Playdek announced on Tuesday that they have sold Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians to Little Orbit (Barbie & Her Sisters: Puppy Rescue) to publish and finish development of the game.
The initial launch of Unsung Story was celebrated by fans and gamers everywhere because the project would be done with the help of legendary game designer Yasumi Matsuno, who has worked on Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, and many other notable RPGs. Sadly, the largely successful KickStarter which raised over $660,000 in 2014 wasn’t enough to finish the game that Playdeck had originally pitched.
CEO of Little Orbit Matthew Scott posted an update on the KickStarter page to inform backers of the change and what they have planned for the game moving forward. Little Orbit open in 2003 and worked with many large named publishers, Cartoon Network, Dreamworks, Warner Bros, and Mattel, to name a few. In the past few years they have also turned into a small publishing company to put their own games out.
Matthew address the doubts backers would have after a search of the studio on the internet by saying, “Inevitably many of you will google us, and you may have your doubts – which is okay. This project has struggled. But give us a little time, and hopefully we’ll surprise you.”
With that said, Little Orbit will be starting the game from scratch using Yasumi Matsuno’s designs and focusing on the “original single player game” that was first promised to fans. This means that the direction that Playdek had originally pitched to backers had drifted.
Mattew concludes his post that Little Orbit will honor the backer rewards at no extra cost for those who participated in the campaign, saying, “I can’t know how frustrating this has been for the many fans of this game. But over the coming weeks we will be reaching out to make sure we have all the current information for each of you, so that rewards can be delivered properly as we make progress.”
It seems as though this is was the best move for Unsong Story to receive a release as it has received numerous delays in the past. KickStarter has become a gamble for fans of video games who wish to help indie studios make their dreams come true. Although this is unfortunate, we’ll have to wait and see what Little Orbit brings to the game and the finished product.