Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 20.

Update #9

REBORN (Canceled) Redux Campaign in November 2013

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Hi Everyone,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support and warm reception that you gave to project REBORN.  However unfortunate as this may be, after thinking about our Kickstarter campaign and talking to backers regarding our reward levels and various other requests for ports including our stretch goals, we really want to consider a relaunch of REBORN with many things about our campaign corrected and refined.  I personally want to ensure that our current backers receive a special incentive for their support and encouragement during this very difficult time for Team REBORN, as well as myself.  For future backers, I welcome you and want to ensure each one of you in our crowd-funding community that you will like what we will offer in our redux campaign.  We are only here because of our hardwork and the faithful support of you, therefore we will not forget about anyone! As such, I will be contacting each one of you to inform you of your reward for supporting us.  For newcomers, we welcome you and sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.  We want to say please standby for the redux campaign in November 2013.  

In our redux campaign, we will make available the following:

[1] A behind-the-scenes motion capture session with Shin Koyamada with a technical breakdown of the process that goes into mocapping a set of character animations.

[2] A glimpse of our gameplay.  

          a) Menu system, HUD, Combat/Combo system.

[3] AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything) to follow up with hard real-time/live questions.

[4] SOJOBO in-game turntable turnaround.

[5] 3-5 lines of very straightforward text explaining our rewards and a complete rework of the rewards levels. Concise reduction of homepage text with current visual aid and some never before seen assets.

[6] Restructure the rewards list to better accommodate your desired level.

[7] Offer Mac & Linux support in a higher stretch goal tier.

[8] Languages and Subtitles: English and Japanese initially. French, German, and Spanish to come later upon reaching higher stretch goals.

[9] Improve the stretch goals and be more detailed and offer better incentives for the community because at the end of the day, we are making this game together.

Sometimes it’s hard to examine failure while the pain caused by it still lingers, but being an entrepreneur and an indie studio means sometimes getting back up off the canvas when you’ve been knocked down, and simply refusing to accept a result you don’t like. To me, failure is often a great chance to rediscover one of the many paths to success, and Kickstarter is no exception to this so that is why the team and I have considered contacting our community of backers first before we pulled the plug temporarily.

-Team REBORN

Cameron Youngs, Xero_Omega1, and 8 more people like this update.

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @cthellis, Thank you for your positive note! We feel that we definitely needed this reboot based on the facts I have written. I have learned a great deal since I canceled our campaign with a redux campaign that I am currently putting together. Team REBORN and I very much care about the success of REBORN and truly care also about listening to you guys because at the end of the day, we are also gamers just like you. That said, we look forward to your support and thank you once again!

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @William L. Reedy III, I can see what you mean, but I can also tell you that there is a lot at stake with already with time and money invested by me and our teammates so we definitely want to get it out there, aggressively market us to the world, but again, without people like you, we cannot do this alone. There is only so much we can do to push our game into the forefront of this industry, but having fans and supporters like you on our side, we can definitely show how much we care about REBORN. Thank you again for your advice and support brother!

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Matt Francis, done! Thank you for your advice brother! I will be doing just that in our redux! =D

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Rafael Castro e Alves, thank you Rafael! You and everyone on our campaign are continuously giving us encouragement! I truly cannot wait to launch our redux campaign. Will be announcing it to our backers soon first before I go to the press with our relaunch date so you guys can get on board with our team! Lets make this game together guys and show the industry that there is power in numbers of passionate gamers! We cannot do this without people like you so for that, we will not let you down on the relaunch! Thank you again!

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Russell Fawcett, you are spot on and I have restructured our budget breakdown for our stretch goals. In our redux campaign, we will show you all of the points you have spoken out about and I truly thank you for taking your time away to do this write-up with some great insight and advice! Thank you again and I look forward to having you as a supporter on our new campaign! =D

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Ben Magargee, @Brett Schwartz, Thank you guys! I am really happy to read these positive messages from each one of you guys! We are also getting very positive messages and emails so I can honestly tell you, this is truly encouraging and we cannot wait for our relaunch =D

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Xero_Omega1, I truly cannot express to you how happy I am to have you as a supporter! Looking forward to our relaunch bro!

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      Creator Elemental-Labs, Inc. on October 30

      @Cameron Youngs, Thank you Cameron! By the way, one of our programmer's name is Cameron! Great name and really thank you for your support! =D

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      Creator cthellis on October 25

      Kickstarter is a strange business, so things like this are understandable. Hope to hear from you again when you feel confident you're putting your best foot forward!

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      Creator William L. Reedy III on October 23

      i really don't think november is the best month to bring back this kickstarter. I keep thinking you should restart it in january. That way you don't have to fight with folks next gen and christmas money.

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      Creator Matt Francis on October 21

      Appreciate the explanation. Number 2 should be the priority though. When you relaunch, less concept art and stuff from artist's portfolios, more gameplay. A substantial representative slice would be better than a mere glimpse to instill confidence and attract backers.

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      Creator Rafael Castro e Alves on October 20

      Hello to everyone at team Reborn! I'm wishing you all the best results and the best of luck in all your projects!!! Cheering here so you can come back stronger and ready for the fight! When you come back I'll be here to support and to give you the help you need! Success to you all! Regards.

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      Creator Russell Fawcett on October 20

      It's sad that the project had to be cancelled, but I think that was the right thing to do. Although I backed the project, since the idea seemed really great and well fleshed out, it always seemed like a bit of a long shot that it would actually succeed given what this first campaign showed.

      It seemed like it was brought to Kickstarter a bit too early. There needed to be more transparency in what exactly you were working on. There was a lot of written detail about that, but visually just concept art and a few 3D character models. There needed to be more to give a more solid idea that the game actually existed. And perhaps a more detailed layout of exactly what you plan to do with the money.

      200k still seems like it wouldn't have been enough too. From what you showed, it seemed like the project was something more in the multi-million range. It seemed like you were aiming on the scale of something like The Witcher games, or maybe Jade Empire, but with next-gen graphics. While you said you had made arrangements to save a lot of costs, that goal still seemed too low, and like it needed better planning and to be better laid out to backers.

      I appreciated the detail you went in to about the game design though. You seemed to have a really well thought out plan for how the game itself would work, and it seemed like a really great game. But again, it needed more visual representation. Maybe videos showing gameplay demos to give us an idea of how it would work in-game, and to show that you actually had your ideas built in to it, even if they were still early in development.

      I agree that there needed to be a better explanation of what the backer rewards were too. Again, visualisations of what exactly you are offering would be useful.

      I hope next time you start a campaign for this it'll be more successful, and I'll definitely be interested in backing again. I love the whole concept of the game, and I really want to see it become a reality.

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      Creator Brett Schwartz on October 20

      Agree with the previous comments, lots of potential, will back again when the time comes, this can make it. :)

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      Creator Ben Magargee on October 20

      I'll happily pledge again when the time comes!

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      Creator Xero_Omega1 on October 20

      I agree with Cameron! I will be supporting this the next time around too. For an example, check out paradise desks, the first campaign barely made anything while the second that was opened up a couple months later revamped made tons of money and was funded. So good luck guys and I know we can do this! :D

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      Creator Cameron Youngs on October 20

      Every time there is a canceled project that relaunched it always better! :) Can't wait to back again. I'm sure the project will be even better.

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