- Jul 10, 2006
Agreed. Honestly, at this point I don't see him not putting out something, although I have my doubts it will in any way resemble what he has promised. I have no clue whether it will be something that will satisfy the whales - even if I better understood game development, that mindset is utterly foreign to me. But an awful lot of people seem to enjoy playing with what they have to date, which is basically nothing near a game much less a triple A game. That makes me believe that a lot of people will enjoy whatever he finally puts out, even if they are very disappointed that it falls so far below its aim. However, I very much doubt his company survives this. I'm going to be shocked if enough of a market exists (beyond those who are already promised a game for their contributions) to generate enough in sales to support his vastly expanded company. Even if he lays off two thirds and follows this with a game of greatly reduced scope, he'd need to generate tens of millions in profit to make payroll even for two years.I honestly don't know if they can deliver or not.. I really hope they do as there are a lot of people that put in money for it. If Roberts does say "I gave it my best shot but it didn't work out" that'll have ripple effects on not just the people that put in but for future kickstarted projects. I hate to see people screwed over (which hasn't happened yet) and while yes they did put money into the project knowing there's a risk, it still blows for them. Having said that, I do think the fall out would be interesting to see.
Then again, it's kind of ludicrous for me to second guess the business acumen of a man who's raised a couple hundred million selling promises and JPEGs - some of which he doesn't even legally own.