We updated our policies to make them clearer for players around the world, and to comply with new changes to European Union law (specifically, the General Data Protection Regulation), which goes into effect May 25, 2018. You may have seen this referenced in other apps and social media platforms you use.
What does that mean for players? Can we still make fanart? What about fanfiction?
We support the Pixelberry fan community, and that's something that has not changed, and will never change. We wouldn't be able to make the games we love without you, the player.
Our studio continues to respect and support fan works, such as fanart, fanfiction, and creative interpretations of our game characters and stories -- as long as they're created for fun and not used for commercial purposes. In fact, you'd be surprised by how much fanart makes its way to Team Pixelberry! We're in love with your heartfelt comments, funny gifs, and incredible fanart. (For legal reasons, we don't read fanfiction on social media, but we're humbled that we've inspired so many talented writers with our games! Keep on writing!)
If content is used in a defamatory manner or in a way that we think may hurt other people, we will enforce our intellectual property rights to make sure your favorite characters aren’t used for bullying or malicious purposes. In addition, please don't post spoilers for unreleased chapters -- be considerate of other fans!
As you can tell, we love and are overwhelmed by how much you all love the stories we’ve created. We know that just as our games come from our hearts, so does your enthusiasm. We look forward to continuing to have our stories shine through all we do together!
Why are you claiming ownership of feedback?
For clarity, our Terms of Service claims the right to use any content posted to Pixelberry's own official channels, which includes fan work sent directly to us or posted on our Facebook page. This allows us to re-post fanart (like in our weekly Fan Fridays on Facebook!) and delete inappropriate posts.
Why do you need access to our game and phone data?
General device details (such as device type and storage space) are sent in along with bug reports. This helps our Support Team members troubleshoot game issues for you. As before, we respect and support player privacy and personal rights. That hasn't changed.
Enough about the Terms of Service! What about The Royal Romance? And new books?
As you know, The Royal Romance is on a mid-book break. The team has exciting stuff planned for the second half of the book, and they're working around the clock to make that happen. (Red pandas may be involved.) The Royal Romance will make its majestic return in June. Red Carpet Diaries will return in June as well!
Book 2 of It Lives is slated to return in the fall. (I've seen the work-in-progress art, and it's haunted me ever since...) We don't have a set date for Hero: Book 2, but it's in the works as well! Most Wanted will return, but currently continues to be on hiatus. As usual, more specifics about all of these books will be posted closer to their release dates.
Back in our February update post, we mentioned that we're working to expand our library with a variety of genres. It's been super tough keeping it all under wraps, but we're excited to share these stories with you in the upcoming months. You'll play romance that takes Choices to the next level, step back in time with historical fiction, discover out-of-this-world sci-fi, and find the magic in a new fantasy story. And of course, Veil of Secrets, our newest romantic mystery, is coming out in June! Keep an eye on our social media pages for the latest sneak peeks.
So what are you looking forward to this summer? Share with us! (If you've got final exams coming up for you or anyone in your family, good luck!) And if you've got any questions or feedback, we want to hear from you. Message us on Facebook or within the Choices app -- our inbox is open. As always, thank you so much for playing Choices!