The old school RPG did not gain the level of response Loot Drop hoped for, despite raising a quarter of a million in two weeks.
The old school RPG Kickstarter project from Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall's studio Loot Drop has been cancelled.
The game, named Shaker, raised just under $250,000 from approximately 7,600 backers before being dropped. Although the crowdfunding pitch still has two weeks left on the clock, the studio felt that it had not got level of response it had hoped for.
'In the industry, games are pitched every day. Some make it to the next stage, but many don't,'
reads an announcement from Brathwaite and Hall. 'Ultimately, our pitch just wasn't strong enough to get the traction we felt it needed to thrive.'
The old school RPG project gathered a huge amount of interest from the gaming press. The game's story was to focus on James Connelly, an employee of a corporation running a bridge between two different worlds and gameplay would switch between free movement in the world and turn-based combat with the player taking control of a party of six characters.
Loot Drop's Kickstarter page is still live at the time of writing this. The studio recently introduced a $125 tier pledge which would have included a cloth map alongside a copy of the game as well as various extras such as soundtracks and t-shirts.
'We decided that it made more sense to kill it and come back with something stronger,'[i] adds Brathwaite and Hall. [i]'In game design, mercy killing is the law.'
Loot Drop was founded by games industry veterans John Romero, Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall in 2010. The studio has previously developed Facebook game Ghost Recon Commander for Ubisoft and Google+ exclusive Pettington Park in conjunction with Zynga.