A Dark Room’s Developer Apologizes For Coding Easter Egg, Says Backlash Led To ‘Worst Days Of His Life’

A Dark Room’s Developer Apologizes For Coding Easter Egg, Says Backlash Led To ‘Worst Days Of His Life’

Previously, we reported on Amir Rajan’s A Dark Room, which apparently contained a Ruby Interpreter and Code Editor as an Easter egg. While fairly harmless, Nintendo viewed the tools as a big no-no – and the game was promptly pulled from sale.

In a recent interview, Rajan now reflects on the huge commotion that his actions caused, and sounded deeply apologetic about the matter. According to Rajan, the game’s publisher Circle Entertainment seems to be receiving a lot of trouble on his behalf.

“I deeply regret how this has blown up. A simple toy sandboxed environment has been framed as this massive exploit. And of course, it’s the community that exploits these things that pushed it up to that level. I’m partly to blame with my sensationalized media posts. I acted alone and stupidly. It was a last second ‘spark of inspiration’ and I snuck it in assuming that plugging in a USB keyboard and pressing the “~” key wasn’t part of the test plan.”

“You can’t even render an image with the damn thing. Having Circle deal with some of this cannon fire is not something I’d ever want. These past three days have been the worst days of my life.”

Meanwhile, Circle Entertainment also released its official statement on the matter:

“We’re liaising with Nintendo to clarify on the next steps and will deal with the matter accordingly; they are regretful circumstances and we apologize for the issue. We have always worked hard to carefully follow Nintendo’s processes and terms throughout our history of publishing on DSiWare, 3DS eShop, Wii U eShop and Nintendo Switch eShop, and we’re sorry that there has evidently been an issue with this title.”

Rajan and Circle Entertainment have not stated if the game will return to the Switch eShop anytime soon. We’ll report back if we hear more in the future,