The lights are on
After facing a long and complicated (yellow brick) road, American McGee of Spicy Horse Games has canceled the struggling OZombie Kickstarter campaign.
The game was supposed to offer a zombie-infested take on L. Frank Baum’s classic story, The Wizard of Oz, but after facing licensing issues with another Spicy Horse franchise, Alice, development was stopped.
In May, Spicy Horse Games announced it would develop either OZombie or Alice: Otherlands, but not both due to limited resources. The Ozombie Kickstarter went forward, and McGee included Alice film rights into the fundraising campaign. Those film rights were removed from the OZombie campaign last week.
McGee hoped to start a separate campaign for the Alice film rights, but as he mentioned in yesterday’s Kickstarter update, “the submission has been rejected multiple times and our appeals have failed (multiple campaigns are not allowed). To launch a campaign for the Alice film rights we must first shut down the Oz campaign.”
Looking at the numbers, it seemed unlikely OZombie would reach it funding goal anyway – a fact that McGee himself acknowledged.
“Second, we wouldn’t consider shutting down the Oz campaign if it were trending towards success,” McGee wrote in a Kickstarter update. “As it is, we’ve reached 15% of our goal with 20 days left in the campaign. Projections suggest we’ll hit 30% of our goal by campaign end.”
Earlier this year, McGee turned to Kickstarter to fund a free-to-play action RPG, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. The project reached its goal in February.
Our TakeThis story exemplifies one of the drawbacks of Kickstarter crowd funding. The consumers are at risk of being sucked into the politics of licensing and company policy. Spicy Horse did an admirable job of frequently updating OZombie's backers, but that doesn't dismiss the fact that these past few weeks have been a confusing jumble of shifting goals and changing names. Hopefully McGee's next move will be more grounded.
I'm sorry. Better luck next time!
This would have been cool to see, but I like twisted versions of classic stories.
I gotta admit, I didn't even know he was kickstarting for that: but the concept does hold amusement. If he could incorporate the idea into an entertaining game, it may have had merit: but I not sure kickstarter was the right way to go for the kind of risk it would have to be a success.
Although im a big fan of his art style, the Games themselves tend to be a bit lackluster. Concept of the night: double fine and spicy horse collaboration. Double fine could make nice cutesy art world that goes all silent hill for spicy horse to darken it up
a deranged nut sac for a head, yeah the game would've been creepy
Awww.... That would've been an awesome game. I love twisted adaptations of classic books. Was a real fan of American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns. Hope they can find some way of producing it in the not-so-political future.
Aw, that sucks. I was planning to throw in $50 this week.
This would have been really nice to see.
Ouch. Too bad. I like American McGee's take on Alice.
Sad stuff, looked promising