Coming to an early end
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...
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The Game (Early bird) - Goldfish Finger. THE GAME + HD WALLPAPER + ACCESS TO BACKERS GROUP. Get the game at an early bird price. Only 1000 of these so get in quick! We'll send you a heartfelt download link for the game on completion (PC & Mac, Steam if we get on there). You'll also gain access to the backer's closed group on Facebook where you can vote on the Flex goals. We'll even send you a Pond HD wallpaper to dress up your desktop.Estimated delivery:
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The Game (Late Bird) - Blofish and his White Catfish. Late to the party? No worries, the game is still priced for Kickstarter. You get the game at this level and everything mentioned above. Enjoy!Estimated delivery:
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The Game Extra - Leak and Let Dive. THE GAME + DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK + EVERYTHING ABOVE. For the more musical of you, along with your game we'll send you a download for the Pond soundtrack. Retro and new tracks alike.Estimated delivery:
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Dress for the Occasion - Underwater Agent. THE GAME + EXCLUSIVE SUAVE POND OUTFIT AND ABILITY + EVERYTHING ABOVE. You'll get an exclusive Kickstarter only Suave Underwater Agent Pond outfit. Plus you'll start the game with the Homing Bubble Gun unlockable!Estimated delivery:
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Super Expert - Robocod. THE GAME + SUPER EXPERT MODE + EXCLUSIVE ROBOSUIT AND ABILITY + SUAVE POND OUTFIT AND ABILTY + EVERYTHING ABOVE. Think you can play platformers? Well test your skill with super expert mode, this'll be unlocked from game start at this tier. You'll also get a Kickstarter exclusive Robosuit. Plus you'll start the game with the Robosuit super defense unlockable. You're going to need it!Estimated delivery:
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Fully Equipped - Splash Gordon! THE GAME + ALL THE OUTFITS AND ABILITIES inc SPACE SUIT POND WITH RAIL BOOTS + EVERYTHING ABOVE. At this level you'll get both Kickstarter outfits for Pond and abilities at game start, plus the 3rd one, a Kickstarter exclusive Space Suit Pond outfit, with rail boots special ability, slam into your enemies!Estimated delivery:
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Beta Access - Operation Starfish. THE GAME + BACKER'S T-SHIRT + EXCLUSIVE BETA ACCESS inc UNIQUE BADGES, EMBLEMS & AVATARS + NAME IN THE GAME CREDITS + EVERYTHING ABOVE. You'll get exclusive kickstarter access to early Beta and Alpha builds of the game. We'll also take your feedback and keep you in the development loop. We'll also send you an exclusive backer's t-shirt so you can show the world you helped make it safe another day!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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NO PHYSICAL SWAG. Want maximum money to go into the development of the game? Well help us out by pledging at this tier, we'll only send you the digital items saving us in manufacture and YOU in shipping costs so more of your money can go into making the game! You'll still get the game and all above digital items. Remember there are plans to offer all physical items at a special rate to backers outside of Kickstarter if you'd still like them.Estimated delivery:
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Collector's Edition - Manta Ray with the Golden Gun. BOXED VERSION OF THE GAME + SPECIAL THANKS GAME CREDIT + POND MUG + THE GOLDEN BATHTUB + EVERYTHING ABOVE. Collector's items exclusive to Kickstarter. We'll send you a boxed version of the game (remember those?) & a digital version. You'll also get a special thanks credit for being so awesome. Go to any game studio in Cambridge and it'll have branded Mugs! Here's your chance to have one. But the biggest thing is the Golden Bathtub! Summon it at any time and travel to parts of map otherwise inaccessible, and all in a genuine golden colour, phwoar!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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The Completionist - Octoguppy. UP FRONT GAME CHEAT CODES + LEVEL OVERVIEW MAP + EXTRA T-SHIRT + JAMES POND RINGTONES + EVERYTHING ABOVE. This is retro gaming, we're not going to just release the cheat codes to the public! But want the inside scoop? Well then this is the tier for you, keep them secret like a loyal F.I.5.H agent, or go rogue and post them on the internets.... You'll also get a 2nd t-shirt, a map of the levels and James Pond ringtones of all the retro music!Estimated delivery:Add £20 to ship outside the UK
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F.I.5.H Agent Pack - Licence to Gill. PERSONALISED LICENCE TO GILL + POND CARD CASE + ART PRINT + HIDDEN AREA RADAR GUN + CUSTOM GAME COMPLETE SEQUENCE + EVERYTHING ABOVE. Ever wanted to be a real life FI5H agent? Well this is the closest you'll likely get (it's really hard to get in!) You'll get a personalised Licence to Gill card with your very own face on it! (just try not to gill too many people, ok?) A Pond card case to keep it safe and an art print. To help you be an agent in game you'll also start the game with the Radar Gun unlocked, be the first to discover those many hidden areas we'll be putting in! Then to really make you feel like a Secret Agent you'll be privy to a classified end of game sequence just for this tier and above!Estimated delivery:Add £20 to ship outside the UK
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Classified - For Your Eels Only. YOUR FACE IN THE GAME + EVERYTHING ABOVE. Much like how Chris immortalised his now wife's name in Pond by having her name on every love heart (no really, he did that, you're gunna go check now aren't you?) YOU can now have YOUR own face (or a loved one's!) in the game itself! We won't tell you where yet, but it's cool! Keep your eels peeled!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Launch Party - The (Goldfish) Bowl is not Enough. EXCLUSIVE AND LIMITED INVITE TO LAUNCH PARTY + EVERYTHING ABOVE. Come to the game's launch party and meet the development team. You may even be able to coerce us into signing some stuff! (You'll need to arrange and be able to travel to Cambridge UK)Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Unique - Tomorrow Never Dives. CHOOSE A PICKUPABLE + EVERYTHING ABOVE (except unique). Robocod had over 90 random things that you could pickup and here's your chance to add to that list! Choose your item; whether it's something special, a pet or YOUR chance to be random and we'll put it in game (within reason!) We'll even give you a unique in game credit for you contribution!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Unique - Quantum of Salmon. NAME A LEVEL + EVERYTHING ABOVE (except unique). So think you're a dab hand a fishy puns eh? Well let's see what you got! You'll get to name a level in the game (must be a suitably Pond-esque pun) and we'll even give you a unique credit in game for you contribution!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Unique - Catfish Royale. YOUR TWITTER TAG IN GAME + EVERYTHING ABOVE (except unique). Like the many easter eggs and hidden areas that Pond has become famous for we'll make your Twitter tag one of them! Sit back while every player seeks out YOUR Twitter ID to 100% the game. We'll also give you a unique in game credit (which can be your @tag if you want!)Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Unique - SkyShoal. DESIGN A BOSS + EVERYTHING ABOVE (except unique). You'll work with the developers to design your very own boss that'll end up in the final game. From how it looks, to game mechanics you'll get to choose, our only requirement is that it's large and malevolent... We'll even give you a unique in game credit for your role in development!Estimated delivery:Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Unique - From the Reef with love. LOVED ONE'S NAME ON A HEART + EVERYTHING ABOVE (except unique). Immortalise a loved one's name (or your own if you're like that!) by having it appear on every love heart in game! In the ultimate gamer geek love gesture and homage to Chris' easter egg. We'll also give you an unique in game credit for your contribution!Estimated delivery:
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