Timmeh wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 13:59:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 12:37:
One game that burned its backers.
"During the Kickstarter, backers were able to choose if they wanted a PS4 or PC version of the game, and it was heavily implied that Steam would be the platform of choice. There's even a Steam game page for Shenmue III (much like there was for Metro: Exodus)."
This has left many backers understandably frustrated and angry, considering that even recently when a survey was sent out to backers in order for them to choose a platform, the choices were simply PS4 and Steam."source
"Last month, the makers of Shenmue III announced that the game will be a timed exclusive to the Epic Store on PC, a move that angered quite a few people who had helped crowdfund the game. After all, when Shenmue III first launched on Kickstarter in June 2015, the developers had offered Steam keys as a reward option. When the game comes out in November of this year, however, Steam keys won’t actually be available. It’ll be on Steam in November 2020."source
As one backer for Cyan's Firmament posted
, "[I] have no interest [in] providing a no-interest loan, even less so with no guarantee that [I] would get [my] money back if the game is not launching on Steam." In less than a year, Epic's actions have eroded trust in crowdfunding video games (beyond, of course, whatever shenanigans already existed) among the handful of crowdfunded titles like Ooblets, Phoenix Point, Outer Wilds, and Shenmue 3.
"Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times." - Those Who Remain by G. Michael Hopf