John Smedley’s Hero’s Song Kickstarter project is cancelled

    
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John Smedley has just announced that the Hero’s Song Kickstarter has been cancelled:

He went on to stress that the game’s development is ongoing, but it was obvious that the game would not meet its funding goals. The game’s funding was only just over $130,000 of its targeted $800,000 goal with three weeks to go. No word yet on whether or not additional crowdfunding will be sought.

Source: Twitter, Kickstarter. Thank you to everyone who sent this in!
Update: Here’s the message sent to Kickstarter backers.

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.

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.

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.

Thanks and we’ll see you soon!

Smed and the Pixelmage Games Team.

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ohforfs
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breetoplay TJFrenchJr Wow that sounds like it’s from the heart Bree lol ;) Nothing like personal experience!

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

devin007 So he didn’t have to pay his employs out of the money he stole from SOE and Everquest Next’s development budget.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

jeremy2020 daicon Also, the graphics are GBA level. I’ve played games on BYOND that looked better. They should have gone with something like Indivisible or Guacamelee. The game sounded very cool though.

Walpurgisnacht
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AnthonyPassmore Typical Smedley – sells SOE, jumps off his ivory tower with a golden parachute, conveniently has a job and team lined up and asks people for money on Kickstarter to pay him. What a joke of a man.

TehAcidBaron
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TehAcidBaron

AnthonyPassmore

Because you need personal capital and assets also.

ohforfs
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ManastuUtakata breetoplay Grimfargo He *did* piss in my cornflakes though. Several times over the years.

libertylion7
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libertylion7

Crap looking game anyways.  Good riddance.

kgptzac
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kgptzac

AnthonyPassmore I thought there would be kickstarter fanboys coming out and say backing a project is not investing but donating.  I guess I’m wrong.

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

breetoplay Grimfargo Bree, maybe you could hire yourself out as a consultant on how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Ironweakness
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Ironweakness

After some of the comments I’ve read here and in the article on Eternal Crusade, I don’t think I would want us as a target audience were I a developer.
That aside, I’m kind of interested in this game now. Honestly I think he just needed to let the news sink in and spread by word of mouth a bit before starting the Kickstarter. I saw the first article written here last week but didn’t get a chance to read it until today. Crowfall did an excellent job of building momentum before opening the floodgates. Had Smedley done something similar I think his KS campaign would have been more successful.
I’ll still be watching for when this title becomes available though. I’m intrigued.