First person, role playing game (RPG), Kingdom Come: Deliverance launched their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter last week and quickly surpassed their £300,000 (over $495,000) goal as backers rushed to support this project. Standing at over £554,000 ( $900,000) today, over 17,500 individuals have contribute to this game with rewards levels starting at just £3.
In the first backer update Prague based Warhorse Studios, the creators, shared their initial response to leaping the first goal:
That’s really, absolutely, mind-blowingly thrilling. We cannot stress strongly enough how grateful we are to all of you. This resounding confirmation of what we’ve been working on for almost two years just makes everything worthwhile. We are happy — and privileged — to be working on this project and we want to make the best possible game we can, for you.
Now, with our goal reached, it’s time for stretch goals and we shall announce the first one tomorrow. I would also like to make one thing clear: we have come to an understanding with our investor that every penny we make above the Kickstarter goal will stay with us and will go toward making Kingdom Come: Deliverance better.
Kindgom Come almost never got out of the starting gate. Publishers were hesitant to sign the game as they were looking more for MMO / iPad games. Warhorse Studios had an investor who had financed much of their project but they were coming to the end of their rope and in a meeting with there benefactor the company shared;
“In our research, potential customers have shown great interest, the publishers are paralyzed by fear of the future and won’t give us money and our account has run dry. So the options are: shut it down, find a co-investor – which we haven’t been able to do so far – pay for the whole thing and hope we place it somewhere in the end…” Even though we could see that our benefactor liked our game and didn’t think we were talking total BS, it was practically out of the question that in such a situation he would cough up the several million dollars we need to finish the game.
So then we told him about this amazing thing called crowd-funding.
The decision to go the crowdfunding route has now paid off. Current projections of total amount to be raised stands at over £1.3 million.
Stretch goals have been set and the final will be known on February 20th the closing date of the campaign. The game is currently scheduled to ship in December 2015.
The games category is the largest crowdfunding channel on Kickstarter today having successfully funded over $182 million. Kingdom Come has all of the characteristics of being the first break-out success story for games on the Kickstarter platform of 2014.
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