Our volunteer-chief-editor Veav is sleeping now, so please forgive my non-perfect English.
2890 backers - it's such impressive number! To be honest I NEVER had so many friends in my life before :D So before to start my explanations I would like to express my gratitude for your support and your faith in our talent to make this new and incredible game.
As was said before, we never give up. There is a good proverb: "what does not kill me, makes me stronger" and this reflects my life position - do all your best and keep perfection in your mind and your actions, and you will reach your goal despite all circumstances.
We all here did all our best trying to win our kickstarter and make this project real. Unfortunately something still is out of our control and we didn't reach the goal: to assemble $200 000. But we didn't fail too. We captured a great prize - strong community, who is willing to play this game. Folks, just imagine - we are ARMY! One strong power, which has intention to move on, to continue this action non-stop till the very end. And having such army, we really can move on and crash all those bumps and rock on the way.
Ok, Kickstarter ends, plan A has been reduced, was what's next step? Sure, it's a plan B
For those, who passed our previous updates, here what was said:
Skyjacker existed before Kickstarter, and Skyjacker will continue to exist - we’re going to be finding alternative ways to fund the development cycle so we can bring you our dream. SKYJACKER WILL RISE.
We WON'T be relaunching a new 200k campaign. While we do have more brand awareness now, we’ll also be “losing” pledges to the store, making it less likely we’d hit that finish line. Our tentative plan consists of two strategies we'll realize simultaneously:
FIRST - we are ready to accept your pledges anyway, but on our own site now - visit us at http://store.digitilus.com You will see there completely eqaual structure of rewards to what you saw here on Kickstarter. The only changes: we get payments through PayPal/Credit Cards (currently). And we will add more payment options later there.
So go there, choose the tier you'd like to pledge, choose the bolt-on you'd like to get in addition, and pledge extra as a donation (*optional). Don't forget to write your instructions, comments or desires in special form while check out. Your pledges will be used to continue work on this game right now, without a necessity to wait till the end of campaign. No waiting anymore! We sat here during 84 days and waiting for result, and now we must move!
*** ADD-ON: SHIPMENT PRICES - backers from Asia, Australia and other distant lands (distant from California), if you pledge on tiers with physical rewards, you may see your shipment consists $25 instead of $15. Please forgive us for this price now. It's built on the USPS prices and currently we are forced to use it. But we have a plan to research local services and prices there in your region and maybe to order physical rewards printing there in your area. Same to Europe. This probably will let us save YOUR money. But we need a time to do this. Plus we will need to elect a regional manager from our backers to help us to manage logistics. So please currently keep things like they are: either accept current price (if you are Ok with $5-10 extra) or don't select physical rewards tiers for a while. ut remember - this is just a plan, and there are many other things we must to do in a higher priority! So please make your choice in respect of this information.
SECOND - no doubts, we believe that most of you will do your pledge there in our site. But sure somebody will not be able to do this, or somebody prefers to pledge only here in Kickstarter. We have a second part of our Plan B exactly for this case. The plan is to break out the whole development cycle into smaller stages and to launch series of new kickstarters with reachable goals (around 15K - 20K)
An example: our first project could be to bring all our ships into an environment similar to the STARSHIP DISASSEMBLY app (for new backers - check our Update #5, if you didn't get a try), accompanied by setting details and developer commentary. We’d be giving our backers something for their money (who there prayed for Skyjacker in OUYA? Your dreams are not such unreal now :)) ), we’d be making progress (all the ships have to be moved into Unity anyway), we’d be able to sell the end product, and we’d be able to set a much lower goal since we’re not trying to headbutt the whole wall down. Such application can be well customized at levels of complexity and would let us stretch goals right during such small kickstarter: A) 3D meshes - all ships are converted into interactive environment and can be disassembled B) Interactivity - possibility to test their devices and weaponry C) Add physics - possibility to shoot them blowing and crashing. Targeted platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
Next kickstarter - hangar with player starship customization, and alien pilots walking around and assisting us there; Next kickstarter - multiplayer; next kickstarter - soundtrack/book translation/MOD tools creation etc. - until we'll be ready to launch our big final kickstarter with 100K goal to combine all those parts together in one common game SKYJACKER.
With this approach we’d reach that same 200k one step at a time, without asking so much so soon, and producing more content to drum up interest as we go. Furthermore, this will let us keep our presence in gaming press, continue reporting about our new steps and results.
All this time our community will keep growing, while new backers will join us at every new round and stage. We’ll keep you in the loop about this as we flesh out the details, as we may pursue this development model anyway even if we hit our goal - it’s better than trying to get everything done at once.
1) Forum - we will setup our own forum and will switch our discussion there. This will let us create groups, discuss different aspects of the game and working moments of the campaign
2) Soundtrack - as was promised, EVERYBODY who keep their pledge till the very end, will get our soundtrack for free - all current (30 music tracks now) and all future tracks. Yesterday we discussed with our music composer Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz our next stage of work. His answer (on the background of making music for Epic): "concerning music: sure no problem. im busy, thats true, but im glad to continue, so ill find time for do more music to you :) "
So we will arrange soundtrack downloading by special links during this week. Wait for update please.
3) Commuity - having own forum, we can arrange roles there now, having moderators, leads of discussion, etc. As any army, we must organize oneself. So we'll do this
4) Information - currently we will continue to use Kickstarter as our main place of information, until we'll migrate to own forum.
Well, that;s what I'd like to say in brief right now. I guess, I could forget something, so just ask me in our current forum or send me a message. As always, everybody will be answered and will get all necessary help.
And please DON'T STOP reddit, don't stop with all your social promotion of the project. We must explain to others - we didn't stop and we didn't give up. Yes, we failed this battle, but we didn't fail the war. So now we are changing our formation before the next battle.
Remember words of great Michael Jordan: "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. " We have talent, and we got a great team - you and us. So now we must build our common teamwork to make this game real.
Pirates, welcome aboard and let's start to move. All those alien convoys are waiting to be attacked by us there between stars. So let's move - Go-Go-Go!
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WALLPAPER SET: A large collection of Skyjacker wallpapers for your PC, Mac, tablet or mobile device, along with our heartfelt thanks. We appreciate your contribution!Estimated delivery:
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SOUNDTRACK PACK: As the Wallpaper Set, plus: the complete game soundtrack (DRM-free digital downloadable version, 320k or lossless). Take Skyjacker on the road!Estimated delivery:
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COMPLETE EDITION: As the Soundtrack Pack, plus: THE GAME in all of its unearthly beauty on PC or Mac (DRM-free digital downloadable version). Walk the ruthless path of Ael-Skyjacker, the lone human in a galaxy of conflict, as he tears apart the stars in search of fame and fortune. Sabotage, assassination, robbery, grift - all in a day’s work! This includes everything - all cutscenes, voiceovers, missions, and content.Estimated delivery:
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COMPLETE BUNDLE: A bundle of two Complete Editions, for you and a friend. Every bundle contains a spare of everything that isn’t physical; in this case, you’ll receive two wallpaper sets, two soundtrack packs, and two Skyjacker games to play together. Or maybe you want one for your PC and one for your Mac? We can do that.Estimated delivery:
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COMMUNITY EDITION: As the Complete Edition, plus: exclusive access to the beta release of the game and its private discussion community. We'll keep you in the loop and include your feedback in the game creation process, and we’ll grant you the title of Beta Tester on all our forums, public and private. You’ll also get the PDF version of the Skyjacker artbook, with 100+ pages of concept art - detailed illustrations of alien races, planetary habitats, designs and technology, and extras left on the cutting-room floor.Estimated delivery:
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COMMUNITY BUNDLE: A bundle of two Community Editions. You’ll receive two PDF artbooks, two voices in everything we do, two early downloads of the game in progress, and two logins with the title of Beta Tester on top of the Complete Bundle.Estimated delivery:
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SETTLER EDITION: As the Community Edition, plus: all future content we make for Skyjacker for free, forever! We already have post-launch plans for an EXPANSION PACK of a few dozen additional missions where you step out of the shoes of humans and become the aliens - on both sides of the conflict. Smash the planetary colonies in the name of the pirate brotherhood, or fight to the death for the honor of your race! (Check out the FAQ for more details on the expansion pack.) Of course, we’ll promote you to the title of Settler on all our forums, so everyone knows you’re not afraid of commitment.Estimated delivery:
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SETTLER BUNDLE: A bundle of two Settler Editions. You’ll receive two of everything Skyjacker in the future (as long as it’s digital), on top of the Community Bundle. Since you’ll both be beta-release backers, you’ll get in on the beta release of future content too. Pretty nifty, huh?Estimated delivery:
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PIRATE EDITION: As the Settler Edition, plus: special thanks in the game credits as a Skyjacker supporter! We'll thank you by name, or the name of your choosing (subject to editorial approval). And we’ll upgrade your title to Pirate on the forums too, so everyone can shiver in terror at your presence. But here’s the best part - we’ll take all the downloads and put them on a professionally-packaged, pressed DVD. Then we’ll put it into your hands. No firewall in the world will stop you! (All physical items are exclusive to the campaign, and ship free within the US; please add $15 to your pledge for international shipping.)Estimated delivery:
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CAPTAIN’S EDITION: As the Pirate Edition, plus: one t-shirt of any design. Protect your frail human flesh from the dangers of space! We’ll also ship you a limited edition print of the game poster in full size (36” x 24”) for your bedroom, barracks, hangar or gun cabinet. But what’s a Captain without a crew? We’ll give you TWO downloads of everything. All rewards from this point forward are bundle packs! This includes 2x beta releases, 2x forum handles, 2x wallpapers, 2x soundtracks - everything that isn’t physical. And we’ll thank you both in the credits, in even BIGGER letters, and on the forums with the even SNAZZIER title of Captain. We’ll thank you right now, just for reading this! Thank you!Estimated delivery:
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COLLECTOR’S EDITION: As the Captain’s Edition, plus: we’ll go even further. We’ll put together a physical game box for all this loot, with the soundtrack on CD as well as the game DVD. It’ll be personally signed by Eugene Zhukov and the rest of the team leads, unless you ask us not to. In fact, we’ll sign everything we can get our hands on; the jewel cases, the poster, even the t-shirt (and those aren’t easy). Of course you’ll still get your downloads, so you can leave the box in mint condition.Estimated delivery:
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WOLFPACK EDITION: As the Collector’s Edition, plus: we’ll hook all your friends up too by giving you FOUR downloads of everything and sending you FOUR Portable Skyjacker USB drives, each preloaded with the Complete Edition game. We’ll set you all up with the title of Privateer on the forum, and for the credits, we’ll thank all four of you by name, under the clan name of your choice and billed proudly above the Captains. Added bonus: we'll send out a second t-shirt of any design!Estimated delivery:
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MEMEPACK EDITION: As the Wolfpack Edition, plus: we’ll add your message to the credits as your clan motto, anything you like (subject to editorial approval; keep it around Twitter-length, please). Plug your website, propose to your girlfriend, throw out your favorite quote, or make us spout memes and in-jokes at everyone who plays!Estimated delivery:
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HARDCOVER EDITION: As the Memepack Edition, plus: the hardcover Skyjacker art book. Yes, we’ll sign it with pride! We’ll wrap it up in a third t-shirt of any design, a total of three, and call you out in the forums and credits as a Broker. Then we'll further acknowledge your financial acumen by putting your name in the game, as the designation of a weapon, part, planet, or ship (we’ll make sure it’s something you like). You’ll be a part of the Skyjacker universe from here on out.Estimated delivery:
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BOSS EDITION: As the Hardcover Edition, plus: our designers will draw YOU, in full space pirate regalia. And then we'll put it on an exclusive jacket of your very own! Materials and exact design to be determined - but it'll be nice. We won’t try to sign this one. While that’s happening we'll attach your name to a character in-game (or leave it as a designation, your choice), and elevate you to the regal position of Boss on our forums and in the credits. Don't worry about the cost of shipping; even if you're outside the US, we'll take care of it. Nothing but the best for the Boss.Estimated delivery:
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EPIC EDITION: As the Boss Edition, plus: we'll put you in the game. We'll animate YOU in 3D as the subject for a CUSTOM PLAYER CHARACTER. This includes your face and proportions, a personal logo, and the highest category of criminal community rating in the game. Only you can play as this character (we'll give you a secret code to activate it) but other players can hire you as an NPC, so they'll get to enjoy it too! You will be known across the skies as a true Hero... or a Villain, your choice.Estimated delivery:
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LEGEND EDITION: As the Epic Edition, plus: with your permission, we'll use your character in our promotional campaigns. You'll be on our posters, in our trailers, and on whatever other media we produce. Your name will, in fact, be Legend. Furthermore we cordially invite you to come hang out with us in Los Angeles, CA, USA. We're from Russia - we know how to party. (Please contact us directly to make personal arrangements before the end of the campaign.)Estimated delivery:
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