The case of Sui Generis isn’t really a unique one on Kickstarter. It raised £160,000 in 2012 things seemed to be going well, but then the updates stopped. There is a twist to this story, the game has not been abandoned. The last update on the Kickstarter is from November 2015, but if you jump over to the game’s Steam store page there are many updates after that. So what’s going on? Why have the backers been left in the lurch while the Steam Community gets all the love?

Sui Generis

I think developers sometimes have blinders on when it comes to their campaigns. They see their projects so clearly in their minds that they forget their backers can’t. It seems to me that once Sui Generis was greenlit and put on Early Access the team decided to start posting the updates for the game there instead.

This isn’t a bad thing I’m sure, but it is a little inconsiderate toward Kickstarter Backers. Many of us like to back a lot of projects at once and it’s a lot harder to keep track of everything when the updates are scattered all over the internet. I think if the team simply decided Steam was a better platform that is okay. It is understandable to want to include people who didn’t back the project, but have bought it in Early Access.

Sui Generis

The real problem I have with Sui Generis is the lack of communication with backers about this. It’s very simple to give the backers an update to say that the future updates will be on the Steam page. Better still, they could copy and paste updates to both Kickstarter and Steam. Bare Mettle isn’t known for a regular update schedule, most updates on the Kickstarter page seem sporadic at best.

I don’t think this is a much of an issue for Steam users. A certain sense of security comes with being on Steam that perhaps Kickstarter lacks. After lurking in the discussion section of their Steam page I can see that it’s a hot topic. Some users clearly long for more updates whereas others think they would be unnecessary.

Sui Generis

I think this highlights how Kickstarter updates are fundamentally different Steam updates. Sure there are lots of common topics they both cover, but a Kickstarter update is more personal. Most updates are focused on what progress has been made with the game, whereas a Kickstarter update is also meant to tell the backers “hey, I’m still here, I’m alive and still working”. Maybe Bare Mettle only feels they should update when they have something important to say. I reached out to them to try and get their side of the story. They haven’t replied yet, but I’d be curious to know their take on everything.

I think we can learn a lot about the importance of communication from this Kickstarter. Hopefully, Bare Mettle will start updating their Kickstarter page again and showing off what looks like a great game!

Megan Myrick
Megan is an avid gamer, writer, and aspiring novelist. In between working towards a degree in psychology and looking for upcoming games to get hyped about, she enjoys watching silly cooking competitions and rereading books she’s probably read at least four times already. Megan’s favorite games change often, but some longtime favorites include Earthbound, Final Fantasy VII, and the Legend of Zelda series. She gets too attached to characters, reads a lot of theories, and is easily startled by jump scares. Megan is most interested in games with a good story and atmosphere, and she leans towards sci-fi and fantasy genres.
Megan Myrick
  • Hillshift

    I find it rather annoying that I have to go back to Kickstarter for updates. As long as the game is released to the backers as promised, who cares where the updates are posted?

    A responsible way to do this would be to note on Kickstarter that future updates will be on Steam and their website though….since I’m sure anyone who’s backed something will be at least a little paranoid development will dry up.

    • I can see where you’re coming from; everyone has their own preferences with where they’d like to get their updates. Those update notifications from Kickstarter sure are nice though!

      I’ve always been a fan of what the Blackwake guy does. He’ll post updates on his site and once a month he posts to Kickstarter with a message along the lines of “New updates on the website, see them at this link. Highlights include…..” and so on. That way he’s not having to post new updates everywhere, just one, then notifies the various channels of it.

  • Docdra

    I know this article is old, but it seems the author didn’t do their homework – the game on Steam is Examina, which by the developer’s own words is NOT Sui Generis… So, where is the main game instead of this, “,,,prelude to Sui Generis (SG),” that the Kickstarter fund paid for?