Looking Forward! #KeepBarking
By now you've all received the email today letting you know that we didn't hit our goal. Not going to lie, it's a sad day here at Spooky Squid HQ, however we've been really really happy to see the incredibly positive response to the game over the last month and if anything it's made us even more deter- Uh Proletaricat?
What are those bags?
That uh.. that's not how Kickstarter works cat.
We have to give all the money back since we didn't hit our goal. We needed the full amount to deliver the game we promised and... ... Are you listening?
What are you doing with that laptop? Is that my credit card? Wait, are you on Amazon again?
*SIGH* You are going to give that money back to everyone NOW and no more computer time for you this week, understood?
I guess that's fair cat...
Okay real talk folks. Thanks so much for your support over the campaign. It means a lot to us that you believed in our weird Russian dog game enough to back it. While we didn't hit our goal the response to the game, both from backers and the press has been really really great and it's made us all the more determined to find a way to make it happen.
A lot of folks have been asking what happens next. So here's the deal. We've always been looking at different potential funding sources and will continue to do so. Ontario has some great grants available for videogames (shoutout to the OMDC!) however these grants are incredibly competitive and they never provide all the funds needed. If we're able to secure more funding either through a grant or other means we'll definitely take another shot at Kickstarter with a lower goal to fill in the gaps.
We will only come back to Kickstarter if we have secured other funding sources. We won't come back with a lower goal just because we know we can hit it. I strongly believe that Kickstarter is a promise between creators and backers. It's important that the money we ask for matches what we actually need to complete a project. To do otherwise is both unfair to the backers and unfair to the team making the game. We'll always do everything we can to stretch every dollar and make the best possible game with it, but you can only stretch things so far before they break.
If we're unable to find funding I'll continue to work on Russian Subway Dogs when I can, as I have since the jam game was originally created back in 2012. I can confidently say that it will be released, just not when or in what form. It will likely be a much smaller version of the game if it's only me working on it in my spare time though.
Regardless of funding I look forward to you all getting to enjoy the game sometime in the future and if we return to Kickstarter I hope that you'll give us your support once again!
If you have any questions about the Kickstarter or the future of the game feel free to ask them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer. Also if you want to know more about my thoughts and experience of running the Kickstarter I did an interview with ZAM yesterday that's worth reading.
Thank again for backing!
- Miguel Sternberg and the Russian Subway Dogs team.
If you want up to the minute info regarding Russian Subway Dogs and any future games from Spooky Squid Games your best bet is to follow me on twitter @spookysquid.
If your looking for a cool project to back with your pledge money Hypnospace Outlaw looks amazing!