January 31, 2023

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Kickstarter has been canceled in the most brutal way possible

Kickstarter has been canceled in the most brutal way possible

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picture: Mystery Flesh Pit National Park

Mystery Flesh Pit National Park is a fantasy project by Trevor Roberts, which started on Reddit It was over the past few years Post stories and artwork on his websitefleshed out (sorry) the story of a huge creature that was discovered underground in Texas and… turned into a tourist attraction.

It’s a pretty cool move, kind of Lovecraftian Jurassic Parkfull of absurdity but also downright horror, and it’s been just that slowly Capture enough fans He was Covered on sites like USA Today. Due to the success of the project, and the fact that Roberts had built a more detailed diorama of the world than a linear one a storyTo a lot of people, a video game mod must have sounded like a really good idea.

So Roberts announced last week, Courtesy of Village Fox Mediaa Mystery meat pit video game in development, It will seek funding on Kickstarter. Described as a “survival horror video game for the PC,” it will center around the efforts of a crew tasked with helping Park recover from a disaster — remember, it’s Inside a giant monster– which kills 750 people.

A week later, the Kickstarter site — which was very light on demos or detailed development information — was trashed, with Roberts saying the decision was made after a combination of “fan feedback, a floppy marketing push, internal disputes, and some deep introspection”. Specifically, the process of handing over work on the game to other people… didn’t seem to go well, though, with Roberts Since writing (focus me):

To those who were looking forward to the video game, I apologize. Most people don’t fully appreciate what the intrinsic task of producing a mediocre video game is. I have personally and carefully created each and every piece of it Mystery meat pit project, but something as big as a video game is completely out of my scope as an individual artist. When I am not directly responsible for supervising their creation, I cannot guarantee their quality. After this experience, I can firmly say that there will be no video game approved mods for Mystery meat pit As long as you are alive.

I sincerely hope that by canceling this overly ambitious Kickstarter campaign, I’ve avoided what could have been a rushed, lousy gaming experience at best, and an unmitigated disaster at worst.. I also hope my decision to endorse Kickstarter doesn’t hurt or hinder the superior work of other talented and trusted creators working hard behind the scenes to deliver a Mystery Flesh Pit tabletop gaming experience of late. in 2023.

“I don’t have any hard feelings towards developers,” Roberts told me. It was a mutual decision in the end to cancel it. I think they were rather ambitious, and I had a moment of clarity seeing the disaster that was going to happen to everyone involved. I think I did the right thing. And for the record, I have always been, and still am, fully supportive of fan gaming. My statement about not having a file Mystery meat pit The video game was, admittedly, a bit overzealous. Fan games are great. I just think there are really too many badly planned games/movies/series out there to make money from exhausted creators, and I’m not talking about that.”

IIt’s refreshing to see Roberts see the writing on the wall and pull the plug like this now, not months/years down the line – after he’s already taken the money – like so many other ill-fated campaigns she’s made on the platform.

Tabletop adaptationas Roberts says is still to come, it should be out early next year.

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