I’m usually one to forgive some setbacks when it comes to developing a game using funds generously donated by backers. After all, things happen beyond the control of those in charge. Delays happen, people quit, they run out of money, etc. However, I’m usually only willing to be positive up to a point. Sometimes the development is plagued with one problem after another and it appears that the AAA talent RPG Project Phoenix continues to falter with the latest update they just released.
It’s not unheard of to see someone step down from working on a project, especially one as big as Project Phoenix, but the update makes it sound like this position was filled with exactly one person. One person that apparently was the sole programmer on the project. A programmer that, it seems, has yet to do any work whatsoever. And, of course, the team is desperate to fill the vacancy in order to try to push the game out eventually. So, they’ve turned to the backers asking…practically pleading…them to spread the word that they need a new Unity programmer.
As you would expect, this hasn’t set well with backers and people are starting to get fed up with one excuse and one problem after another. To the point where they’re starting to ask for their money back. And, honestly, I don’t blame them. If I were in their shoes I probably would have done the same. Thankfully, I couldn’t back Project Phoenix during the time it ran on Kickstarter so they didn’t take my money and I dodged a bullet. Based on what little that I’ve heard about the project they’ve barely started working on the game. After being funded two years ago. It begs to be asked, but will this game ever see the light of day at this rate or is it just another failed game that promised the moon but delivered Uranus?