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Submitted by PaladinXII 1080d ago | opinion piece

Development Disaster: Could Kickstarter Flirtation Lead to Publisher Excommunication?

Let’s suppose for just a minute, that you are a developer. You’ve had some successes and a loyal following, but lately, you’ve taken some jobs that haven’t turned out so well. You’ve drifted away from your roots in order to keep your independent studio afloat with much needed capital.

The last project you worked on turned out pretty well. People liked it, but there were a lot of technical issues that marred the experience and emerged in a number of reviews. Going into the relationship with the publisher, you were either overconfident or unable to negotiate a better deal, and let part of your funding hinge on an 85 Metacritic score. You missed that mark… by one, measly point. (Brian Fargo, Double Fine, Double Fine Adventure, Industry, InXile Entertainment, Microsoft, Obsidian Entertainment, Tim Schafer, Wasteland 2)

Cataract  +   1080d ago
It's an interesting concept, and one that I've thought of in the past. If anything, it makes me really curious to see where things are going to go in the next 5 years if things like Kickstarter really take hold with the gaming industry.
Nostradavis  +   1080d ago
It may not give us an AAA FPS but I think we'll get some good stuff.
DeadlyFire  +   1080d ago
It might one day. Projects like Six Days in Fallujeh, or Interstellar Marines. Could easily fall into sporting a Kickstarter fund for their games. Both are potentially high quality FPS titles. Neither have lot of resources and are funded basically on their own or by the community around them.
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BlackjackCF  +   1080d ago
You're spot on Mike. I was just thinking about this the other day.
Shadowauthor  +   1080d ago
Great article. I think that there's room in the ecosystem for both types of funding.
ostgar  +   1080d ago
Game Informer did a piece about Double Fine and those guys are saying a bit about having a new way to work on un-publishable games. I'm not sure we will ever see a kickstarter kill off publishing as it is known, but I can bet you a new type of gaming will pop up. Indie Games, AAA titles, Kickstarted games, etc.
Nostradavis  +   1080d ago
Well said.
ginsunuva  +   1080d ago
Donate to Auditorium Duet on Kickstarter!
BinCs  +   1080d ago
I'm pretty sure a MULTIBILLION corporation like EA doesn't consider Kickstarter a threat.
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