It was always going to be interesting to see how much attention a new crowdfunding/investment platform would gain, and how successful the proposed projects on that platform would be.
Anchors in the Drift is one of two projects on Fig, and its campaign came to a close recently. It missed its funding goal. By a lot. But fortunately for the developers and supporters of the project, the game's still coming out.
When 5TH Cell pitched for US$500,000, it wasn't unnecessarily an unreasonable goal. We've heard developers talk about just how much video games cost to make before, and Anchors in the Drift was suitably ambitious — being a free to play action RPG — that their target seemed reasonable.
Thing is, they barely got close. The campaign came to a close on the weekend and raised only US$102,000 from 133 backers, which is an impressive and interesting average of just under $767 per backer. The amount of backers in each of the tiers listed on the campaign page amounts to 125, and the amount of pledged money on the page tallies up to over US$5000.
While that quandary is interesting to ponder — 8 people were basically responsible for investing almost US$100,000 into Anchors in the Drift — the reality is that the game is still coming out. In a post on their Facebook page yesterday, 5TH Cell announced that "the team remains hard at work readying the game for release" next year.
That's about the extent of information available right now. I'm curious to see how the project will actually be affected and what will happen to the developers on a personal level. Either way, if this was a game you were keen on then good news: it's still happening.