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Human Resources cancellation is another sign of Kickstarter decline

Posted by Tyler Colp on October 20, 2014 | Jump to 6 comments

Uber Entertainment, the developer behind Kickstarted RTS game Planetary Annihilation, has cancelled it’s latest crowdfunded project, Human Resources, with 15 days remaining.

The independent developer, which is still working on updating Planetary Annihilation, said it wasn’t receiving enough pledges to hit the goal in time and would shelve the idea for now.

“One thing is for sure, Human Resources, as pitched in this Kickstarter, is over,” project director John Comes wrote in a Kickstarter update. “But we adore the world of Human Resources and will endeavor to do what we can to bring it to life in some form..”

The monsters-versus-robots multiplayer strategy game was looking for $1.4 million to be developed and released in February 2016.

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The lack of funding follows a recent report from analyst Thomas Bidaux earlier this year that shows game Kickstarters in a decline from 2012. According to the report, the total amount of funding from Kickstarters this year would make up less than half of what was raised last year. Bidaux suggested the decline could be attributed to the type of projects, the amount of people they bring to the Kickstarter website, or competition from platforms like Steam Early Access.

Here’s a graph showing the top 20 most funded Kickstarters in chronological order. You can see an overall decline in the amount raised with several spikes from popular campaigns spread throughout last year.

Apparently, the drop in Kickstarter popularity was something Comes took away from the Human Resources campaign too.

In a post last week, the developer explained that it would need two projects in active development to stay afloat and make use of its team. We’ve contacted the developer about its current state and how it will continue without Human Resources.

Comments

6 comments

  • Love your writing Tyler, but gotta say I disagree with your assessment. While overall Kickstarter funding is on the decline, that’s not a bad thing. However, the failure of Human Resources has less to do with fewer dollars going into Kickstarter as it does the failure of Uber to evolve its crowdfunding strategy. They launched their campaign as it if was still 2012 or 2012. The lack of content and information about the game, a lack of a cohesive campaign strategy, failing to satisfy and rally their previous backers, and poor communication is what caused Human Resources to fail.

    • Agreed, Greg.

      They were running a campaign like it was 1997 and haven’t they ever heard of landlines? But actually I was ready for Human Resources to to go mainstream strayyyyyyte to my Iphone application switchboard. vietnam flashbackckckckckckckckckckckckckc………………

  • Massive Chalice turned out to be a massive mistake. Surprised it got any funding. Porquezita the funding campaign down eher in Jesusito (the most holy – #RIP) was shyt. triste bahia

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