The development of the AetherSX2 emulator, which allows for the emulation of games from the Sony PlayStation 2 console on Android devices, has been suspended indefinitely due to constant complaints, demands, and death threats.
The program developer, Tahlreth, announced this on the project’s website. Tahlreth stated that while developing the emulator was an exciting hobby for him, it was not a source of income. The developer also warned users of scammers on the network who may pose as representatives of AetherSX2 and urged caution.
Tahlreth has received daily emails with aggressive requests to improve the PlayStation 2 emulator or release a version of the PlayStation 3 emulator. These requests have become increasingly aggressive, leading to death threats against the developer. Tahlreth is “tired” of this behaviour and does not see the point in continuing to work on a project that no longer pleases him.
The AetherSX2 emulator was released in 2020 and allowed for the emulation of games from the Sony PlayStation 2 console, released in 2000, on Android devices. The suspension of its development is a significant blow to gamers using the emulator to play their favourite games on their Android devices.
It is unclear if the emulator’s development will resume in the future. Tahlreth’s decision to suspend the development of the AetherSX2 emulator has received widespread attention, with many in the gaming community expressing their disappointment and support for the developer. Some have even called for a boycott of the emulator in light of the constant complaints and death threats that Tahlreth has received.
The incident highlights the importance of respectful and supportive behaviour within the gaming community. While it is understandable that gamers may have strong feelings about their favourite games and consoles, it is never acceptable to threaten or harass developers. Tahlreth’s decision to suspend the development of the AetherSX2 emulator serves as a reminder of the impact that such behaviour can have on the gaming industry.
It is important to remember that developers work hard to create the games and experiences we enjoy. They deserve to be treated with respect and appreciation.