Thursday, May 02, 2013
Camelot got unchained
Brian Green a.k.a. Psychochild believes that we all need Camelot Unchained to succeed, so he'll be happy to hear that the Kickstarter campaign succeeded with $2.2 million achieved from the $2 million goal. I always find those last minute huge donations on Kickstarter somewhat suspicious, but anyway, the game is funded.
Unfortunately getting people to believe you can succeed is a lot easier than actually succeeding. Psychochild says "We need someone experienced like Mark Jacobs who has shown he can deliver a game limited in scope to pull this off. We need an antidote to the repeated failures we've seen.. And I would say that the odds are against Camelot Unchained actually becoming "a success" in any kind of reasonable measure that the investors Psychochild mentions would recognize. I mean yes, maybe there will one day be a game with ten or twenty thousand players. But what investor beyond some starry-eyed Kickstarter donator is going to be impressed by that?
Dark Age of Camelot had okay success in an extremely limited market, with few competitors. But this isn't 2001 any more! Camelot Unchained will compete with hundreds of MMORPGs. And Darkfall and Mortal Online showed that there isn't much of a market at that end of the spectrum. So grats to Mark Jacobs for having talked the Internet into giving him a job for some years, but I'll believe in the game's success when I see it.