Unsung Story Changes Developers After Years of Turbulent Development

Unsung Story Changes Developers After Years of Turbulent Development

The Kickstarter project was a hot mess.

Unsung Story is dead. Long live Unsung Story!

In a depressing update to a depressing Kickstarter, developers Playdek announced that the company is abandoning its ambitious tactical RPG, Unsung Story. Instead, the company will hand the reins to a new company, Little Orbit, who will take over development and all assets related to the project.

Unsung Story

"Thank you for the support you have shown to make this project happen. Through the trials we have had as a company over the last few years, Playdek has strived to keep the project alive, as we believe in the game and the story that Yasumi Matsuno designed to set it in," wrote Playdek in a statement. "To that, we want to let you know that the project is going to continue forward, but our involvement is coming to an end. Effective immediately publisher/developer Little Orbit has taken over all the rights and assets to Unsung Story from Playdek, and is now the project creator."

Joining a growing list of failed video game on Kickstarter, Unsung Story might rank as one of the most frustrating. First announced all the way back in 2013 in collaboration with Final Fantasy Tactics' Yasumi Matsuno, Unsung Story was promised to be a sweeping fantasy series. Playdek launched a Kickstarter for the project in 2014 with a goal of $600,000 which the campaign met just hours before it was scheduled to end.

Since then, Playdek has issued sporadic updates, shoddy looking gameplay materials, and other missteps as backers continued to issue grievances about the direction of the project. After numerous delays, Playdek's handing off of the project is honestly better than what typically happens with failed projects such as these where the developers cancel production, maybe issue a refund, maybe not, and hundreds of backers are left out in the cold. It's probably why video game Kickstarters have been declining over time.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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