One of the Kickstarter projects I backed just finished, so while I was collecting the Steam key I was guaranteed, I decided to check on Hero-U.
Do you guys realize that I backed the game back on November 8, 2012? The original release was projected for 2013.
Now I know games often take longer than originally expected, but this is getting ridiculous. When November of this year rolls around, it'll have been THREE years since I donated (and I imagine tons of other people as well).
What do we have to show for it? An alpha-demo that was so bad it almost seemed like an April Fool's joke and some screenshots, plus updates. That's it.
Even worse, the Coles are now asking for MORE MONEY
! That's right, they want more money to finish their project because they say they knew they'd require more money to complete the project.
What about the people who've already donated for their Kickstarter campaign? That money was collected and CANNOT be refunded.
So if the Coles now don't get the extra money they claim they knew they'd need (but apparently didn't ask for at the time), the project won't be finished and the money given for the original Kickstarter is wasted.
I'm more than a bit angry about this. Not only have they completely changed the look, feel, and aim of the game I backed (it doesn't really resemble what was promised in the beginning), but now they want more money because they've either run over budget or lied about the funds they needed in the first place.
I really wish I could get a refund. I know I can't and it's been far too long to issue a chargeback on my credit card. Unfortunately, I'll just have to assume that the money I pledged is burned and that if Hero-U ever sees the light of day, it'll be years from now given how long it's taking them to do anything.
I just feel bad for the people who gave a lot of money. I only donated $20 (which was all that was needed to get a DRM-free copy and my name in the credits), so losing that isn't a major setback. Annoying, yes, but it won't be a financial hardship. However, there were people who pledged as much as $7,500, and they'll probably never see anything for it.