Police Quest spiritual successor cancelled

Detective-themed game cancels its Kickstarter campaign; team hopes to raise funds through its own website.

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Police Quest's spiritual successor Precinct has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign with two weeks left to run.

The game, which was pitched as an unofficial follow-up to Sierra Entertainment's long-running Police Quest adventure series, voluntarily shut down halfway through its month-long fundraiser. The campaign had raised $85,756 of its attempted $500,000 goal.

However, while the studio was unable to finance the project through Kickstarter, the team still hopes to bring the game to market through fan investment on the Precinct website. The company has reduced its half-million-dollar target to $400,000, and aims to use staggered tiers to earn an initial $25,000 to produce a playable prototype to help entice players to fund the remainder of the game.

"Giving backers an early hands on is a primary incentive for this new campaign. The team hopes that showing their vision through early builds will lead to additional funding for the full game," Jim Walls Reloaded president Robert Lindsley told Joystiq.

Successfully securing a further $90,000 will allow the developers to produce a "vertical slice" sample, while at the $250,000 mark, the team promises to release a "demo" stage. An additional $150,000 will need to be raised in order for the game to see full release. Rather than continuing to build as funds are raised, development will only commence and continue once the next dollar goal has been met.

Lindsley believes that recent "stumbles" experienced by games such as Wasteland 2 and Double Fine's Broken Age, both of which were funded through Kickstarter, have caused backers to be more cautious of the ventures they support.

"All backers will get access to all builds (including the full game) upon completion, regardless of how much they've pledged," Lindsley confirmed, suggesting that anybody who contributes $1 or more will see a return on their investment. Precinct was originally slated for a PC and Mac release in mid-2014, though the developer now says it is unable to commit to a release window as a result of changes to the business model. At the time of writing, the game had received more than 175 pledges, totaling more than $5,500.

Discussion

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André Palma
André Palma

U can say the same thing about my replies? rofl dude wtv thats all i need to say to u. Keep acting like ur superior to others u'll def acomplish alot with it

Max Gillis
Max Gillis

Back in my day we had a thing called telephone. It was way better than Police Quest for some of you kiddies out there.

hystavito
hystavito

I hate to say this, but I think Walls being the frontman for this was not a good idea.  It's totally unfair to judge a book by its cover so to speak, but I think this might be part of the problem.  He simply doesn't look or sound like the typical game dev type that people expect.  For older fans of the old series, it might not matter, but I can see a lot of other random people thinking who is this guy?  You know what I mean?

I feel bad for saying it honestly, but I think it was and will be a factor.  He looks like an old retired cop from the 70s, which is actually somewhat true.  I also hate to blanket accuse a group of people based on only their age, but I can imagine a lot of younger people thinking that and just thinking there's no way this is going to be good.  A lot of people just browsing KS aren't going to read much of the info for a project, they're going to make quick judgments, maybe even subconsciously.

I had this concern as soon as I saw the project a week or so back.  I didn't want to mention it on KS :).

hadlee73
hadlee73

It doesn't look like Shadow of the Eternals is going to make it either. Its way off target.

André Palma
André Palma

Means you hardly played it as a child and ofc they need to know but not with that attitude of trying to be superior cuz ur older than them

Hurvl
Hurvl

Another one bites the dust, at least for the time being. There are some interesting games on kickstarter that failed to get enough money, but my most anticipated projects, like Project Eternity, Torment, Shadowrun Returns and Satellite Reign have all raised plenty of money. Kickstarter is a double-edged sword and these failures are showing that, which perhaps is the only positive thing about their failures.

snxx
snxx

I wonder if it never occurred to them that lots of old Police Quests fans (or fans of old point'n'click adventure games in general) are not interested on a first-person adventure/sim. Personally, I considered backing the game, but decided not to the exact moment I noticed the game would be on a first-person perspective.

00J
00J

A 3-D cop game? LoL I've been thinking about this type of game for eons... First Person Perspective AND you drive in the car with a view through the windshield...

Wow, this is the first i'd heard of this game, but I've imagined this type of game since Police Quest. 

It's interesting how this didn't make as big a shock wave as you'd imagine. If anyone has played the GTA Police Mods you can see what this type of game would be like, but you know I went to the website and all the screen shots show night time environments. It would be neat to see day to night transitions, and random crimes. 

Imagine Police Force 1 and 2 but done with a decent game engine. 


Oh yeah I also wanted to say that it seems every game genre and type has been explored about now.

-Police 3D free roam game - GTA 4 Police Mod

-Free Roam Offline Superhero game - Saints Row 4

-Free Roam Online Superhero Games Champions, City Of Heroes

Now all these ideas just have to be perfected, there's no reason why you can't have 20 Superhero games and Police Simulation Games, because most of the time the developer's get close to the perfect version of these games but just miss it...


lostn
lostn

Voluntary shutdown just means they knew they weren't going to get the funding, so they canceled it early to spare themselves of the embarrasment. Now they can claim, we could have met the target if we let it run, but because we canceled it early in favor of some other funding source, it didn't get the chance to reach the target.

I find it dodgy when a game fails to reach its target but then gets funded anyway through some other unrevealed source (probably their own money). What's likely is they had that money all along and would have used it no matter what, but they felt they could get some bonus money from kickstarter, and have nothing to lose in asking for it. If they don't get it, they fund it with the money they would have used. If they do reach their target, it's free money in addition to the other source. 


Be careful backing KS projects that aren't completely honest with you.

If they're setting a very low goal for a game that looks like it will be much more costlier to produce than the amount asked for on KS, those are some major red flags. It means they must have some other funding but they aren't telling you the source, leading you to ask many questions, such as why can't those sources just pay the few hundred thousand extra that you want backers to pay? Did you really need the KS money? Is this project even real? If there's no other source, how will you make the game with so little money?

If it doesn't seem realistic, you're probably not going to get the game you were promised. But they'll keep your money.

masterhound
masterhound

Well at least devs gotta work a little for their kickstarter $$ now, unlike when people where throwing money at everything and getting scammed constantly

George D. Cavalaris
George D. Cavalaris

I heard about this game on Gog.com but never really wanted to play it. Now I might buy it..

Marsh87
Marsh87

Danny ODwyer is going to be a bit upset.... according to random encounter it was his much loved game...I bet he's going to miss those "thrilling" car chases

Brian Myers
Brian Myers

Did not know they where making another, but now I find out only when they cancel it. Too bad, Played them all

Stormtamer
Stormtamer

Police Quest spiritual successor cancelled!

....but not really.  Just its kickstarter.  But kudos on the misleading article title, I'm sure it got a lot of clicks.

stev69
stev69

I'm not surprised the kickstarter page was pretty unimpressive, a bunch of crudely drawn concept sketches a few screen shots, and a pledge progress chart measured in levels of awesome. The whole project comes off as cowboy cash grab so far, similar to the recent Larry reloaded from Lowe.

Oliver Startin
Oliver Startin

Yeah, the money is only deducted from your account if and when the Kickstarter finishes successfully.

TimeFrame
TimeFrame

I loved playing Police Quest, would love to dive in again if the "gameplay" would be similar. :)

snugglebear
snugglebear

I remember that series well. Jessie Bains...buy her the lobster.....wash your face

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Wow I haven't played that game since the 80's.  Or maybe early 90's, but it was a long time ago.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

What "stumbles" with Wasteland 2 and Broken Age? Load of crap, quit blaming other things for the lack of interest in your game.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Fact: If Jim Walls were alive today, he would be the second-largest man in the gaming industry at six-foot-nine, 652 lbs. The largest is Activision programmer York Ambelsont, who stands at nine feet tall and well over two thousand pounds.  

André Palma
André Palma

Thats interesting mister assuming you had 10 years when the series ended...I'm pretty sure u've spent your early years of life instead of playing with legos or other toys just playing Police Quest. Amazing how you call others kids when you actually were a kid while the series was released

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

How about a sequel to S.W.A.T. 4 instead!!!

Gerrit Soos de Vries
Gerrit Soos de Vries

If a kickstarter gets cancelled people do get their money back. Otherwise it would be a great way to get some quick cash wouldnt it...

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

OK, tell me more about the game and why I should care, for one.

Secondly, holy mother of god games are expensive.

Is this where we are putting our money?

I love games just as... no way more than the next guy but holy shit.

It's things like this that make me hate the human race.

Colin Miller
Colin Miller

A lot of potentially interesting games were cancelled recently, last being the sequel to "Eternal Darkness". :(

dkeppens
dkeppens

That's a real bummer. Although it probably wouldn't have delivered a comparable experience to those good old time memories anyway. I played almost anything sierra ever made. Best times i ever had playing videogames. Hand down. Beats every single thing that's been made in the last fifteen years.

Nick Getley
Nick Getley

I was excited for this. Surely we can show our support and change their minds. They didn't have a lot of hype behind the game, that wouldn't have helped.

Kane04
Kane04

@TheDarkSpot You mean SWAT 3? Thats still in my shelve, SWAT 4 was more of a generic shooter, pity.

Logixyz
Logixyz

@TheDarkSpot How about both?

I loved S.W.A.T. 4 and would love a sequel. But honestly I find the concept of a sequel to police quest more exciting :-)

stev69
stev69

@VenkmanPHD Everything in the gaming industry seems ludicrously over expensive, part of the kickstarter for broken age was apparently 100k for a documentary, wtf wants a documentary of a game, and for 100 fuckin K! Schaefer was way to extravagant with peoples money.

kohle36
kohle36

@Miroku_of_Nite1 It was pushed back 6 weeks for additional beta testing, but the development is largely on track. Hardly a stumble, I dunno what this guy is on about