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Planetary Annihilation dev cancels new Kickstarter project

Uber Entertainment, the developer behind Kickstarter and Steam Early Access title, Planetary Annihilation, has canceled its upcoming Kickstarter campaign for what was going to be its next RTS game, Human Resources. The cancellation came after it was made apparent that the game was not going to meet its $1.4 million funding goal.

Human Resources did manage to generate almost $400,000 before its cancellation, garnering 9326 backers in total. However, the developer just couldn’t repeat the success it had with Planetary Annihilation. In an update on the game’s Kickstarter page, Uber Entertainment’s John Comes said: “The time has come to shut down the Kickstarter for Human Resources.”

Human Resources Screenshot

“Every Kickstarter prediction model is showing that we will come up woefully short of our goal. Running a Kickstarter is a full time job for several people. As a small indie, we can’t continue spending time and money focusing on a project that won’t get funded. We simply don’t have the human resources. #seewhatididthere”

However, not all hope for the game is lost, Uber Entertainment still wants to bring Human Resources to life “in some form” at some point:

“Who knows what the future holds for Human Resources? One thing is for sure, Human Resources, as pitched in this Kickstarter, is over. But we adore the world of Human Resources and will endeavour to do what we can to bring it to life in some form.”

The Kickstarter for Human Resources was launched just a couple of weeks after Planetary Annihilation came out of Early Access on Steam. Many buyers and backers still felt like the game needed some work in the form of post-release updates. However, the Human Resources Kickstarter gave off the impression that Uber was completely done with the game, despite Planetary Annihilation’s remaining flaws.

Others claimed that $1.4 million was too much to ask for from a crowd funding campaign, others were put off by the lack of information on the game’s initial reveal. However, crowd funded games are also currently in decline. 

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KitGuru Says: Perhaps if Uber Entertainment had sat on the Human Resources idea for a bit longer after Planetary Annihilation’s final release, more people would have been willing to back it. That said, $1.4 million did seem like an overly ambitious goal to reach. What do you guys think of this? Should Uber have been so quick to move on from Planetary Annihilation after it came out of Early Access? 

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