The Precinct website
features a popup that loads a bit after the rest of the site with word that
fundraising for a proposed follow-up to the Police Quest
cancelled (thanks Don). Like the
fundraising for Shadow of the Eternals, this was their second attempt at this,
as they cancelled
Kickstarter campaign to start a private crowdfunding campaign for a smaller
prototype, but are now throwing in the towel on this as well. Here's a portion
of the post:
To solve many of the issues with our Kickstarter campaign,
our new approach was a staged funding model, based on how traditional video game
investment is done. Rather than getting all of the money up front, our approach
was to install safeguards to validate Precinct's quality and potential as the
product development cycle progressed. This approach would allow us to create a
playable prototype quickly and also work closely with the backers at every stage
of development. On Kickstarter, the overwhelming majority of backers simply
pledged at the level to get a copy of the game. By moving the rewards into an
online store for individual purchase, we were able to significantly lower our
funding needs and allocate more money to actual game development. Using our own
crowdfunding system we could stretch backer dollars even further by not having
to give 5% to Kickstarter and 5% to the Amazon payments platform.
We're fighters and fought our best. Unfortunately, our best wasn't good enough
to overcome the challenges with crowdfunding Precinct. Our new approach
attracted some terrific supporters and we are grateful. However, we simply don't
have the momentum needed to meet the requirements of this project.
Depending on the situation, we may decide to try again someday. The backing
community are wonderfully supportive of Jim Walls making a new game. Likewise,
our team remains passionate about Precinct and are hopeful there is a way to
make Precinct a reality in the future.
A quick campaign note -- if you pledged, thank you very much! Your card will not
be charged. We placed a preapproval on your card when you pledged, but you have
not (and will not) be charged. Thanks for your support!