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Three Years After Raising $660,000 On Kickstarter, Unsung Story Developer Playdek Bails

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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.

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In an update this afternoon, Playdek told Kickstarter backers that the game company Little Orbit (Barbie & Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends) will now develop and publish Yasumi Matsuno’s supposed spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics.

Here’s the full update:

To All Unsung Story Backers,

Thank you for the support you have shown to make this project happen. Through the trials we have had as a company over the last few years, Playdek has strived to keep the project alive, as we believe in the game and the story that Yasumi Matsuno designed to set it in. To that, we want to let you know that the project is going to continue forward, but our involvement is coming to an end.

Effective immediately publisher/developer Little Orbit has taken over all the rights and assets to Unsung Story from Playdek, and is now the project creator. They believe strongly the game can be an amazing Tactics RPG, and they are excited to carry on and bring Matsuno’s story to life. They will be bringing you project news from this point on to update everyone on their plans for the game.

Again, we want to thank you for your support of this project, and though we are sorry that we were unable to complete it for you, we believe the project is in good hands, with people who have the same passion for the game. Please send all questions concerning the project, backer inquiries and development discussions to support@littleorbit.com. Thank you.

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It’s been a long ride for Playdek, whose flailing and broken promises have soured many RPG fans on Kickstarter entirely. It remains to be seen what Little Orbit plans to do with Unsung Story. Matsuno’s involvement with the game also remains unclear.

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jschreier
Jason Schreier

A few mins after I published this article, Little Orbot posted its own update, and it’s... dismal.

First the bad news.. Little Orbit is starting from scratch. We have spent hours going through the Kickstarter comments and researching all of the project materials, and I feel the backers have made one thing clear – we need to focus on the original single player game and Matsuno’s design that was promoted during the campaign. And that is exactly what we are going to do. At this point, our primary goal is to separate the years of modifications and changes that were made while Playdek attempted to deliver something to their backers.

Second the good news.. And I want to make this absolutely clear - Little Orbit will honor the Kickstarter backer rewards at no extra cost. I can’t know how frustrating this has been for the many fans of this game. But over the coming weeks we will be reaching out to make sure we have all the current information for each of you, so that rewards can be delivered properly as we make progress.

That’s all I can share for now, but we will be following up as soon as possible with more details on the game and our progress.