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Crytek Ghosts Indie Fund; Ghost Theory in Jeopardy

Ghost Theory is a paranormal game that developer Dreadlocks funded through a successful Kickstarter back in 2016, but DSOGaming has word that the game will probably never be released. This news is apparently derived from a UPDATE #22 (actually #23) called Final breakpoint is here, which can only be viewed by backers of the project. The developer explains their problems stem from Crytek backing away from promised funding to be supplied through an Indie Development Fund they announced in 2016. DSoG takes the developer itself to task for being evasive or deceptive, but this also reveals Crytek has seemingly quietly dropped the fund part of the Indie Development Fund:
Apparently Crytek has decided to pull the plug on this program and was unable to offer any money to the winners and as you may have guessed, Ghost Theory was among them. Still, Crytek did offer a free license to CRYENGINE to all the winners. Obviously, though, this was not what Dreadlock was looking for.

Now I want to be crystal clear that this was a shit move from Crytek. However, Dreadlocks is also to be blamed here for lying to everyone. Here is what the team had to say to its backers in its latest update.

“We were lured into a competition for millions of dollars, which also required a change of the game’s engine, and we spent months with it. It was our last big hope. But after GT was unofficially marked as a winner, we were then told: “sorry, we actually don’t have any money for the winners.” As a compensation, we received free licenses for our new game engine, which was totally pointless as we couldn’t pay salaries to developers who would actually use it. Today, all of this is brushed under the carpet and the competition site was simply removed,like it has never existed.”

Dreadlocks claims that although it got a free license, it’s pointless as it couldn’t pay salaries to developers to use it. Wait what? Back in 2016 the team claimed that it was already transitioning from Unity to CRYENGINE. It didn’t claim that without the price money it would not be able to make it happen. What about the kickstarted money then? Why change engines if you are not sure whether you can finish the project that gamers have already funded via your campaign? Why bet everything on an Indie Dev program? Or how about, why don’t you re-fund everyone that contributed to your Kickstarter and then, from a fresh start, apply to the Indie Dev Fund program?
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11. Re: Crytek Ghosts Indie Fund; Ghost in Jeopardy Jan 3, 2019, 17:35 Ventura
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Jan 3, 2019, 16:45:
I’ve just created a kickstarter for a device that massages your balls. Please help fund the projects so that I don’t have to really work for the next few years.

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