In 2014, high-value Kickstarters for games aren't faring as well as they used to. The latest casualty is Human Resources
, a real-time strategy game pitched
by Uber Entertainment -- creators of Planetary Annihilation
Uber funded Planetary Annihilation
to the tune of $2.23 million (on a $900,000 ask) in 2012. Seeking $1.4 million dollars for Human Resources
, the company shut down its campaign yesterday after pledges totaling $384,358.
In an update to its campaign, Uber design director John Comes wrote
, "Every Kickstarter prediction model is showing that we will come up woefully short of our goal."
It's not the only big-ticket campaign that's struggled this year. The Black Glove
, an adventure game created by BioShock
series veterans, looks to be trending
far below its goal.
They're not alone, the data shows
Research by consultant Thomas Bidaux shows a decline in funded projects
for the first half of the year.
Further analysis by developer Priyesh Patel shows that
the biggest declines came in large-scale projects with funding totals of $500,000 and up. While Bidaux projected a 20 percent drop in projects, Patel noted that large-scale campaigns only accounted for a quarter of funding this year so far, as compared to more than half in 2013.
For Uber's part, Comes writes: "One thing is for sure, Human Resources
, as pitched in this Kickstarter, is over."