Nox Archaist: Kickstarter Cancelled; Will Reboot

6502 Workshop have, unfortunately, canceled the Nox Archaist Kickstarter campaign, which still had about 60% of its goal to raise in just three days:

We’ll get the bad news out of the way early so we can focus on the good – we’ve decided to end the Kickstarter early. Although we had a great turnout, it’s clear that in the next three days, we aren’t going to make it to goal we need to fund the cost of manufacturing all of our cool Collector’s Edition feelies.

Now for the good news – we’ve learned a lot from this process, especially through talking with many of you generous backers. We have lots of ideas on how to design a campaign with a goal that we now know we can reach.

Turns out the number of people who are as excited as us about playing a brand new Ultima inspired game on an Apple ][ / MAC / PC aren’t quiiiiite as plentiful as we initially expected. Hah! They don’t know what they’re missing. Or maybe we need a better marketing department? Oh wait, we don’t have one. Nevermind.

In all seriousness, this has been a really exciting leap into the unknown, and we love that so many of you decided to take that leap with us. Now, armed with all the knowledge we need to succeed, we will move forward and get our new Kickstarter campaign designed. From what we can preliminarily see, we will still be able to retain some very cool physical rewards.

Rest assured that while we work on the reboot of our Kickstarter campaign for the Collector’s Edition, we will continue development of the game itself. Stay tuned for future project updates with more information about the reboot!

So…that’s unfortunate.

But on the plus side, this won’t impact development of Nox Archaist itself; the Kickstarter campaign was purely to finance the development of the feelies that a game of this nature so richly deserves. So, hopefully, 6502 Workshop is able to put together a new crowdfunding campaign, one that will be successful in allowing them to realize some great box contents for the game.

1 Response

  1. Ill be honest. I almost never crowdfund anything any more. And while I would loooooove a new 8 bit styled Ultima, the Apple 2 is NOT the platform I want. Like for anything ever. The C64 and Atari 8 bits both have a lot more to offer honestly. Better graphics, more people actually OWNED THEM back in the day as home machines, and they have a bit more devoted of homebrew scenes it seems. And like to make the games a bit better you need to design for hardware mods that few owned then, or are limited run things people make now. (See all those Colecovision carts being made for a super limited run enhancement module that you can only get in the rare times it comes up on pre order at Atari Age. And then to have watered down IP infringing arcade ports, or MSX ports with equal IP wrongness. For real money.) I dunno. I would be even more happy with a game being made for VGA DOS but in a classic style..