After a three-year debacle involving shady behaviour, broken promises, and $US660,126 ($828,662) that went nowhere, the game company Playdek has decided to call it quits on Unsung Story, passing the rights to a new company that will apparently develop and publish the game.
In an update today, Playdek told Kickstarter backers that the game company Little Orbit (Barbie & Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends) will now develop and publish Yasumi Matsuno's supposed spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics.
Here's the full update:
To All Unsung Story Backers,
Thank you for the support you have shown to make this project happen. Through the trials we have had as a company over the last few years, Playdek has strived to keep the project alive, as we believe in the game and the story that Yasumi Matsuno designed to set it in. To that, we want to let you know that the project is going to continue forward, but our involvement is coming to an end.
Effective immediately publisher/developer Little Orbit has taken over all the rights and assets to Unsung Story from Playdek, and is now the project creator. They believe strongly the game can be an amazing Tactics RPG, and they are excited to carry on and bring Matsuno's story to life. They will be bringing you project news from this point on to update everyone on their plans for the game.
Again, we want to thank you for your support of this project, and though we are sorry that we were unable to complete it for you, we believe the project is in good hands, with people who have the same passion for the game. Please send all questions concerning the project, backer inquiries and development discussions to [email protected] Thank you.
It's been a long ride for Playdek, whose flailing and broken promises have soured many RPG fans on Kickstarter entirely. It remains to be seen what Little Orbit plans to do with Unsung Story. Matsuno's involvement with the game also remains unclear.