John Smedley’s Pixelmage Pulls the Plug on “Hero’s Song” Kickstarter

Last week, former Sony president, John Smedley, and his new studio, Pixelmage, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $800,000 for the new video game, Hero’s Song.

Hero’s Song is described an as open world rogue-like fantasy game done in 2D pixel style. Pixelmage Games revealed:

Heros Song“Create epic fantasy worlds uniquely shaped by your choices, the power of the gods, and thousands of years of history. Become a legendary hero in a dangerous and mysterious world of magic and monsters. Explore endless dungeons and ancient cities in long forgotten lands in search of knowledge, treasure, and the power of the gods!”

Within the first week, the project successfully secured nearly $140,000. Unfortunately, Smedley and his team pulled the plug on the Kickstarter initiative and revealed the following news:

“After looking at our funding levels and the reality that we aren’t going to reach our funding goals, we’ve decided that the best thing to do is to end the Kickstarter. We sincerely appreciate all of the support we got from the backers and the Kickstarter community. This was our first Kickstarter and we made mistakes along the way. I want to acknowledge that right up front. We put a lot of time and effort into the Kickstarter, but it’s obvious missing things like physical goods hampered our efforts. It’s also fair to say because we’re early that we didn’t have enough gameplay to show the game off enough to get people over the hump.”

The Pixelmage crew continued:

john_smedley“So where do we go from here? Well, the good news is that our Investors are backing us all the way and we’re going to get Hero’s Song done exactly when we said we would. I’m also happy to say that we’ve been able to do this without having to take money from publishers, something that was of key importance to us so that we could remain in creative control.

 

“We’ll be updating you all along the way.. holding development streams (on Cohhcarnage’s stream on Twitch) and being completely transparent with our development process. You’ll be hearing from us all the time and we’ll be updating our website and all of you on a constant basis as we have cool stuff to show.”

The team then added:

almostfundedkickstarter“Thanks again for all the support you’ve shown, and thanks for the constructive criticism as well. We took that to heart and we’ve learned a lot from it. Kickstarter remains an incredible source of both goodwill and community support, and we’ll never forget the kindness our backers showed us.”

 

 


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