Submitted by Lokai 328d ago | news

Cult: Awakening, a successful Kickstarter from 2012, has ceased development

This 2012 successful Kickstarter for a rogue-like procedurally generated open world game was far too ambitious and it has caught up to this sole developer. It made $34,000, nearly seven times the original goal, but that seems to have run out and developer David Hagar has tried to explain it over on the Cult: Awakening forums. He places the blame on himself by saying, "Hagar as he explained: "I believe what ended up coming to me after taxes, fees, and payments to contractors was approximately $14,500." Hagar went on to say, "That was enough to allow me to develop for a year or so on an extremely minimal living. That, however, is not the fault of the backers."

On top of the money issues Hagar has also had a lot of problems when it comes to coding this overly ambitious game. He put out an update today that said, "As you can all probably imagine, I'm not in a very good situation right now and my options are pretty limited. I am not especially interested in the idea of continuing with... (Cult: Awakening of the Old Ones, PC)

SilentNegotiator  +   328d ago
I think I'll start a kickstarter; all you have to do is provide some pictures and promises you probably can't keep and you're in the money with *ZERO* obligation to keep them.

Who wants to give me free money?
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wishingW3L  +   328d ago
if the development is cancelled they are supposed to return the money or something.
SilentNegotiator  +   328d ago
"If the problems are severe enough that the creator can't fulfill their project, creators need to find a resolution. Steps could include offering refunds, detailing exactly how funds were used, and other actions to satisfy backers."

--Kickstarter FAQ

You could simply say "LOL, I spent dah moniez on rent" and your obligation is fulfilled. Which is what Hagar did.

Hagar with his 500% stretch funding:
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sak500  +   328d ago
Seriously so many of these so called projects end up vaporware.. There should be some liability clause for people asking on kick starter so that crooks don't take advantage of innocent people. IT's becoming more like the Nigerian million dollar inheritance letter.

I hope govt should step in and make some kind of law on refunding the money back to people by whichever way possible by the borrowers.
LostPotato  +   328d ago
Well you are investing your money to develop a game. Your money and product are not guaranteed. It's a risk you take and you are not entailed to get anything back.

Let this be just another lesson on what can happen with crowd-funding.
AznGaara  +   328d ago
Welcome to publishing everyone. You threw your money at a pitch and they used it all up and need more or just canned it all together. Fact: you can be the best videogame designer in the world but if you can't manage money right then this is the risk you run. I love the idea kickstarter and some projects are looking AMAZING but the risk will always be there.
Metfanant  +   328d ago
why do you think Sony or MS close studios every once and awhile? this is the real world side of publishing...you invest your money in a project..if it doesn't pan out...that is your loss...

of course there should be some protection from people simply making things up and scamming people...but a lot of the risk you take on yourself...

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