In just another cautionary tale from the list of Kickstarter sagaramas, popular YouTube group Yogscast have cancelled their upcoming game Yogventures, sending backers Steam keys for another title while delivering a somewhat iffy missive.
Yogventures raised almost $570,000 for its open-world multiplayer capers in 2012, but after two years in development the game has ultimately been grounded. In an email to backers, Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley stated that, “As you may have heard, Winterkewl Games have stopped work on Yogventures – but this is actually a good thing,” a spin which suggests he was engaged in high-speed pirouettes at the time of writing.
“Although we’re under no obligation to do anything, instead we’re going to do our best to make this right, and make you really glad you backed the project!” Backers have received an Early Access Steam key to another game, TUG, which Brindley reckons is very similar to the game they were hoping Winterkewl would make.
Winterkewl, Yogscast’s former partners responsible for developing the game, stated in an earlier post this month on Reddit that they’re likely to declare bankruptcy and shut down should the state of the project continue, so it’s unlikely backers will be able to get a refund from either Winterkewl or Yogscast.
Yogscast themselves are no stranger to controversy at the moment. Amidst discussions and increased scrutiny around the role of YouTubers, Yogscast has announced a profit-sharing deal with the developers of Space Engineers via their new initiative, YogsDiscovery.