Falls es wen interessiert, hier das Update:
The Campaign is Shutting Down, None of You’ll Be Charged
The last update of the campaign.
The campaign will be shut down soon. None of you’ll be charged anything, you don’t need to worry: your money stays with you. It may come as a sudden surprise for many of you. But with a heavy heart, we announce that this update will be the last one–Boardcubator is shutting down.
Why is that happening?
There’s more than just one reason that led to the cancellation of this campaign. First and foremost, we need to acknowledge that even though the funding goal has been met–it does not meet the realistic costs of the project. Bluntly speaking, we did not have the confidence to showcase the real goal of ~1.5 million euros (which would be around 10k backers) in a crowdfunding world where “Funded in XY minutes!” is a regular highlight. In the overall mix of other unfortunate events, this leads to not only the cancellation of the project but also of Boardcubator as a whole.
The game has proven to be a real step forward in how board games can be perceived–with a full voice-over narrative, adaptive sound design, and a true RPG living and breathing world (with AI-driven NPCs). In light of all of these grand innovations, we failed at properly communicating them via the campaign. The only tangible thing was the reviews–which frankly surprised us because they were all overly positive and they understood what the game is about. Even people who aren’t fans of app-driven games stated their case–this game is something else, something new on the horizon. However, not everyone has hours on hand to watch content about a specific game (which is understandable).
After the first week of the campaign, we realized what are the main problematic pillars and fixed them right away. Nevertheless, even with these improvements and strong support from the Gamefound team, we’re not even close to achieving the backer numbers with which we could safely promise to create a game of the quality we think it deserves.
Even though this means an end to the Boardcubator studio, the light at the end of the tunnel is still visible. We’ll do our best to make this project come alive because we believe it would be a shame to throw away three years of hard work and dedication. It is not just KCD, it's a whole platform that can expand into multiple worlds. We believe that apps have a place in the board gaming world if they are done right–just imagine a future where you’d be able to experience the board games you love on a frequent basis with new curated content of the utmost quality in just one click. Without any ecological or shipping problems tied to it.
In the upcoming days and weeks we are going to scramble and get back on our feet–so please understand there may be delays in answering some questions.
Once again, do not worry you will NOT be charged anything. The campaign will be closed in the upcoming hours.
We’re very sorry for what happened, we hope to see you again in future.