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Finally some real news

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Hi everyone.

I can finally say with some certainty where things are at. First, let me give you a brief update on whats been going on for the last 6 months or so. Here we go...

Mobot is no more

While it is sad, it is also sort of good news.  For the past 6 months or so, most my time has been spent trying to wrap everything up and officially shut Mobot down. It just doesn't make sense for a one man team to spend so much time and money running a full corporation. 

Unfortunately, I have had to keep some of what i was dealing with on the down-low. The video game industry can be fun and amazing but there is a lot of money involved and it can be brutal. I just I just can't afford to hire a lawyer every time someone decides to take legal action over something as stupid as using a word like jump!  

Finally a new plan

I get a lot of advice. I do listen to all of it and I take it seriously. The one thing that i hear the most in messages and emails about is  "just release something - anything"! 

So thats the plan. 

Smaller initial release

There is a lot of really stunning work already done. I plan to just spend the next few months consolidated everything into a smaller game. While the game will be smaller it should still look gorgeous thanks to the initial hard work of Lex and Tisha. 

By many standards it should still really stand out. I am a game designer first so, I plan to focus on the game and less on cut scenes and that sort of stuff. I think there is more than enough material for a really solid platformer with plenty gameplay and a little less story. My plan is to get something out on mobile first.  Modern tablets, phones and TV boxes are more than capable of running this. So, I will start there. 

In nerd terms, a little less Zelda and a little more Mario. I think it will look great and be fun.

Money, Refunds and the future

I want to be very upfront and say that I know this isn't' exactly what some people signed up for but ,I plan to make everyone happy. If you can't tell by now, I'm not in this for the money. Once the game comes out on mobile I don't plan to take any profit until and if everyone is happy. The terms have changed but, when Mobot started this project, Kickstarter was about funding a dream and it even stated not all projects will happen. However, i don't wanna screw anyone either. I clearly can't refund anyone now because A) I'm not done and B) I'm out of money and still paying down some Mobot Losses. 

However, I plan to set all the money From Knite aside and take refunds from anyone that isn't happy on a first come first served basis. I will go into this in more detail when I get closer to a release. I hope people are happy with the game and i wont have to issue many refunds though!  :)

What about Wii U

In all honesty a Wii U release probably wont happen. I (mobot) have even cracked the Wii U eShop top 10 and it just wasn't worth while.  It would make nice side money as a hobby but, there just wasn't enough money to even pay rent after taxes and expenses. Again, this is not 100% for sure but, I just want to be as up front as possible. Also, when Mobot closed all the  WIi U games were turned over to Crescent Moon Games. So, if you own any of those, they are still available for download.

Updates

With a fresh start I plan to update a couple times a month and show actual progress now that i can focus on  - actual progress!

A lot of info - Lets Summarize

  • Mobot Studios is closed
  • Laser focused on a smaller Knite game
  • Smaller game will still look pretty sweet and target Mobile first
  • ALL profit will be set aside to cover potential refunds before i take a dime
  • Super excited to finally focus on actual progress rather than legal and financial issues on the daily. 
  • There's probably some typos in here

Thanks, Any questions hit me up in the comments. I'll try to answer stuff when I get back home tonight!

Thanks!

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    1. Samuel Gozlan on

      Thanks for the update! It's amazing you are spending all that time trying to satisfy us when you have so much on your plate. Good luck for the next step of your journey. Don't give up! Will be on the look out for your updates on Knite. :)

    2. Ahmed on

      I went back to school and have very little money of my own. I don't want a refund. You do you, and I hope my small contribution helps bring this to life.

      This project reminds me a bit of Neverending Nightmares, which was a short but beautiful experience. I paid for an experience, and I look forward to whatever that is. =)

    3. Mobot Studios Creator on

      @Libby shorter answer for anyone else requesting refunds. Any profit from the mobile game is first to be set aside for refund requests. I will make an announcement so everyone has an opportunity. I can't guarantee a refund but I will do what I can continually on a first come first served basis.

      Hopefully that helps.

    4. Mobot Studios Creator on

      @Nick Evans - Well whatever comes out will still be on PC/Mac too. I just mean i can't guarantee an official steam release or the likes. Plus, there is no plans to make a simple endless game or anything like that. We're still talking levels and all that stuff. And no, there are no plans to cut rewards. Especially Digital. I just have to get the game our first.

      @Libby - Nothing has changes yet since i posted this yesterday. Maybe give it quick reread. Unless you just wanted to let me know your not happy which, I understand. I tried to be as clear as i can. Im not just pumping out a junky mobile game. I'm just shortening some of the content and hitting mobile first to get things going. Wii U is the only thing that is most like but not 100% cut. Thanks! :)

    5. Nick Evans on

      ugh.. I backed at the $100 level. So needless to say I am a little crushed at the thought of spending $100 on a mobile game that I might not even enjoy.

      I will give you the benefit of the doubt since you have been through a lot. But hopefully the end result is something that I can feel comfortable with spending that amount of money on.

      Can you at least clarify if any of the digital rewards will still be honored (ie the digital map, digital photography, etc)?

    6. Libby
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      on

      At what point can I ask for a refund? Because I'm not interested in a mobile release.

    7. kirk Gonzalez on

      Thanks for the update. I think getting anything out is awesome if it has the same look and feel that the game seemed it would project. I just loved the art and the mood. Good luck. Oh, and no, I will not be asking for a refund. Just do what you can do.

    8. Christopher Greenstein on

      Thanks for the update, and for not just giving up! I think a smaller game released for starters is great, and hopefully someday you'll be able to get the full game and story done. Hanging in there for the long haul. :-)

    9. Marie-Andree Poisson
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      on

      What about Mac? When you say Mobile, you mean Android?

    10. Edward Petersen
      Superbacker
      on

      Thanks for the info. I'm really sorry it's been a tough ride. I look forward to what you produce. Even a short, yet beautiful (given what I've already seen, you're already there), will be wonderful. I just finished Tengami - it was short, not terribly challenging, but gorgeous. To me, it was totally worth it. I expect this experience will be similar.

    11. Mark De Verno on

      Thank you for the transparency, and too bad it wasn't a smoother ride. Wish you the best in getting something you are proud of out.

    12. Owen Swerkstrom on

      Thank you for the update and for all your efforts! I look forward to seeing what Knite is like on mobile. (and maybe someday on the big screen too, be it Steam or Switch or something :^)

      May Mobot rest in peace, though I have a funny feeling its ghost light may turn up somewhere...

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      David D. on

      Best of luck going forward! I'm sure you will produce something great.

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      kyle r. ledington on

      You are a great person and I wish you nothing but success with this and all future endeavors.

    15. MannyLaMancha on

      Having backed over 100 projects, I respect the transparency and the fact you haven't given up. Don't work to your detriment, but I look forward to what you do create. :-)

    16. Martin O
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      on

      It would have been really sad if all the work was lost.
      I support your plan (and hope for a PC version :-).

    17. Mobot Studios Creator on

      Thanks for the positive comments! It makes it all feel much more worthwhile.

    18. Jesse R. Wind on

      Just saw your comment to Sean about the backer pc-port. So scratch that.

      I don't think I have any place to comment much on your practices as a business but I think you've been as transparent as possible and that's all most people should ask for.

      I think Olaf is right that "A refund would be a big misunderstanding on both sides", but I think what you are doing is absolutely the most kind/honorable thing anyone could ask of you.

      I am not sure why I am telling you this exactly. I just want to offer a little perspective from a supporter. No one thinks you are evil, no one holds this against you, you're trying your hardest.

      Thanks for making the best of all of this. Keep up the drive to complete this new re-imagined Knite.

    19. Qaantar
      Superbacker
      on

      I backed at one of the higher levels, and I won't be asking for a refund -- I just request that you do what you can to make what you can! And if at one point you can fulfill the tier, that's icing on the cake. Best of luck!

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      JinHansson on

      Looking forward to the mobile version. Hopefully it can keep you afloat.

    21. Amerisun on

      Appreciate the candid nature of your post, and your want to still get this game out. I won't ask for refund but will be happy to be able to play this game when it comes out on Mobile or Wii U or PC!! Good luck and keep up the attitude and that will get you further in life than anything.

    22. No Face Press, LLC. on

      Very nice to here. I will go on record as saying I will not be asking for a refund no matter what.

    23. Jesse R. Wind on

      Although Mobot has closed this update was really informative. I appreciate it. This project has been something I've rooted for even at the lowest of times & I am happy to hear you've thought of a clever way to work with what you have.

      I backed this to support someone trying something risky and I definitely don't want a refund. I am proud of you for sticking it out this far & not just closing shop on the whole game.

      Keep up the hard work, thanks for the updates, and I look forward to seeing whatever you create.

      P.S. If at all possible consider a PC port please. �

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      Olaf on

      Thank you for you clear statements. My condolences on the passing of mobot. I can't put it any better than Emilie did. Kickstarter is not a store or some shareholder ring-around-the-rosie. A refund would be a big misunderstanding on both sides. Although I appreciate the notion, I think it really does not matter and may even cost more of your energy. All the best!

    25. Jan Ivar Jonstad on

      Thanks and good luck

    26. Mobot Studios Creator on

      Also there was just a post over in the main comments regarding rewards.
      I really have to finish the game first, step back, take a breath and then tackle that on it's own. I have to stay focused on this first.

    27. Wilson Shawn-Rodriguez Canivilo on

      I don't want to be that guy, but I'm not entirely happy with this outcome.

      I backed significantly more than others here and I haven't received any rewards from my higher pledged tier.

      If there's nothing to come from this, I would like to talk about a refund.

      I'm sorry, but this isn't what I set out to back.

    28. Mobot Studios Creator on

      @Emilie Lessard do get asked for refunds from time to time. Which, I understand.

      @Sean Marks - For sure. Regardless if there is an official release on steam. I can't imagine not at least pumping out a PC release for backers.

      @Daniel Rowen It's just hard to say. I can't mention any specifics due to NDA but developing for Nintendo is not a cheap investment for an indie. I can't imagine switch is any different.

    29. 8 Bit Pxl Games on

      I totally feel your pain and frustration. I've had nothing but obstacles with my production and had to put my project on hold to try to work on something else. Don't give up yet, this is in your blood.

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      Emilie Lessard on

      This is a sad & happy update. I am sad for you that things didn't work out as expected, but happy that you finally found the strength to move on. Congrats !

      The only part that deeply, deeply make me sad is the part where you offer refunds. KickStarter is not a shop, and you did the best you could. Years later, after setback and working so hard with the world against you, you are still willing to work on that game so you don't disappoint us : most people would have just quit without looking back and without any goodbyes.

      I truly hope that people here would have the common sense to not ask for a refund. You tried the best you could, and even if the end result is not what we expected, it's still something.

      I didn't pledge to get a video game : I pledge because I wanted this project to become reality. I doesn't ? Whatever. I didn't buy a game, I backed a project. Big difference. I knew the risk.

      So to all backers here, please be understanding. He worked hard, he cares. What is a couple of bucks to you is thousands of dollars for him. Be kind.

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      Sean Marks on

      True, this isn't what I originally backed. I won't be asking for a refund, though, and will hold out hope for a PC version. You have been upfront and honest throughout the entirety of this process, which is more than I can say for some other projects I've backed ("Sorry guyz, used all money for my divorce, lol, check out my youtube channel"). So keep my small donation and good luck with the mobile version.

    32. Daniel Rowen on

      Good luck with everything, maybe a Switch release would make more sense compared to WiiU at this point, especially since it'll have a dearth of indie content initially.

    33. Tiffin Filion on

      Thanks for the heads up! And I'll be happy just to get anything with Lex & Tisha's amazing work. :)