Kickstarter horror game cancelled after developer loss

A horror game funded by Kickstarter has been cancelled after all of its developers quit, sending a negative signal to supporters of crowdsourcing projects.

A horror game funded by Kickstarter has been cancelled after all of its developers quit, sending a negative signal to supporters of crowdsourcing projects.

 
Mob Rules Games spent $42,500 on early development of Haunts: The Manse Macabre, where players would be able to play as the inhabitants of a haunted house or the investigators seeking to uncover its mysteries.
 
The company sought an additional $25,000 funding from fans via Kickstarter in June of this year. $28,739 was raised from 1,214 backers, which should have covered the projected costs and left gamers with a new title to enjoy.
 
Rick Dakan, head of Mob Rules Games, told fans that “there are no longer any programmers working on the game.” The lead programmer was hired for a year to work on the game, but then returned to Google, while the second lead programmer also departed.
 
 Kickstarter horror game cancelled after developer loss
 
Apparently the game is finished, but only an alpha build, which needs extensive testing from QA and adjustment from developers, and there is no one available to do this work. There is the possibility it could be rescued, but it either means more funding or volunteer work from a few developers. There are talks with another game studio to take over the title and Dakan offered to refund anyone who wants their money back from his own pocket.
 
Kickstarter backers usually are offered incentives to support a project, such as early access to a title, a free copy on release, a mention in the credits, and any number of other goodies. What supporters will need to factor in is that this is only on condition that the game actually gets released.
 
 
Source: BBC