Someone — or potentially multiple someones — are having a really, really bad day at Mediatonic HQ, as the latest patch for Fall Guys included... their entire source code. Oops.
As you can see on SteamDB, a website which tracks changes to Steam's database, Fall Guys was updated with a bunch of new changes, but those changes included a new folder called — and we're not joking here — "BackUpThisFolder_ButDontShipItWithYourGame".
Why is it bad if a game's source code gets leaked? Well, it makes it much easier for hackers to get in, and either make the game a nightmare for other players, or figure out how to give themselves items, currency, and so on. But it's also Mediatonic's secret sauce recipe. By leaking it, they've given people the ingredients to the proprietary blend of herbs and spices that make Fall Guys work.
But, of course, Mediatonic have already done damage control, and the source code has already been deleted. Since it was pointed out in public, though, on Twitter (and now news sites), it's highly likely that people already have it, and can potentially distribute it further.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will be coming to the Nintendo Switch some time after this summer — presumably free of folders that Mediatonic should definitely not ship with the game.
Whenever I see Fall Guys, I wish the devs released as much content during season 2 as they are now. They're truly doing great, but most of the audience has moved on :/
@ItsATM thats because they were only a team of 20 people when Season 2 came out but now they are a team of 150+ people
So that means the game is going open source.
I really like this game, and the only reason i'm not playing it is bc i'm waiting for it to hit switch.
A Chinese Fall Guys will be on the market in 2 weeks now
Honestly, there are probably already dozens of Fall Guys imitators on the Google Play store. Same goes for Among Us.
Lol, oh dear we will probably see some fall guys clones being released in the near future now
@ryu_san Yeah people could literally copy+paste and change the character models
Boom you now have "Smol Men"
@redpanda0310 Can't wait for the British version, Autumn Blokes.
@RupeeClock Among Us is mostly a social game, most of the game mechanics is players speakings to each other. It's a lot easier to reproduce than Fall Guys
Even your article is getting a knock-off.
There is the occasional altered word to try pass it off as original work.
My favourite one is the Nintendo Change.
Clicked on the gaming tab to see what else that site has and saw
"Ace Legal professional Video games Are Now On Sale Throughout Change And 3DS (North America)"
No way this site's articles could be written by a real human person.
@gordjscott Wow. You weren't kidding with that link!
@gordjscott Holy sh#t that is straight up plagiarism at its finest degree!
@gordjscott "a extremely, actually dangerous day" is a way scarier lead in than I wrote
"Trip Men: Epic KO"
Wow, that really sucks for them. It's a real long shot but many have had great success by open-sourcing their code, accepting contributions and bug fixes, and making great software as a result. I'm sure this would make the game very popular for a very long time. Of course they would still have the copyright on the characters, scenarios, etc.
Lol, I like the name of that folder...
Another win for game preservation!!
Congratulations Mediatonic, You've Played Yourself
With a live service game, not much beneficial will be doable with the source code unless modders also start a custom server just for whatever they want to accomplish with the source code they do have. And good luck getting enough of a continued playerbase to such a branch of such a game. Like I bet this could be put on a Vita or Wii U now, but not enough people would be regularly connecting there for the game to have much of any life there.
Aah its C# for this game lol
will they copy and alter our Comments and Names too?
Will i become Atsuriz?
Will Kates alter Ego from the Twilight Zone be named RinaSilver, CleanGreen or AteRay?
Knock offs don't have to be good quality, you know.
They can be shockingly bad, their goal is usually just to get kids searching popular terms to install their crap so they can inundate them with ads.
From when I last read about Fall Guys coming to Nintendo, one of Nintendo's Posts said that it was cancelled for the Switch and Xbox and maybe to come out on those Platforms in the future.
So is someone just posting S**t or is it really coming out this year?
@The_Flume Dang, I didn't realize they expanded to a huge number like that. Despite not knowing the team size, it was just a really crucial time to have a lot of content for the follow up season and it was only 2 levels. It was beyond underwhelming, and was tough to see a lot of the playerbase move on so quickly. But I understood why they did
now we get the n64 port!
Ripperoni in pepperoni
@gordjscott Grate Kay strikes again.
@gordjscott keep seeing these really lazy copy articles. The word substitution is done by software and nobody checks to see whether they make sense. I wonder whether this actually makes money.
Another leak to add to my collection...
@IpwnedU123 Get your prostate checked.
@pepepopo Populous tun already exists on Apple Arcade..it looks similar to fall guys
I miss the days of open source games like Doom 3. To be fair EA of all people released Command and Conquer remaster that is open source. So if they can do it, anyone can. I love how GTA V was reverse engineered to find bad code made the loading times 3x longer than they needed to be, and Rockstar actually patched it and paid security bounty money to the person who made a mod that fixed it.
@tseliot The doctor looked through the source code for my prostate, and told me that it is in excellent shape!
@ItsATM yeah, as soon as the game got big they started hiring people but that takes time, so they had to do Season 2 with the orignal 20 people.
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