Developer Playdek has bailed on their $660,126 USD Kickstarter project Unsung Story. The game was successfully funded in 2014, and promised to be a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics. Genre luminaries were onboard, including Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story designer Yasumi Matsuno.
To All Unsung Story Backers,
Thank you for the support you have shown to make this project happen. Through the trials we have had as a company over the last few years, Playdek has strived to keep the project alive, as we believe in the game and the story that Yasumi Matsuno designed to set it in. To that, we want to let you know that the project is going to continue forward, but our involvement is coming to an end.
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. 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.
Again, we want to thank you for your support of this project, and though we are sorry that we were unable to complete it for you, we believe the project is in good hands, with people who have the same passion for the game. Please send all questions concerning the project, backer inquiries and development discussions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Little Orbit have worked on titles like Barbie & Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue, and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends.
Unsung Story developed a poor public image over the last three years. It was originally slated to release in 2015, but was then pushed to late 2016 due to layoffs and financial troubles. The game then saw a shift in design, focusing more on player-versus-player combat – rather than the narrative-heavy singleplayer experience that was first pitched on Kickstarter.
Matsuno’s involvement on the project remains unclear.
We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.