Hero-U seems to be plagued by management and budget issues much more than Spaceventure has been. Spaceventure has had their issues and stalls, but Hero-U feels like it's never found its footing. They went through a couple major design changes in the first year, and they've had more trouble with funds and retaining team members. At the very least Spaceventure didn't have to go back to Kickstarter but they did make that Cluck Yegger game to raise more funds.
Oh. Make no mistake, I do think Hero-U has taken more hits (and the fact that they had to do a 2nd Kickstarter - which I didn't back - simply because I can't afford to). It was because of these delays, that I swore off backing any other Kickstarters. (But that got undone when Greg, of Toejam and Earl fame, turned to Kickstarter to kickstart the next TJ&E game). But, that will be the last one I back up. (I am still waiting on SpaceVenture, Hero-U, Bard's Tale IV and Toejam and Earl to complete). Of those, Hero-U and SpaceVenture have definitely taken the longest. Bard's Tale IV, my complaint is way too few updates. Toejam and Earl has been pretty good about everything.
While I am of course rooting for both projects to come out and be successful, it's harder to be optimistic about Hero-U. I think Spaceventure has a better chance because it's just focused on being an adventure game, and they've designed it with mobile devices in mind. Hero-U has the classic adventure meets RPG backbone and the screenshots in the new update do look very good, but it may struggle to meet expectations from old QfG fans. Overall expectations for both games will be so low at release that they could be pleasant surprises.
SpaceVenture I am still very amped about. Hero-U, the more I see of it, the more I worry, that the game isn't going to be what I was hoping it would be. (I might be very, very wrong). But my expectation of Hero-U is considerably lower than SpaceVenture.
Rath Darkblade wrote:
So... I'm trying to stay optimistic for the Coles. It sounds like they've had some bad luck with the staff too - some people going through family tragedies, others finding full-time work, still others unable to commit, etc. etc. - and all this could not have helped. So, I understand and sympathise with the Coles, and I certainly won't be booing and shouting something in the vein of "It didn't come in on time!?? BOO!!! OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!" etc.
Heh. See - for me, we're already what - almost two years late of the promised due date? Piled on, as mentioned above, with the additional Kickstarter and such - it makes me more and more nervous. I know they're going to eventually deliver a product - I just want to know if I am still going to be alive by the time it comes out.