Saga of Lucimia developers are closing the game’s pre-order store as development enters its second stage

    
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Someone hold the lamp up.

Remember the old story from The Onion about Starbucks beginning a sinister “phase two?” That’s not at all what’s happening with Stage Two of Saga of Lucimia development, but you could be forgiven for drawing the comparison simply because, well, “Stage Two.” Also, because it marks a move away from the development being as open and transparentas possible, since this also marks the moment when the game stops being about making basic systems and ideas and starts being about producing actual content.

The net result is that the game is getting proper investment funding now and is focusing on making the game into a reality, which also coincides with shuttering the game’s pre-order store as of March 31st. That will lock in the current early access playerbase for alpha testing as the game moves into more core content and game mechanics. If you’d like a deeper look at what the developers have been up to, take the time to dive into the full announcement; it’s going to make things a bit more quiet, but also hopefully more productive in the long run.

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Kevin McCaughey

That’s a bit of a squeeze for some extra money I think. Putting the fear of god into people that the pre-order store is closing for ever so get your copies now or else! ;)

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Tim Anderson

We would be failing at Business 101 if we *didn’t* promote the closure of our pre-order store. But I’d suggest you actually read the announcement in full; a “squeeze for money” makes for good clickbait, but it’s far from the truth.

If we were really in it for the money, we’d keep the pre-order store open instead of closing it down for 18 – 24 months. Oh, and I’d be drawing a salary as CEO instead of working for free for all these years (five for me, next month in March) and waiting for my paycheck until we launch (along my 8 business partners, who are also working for free), so we can pay the half dozen contractors working for us.

Also, we’d have far more expensive alpha packages intead of allowing anyone to hop in for just 40 bucks.

And we’d be bringing on enough investors to pay me a multimillion dollar salary instead of funneling all of the new investor money into hiring 6 – 8 full-time employees (average salary of 90k a year plus full coverage health insurance for them and all their dependents).

So yeah, we’re some nefarious, greedy folks over here. Not trying to build a game out of passion. Just a money grab.

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Kevin McCaughey

Ack Tim I am sorry. I have obviously caused offence and I have maybe been too cynical in my comment. I am a backer and totally believe and admire what you are doing. I am a totally sold believer. I just thought it seemed a bit like “Get it now or it’s gone!’ type sales pitch. I am delighted you have investment and apologise for the obvious offence for what I said.

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Tim Anderson

It absolutely was/is a “get it now or it’s gone” sales pitch. Otherwise we wouldn’t have made a post about the closer of our pre-order store and just let it wind down in silence.

But on that note there’s something I just don’t get, which is consumers jumping on the “cash grab” bandwagon every time they see a company offering a promotion or a sales deal or marketing their game/product in some way.

Businesses have a right to make a profit. Without revenue, they wouldn’t be in business. Wages wouldn’t get paid, etc.

Not every company out there is a Blizzard with C-level executives making million-dollar salaries with 15-30 million dollar bonuses while stiffing the interns and entry-level folks.

Some of us are just out here looking to keep a small team of 20 people employed and give them all their shot at their dream job: making games for a living.

That being said, apology accepted. You can’t hear tone of voice in text, so cynicism is one of those things that is really hard to “get” unless you are talking with the person face to face.

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PanagiotisLial1

I also think the cash grab comments have gone too far lately – its like anything that costs money is instantly named a cash grab without checking the actual game. The expression is losing its meaning because instead using it on things like vaporware, it is being used everywhere to produce toxicity. Unfortunately toxicity runs high on the net nowadays benefiting from anonymity

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PanagiotisLial1

I think it is one of the projects that may result into something good. Its still too early for assumptions though

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Kevin McCaughey

Yup, it has all the right vibes for me.

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Tim Anderson

We make all sorts of assumptions, and have been doing so since we first started this project :) Thankfully, all of them have come true so far! Onwards and upwards.