With an SEO-friendly name change and a new selection of projects, I return with a new entry in my Kickstarter-focused series. I’ll be nice this time. No, really!
Three ex-Bioware Austin employees with impressive portfolios, a novel premise, and some enticing game footage: This is an exemplary Kickstarter. Between its unique art style and Viking setting, I look at this game and think, “Yes, I would like that!”
Why did it succeed? If you have mutton chops and a fro, I am more likely to buy into your Kickstarter. It also helps that Banner Saga has what is not only an eye-catching visual style but a very unique one, inspired by old Disney films (and I imagine Don Bluth.) Seeing those type of visuals in an SRPG -- a genre mostly limited to portables with weak sprite-based visuals these days -- is an exciting proposition.
Unlike Shadowrun Returns and Wasteland 2, these guys don't have an illustrious career or crowd of fans to support them. Seeing so many willing to give to their project is a turning point for Kickstarter. It shows that having a good idea and demo is enough. No established intellectual property necessary.
OMFG, guys, Nintendo is making a new Mother/Earthbound! Wait, that’s not Earthbound? Well, whatever, because it looks close enough.
Here’s a game with a unique premise, awesome trailer, and yet it is lagging far behind its Kickstarter goal at the time of posting this article. What’s to blame? Bad taste? Touch controls? Is $500,000 too much to ask for a game this niche?
Is this the first fake Kickstarter for a game or just the first to get caught? I don't know, but one thing is for sure: You certainly won't be hearing about this game again.
While the Reddit community proved this project to be a fake -- office photos taken from other websites and concept art stolen from DeviantART -- I'm almost convinced this is a parody of Kickstarter projects in general. In the promo Kickstarter video, this guy practically rattles off a list of Kickstarter cliches. Left studio to make game? Check. It's a game about the player's choice? Check. It's an old-school RPG? Check. Publishers would never want to put out a "triple-A" fantasy RPG? ... yeah.
This guy is a complete tool but I'm impressed he had the balls to put his face on this project.
Why did it fail? Well, it was cancelled after all. This guy was a fraud and an airhead for putting his face on the video. It makes me happy to see the community see through his bullshit. Perhaps Kickstarter investors are a bit more cautious and savvy than I give them credit for. However, this reflects very poorly on Kickstarter who hosted this project without detecting it as a fraud. If Kickstarter is going to be hosting projects asking for millions, they need to start conducting a more thorough screening process. It didn't take more than a quick Google search to prove this guy was a fraud.
Did you guys back any of these projects?
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