Playdek’s kickstarter campaign for their Japanese inspired strategy RPG Unsung story has a lot of ground to cover in the final hours of their campaign with just under three days remaining and about $100,000 needed to hit their initial goal of $600,000.
Helmed by veteran designer and Final Fantasy Tactics creator Yasumi Matsuno, Unsung Story initially appeared to be well on its way after the campaign generated over $200,000 in the first day. While Playdek is a newcomer to the development field, a team led by Matsuno and including Japanese veterans such as character designer Akihiko Yoshida (Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, Bravely Default) and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII) certainly seemed to be in the right hands for a project with this much ambition.
But a stalled Kickstarter campaign could potentially damage the development of the project, not only in loss of Kickstarter funds but in the public perception that the game will not sell well. Especially for a SRPG being developed for a classically non-traditional platform (PC, Mac, Linux), Unsung Story may face a great deal of uncertainty in period after the campaign concludes.
It would be a shame if Unsung Story were to be never made because the project clearly has a lot of thought and care put into it. At the very least Playdek can look at the Kickstarter campaign and say that they had over 12,000 supporters voluntarily contribute money for over $500,000. Maybe if they reassess their crowd funding goals, Unsung Story will get to be sung.