Bear Simulator Developer Cancels Further Development On Kickstarter Project

by Ben Reeves on Mar 06, 2016 at 09:29 AM

After successfully raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter for a game about being a bear, developer John Farjay has decided to call it quits.

Farjay seems to have drummed up a small amount of interest over his game Bear Simulator, but in a recent Kickstarter update, the developer wrote:

"Well the game didn’t have a great reception, has a stigma against it’s name and there’s plenty of other problems so making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now. Plus not skilled enough to make the game better than it currently is or write better updates than previously...Also don’t want to deal with the drama anymore. Can’t ignore it because that causes more drama and can’t do anything about it because that causes more drama...Must be doing this PC game dev thing wrong because it is way too hard to stay happy and productive."

Farjay plans to release one final update that adds a Kickstarter backer island and fixes a few bugs, but some of the originally-promised Kickstarter stretch goals may not ultimately be fulfilled. Bear Simulator is still available on PC of $14.99 if you want to see what the fuss is all about.

[Source: Kickstarter via Kotaku]


Our Take
This is sad. It seems that Bear Simulator isn't a great game. It has several negative Steam reviews and even Pewdiepie took the game to task on his YouTube channel. Negative reviews are part of the business, but it's unfortunate when a developer feels overwhelmed by them and hangs up their hat because of an overly negative atmosphere.