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Precinct Crowdfunding Cancelled

The Precinct website now 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 series is cancelled (thanks Don). Like the just-cancelled fundraising for Shadow of the Eternals, this was their second attempt at this, as they cancelled a 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!

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