First, we are truly sorry for the delay on this project. We are gamers too and have waited for many games ourselves. We know how frustrating it is to be kept waiting for something one has been looking forward to. We thank you for your great patience and support.
The project has taken longer than anticipated and we wished for. There are multiple factors to this delay, and many of them have been highlighted here on Kickstarter before. The most significant factor is that the team underestimated the overwhelming response to the Kickstarter and the overhead and time it consumed.
Nevertheless, this project is moving forward. Critical parts are now completed: translations for Core Rule Book and the Black Madonna are now done and we have also secured almost all artwork (Tarot Deck illustrations are still to be delivered by the artist).
Reinforcing the team and improving communications
We are now reinforcing the KDL team with dedicated capabilities from Helmgast’s other product lines. Paul, from Helmgast’s management team, will assist with project management and communication as well as parts of the production. Shirley, who handles logistics and customer relations for some other product lines within Helmgast, will also help out with communication and production of some of the add-ons. Anton, who has vast experience of printing and production of “gadgets” (such as dices and card decks) will also dedicate time to KDL to assist the team. Other people from Helmgast will also assist with their respective expertise, such as graphic design, print production etc. Marco will transition back to the core production team, and focus less on communication and customer support, and work together with Petter and Robin to fine-tune the final bits of KULT.
Apart from being able to ramp up the completion of KDL with these added resources, our communication efforts will be significantly improved, with weekly updates and better details on progress from now on.
Our Art Director completed the basic design and layout templates for KDL prior to the summer. You have already seen a preview of this in the Quick-Start Rules. From mid-August, he will start final layout of the texts and artworks that are done. First up is Oakwood Heights. Priority thereafter is of course the Core Rule Book, and making a first beta pdf available to backers.
We know you want to see more stuff. As soon as we have material to display, you’ll be the first to get to know about and see it! The coming days we will update you on the status of the KDL products in greater detail. More chapters of The Black Madonna will be added for public review on our forum page later this week.
It’s apparent that we are unfortunately not in a mode where we are able to release KULT: Divinity Lost late summer. With the new personnel resources dedicated to this project, we are now looking at a release in December 2017 at the latest (we are of course doing what we can to achieve speedier release). PDFs (both beta and final) will of course be distributed prior to that. With more detailed updates, we hope to restore confidence and also make it possible for you to more closely follow progress.
Again, we are truly sorry for what may be up to a 12 months delay in the end – but we will always prioritize quality to give you the KDL you’ll all been waiting too long for now.
the reinforced KDL team (Petter, Robin, Marco, Paul, Shirley, Anton)