Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on October 8, 2013.

Update #7

Coming to an early end

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Hello Everyone!

Today after much discussion and thought we made the difficult decision to end our campaign early. Although we have 12 days to go it's clear that we aren't going to make our £100,000 goal, so instead of pretending otherwise and continuing the updates we've decided to be honest with ourselves and with you and stop.

The campaign wasn't the success we'd hoped for. This was for a few reasons, all of which we plan on addressing and then making a come back with a new, stronger campaign!

For now, a few honest truths:
We came into this with little game to show. We appreciate we were asking for a lot of faith from you guys, and our mantra from the start has always been to keep the game design as open as possible, with the fans calling the shots. This was a risk, and it didn't work out, but I will say a huge thank you to everyone who pledged.

There's actually only 2 of us. There's Jeremy, Mr. Gameware and owner of James Pond. There's myself PJ, brought in as project manager and guy with his hands on the campaign. Of course Chris, Pond's original designer, agreed to support us from over in Canada, but his time was very limited. We're not some big development studio but a few guys with dreams for a new Pond and the skills and desire to make it happen.

Finally we humbly acknowledge that you all deserve to see more evidence of what we might do to make the game, and recognise that what we had wasn't enough. We are working on this.

So for now we would like to thank everyone that helped in any way, we are incredibly grateful for all your kind comments and support.
To all of you that ran news articles on what we're doing, took interviews and did Podcasts we are incredibly grateful and wholeheartedly appreciate you taking the time to do so, you really helped spread the word.
To everyone that took the time to like our Facebook page or Follow us on Twitter, only to not stop there but also Retweet, Share, Like and comment, helping to spread the word, you guys are awesome!
And then there's everyone that backed! You guys are the best, the biggest Pond fans, and we are truly humbled that you would open your wallets and give us your hard earned cash to help make this project happen.

But is this the end for Pond? We sure hope not! If there's one thing we've learned from running this campaign it's that there sure is still a lot of love for this plucky secret agent fish and we believe it'll only take the right game and the right campaign to make James Pond 4 a reality. So stay tuned and we will be back with more news soon.

We will continue to be active on here, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube so please give us your feedback. What did you like, what didn't you? What would you like to see in the next campaign or what would you like changed?

Thanks to Ian and Michael for letting me put their faces on camera. To Chris for being part of this campaign. To Tom and Woody for their artwork and to all of you that showed us such amazing support.

All the best, from myself, Jeremy and Chris.

Pond will be back...

Andrew C Spencer, GonzoDark, and 5 more people like this update.

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      Creator fistynuts on October 8, 2013

      It's a massive shame but I kind of expected this given the project updates were of the "maybe we should do this? maybe we should do that?" form. Most people won't commit their cash to something so vague. Some art and a video showing gameplay ideas would have helped a lot. Best of luck for the future though, I'll be keeping a lookout for anything Pond-related :)

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      Creator Matteo Enrico Neviani on October 7, 2013

      I'm well ready to backup any further initiative from you. Some kind of pre-alpha demo showing the graphical style and appeal of the game would definetely help the campaign.
      I saw totally new projects reach WAY larger pledge goals, so the problem isn't a lack of interest in Pond, but definetely a presentation that wasn't convincing enough, i 100% agree with your analysis. Keep working on it!

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      Creator barbarian_bros- Cayne Corp.Shareholder on October 7, 2013

      As others said, the project lacked preparation. A kickstarter video game project must have things to show (a prototype, concept arts, music...), in other words you must prove that you have good ideas and that the project will be a good game.
      That is even more important when you use the UK Kickstarter : Americans don't like to pay in other currency than US $, you have to prove them your project is appelling enough to pass over the money change.

      For the music, I dream about a James Pond theme by David Whittaker or Chris Hulsbeck... but I guess they don't work for cheap.

      I hope you will be back with a more advanced project and this time it would be fine !

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      Creator Chris J Capel on October 7, 2013

      Yeah, all fair enough but you guys really did this too early and with too little preparation, at least in Kickstarter terms. Chris' guide to the game and the concept art should've been there at the beginning, but you have to have the game really in production to get people excited. Let people see it running and they might join in.

      Also, more updates. You all were just too quiet in terms of telling us about the game. Plan it better, get the title, game to show. If you can't make it yourself, find a nice British indie studio and get their help!

      Also music would be KEY point. Get some respected composer (doesn't have to be expensive, just respected!) to take over from Richard Joseph. It's like that Kickstarted JRPG that had Nobuo Uematsu do music, they got funded easily and they didn't really have any other talent on board. If you continued down the Batfish/The Carp Knight line (great idea) you want someone to do a twisted, fun take on the Batman theme tune like Richard Joseph did with the Robocop theme!

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      Creator Daniel Porter on October 7, 2013

      I was in without the updates,a shame it hasn't gone to the amount for sure,but will back 100% next time if I get word of the next attempt at funding,good luck guys.

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      Creator Demonkid on October 7, 2013

      Keep us updated on Kickstarter and im sure we'll back any future attempts.

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      Creator Mike Thorpe on October 7, 2013

      It is a real shame, but I must admit I was a bit concerned when I saw the amount raised had hardly risen over the last week or so. Still - here's to future projects! *raises a glass*

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      Creator Nils Mokleiv on October 7, 2013

      Good luck with an eventually new campaign! Will surely back you again.

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      Creator Chand Svare Ghei - Moonknight on October 7, 2013

      The world needs Pond...

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      Creator Kevin Wylie on October 7, 2013

      I agree with Andrew. This really is a shame. The only thing I could suggest is to keep Facebook and Twitter going and hopefully when you next run a Kickstarter campaign, more people will be on board. It truly is a shame but don't give up, I am still excited to see a new Pond game.

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      Creator Andrew C Spencer on October 7, 2013

      Such a shame - maybe the world isn't ready for more Pond - well done for actually doing something though guys . . . still looking forward to a new game if it can still be done . . . :)

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