I Messed Up My Video Game Kickstarter. Now, I'm Fixing It.


Three weeks ago, we launched a Kickstarter page for our project, "Crowdsourced Hardcore Tactical Shooter." With a week to go, we have reached, as of this writing, just over $70,000 dollars of our $200,000 goal, putting us at 35% funded. If we stay at our current rate, we won't get funded.

So what did we do wrong?
There are three primary points (based on feedback from the internets), that we screwed up on. First, I lack the instant name recognition that Tim Schafer or Brian Fargo has, and we weren't clear of the experience of the other team members. Next, our video was not exciting enough and the quality wasn't up to the standard it should have been. Lastly, we were too vague about the details of the project, lacked assets to show, and didn't properly differentiate our concept from other shooters on the market today. Oh, and the name SUCKED.

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So what are we doing about it?
Kickstarter is a crazy ride; you have your good days and your bad days. It would be easy to close our eyes, hope for the best, and slink away if we didn't make it. But that's not how we roll. We have redoubled our efforts over the past week, partnering with a local video production company to make what we hope is a kick-ass video. We commissioned AWESOME concept art from Charles Guan, and partnered with actor Matt Corboy and composer Rich Douglas to help promote the project. And we named the damn thing, holding a fan concept to create a logo splash image. TAKEDOWN is born.

Tonight is the night!
Tonight, we will launch a completely "reloaded" Kickstarter page with more detailed information on TAKEDOWN and the team, a crazy new video, and new concept art. Much of this content has been vetted or advised on by our community, which is how we will work on the game as well.

Will we be successful? Time will tell. We'll write a postmortem for other game developers to learn from, so no matter what we hope to make the landscape better for others. But no one will be able to say we gave up.

Check out our Kickstarter page here, and our website at serellan.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Serellan, and follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SerellanLLC.

DISCUSSION

rathorial
Rathorial

Really, the guy just needed to explain what a "tactical shooter" is, and how a game like CoD and most shooters now are NOT tactical shooters. Tactical Shooters are a specific sub-genre term, it doesn't just mean this shooter has tactics, because any game has some level of tactics.

We may see a few big repeating franchises of FPSs released each year, but they're very arcadey in how they handle gun combat, linear in how they handle level design, and typically just involve you the player by yourself fighting or with useless AI teammates there for window dressing.

Tactical shooters are in the vein of Rainbow Six or Swat, where you control or play with a squad of people, your character can only take a few shots before death, and gun mechanics are more precise and slower. You have many different methods to engage conflicts, through multiple tools that let you disorient or distract enemies as you enter, use squad tactics to tag and take out enemies in synchronization so you don't alert extra enemy presence, or flat out avoid them if need be.

Stealth, tactics, and coordination are emphasized more to survive than sheer firepower, and more shooters should approach this basic mantra.