For all you poor bastards that paid into the Kickstarter for Unsung Story, you should have gotten an email today in Businessese. Unfortunately, many of us are gamers and not entrepreneurs, but I have read a lot of business manga and watched subbed anime so here is an awesome high-quality fan translation, plz do not steal.
Dear Unsung Backers,
There has been another delay in reporting to you since our last development update, and we apologize for that.
We’ve been quiet because we were hoping our problems would magically go away, but they haven’t, so by now we should explain how we fucked up.
Our continued intention is to make a great game, and get Unsung Story to development completion and released to you and the gaming public.
Please don’t abandon us, we still want to retain some shred of credibility so you’ll give us more money again next time.
During the last few months we have had some development setbacks that are affecting our timeline and progress on the game, while also affecting what we need to do in the immediate future as a company.
We’re royally screwed here, so we had to throw some projects overboard to try and stay afloat at all.
After we posted our latest development progress, we unfortunately lost a few key staff members that were part of Unsung Story development, and that has had an impact on any progress since then, as well as our product focus.
Several people on our team either saw the writing on the wall and/or were gigantic dripping douchebags, and bailed on us without warning. We’re pretty thoroughly fucked without them.
We now have one internal team capable of working on a single project, and for the financial strength of the company we need to focus on a few products in the near term that have the ability to get to a retail release before Unsung Story is able to.
We barely have enough people to finish one game, if we’re lucky, so we’re gonna try and finish the closest one so we can maybe actually get some money back in before we implode.
While this is a difficult choice to make, it is one we need to do for the ongoing financial health of the company.
This sucks for all of you but we still need to make a living so tough shit.
For Unsung Story, we will explore options for outside development help, and will look to see if we are able to bring on an outside team that can assist us in furthering development.
We’re hoping some mysterious savior will swoop in and magically fix all of our problems for us.
While we aren’t assured this will come to fruition, we do want to make sure that we are exploring any options at hand that can make progress on the game.
We’re not quite stupid enough to think one will actually show up, so we’re gonna see if we can find or steal some shovels so we can dig ourselves out of this enormous hole.
While the development goals that were spelled out in the previous update remain intact for now, the release window of those goals is affected, and at this time we do not have an update as to what the new release window for development rollout will be.
Everything is on hiatus forever. We still want to do everything we ever said we wanted to do, but we have no idea how or when we’ll be able to.
This will be affected by the ability and timing of any outside support, as well as when the single internal team is able to get back onto Unsung development, and when we do know, we will update you all.
Again, if some mystery hero pops up and saves our bacon, or if by some miracle our one team manages to finish a single project, we might have enough cash and/or time to give you some sort of status update.
As we pursue this direction, we will refine the release timeline as soon as we are able to.
But we wouldn’t hold our breath if we were you.
With the loss of that staff, and without having any new progress to share since the last update, we felt we needed to sort through what options and directions we had available before we updated you on the current status, but again do apologize for the lack of recent updates.
Since we have almost no team and definitely no progress, we needed to huddle up and figure out how to spin it to make it sound like we weren’t total idiots. Sorry we took so long.
We will get back to you as soon as we can with any progress and status update.
If we have good news, you’ll know immediately. If we don’t, you may very well never hear from us again until we have a new excuse.
Thanks suckers, —We’re Fucked
See? I am totally fluent now. This is your least favorite chef, signing off.