Just two years after securing over $100,000 through Kickstarter, developer Bear Simulator creator John Farjay announced that he is quitting the project due to reported drama surround the video game’s development.
According to its description, the Bear Simulator players are put into the game in FPB (yes, First Person Bear). They do “bear things” which includes exploring, eating fish, and plants. There is also defending yourself and of course sleeping.
Originally set to debut in November 2014, the game was finally released and unfortunately, was met with some harsh criticism. Farjay decided to put an end to the project and addressed the game’s fate over the weekend.
He shared in an update:
“Well the game didn’t have a great reception, has a stigma against it’s name and there’s plenty of other problems so making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now. Plus not skilled enough to make the game better than it currently is or write better updates than previously.
“Was really hoping the Steam release would go well but why would it, should have just gave the game to backers and not bother with Steam. Also don’t want to deal with the drama anymore. Can’t ignore it because that causes more drama and can’t do anything about it because that causes more drama. It was really fun making the game, trailers, updates, websites, tutorials, blog posts and stuff, hopefully you all liked those things.”
He also noted that his team will be making another game update on Kickstarter and asked backers to provide a comment on the items they wish to have fixed. It was noted that the team “will work on fixes and feature until you’re all happy and content then stop.”
Farjay then left the comments with:
“Must be doing this PC game dev thing wrong because it is way too hard to stay happy and productive.”
Check out Bear Simulator’s launch trailer below.
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