People donated $100,571 to pay for a game about being a bear

Bear Simulator Kickstater campaign comes to a close with a six-figure funding tally.

The Bear Simulator Kickstarter campaign was an overwhelming success. The crowdfunding effort has now wrapped up, closing with $100,571 from 3,871 people, well above its original $29,500 target. Creator John Farjay writes on the game's Kickstarter page that he initially thought the campaign would struggle to meet the original funding target.

"Okay, so funding finished and it was a tiny bit more than expected," he said.

With the extra funds, Farjay said he plans to beef up features that require more money, like sound effects. He also plans to buy better equipment and hire extra help for Bear Simulator. Just because Bear Simulator raised $100,000, you shouldn't expect a AAA experience, Farjay says.

"Another thing which was brought up a few times earlier is to keep your expectations sane," Farjay said. "This won't be an AAA game. Really aiming for it to be a simple exploration game where you're a bear."

Farjay also notes that he isn't sure about a multiplayer mode for Bear Simulator. He said he has some "awesome ideas," but warned that it could take a long time and become complicated. Right now, Bear Simulator is only announced for PC, and Farjay said if it does come to consoles some day, it won't be until after the PC version is released.

"This is my first PC game, I chose the Kickstarter route because I wanted to involve a bunch of bear fans to contribute which is why it's going to be fun to put Kickstarter Island together," Farjay said." Trying to use this game to learn the process of publishing a PC game so bear with me. Haha get it? 'Bear with me?' ...Because the game is about a bear."

"Explore stuff, eat stuff, be a bear!" is the game's official tagline. Farjay describes Bear Simulator as "like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear." Bear Simulator is set to launch this fall.

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219 comments
dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

step 1. take any first person shooter


step 2. Add bear paws


step 3. profit

91210user
91210user

Brother Bear and the Golden Compass, clearly these games were you get to play as a bear! Is there really such demand for people who want to play as a bear to make another game?

frodo10
frodo10

This game is so bad i wanted to shove a cactus up my balls!!!!!

2156charlie
2156charlie

Of course it'd be donated much, since it's a Simulator :D 

I mean, Surgery Simulator and the Goat Simulator became popular so yeah.

amar1234
amar1234

It actually looks ok, especially if you like games like skyrim and also like nature . This kind if game preys on people who have a weakness for cuteness  so people will jump on it , even though it may not look like areal game to you.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

So you don't actually need to make a good game or try to cheat people? Now you can just be honest and choose to make a crappy game? 


This sounds like a good formula if you want to develop quality games some day. Just make something simple and weird, collect your funds, and then make the game you actually want to make. 

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

The fact that people are eager to pay 100.000 buck for this so called game crap show that are still many idiots in the world. Who needs a superficial, kid like stupid bear simulator ?

V----V
V----V

Well if they made it multiplayer BvB then I'd all over 'cause I am smarter than the average bear.


(No I'm not serious)

NeoDemonChilde
NeoDemonChilde

.....facepalm

And some actually buy this crap ?

Amazing

Merseyak
Merseyak

so it finally happens 2014 was the year gaming ran out of ideas AND was dominated by mainly window lickers who will pay for any s*** that is thrown there way....Bravo

jygg4lag
jygg4lag

Whats next ?


Poop simulator, experience how it feels like to be poop.


thedashkin
thedashkin

This is a joke right? i mean really april fools has come and gone...

Ervaine
Ervaine

@thedashkin  There are worse Jokes out there to take the cake , but this one sure is funny.

jimy1475
jimy1475

Cant wait for Brad to play this

179107199999
179107199999

So we have people who'll support Shaquille O Neal and a new Shaq Fu though he has more than suffcient funds to cover the making of the game. And Now we have this. Its a crying shame that a game like Shenmue 3 couldn't get funding but stupid games like this and shaq fu can. These morons should be ashamed of themselves.Honestly this game seems like it should be an X Box indie game.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@179107199999  If it's a solid fun game experience how is it a shame?

Shenmue III isn't getting shafted on development because there isn't funds, it's because Sega is afraid it'll be money in the hole to make it. They need to release Shenmue I&II HD and see how many fans download that so they can realize it'd be a project worth making.
I just got Goat Simulator and the game is awesome, and if Bear Simulator turns out to be something just as neat I'll probably pick it up.

we5
we5

people is sick to supporting A BEAR

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

I wish I had known about this before. I would have supported this in a heart beat. This game looks hilarious. 

hystavito
hystavito

Some of the creator's comments are a bit troubling.  I get that he's managing expectations, but it sounds almost kinda like hey don't expect me to spend all the extra money on the game :).


On a more practical and serious note, I feel like the game might be so simple and have so little to do, it could fail to be interesting as a regular game and also fail as a weird humour game.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@hystavito  But seriously, you expect him to spend $100k on a game about being a bear? Sounds like a funny guy and this game will probably be hilarious. 

vibroknife
vibroknife

@Pierce_Sparrow @hystavito  Dude, he put up the kickstarter to KICKSTART the game. NOT to take a little money, make a game in a few months, and run off with the rest. Christ. It seems like a cool idea honestly but this better not be another goat simulator.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

@vibroknife @Pierce_Sparrow @hystavito  His original goal was only about $30k. It's supporters that got him to go abover $100k, so you can blame them. I'm sure he'll put more than $30k into this game now, but it's a game where you run around as a bear. What could you possibly expect him to do with it? Give the bear a rifle, some grenades, and some soldiers to kill? 

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Tokyo Jungle: First-Person Bear Edition? 

Might be cool.

keviac
keviac

Its a joke, its a scam, its a game made in a few months planned on being released in a few months that "needed" 100000$??? Even the stretch goals were jokes.

nomadsalt
nomadsalt

The question "Does a bear shit in the woods?" can finally be answered.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

That is unbearleavable!


It's unbearable to think of a world without this game.... That is a grizzly world indeed!

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Let's talk collector's edition. I would shell out extra money if they had a collector's edition with giant paws included. 

Evilnator
Evilnator

@RicanV But they shoould be packaged separately, so that you could rip the box open with your bear hands!

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

Holy crap, how did I miss this I want to be a bear that scares/eats people or their food like in those National Geographic documentaries...

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Count me out unless it's Nicholas Cage in another bear suit.

Xenro4
Xenro4

They should just keep expanding the bear simulator world and then release another game where you can be a variety of animals, since people seem to be so hyped.

Poidad
Poidad

@Xenro4  im going to put a Tardigrade Simulation on kickstarter see if I can get $1mil

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

3,871 Imbeciles. Are you PC gamers THAT bored and so willing to part with your money? Lol

*golf claps to the master race*

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Zloth2 Stop. No need to put words in people's mouths that may not be there. I hate the whole master race bullshit, as well as every other moronic console war comment and anything else like that. I have more than enough money to buy a high end PC but I choose not to because consoles are more than enough to satisfy me. And I am also too lazy to keep up with having to constantly upgrade my PC when I can just play on the console and not worry about any of that BS. Just hope you "smarter" people think about shit like that before you comment.