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Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Update #34: Funded!

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Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Update #34: Funded!

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Fri 6 March 2015, 17:13:10

Tags: OtherSide Entertainment; Underworld Ascendant

The Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter campaign has concluded, with a final sum of $859,056 gathered from 13,974 backers. In the last day's funding rush, the following stretch goals have been unlocked: the Necrotic Graveyard at $775k, the Companion Creatures and Enhanced Music at $800k, a new mini-stretch goal called the Forsaken Webway at $825k, and finally the Dynamic Music & SFX and Resonant Cave at $850k. You can read about all of those in last night's Kickstarter update. Funding for Underworld Ascendant will continue via the newly opened PayPal store on the game's website, with the option of fulfilling additional stretch goals remaining open until the end of 2015. In the latest Kickstarter update, OtherSide explain what's coming up next:

As our Kickstarter campaign comes to an end, we cannot express enough how grateful we are to you, our fans and our community, for having faith in us, backing us, and helping us mold Underworld Ascendant into the game we all want it to be. This experience has been truly amazing for every one of us, something we will never forget!

Now, moving forward, this grand party will head over to our website, where we will continue to keep you updated, continue to have live events, keep the chatter going on our forums, and have new votes for you to share your voice. Together, we will roll forward with the adventure of bringing Underworld Ascendant to life!

We’re also going to continue to crowd-fund the game, so that we can reach at least a few more of the Stretch Goals that are not reached during this Kickstarter. Moving the funding to our website means that we will now begin accepting pledges via PayPal. For those of you who use PayPal and were unable to pledge during the Kickstarter please head over the our online store and join us at last!

Managing Your Pledge and Add-Ons

Over the next month or so, we’ll receive the information from Kickstarter regarding your pledges and this information will become available in our system. We will notify you when this transfer is complete. We expect this process to take several weeks – we appreciate your patience.

Some time after that, you'll be receiving a backerkit survey from us asking you a bunch of questions such as which add-ons you may have selected, get your address information for sending you any physical goods, and many other questions related to your pledge.

While we know many of our existing backers will wish to up their pledges over the coming months, please do not do so until the backerkit survey has gone out. At that time we will have all the information about you in our database that we need for you to begin adjusting your pledge amount.

If you have any questions about this process, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via our website or forums.

What's Next?

After we here at OtherSide take a few brief moments to collect ourselves and perhaps raise a toast in celebration, it will be right back to work with the continued development of Underworld Ascendant.

The first thing we want to do is outline for you, our backers, just what our outlook is for development through the rest of this year. On Monday we will be posting this outline to all members of our forums. We think this will give all our backers the confidence that we mean it when we say we WILL deliver this game in a timely manner, we WON'T get bogged down in feature creep and this WILL be the best CRPG since the first Underworlds.

In addition, sometime in the next week or so, we will be having our first post-Kickstarter community vote. This time we want to lock down the look of the Lizardmen and we know you want to help us. Stay tuned to our website for information on what the looks we are debating are, and how you can help us determine another important design point in the game!
As happy as I am to see this campaign succeed, I feel that I have to say a few things about how it was managed. If I had to describe the campaign in two words, the words I'd choose would be: aggressively incongruent. OtherSide Entertainment had half a year to learn from the very best how to run a Kickstarter campaign for a single player RPG. Instead, they've spent the last month trying in vain to extract F2P MMO dollars from single player RPG backers, with an endless parade of Kickstarter exclusives, tiered Kickstarter exclusives, and stretch goals that unlock tiered Kickstarter exclusives. This misunderstanding of their audience has put a significant portion of them off of this campaign - the long awaited Looking Glass revival which should have been one of the glorious crowning events in the history of the Kickstarter era of gaming. OtherSiders: Your mission now is to prove that you're as good at creating games as you are bad at running a Kickstarter. Those of us who didn't cancel our pledges will surely appreciate it.

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