Playdek, the developer behind the Kickstarted video game, Unsung Story: Tales of the Guardians, has announced that it’s leaving the project and that a new developer will be taking the reigns.
After funding back in 2014 and an expected release date of 2015, the development of Unsung Story has been rocky at best. Now the saga continues as the original developer has ditched the project and handed it off to another company, Little Orbit.
According to an update post from both developers this week, development looks like it’s going to be started from scratch.
“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,” Playdek said in an update on Kickstarter. “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.”
Last we heard from developer Playdek, development on Unsung Story had stopped, so this news comes as no real surprise. However the kick in the teeth is that due to the sheer change in scope the game had over the years, Little Orbit have little to work with in terms of assets for the original single-player game promised during the game’s initial crowdfunding run.
In a follow-up update, Little Orbit CEO, Matthew Scott, wrote:
“First the bad news.. Little Orbit is starting from scratch. We have spent hours going through the Kickstarter comments and researching all of the project materials, and I feel the backers have made one thing clear – we need to focus on the original single player game and Matsuno’s design that was promoted during the campaign. And that is exactly what we are going to do. At this point, our primary goal is to separate the years of modifications and changes that were made while Playdek attempted to deliver something to their backers.”
Fortunately, Scott plans to “honor the Kickstarter backer rewards at no extra cost.” however things may take a little longer than the original Kickstarter promised. In addition, Scott seems pretty self-aware of his company’s history, whose previous titles consist of licensed games based on properties like Adventure Time, Monster High, and Barbie.
“Inevitably many of you will google us, and you may have your doubts – which is okay,” Scott said. “This project has struggled. But give us a little time, and hopefully we’ll surprise you.
“I am a gamer at heart, and my first love has always been turn-based tactics games. I met the Playdek team a couple months ago and got a firsthand look at the amazing work from Yasumi Matsuno. Simply put, this game needs to exist, so I am excited to be taking this project over and helping deliver it to the community.”
As humbling as this might be, given the project’s history, there’s some obvious scepticism, but here’s hoping Little Orbit can turn things around.