ago that works perfectly well which I got.

  • Dragon

    Yep.. alas zero surprise from me, and I suspect from the author too, who has now gained a whole heap of publicity over this.

    I'd estimate the chances of sony allowing it even with licensing is about nil, considering it's a competing platform to theirs.

  • Dragon

    Yep.. alas zero surprise from me, and I suspect from the author too, who has now gained a whole heap of publicity over this.

    I'd estimate the chances of sony allowing it even with licensing is about nil, considering it's a competing platform to theirs.

  • Cynic

    Does this seem fishy to anyone else? "Hey guys, we were totally going to give you Lemmings for free, but now Sony the MAN is bringing us DOWN. Sorry, we have to charge you now."

    • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

      You are not a very bright individual.

  • Cynic

    Does this seem fishy to anyone else? "Hey guys, we were totally going to give you Lemmings for free, but now Sony the MAN is bringing us DOWN. Sorry, we have to charge you now."

    • http://www.hbdia.com Izzy Nobre

      You are not a very bright individual.

  • http://ifonekit.com bomber

    There are already free Javascript versions of Lemmings available on the net :p

    • Josh

      DHTML Lemmings works on the iPhone Safari browser but it is slow and difficult to use without a mouse.

      • bomber

        Works great on iPad though

  • http://ifonekit.com bomber

    There are already free Javascript versions of Lemmings available on the net :p

    • Josh

      DHTML Lemmings works on the iPhone Safari browser but it is slow and difficult to use without a mouse.

      • bomber

        Works great on iPad though

  • Blades

    Well, that sucks. However, not terribly suprising at all. I guess ILemmings will have to do for now.

    As for free vs. Paying for it. I have no problem paying for a game that is good, well thought out and developed properly. And IF they can get the rights to Lemmings. I would buy it. Not only for nostalgia sake, but also for the fact that it's a bloody fun game and is perfect for the Iphone/Touch.

    And to Sony, Sorry the PSP version of lemmings is "OK", but nothing beats the preciseness of a Stylus or a finger with this game.

    l

  • Mondae

    What next!?!?! Is the God of War port going to get canceled!?!?!?

  • Blades

    Well, that sucks. However, not terribly suprising at all. I guess ILemmings will have to do for now.

    As for free vs. Paying for it. I have no problem paying for a game that is good, well thought out and developed properly. And IF they can get the rights to Lemmings. I would buy it. Not only for nostalgia sake, but also for the fact that it's a bloody fun game and is perfect for the Iphone/Touch.

    And to Sony, Sorry the PSP version of lemmings is "OK", but nothing beats the preciseness of a Stylus or a finger with this game.

    l

  • Mondae

    What next!?!?! Is the God of War port going to get canceled!?!?!?

  • Anonymous

    I don't think we'll ever see Lemmings on the iPhone. Sony holds the rights and, rightfully so, can choose not to port it. Doing so would only serve to canabalize their own game consoles. This logic should also apply to Nintendo titles.

    How many apps have Sony or Nintendo released in the AppStore? Yes, there are clones of popular their games, but I mean Sony and Nintendo-approved apps.

    • Paul

      Wheel-Of-Fortune

  • Anonymous

    I don't think we'll ever see Lemmings on the iPhone. Sony holds the rights and, rightfully so, can choose not to port it. Doing so would only serve to canabalize their own game consoles. This logic should also apply to Nintendo titles.

    How many apps have Sony or Nintendo released in the AppStore? Yes, there are clones of popular their games, but I mean Sony and Nintendo-approved apps.

    • Paul

      Wheel-Of-Fortune

  • Mega Man

    Not surprising at all, but Sony's PSP ads are beyond awful. If that's the best they could come up with, they really need help. (and I say this as a PSP Go owner)

  • Mega Man

    Not surprising at all, but Sony's PSP ads are beyond awful. If that's the best they could come up with, they really need help. (and I say this as a PSP Go owner)

  • ecco6t9

    It's a Sony game that some guy who claims "didn't know who owns Lemmings" wants to just port out on non Sony systems.

  • ecco6t9

    It's a Sony game that some guy who claims "didn't know who owns Lemmings" wants to just port out on non Sony systems.

  • vulture3

    Ah crap.

  • vulture3

    Ah crap.

  • A.A. Fussy

    Sony does have some games on the app store-eg. Q*Bert, but these are from Sony companies such as Sony Pictures and not Sony Computer Entertainment.

    It's unlikely we'll see Sony let the developer to legally release a iOS port.

  • A.A. Fussy

    Sony does have some games on the app store-eg. Q*Bert, but these are from Sony companies such as Sony Pictures and not Sony Computer Entertainment.

    It's unlikely we'll see Sony let the developer to legally release a iOS port.

  • Morons

    "Oh no! The man is putting us down."

    You don't own the IP, you don't have the right to port it. This is f*ck*ng worse than piracy. Stupid as*h*les.

  • Morons

    "Oh no! The man is putting us down."

    You don't own the IP, you don't have the right to port it. This is f*ck*ng worse than piracy. Stupid as*h*les.

  • mike

    Giving away someone else's stuff for free? Who do you think you are? Google??

    • Blades

      lol...so true....so true...

      ;

  • mike

    Giving away someone else's stuff for free? Who do you think you are? Google??

    • Blades

      lol...so true....so true...

      ;

  • araczynski

    This (like so many others) would have been released if the blog part wasn't there to rub it in sony's face.

    they would have served the cease letter, but only a few days later.

    good pr for mobil1up, bad pr for sony. i'm going out of my way to only buy used ps3 games from now on.

  • araczynski

    This (like so many others) would have been released if the blog part wasn't there to rub it in sony's face.

    they would have served the cease letter, but only a few days later.

    good pr for mobil1up, bad pr for sony. i'm going out of my way to only buy used ps3 games from now on.

  • applesauce25r624

    glad i've been boycotting sony for ages already

  • applesauce25r624

    glad i've been boycotting sony for ages already

  • Jeremy

    I was waiting for Lemmings too, but am pretty happy with Chicks instead.

  • Jeremy

    I was waiting for Lemmings too, but am pretty happy with Chicks instead.

  • John Lewis

    Porting game often be a failure. I played built-a-lot and it's totally disappointed. I enjoy playing with PC, PS3, Xbox than porting games, the feeling is much different.
    Let create iPhone own games.

  • John Lewis

    Porting game often be a failure. I played built-a-lot and it's totally disappointed. I enjoy playing with PC, PS3, Xbox than porting games, the feeling is much different.
    Let create iPhone own games.