MUD devs cancel Kickstarter project to make other games

    
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Open world crafting sandbox MUD made a splash on Steam’s Greenlight earlier this year, but its Kickstarter drive wasn’t quite as successful. Developer Ben Walsh posted a cancellation notice earlier this week, though he did say that the game will survive in some future form.

“We started the Kickstarter so that we could focus solely on MUD. During the campaign however, we have been approached by several companies to create games for them,” Walsh explained. “It was a tough decision, but we have decided to cancel the campaign and put MUD on hold for a bit. While this unfortunately means MUD will take longer to finish, it helps us in the long run by allowing us to grow the team and have more money for MUD in the future.”

Source: Kickstarter; thanks Linaea!
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MewmewGirl
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While I appreciate them trying to put a positive spin on it for people who don’t really know – let’s face it, this was a failing Kickstarter project that would have needed a miracle to make it.  

They may want to pretend they decided to stop the campaign because they were approached with so many business offers, but the reality is they decided to stop the campaign because it wasn’t going anywhere (it only had gotten up to around $11,000 pledged).

Many of us remember your original article about the game’s Kickstarter project here.  The way they had that written up it really didn’t look as if there was much of a chance of them making their funding goals.  

While they had multiple problems, I found the female character stretch goal to be one of their worst.  Most Female players don’t especially like playing male characters in online games, and most guys don’t really want their MMO worlds to be all dudes either.  The entire way they had it written up seemed like they thought people would jump to fund that extra amount to get females in the game, they were just doing it all wrong and their excuses about why weren’t good enough to fool anyone.  They were just basically ticking most people off and driving people away.  

They were good for a quick laugh looking at what they were trying to do but that was about it.

It was obvious they were doing things that should be in the big book of “How to fail a Kickstarter.”

MewmewGirl
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MewmewGirl

Modrain

Hilarious :D  Yes, many of us remember that original article about their Kickstarter for their game in the land of sausages.

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

Oleg Chebeneev Yea because one person’s opinion shuts down kickstarters lol.  Stop brotato.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

It pleases me to think that my criticism led to this cancel

Robert80
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Robert80

Let the mud-slinging commence.  *Yeah, I see the door and I’m walking already.*

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Madda Modrain Pssst… these guys had female models as a stretch goal, that was the joke.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

Mic dropped from orbit. Well done.

cursedseishi
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cursedseishi

Ironwu 
Or… Crazy as it sounds, it’s because the developers did NOTHING to garner support? It took them almost an entire week just to say “Hey, look how much money we raised”, and likely just as long for them to respond about the female model crap. Its less about the engine and more about developers completely ignoring momentum with Kickstarter.

But yes, lets point at the engine and not the developers. I mean, whoever heard of a cheap rpg-creation program being used to make a horror game? Or an engine based off an FPS used to make large-scale turn based RPG strategy games?

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

so long Mud, we hardly knew ye.

Ironwu
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Ironwu

And yes, another Unity game bites the dust.

I am starting to believe that developers are starting to realize that Unity is great for making demos and proof-of-concept work.  Not so great when it comes to a good, fully functional, high quality, high performance MMO/MP game.