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While I never read into the bad press, this whole situation of the project being so badly bungled up has left me with a bad taste in my mouth towards Sandswept. People paid for a game you said you could finish on the budget you posted and you came nowhere near that.
I don't believe the problem was you guys failing to emulate DayZ, it was failing to get your name and your game out there to show what you could do. The game had a great concept, it was marketing of said game that failed miserably. Where were the Alpha invites being sent out to people like FrankieonPCin1080p, JackFrags or others like them? Where was the press?
Again, I don't believe anyone pocketed the funds (bitter former employees will say anything, so people have to take what they say with some salt), but the way this project was handled by Sandswept has left a bad taste in my mouth. I've been burned buying into games before with glamourous promises, with said games never realizing their potential. I'm sorry to say but I will be adding Sandswept in with the list of companies I boycott (alongside Gearbox and Piranha Games Initiative).
When I finally get the game I was promised and the product I was promised, I will give it a whirl and will remove my boycott against the studio, but until then as a businessman myself I can't support a company like this, financially or verbally.
With all of that said though, I hope your studio can get its problems sorted out and can give backers the game they were promised. Good luck on your next game and on getting back to working on this one.
Good luck with that, exoScoriae. As much as it sucks that they canceled the game and we won't get anything resembling an actual game, they technically fulfilled their obligation for this Kickstarter project. I certainly wouldn't consider wha ttehy released a "polished alpha", but that's a different debate. This Kickstarter was founded upon a premise similar to what Mojang did with Minecraft, something I don't doubt for a moment is what Sandswept had in mind at the genesis of this project: get the game out there as early as possible, allow people to pay for it, then use those payments to further development on the game until that "1.0" release milestone. Sandswept definitely failed on reachign that goal, but in terms of this Kickstarter, they technically did what they said they would do in the pitch and the campaign page. And "technically" is the key word here. I'm down to pop some popcorn and pull up a seat to see what happens, but I'm afraid your words don't carry the weight you think they do, unfortunately.
Still sucks that Sandswept completely bungled the development of this game and I'll never get to play the full game, though. I definitely won't play their games in the future (if there are any), nor will I give them a cent further and will advise others to not do so, but I think anything to be done regarding this Kickstarter project is also dust in the wind.
@eXoScoriae: While we can easily prove we didn't pocket the money from the Kickstarter (payments were made to our team throughout), the premise itself for such hostility towards us is based on the false idea that the Kickstarter was for the creation of the full game. We specifically created and launched the Kickstarter in order to fund development for a 6 month period in order to release an alpha -- which we did, and then continued to maintain afterwards through other means (not Kickstarter funding) for greater than 2 years. If we had cancelled the project after 6 months without releasing the alpha, this would make a lot more sense. But that's not what happened.
Those terms *have not* protected others, and they won't protect you.
And since you guys like quoting Kickstarter's terms so much, here is a quote for you:
"If the problems are severe enough that the creator can't fulfill their project, creators need to find a resolution. Steps should include offering refunds, detailing exactly how funds were used, and other actions to satisfy backers."
I am currently drawing up an article for Rock, Paper, Shotgun, IGN, Kotaku, Polygon, Reddit, as well as any and all crowdfunding websites I can find. I have also prepared a ticket to mark your project as a scam over at kickscammed as well as preparing edits to update various databases of scammed kickstarters.
You won't be the first, or the last, company to be bankrupted by failure to fulfill their obligations on kickstarter. You also won't be the first to be bankrupted under the old pre-2014 terms. Those terms have protected others, and they won't protect you.
Refund or lawsuit. The game described by the campaign was not released. No where in the terms does it say that a substitute game can be released in lieu. And regardless of what you think the KS terms were prior, you are bound to the current terms.
I personally went after Neal Stephenson and forced his hand on the Clang! refunds. You either paypal me my $25, or I do the same with you. See, for me it isn't about the money, it's about shady business. I will gladly spend money on a lawsuit just to bankrupt you for this. Hell, that would give me more pleasure than actually getting my refund. So go ahead, choose your own adventure.
Game effectively cancelled after 3 and a half years.
How do we get our Steam keys for this?
I've gotten lost on this project since April 2012. Is there a new release date?
I sent two message to tkeene [at] sandsweptstudios.com on Sep 27, 2014 and Oct 18, 2014 and one to your kickstarter account on Oct 22, 2014 and still no key, could you please refund me now ?
Hi, when can i get my second cd key?
CORRECTION: Email tkeene [at] sandsweptstudios.com
Please do not use the contact [at] address.
@Joe: Please read the comment below yours.
I still havnt recieved a code,and I never made a sandswept account
@Stephen: Please send us an email contact [at] sandsweptstudios.com, detail your problem (including username, email address, etc.) and we'll get your issue fixed as soon as possible!
Hey guys, I seem to be running into a bit of trouble. I don't seem to have a Steam Key available to me despite backing at the $25 level, and even though I've registered for the forum. Is there a step I missed? Thanks!
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Greenlit! Woo! :D
@Søren: Maybe down the road!
Hi would you consider a wii u relase down the road. On wii u there is a free update capability and you set your own prices.
Email email@example.com if you have not received your code yet.
I guess I need a code to download it - I don't seem to have received one (or maybe I lost the email). Could I have my code re-sent to me please?
Do $25 level backers get access to the alpha and beta versions of the game? If so, how do I download a copy?
- Bronson, We're working on the sound crash bug. It's somewhat common.
- Liam, apparently you picked up a cursed banana. (Ok, we have no idea what that is. Report it on our bug report forum!)
- Niels, Yes, we've sent codes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your code yet.
it seems that when the game tries to initialize the sound, it crashes on me, any ideas?
hmm i downloaded dead linger but ever time I try to run the game it crashes, do I need any specific settings on in the video options?
XD just got a bug where I picked up a banana and the world went completely dark (not night).
Have all codes for the $50 backers been sent already? Spamfolder empty and mailbox still waiting :)
Alright, thank you.
@Kapol: We are sending the second $50+ codes out today.
Are $50+ backers supposed to have recieved their second code yet? I got the first one, but never got a second that I can find.
ahh sorry its ok i got it
iv forgotten my user name what should i do?
Website should be back up now. You guys killed it, so we just gave it CPR. Should be okay now.
Any updates on the site being brought back up? really stoked to see how the game has came along.
Oh good, its not just me then. Got the email just then to create an account on their site and use the code, guess it's just being hammered by all the backers.
Before I could find the page to put in the code, the site was down xD
Of course the website has been crashed lol.
I'm surprised we could actually be playing an Alpha by Halloween, awesome :)
I hope that you guys eventually make a port of this game over to OUYA, if it's powerful enough to handle it. I would love to play this on that system.
@Spektyr; At the moment they are aiming for an "in October" release.
I'm guessing the June 2012 Estimated delivery is a bit... unrealistic.
Any idea what we can realistically expect?
@Brandon Boyd; send an email to email@example.com if you have not received the forum medal or DETOUR copy. We'll be sure you get it.
Yeah, been a member on the forums for awhile but didn't know about the twitter ill go ahead and follow! Also ive noticed in the Forums i don't have the exclusive medal how do i get that. Since ive pledge 25$
@Brandon Boyd; We are working dilligently. Please follow our blog at www.thedeadlinger.com and our twitter (@thedeadlinger) for future updates and information. Feel free to also become a part of our community & forums at www.sandswept.net/forums/!
Has there been any updates since the game received its funding?
@Lewis I was going to mention Dead State but I see you're already on there. :D
I'm actually encouraged to see all the interest in the Day Z mod. TDL's Kickstarter already went very well, and Day Z's success shows that there's a sizable number of players who want something different from their zombie games--not just shooting, but thinking, planning, interacting and surviving. As for competition, good ideas are bound to have company.
I can't wait to see you guys prove them wrong either! :)