Heavy Gear Assault developer StompyBot has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign to resurrect the mech series, and will now accept funding directly on the game’s site. The campaign was closed amid fears over the game’s quality, and for falling well short of its intended goal.
The studio posted an update on its Kickstarter thread to confirm the campaign’s end.
It reads, “Thank you for your dedicated support. We appreciate and highly value everyone’s opinions here which is why we have decided to cancel this KS campaign and continue crowd funding on heavygear.com. We believe very strongly in resurrecting the Heavy Gear franchise and giving the fans what they want.
“We are currently evaluating other strategies to raise awareness regarding Heavy Gear and looking at multiple means to get the Heavy Gear name out there. Thank you for your support everyone and stay tuned.”
At the time of cancellation the project received just $44,981 of StomyBot’s intended $800,000 goal.
One backer responded to the cancellation notice by writing, “The fact that StompyBot and MekTek want to do one is good, but this is a very bumpy start, and I honestly think that they need to pull back and overhaul the project.
“For the love of Pete, LISTEN to what fans are telling you: This is too big, too ambitious, and so far, too vague. Start smaller, and do something based more on what people tell you they want to play, and not quite as much on what you want to make.”
What do you make of the above? Should Kickstarter campaigns always listen to fans first and foremost due to their financial input, or is there a danger of design by committee thinking?
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