We appreciate the fact that you think our game is finished! That means we did our job presenting it well. However, the reality of the matter is that the game is not finished. It is in a pre-alpha state. What that means there is still about a year to a year and a half worth of work left. We have paid for the development of the game up to this point out of our own pockets. We did this to show you, our backers, that we're serious about this project. We need the money we are asking for to continue development and finish the game within this year's timeframe as our own personal savings can only stretch so far. We are unable to finish this game with the amount of content we have planned without the additional funding from this Kickstarter.
We will do everything we can to get the game on steam. Keep in mind, Valve chooses which games to put on their site so a submission process must take place. Some games don't make it on steam because Valve doesn't want to host them; so ultimately, this choice is not up to us. However, we will do everything in our power to put the game on steam.
All of us here at darkForge have worked in the industry for over 12 years. We have worked for large companies and small studios alike. We know the business inside and out. We are not promising anything we cannot deliver on. Ultimately, it does come down to trust so we understand this may be a concern to you. I'm personally happy to answer any questions you might have about our experience and histroy. Please send me a personal message and I'll do the best I can to address your concern.
We need to employ an animator, and a couple artists, as well as a sound engineer/composer for about a year. In reality, 100,000 is not enough to do that, so we will be filling in the gaps ourselves and with our contacts we have in the industry. But rest assured every cent of the money will go right back into the game, and will make the development of this game possible.