The rarest PS4 game is called Poop Slinger – and it supposedly bankrupted a company

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You’d be forgiven for not having heard of Poop Slinger, but this little-known indie title has a unique and distinct honor.

Released for the PlayStation 4 and Steam in August 2018 by little-known developer ‘Diggidy.net’, the ‘casual poop launcher game’ failed to cause much stench (pun intended). In fact, as of this writing, there are no user reviews on Steam. It is, all things considered, a fairly mundane game.

Despite this, Poop Slinger has become notable in at least one unexpected and interesting way: it recently became the rarest physical PlayStation 4 release of all time, with only 84 copies reported to be in the wild. Surprisingly, the story behind its release – which apparently bankrupted physical publisher Limited Rare Games – is even more remarkable.

Months before its release, developer Diggidy.net was approached by a company called “Limited Rare Games” to release a limited-run physical version of their Poop Slinger game for the PS4. It was their first time dealing with a physical release of one of their titles, but they accepted the offer. Likewise, this was to be Limited Rare’s first – and only – physical release.

Limited Rare Games, a company allegedly based in South Carolina run by a single Russian individual, claims to have taken out a loan from its bank to fund the release. As Sony policy dictates a minimum order quantity of 1,000 copies, we know that at least that number was made.

When Poop Slinger went on sale on April 1, 2019 for $33.99, things immediately started looking bad for Limited Rare Games.

Limited-run collectors, who scoop up the bulk of these types of purchases, were instantly suspicious. The website to purchase copies was ridiculously simple, with little more than an image of Poop Slinger’s game case, a buy now button, and a copyright signature – half of which was written in Russian. This was all displayed on a plain white site, along with a note that only 820 copies were available worldwide. (Although Sony’s minimum order number is 1,000 units, it’s common for limited-run companies to reserve a certain number of copies for replacements, giveaways, and special events.)

Throughout the day, it became apparent that very few sales were being made. Limited Rare Games raised the price to $50, tweeting “we’re not selling enough and afraid we’re going out of business”, and later “if we don’t sell all copies in two hours, we’ll have to shut down.” Too many people think we are a joke or a scam and the game is not selling.

According to the company, she needed the sales to repay her bank loan, which was far from settled. As limited-run publishers often sell their games for a single day, it’s unclear if this business model was something arranged as part of the deal with the bank beforehand, but for some reason, all 820 copies of the game were to be sold on April 1. .

Ultimately, Limited Rare Games said it only managed to move 84 units and would have to close the business. The company promised to ship the sold copies, but noted that creditors had to take the remaining unsold copies to pay off the loan and sales of the game could not continue. The company had, after only one day, gone bankrupt. All signs pointed to it being either a prank or a scam.

But that was not the case. Developer Diggity.net weighed in with an official statement confirming that the physical copies were “indeed legit” and that commands would be fulfilled. Then a few weeks later, buyers started reporting that Poop Slinger had dropped into their mailbox – now holding the dubious honor of being the rarest physical PS4 game in existence.

In addition to all the peculiarities, there is the name of the company itself. If Limited Rare Games sounds familiar, that’s because it’s surprisingly close to the hit games Limited Run, which regularly release limited-run titles for PS4, Vita, and Nintendo Switch.

The similarities don’t end there. When Limited Rare started selling the game, their Twitter profile picture logo used the same font as Limited Run, replacing the “Run” with “Rare”. Limited Run Games says it was made aware of this and requested that the logo be changed. Later that day, the logo then changed to look like that of fellow competitor Super Rare Games, then Strictly Limited Games, before finally changing to an image of Poop Slinger’s game case instead.

Speaking to Limited Rare Games to explain why the company’s Twitter account and website used these logos, a representative replied (in Russian): “We thought the logo would help people immediately understand what we were doing. We didn’t realize that would be wrong. Other publishers have adopted the Limited Run Games logo. I don’t understand why people thought we were a joke! »

Over the next two weeks, Limited Rare Games was bombarded with accusations of scamming, with the few people who bought copies wondering when they would show up.

To everyone’s surprise, copies started arriving from April 18. Several customers have confirmed to me that their copies arrived in good working order and that they only initially trusted the website as they could purchase through PayPal’s security. One of these customers is a Twitter user @MaddasaHater, who kindly sent images of his copy. Interestingly, the Limited Run-style logo still remains on the back of its case. The back also has a line reading “LRG02Cover” – implying that this may have originally been planned as their second release.

MaddasaHater was so curious about the origins of this game that she reverse-searched the mailing address noted on her package, which was heading to a Goodwill store in South Carolina. She also says an eBay listing of Poop Slinger for $600 uses images she uploaded to her own Twitter account.

Now that copies of the game are confirmed to have arrived, the common theory among limited-run collectors is that Limited Rare Games is an elaborate joke, run by one of the largest and most established limited-run companies. . After all, Poop Slinger is a peculiar title, it was available exclusively on April Fool’s Day, and the company name is comically similar to pre-existing competitors.

I asked Limited Run Games if he had been involved. “We are aware of this as we sent a message asking for the logo to be changed. They accepted and that was the end of our interactions. It’s a different business from ours. We are aware of the confusion and hope people will stop associating it with us.

Super Rare Games and Strictly Limited Games had similar responses when asked. So what’s going on? If this is a joke, the developer of Poop Slinger doesn’t seem to know.

“There was a contract, quality assurance with Sony and payment. What happened after that, I don’t know,” Diggidy.net told me. “They fulfilled their contractual obligation in terms of money and product shipping. That said, there was very little communication with them even throughout the process, and therefore I don’t know what happened to the company and if they still exist.

Diggidy says that as far as they remember, Limited Rare Games had specifically mentioned that the company’s intention was to release the game on April Fool’s Day in their first correspondence, but they are as baffled by the situation as everyone. “Why would someone go through this tedious process and not sell the game?”

I asked Limited Rare why April Fool’s Day was chosen as the release date for Poop Slinger. “I’m from Russia, but I moved to South Carolina to be with a distant relative. In Russia, the April Fool’s Day holiday isn’t celebrated at work or school. I didn’t know that companies were making practical jokes.

As of this writing, the truth behind the situation is still unclear. The Limited Rare Games Twitter account and website were both deleted shortly after I spoke to them, while privately the owners of the account spent hours insisting this was very real and was causing them a heavy financial burden, while expressing their frustration with the constant tweets accusing them. to be a scam or a joke.

If this is a complex marketing ploy, it’s ill-advised, as some collectors are now clueless that they’ve missed out on a legitimately rare physical version of a site that so clearly appeared to be a scam. . Price gouging and miscommunication would also be an odd move for a company hoping to profit from this long-term fiasco. After all, it’s not a very funny joke to make your audience feel fooled, and the developer you’re working with be left in the dark.

For now, all we know is that Poop Slinger is real, and with 84 copies sold to the public, it’s currently the rarest PlayStation 4 game in existence. Who knows – maybe we’ll see those copies the creditors took away somewhere someday soon!

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