Dorothy's great-great-granddaughter joins forces with Tin Woodman and Lion to battle Scarecrow's mindless army for control of Oz. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 14, 2013.
A New Plan
First off, I just want to make it clear that I am listening to and taking seriously all the comments and ideas being provided by our Kickstarter backers. The idea that your input is somehow being ignored doesn't account for the various pressures and constraints we're battling - it's not that any given suggestion is a bad one, but that certain things prevent us from adopting them as quickly or easily as you might think we could.
Please try not to interpret my responses (or lack of response) as being "arrogant," "deceptive," or ignorant of what's going wrong here. Myself and Ophelea don't have our heads in the sand. We discuss the campaign constantly. And we're making adjustments as quickly as possible. We are just as frustrated with you to see how things are going.
All this being the case, it's taken us some time to put together an overall plan to address your major concerns. That plan breaks into three parts:
1) Rename the game. "OZombie" is causing too much confusion. "American McGee's Oz" would be great if that name weren't owned by Atari and others. We need a new name and will come up with one shortly. Suggestions?
2) Remove Alice film rights from the OZombie campaign. Kickstarter won't allow us to remove tiers once backers have selected them, so we'll first email those backers and ask them to drop the "Alice" selection. There are around 80 backers in this category. With that done we'll remove Alice from the campaign. Then, if time allows, explore launching a separate campaign on either Kickstarter or IndieGoGo.
3) Make a new video with focus on OZombie design, story and artwork. This will contain things you've already seen but should be useful in attracting new backers. It will not contain game play footage, but we are working to release in-game video around the 19th of July.
I'm presenting this plan before these changes are made because I'm looking for your feedback and support. So far every attempt I've made at being transparent, adding value to the campaign and inviting discussion has been turned into something negative. It's incredible to me how deceitful and outright mean the media are being about what we're attempting (and these days, about Kickstarter in general). Same goes for a vocal minority of backers on this campaign. Every misstep is an insult, every wrong move a "scam." Can this new plan overcome that tendency towards negativity?
I'm looking forward to your feedback on these questions.