“As many of you have speculated, the Stage 9 project received a formal cease and desist from CBS Studios,” developer Dan Govier advised in the project’s Discord channel. The project’s Twitter account confirmed the original cease and desist letter was received on 12 September.
According to Govier, the Stage 9 development team has “made every effort to approach [CBS] to discuss modifying the project to meet their criteria, but they are refusing to even discuss the matter.”
“As of now, Stage 9 is no more,” Govier concluded. “Live long, and prosper.”
The project’s website has been shuttered, with a short message mirroring Govier’s statement: “Live long and prosper.”
Update: A YouTube video has been published by the dev team, further explaining the cease and desist. It’s below.