It’s okay to laugh at this Star Wars Open World RPG Kickstarter

By Brenna Hillier
5 January 2016 22:12 GMT

A 20 year old dude wants your money to make Star Wars Open World RPG, a highly ambitious project that will never, ever happen. Obviously.


Star Wars fever is epidemic right now, and it’s surely the light-headedness of illness that led 39 backers to pledge to this project. That, or the Internet’s peverse sense of humour.

In what’s either a delightfully naive but genuine desire to break into games, or a calculated attempt to capitalise on the gullibility of Star Wars fans unfamiliar with the games industry and crowdfunding, a chap called Devin Tripp has asked for $200,000 on Kickstarter to fund a triple-A open world Star Wars RPG.

He doesn’t have the rights to Star Wars, of course. Or any experience. Or a development partners. Or a realistic budget. Or anything, really, beyond the idea that such a thing might be pretty fun.

It’s sort of like how you idly imagine, oh, “Skyrim but with superheroes” – except that this guy apparently plans to take people’s money. The whole prospect is astoundingly unlikely and ill-advised, and to even begin listing the problems makes me feel a bit mean.

Expect Kickstarter to shut this down in short order, probably when Disney’s lawyers wake up. This is a good thing; Kickstarter has a pretty poor track record in holding campaign creators accountable when they grab the loot and run.

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