Minicore Studios canceled the Kickstarter for Laika Believes
, its space-dog action platformer, on August 2, one week before the project would have ended. It raised $12,082, which isn't bad – but Minicore requested $100,000 to implement sound assets and localize the game's first episode, The Sun at Night
Mostly, Minicore saw Kickstarter as a platform for early players to provide feedback on the game and to cultivate "a true testing environment." In this sense, the Kickstarter was a success, Minicore Marketing Director Shelley Smith tells Joystiq.
"It was a great success in many ways," she says. "We've met so many new supporters and their feedback has given us a better sense of what makes Laika Believes
Now, Minicore is still developing Laika Believes: The Sun at Night
, and the team is digging into the budget to unearth extra cash for those audio assets. The failed Kickstarter means localization will be delayed.
"We wanted that to be a day one thing, but now we'll have to look at different ways of getting that done," Shelley says. "Maybe some specific crowdsourced localization? We'll see."
Laika Believes: The Sun at Night
is still going strong on Steam Greenlight
, and Minicore hasn't given up on its pet project.
"In any case, it's onwards and upwards!" as Shelley puts it.