It’s hardly a secret that Kickstarter projects get delayed months or even years from the estimated release date but sometimes a project comes along that’s just filled with one issue after another that it begs the question why it shouldn’t just close shop and move on. Unfortunately big campaigns like Project Phoenix that have hit the seven digit funding mark are the most scrutinized and criticized over small indie startups. Especially with the talent on the team. The latest update continues on from previous depressing news in that pretty much nothing has been done.
The biggest news in the update is in regards to programming. It’s the backbone of any game and if you don’t have a framework you might as well not have art and audio assets. The problem is that they were without a dedicated programmer and apparently they just signed on one to do work. Tentatively and with at least two months of a delay just to get him started. The other problem is that Project Phoenix will be delayed. For another two and a half years. Delays happen, but that does sound rather excessive.
With this news it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of backers are asking…nay, demanding…a refund. And honestly I don’t blame them based on the mismanagement that I’ve seen lately. However, CIA won’t be offering any money back because they feel that doing so will mean giving up on the project (their own words). If Project Phoenix does shut down they’ll reconsider doing something as recompense but not yet. And this declaration has most certainly caused a major stir in the comments of the update. If I were a backer, and honestly I’m glad at this point that I’m not, I’d probably be asking for my money back too.