First and foremost, we’re unbelievably sorry for missing the October 22nd deadline. This has been difficult for us, and we’re in the process of picking up thepieces. We understand that you’re probably upset, and we agree — we’re right there with you.
Where We Are
Auditorium Duet and this Kickstarter have been an emotionally difficult, but ultimately rewarding endeavor. We’ve started from scratch multiple times, each time getting a bit closer to our goal. The original Auditorium in 2008 represented the very best of what the two of us could do then. We feel that Duet, now in 2015, should represent the same. But after some soul-searching, we also wanted it to represent the journey we’ve taken with you these three long years.
We’ve been trying to make something not just okay, not good, but incredible. And the journey, the art style, the narrative — all of this has us incredibly excited to create a game with depth and meaning. But, sometimes you have to make sacrifices. Sometimes your original ideas don’t work, no matter how hard you try.
Unfortunately, we’ve stretched ourselves too thin. Our communication has been crap. We’ve taken on too many responsibilities. We have been blindly running at this project for years, thinking that if we just worked a little harder, stayed up a little later, sacrificed a little more, we could finish the game, build our community, put food on the table, and stay sane — but that’s naïve. That’s 2008 thinking.
We need to take a step away and reassess how we’re doing everything. Come up with a real game plan that doesn’t rely on us being 26-year-olds with unlimited time and energy to give 110%, twenty-four seven. To figure out not just what Duet should be, but what Cipher Prime should be.
We’ve long since shipped all physical rewards. As far as the game, you’ll get access to the builds we’ve been working on as soon as we figure out the best way to deliver them. And you’ll get an update next month — even if that update is just “yeah, we’re still figuring out our next step.” We want nothing more than to finish Duet to its fullest potential, but we have to be smart about it. As you can understand and imagine, we are well past our budget, and any plan we come up with has to be a compromise between eating and creating. With all this in mind, we’ll be pushing forward with our old CP motto, “What would you do if you couldn’t fail” — but maybe, we’ll add a little ”Also, you need to eat too” in there.
Finally, thank you so much for your support. Thank you for funding our campaign, thank you for giving us ideas — hell, thank you for yelling at us when we fall short of expectations. Every happy or angry email, comment, or tweet we get is just another indication that someone out there cares about what we’re doing. There are few things in this world worth more than people genuinely caring about you, and we’re lucky to have spent this time with you. We can’t ever really apologize enough for our failures, but we can sure as hell try to learn from them, for you… and for us.
Dain and Will