It was supposed to be a dream game for fans of strategy-role-playing games, but instead it became a disaster. Unsung Story, which crowdfunded over $660,000 in 2014, is one of the biggest Kickstarter failures of all time. Let’s zoom out and look at the whole debacle, shall we?
After a three-year debacle involving shady behavior, broken promises, and $660,126 that went nowhere, the game company Playdek has decided to call it quits on Unsung Story, passing the rights to a new company that will apparently develop and publish the game.
Two years after launch, Playdek’s Unsung Story remains one of the biggest Kickstarter disappointments to date, a $660,126 disaster that just keeps breaking promises. And now they’ve been MIA for three months.
In January of 2014, a company called Playdek launched a Kickstarter promising a spiritual successor to one of my favorite games, Final Fantasy Tactics. It made $660,126. I really wish I hadn’t backed it.
We're a little over two days away from the end of Unsung Story's Kickstarter campaign, and it's still not funded. That's kind of insane.
You know how in Final Fantasy Tactics—the wonderful strategy-RPG released for the PlayStation in 1998—your wizards and summoners all had to deal with charging times? And how if you wanted to cast a spell, you'd have to wait X number of turns before it went through?
Yasumi Matsuno is asking for $600,000 to make a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics, and if that sentence doesn't make you giddy, you haven't played Final Fantasy Tactics.
It's called Unsung Story, and it'll come to digital platforms at some point next year.
In movies, it's not unheard of for several famous movie directors to team up, each contributing a short film to a larger motion picture. There are several examples, like New York Stories and Four Rooms. In gaming, it's rather uncommon.
Yasumi Matsuno, the Japanese video game creator best known for his work at Square Enix on titles like Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII and Tactics Ogre, may have a new home: Professor Layton and White Knight Chronicles developer Level-5.