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Post by Dan @ 09:51am 23/04/12 | 6 Comments
There have been some glowing crowd-sourced funding successes among the recent onslaught of high-profile games pitches on the Kickstarter site, but it's a brave new world for consumers and prospective contributors have been warned to exercise caution and manage expectations before handing over cash.

While Double-fine and InXile have seemed like safe-bets to many, Elastic Games' Police Warfare pitch was seen as a markedly riskier proposition. At first glance, it seems like the collective of supposed ex-Activision/Epic/Ubisoft/EA devs pitching the game have realised this -- or that their funding goal was not likely to be sufficient -- as the Kickstarter Project for Police Warfare has now been cancelled without explanation.

According to Joystiq, the project had reached $25,025 of it's $325,000 goal, with 784 people having pledged (all whom will now not be charged a cent). The developer had only this to say:
Thank you so much for the incredible response to the game," reads an update on the Kickstarter. "We're shutting down the kickstarter account but this is by no means the end of Police Warfare. News will be coming.
In this instance, one of the high risk factors seen by many was the relative anonymity of the dev-team, or at least their inability to evidence their experience.

Additionally, the game itself -- a generic multiplayer shooter -- was not a niche concept, and really seemed like the kind of thing that could be successfully pitched to traditional publishers if the team was truly as talented as they would have us believe. So who knows? Perhaps that's exactly what they have gone and done.












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Dazhel
Posted 10:16am 23/4/12
One of the commenters at Joystiq posted a link to the Penny Arcade report from last week. It was a good read at the time, even more so now as it called out Police Warfare game as being in a possible state of confusion over the actual costs involved in making a kick arse fps:
http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/the-ugly-side-of-kickstarter-why-the-risks-in-backing-gaming-campaigns-are-
Trauma
Posted 11:41am 23/4/12
Pitch it as a CoD/BF clone and that will happen. I know that's why I didn't support it. Kickstarter is for Niche titles.
kettels
Posted 12:23pm 23/4/12
"News will be coming." I wonder if this means they got a publisher. Honestly I'm surprised it didn't get more money than that already seeing as it marketed itself as COD/BF, I guess kickstarter is still very much for the niche titles which is great.
Khel
Posted 04:46pm 23/4/12
Yeah, this just looked like a bad investment all round, seemed extremely unrealistic that they could make the game they wanted, with the budget they were asking for. And their list of team members didn't seem to include any programmers...
Soapy
Posted 05:07pm 23/4/12
It looked pretty good to me, I hope they still make it. But I'm a die-hard SWAT fan and I'm devestated they're not making a SWAT 5.
Trauma
Posted 02:46pm 24/4/12
Yeah, this just looked like a bad investment all round, seemed extremely unrealistic that they could make the game they wanted, with the budget they were asking for. And their list of team members didn't seem to include any programmers...

Important to note that the amount asked for may not be the budget to make the game. Takedown for example needed to hit it's target to get investors on board.
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