This week in MMO crowdfunding news, refunds continue for Hero's Song, which was canceled the day after Christmas with the promise to reimburse all those who backed the game through Indiegogo or on Steam early access. A new Indiegogo announcement from John Smedley yesterday says that Pixelmage has finished processing all pending requests -- manually -- and will soon begin mailing checks. "On the PayPal front we're awaiting having our PayPal account authorized to do this," he writes, suggesting that will be resolved early next week.
Slightly off-topic, but I have to ask - what's up with "mailing checks" (or cheques as we know them)? I live in a remote and insignificant country but we've still managed to use electronic payments for everything for a couple of decades now. Is it just an expression? Or are they literally sending paper-based cheques that have to be taken to a bank? The last time I wrote a cheque was in the 1990s... I'm just curious. :)
@Cyberlight I just assumed it was for people who couldn't be granted a direct credit card / PayPal refund for some reason - I know that different countries have different rules on that, on who pays the surcharges, etc..
Kingdom Death just closed at over $12 million on Kickstarter today, breaking many records. So I'm not so sure Kickstarter is a dead medium for games. I know it's not an MMO, but there is a definite cross genre audience there. I'll be interested to see how Ashes of Creation does.
@PaganRites There is an audience there, but just about everyone who's interested in backing an MMO has already done so - we're in a waiting period, hoping that all these cool games will actually get developed. Kingdom Death intends to have copies in backer's hands by summer; none of the MMOs I backed years ago will be ready by then.
It's much easier for me to invest in a board game, which has a very high success rate at creating quality products on time, over another MMO, which has yet to have an unadulterated Kickstarter success story.
@Archebius@PaganRites Yep. All the boardgames/cardgames I've backed shipped and were worth every penny I spent.
@imperialpanda I don't think the site's writers are anti-Kickstarter at all; we all know first-hand how great Kickstarter can be for the right project (as do you, given your badge <3). But I also think the MMORPG Kickstarters in the last two years have been on the dodgier side in terms of whether they have a prayer of launching as promised, hence the rise in suspicion of late. Even so, Kickstarted MMOs from before the recent period consistently win our most anticipated awards, and you're commenting under the only crowdfund-centric weekly monitoring column in the MMO blogging genre. :D