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Loot Drop's old school RPG cancelled

Loot Drop's old school RPG cancelled

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.

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Hovis 23rd October 2012, 16:32 Quote
Walking around before entering turn based party combat sounds like every JRPG I ever studiously avoided playing. And Kings Bounty. It's not really old school as it's not like those kinds of game ever stopped appearing. The last truly old school RPG I saw, in the sense of unearthing a forgotten play style, was Legend of Grimrock.
Roskoken 23rd October 2012, 19:49 Quote
'We decided that it made more sense to just take everyones money, spend it on blow and go to Mexico for a while"
dr-strangelove 23rd October 2012, 20:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Roskoken
'We decided that it made more sense to just take everyones money, spend it on blow and go to Mexico for a while"

They're still $750k short of their goal, and kickstarter have been known to cancel projects (and refund customers) when there was no chance of the product ever becoming a reality
Hovis 24th October 2012, 18:11 Quote
Wonder if Kickstarter ever refunded the tens of thousands of dollars that woman got for making her six thousand dollar youtube videos that never got made.
Guinevere 24th October 2012, 21:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hovis
Wonder if Kickstarter ever refunded the tens of thousands of dollars that woman got for making her six thousand dollar youtube videos that never got made.

No.
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Originally Posted by dr-strangelove
kickstarter have been known to cancel projects (and refund customers) when there was no chance of the product ever becoming a reality

Where did you read that bit of factual horse do-do?
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Originally Posted by Kickstarter Website Q&A

Can Kickstarter refund the money if a project is unable to fulfill?

Kickstarter doesn't issue refunds, as transactions are between backers and the creator

Once a project has been funded, the raised funds paid directly to the project creator. Kickstarter doesn't even see the money which is why each project creator needs an Amazon payment account as funds are paid from us backers directly into the project account.

Kickstarter can't refund.

If a project doesn't reach it's funding goal then the project creator doesn't see a penny and nobody is charged. Backers only get charged when a project reaches its funding goal.
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