The Kickstarter project – seen by many as the spiritual successor and what could have been look at Konami’s Silent Hills – Allison Road has just been cancelled.
Yes, you read that correctly. Allison Road is cancelled on Kickstarter.
Here’s the reasoning behind the Kickstarter Allison Road cancellation, on a title that had received nearly £150,000, from developers Lilith Ltd:
We have decided to withdraw the Kickstarter campaign to allow us to commit 100% to an opportunity that will give us the chance as a team to create the best game possible.
As a newly founded studio, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by your encouragement and huge interest in Allison Road and we’d love to thank each and every one of you for all of the amazing support you have given us during our Kickstarter campaign and beyond. Really incredibly appreciated.
Perhaps they were twitchy they weren’t going to make their goal. They were only a little over 58% of their quarter-of-a-million-pounds goal, after all. Or perhaps, there’s another reason entirely why Allison Road was cancelled…
We are delighted to announce that we will be joining Team17’s highly successful games label.
If you don’t know who Team17 are, they are most known for their Worms franchise, however, they run a fully independent games label. For us it’s an incredible opportunity to be part of a label that looks after not only such a massive gaming franchise, but also supports developers like Playtonic,Mouldy Toof and many others.
Working with Team17 will give us the chance to make our game unhindered creatively, but at the same time will give us the resources, support and experience that only a 25 year old studio can give.
For all of you that have pledged already for in game rewards, we absolutely promise you that we will look at ways outside of Kickstarter that will allow you to be involved in the game at a later date.
So while there probably was an element of the Kickstarter hitting a plateau, they’ve also been approached by a traditional publisher to take the game on. It just shows that trad publishing beats crowdfunding in general terms, and we’re pleased to see that the Allison Road crew cancelled the campaign and – more importantly – made that decision promptly, rather than taking the public’s Kickstarter cash anyway as they joined a major studio with all our cash in their back pocket.