Fan's Star Wars Open-World RPG Kickstarter Canceled
"I know my spelling and grammar sucks, but all you need is the force and you will do ok in life."
Earlier this week, 20-year-old Star Wars fan Devin Tripp launched a Kickstarter campaign for an open-world Star Wars role-playing game, asking for $200,000 to make the project a reality. He said he was "not a very good programmer" and "an even worse artist," according to Kotaku. Despite raising $18,000, the project never really had a shot at happening--for obvious reasons.
Now, Tripp has decided to cancel the crowdfunding campaign.
In a Kickstarter update written from his mobile phone in a bar, Tripp said he's taking the campaign down out of respect for Disney, though he claims he was never approached by the media giant. He also had some words for his critics. You can read the complete, unedited statement at the bottom of this post.
After Tripp published the Kickstarter campaign earlier this week, he faced some amount of ridicule online over the perceived naïvity of launching such a project in the first place.
He said there has never been a good Star Wars open-world RPG and was inspired to take matters into his own hands by writing a story. He then wanted to try to get in contact with Disney about how they might go about making the actual game. None of that is going to happen, however, it looks like.
Though this game is unlikely to ever see the light of day, Electronic Arts is reportedly working on a Star Wars open-world RPG of its own along the lines of Star Wars 1313.
"I'd like to start off by saying I'm sorry to Disney for using their logo and name. Having said that, I find it very disturbing that you want to report me to them. As if they didn't already know. You truly want to see some be in debt for the wrest of their life because they had a dream for a video game that they never created. Very selfish, and very ironic. Disney was created because Walt Disney had a dream, was it not? I find it ironic because on a lot of the news and the forums there was a quote from something I said. It read " I have talked to Disney, and they have informed me to contact Lucas arts". I believe most of you said quote " that's like a father telling the kid to go ask their mother because they do not want to deal with them." Yet I recieved emails from random people basically telling their dad to send me to timeout because they don't like me.
"Secondly, I am taking this kick starter down myself. Disney has not contacted me to tell me to shut it down for those of you who think you own Disney. I am taking this kick starter down, because I very much respect Disney, and I do not want this to get to big. I love all their pirates of the Caribbean movies. I always wanted to be captain jack, but I think Mr. Depp is to good to be replaced. I have faith that somewhere in the future, a game like the one I described, will be made by Disney/EA/LucasFilms/Bioware or whoever is going to do it.
Thirdly I know my spelling and grammar sucks, but all you need is the force and you will do ok in life. I wrote the entire thing on my phone while in Childress Texas with a JUAN bar. So I did not care for spelling mistakes, because of that and I really didn't think I'd actually be doing this. As many of you pointed out I am highly unqualified. The point of this whole Kickstarter is to not let your dreams be dreams. Don't say tomorrow just do it.
- Devin Tripp
Thanks for all the backers. It made this whole thing extra funny"