Didn't see this posted anywhere and couldn't find it via search. I am super freaking stoked. It looks just like Banjo-Kazooie, one of my all time favorite games.
The nostalgia is sweet.
Yooka-Laylee - A 3D Platformer Rare-vival! by Playtonic Games Kickstarter
Fastest funded game on Kickstarter ever, apparently.
Hey look, another fucking kickstarter game. Shit is so ridiculous.
Kickstarter is (was) a means so that regular every day people with a great idea and the talents to make it come true could get the funding they don't have and couldn't get through traditional means (mainly because of no proven track record) to make their idea a reality.
It really sours me when people/companies/teams who have already laid claim to fame and already have a proven track record (So much so they just had to put their old company name (Rare) in the title of the kickstarter campaign), and have already produced great work who have more than enough resources and ease of acquiring funding to do it themselves would rather turn to Kickstarter (read: you and me) for their funding of the risks of the venture. This isn't a split off either - the company making this is basically Rare Ltd minus one person - they have had years of proven track records. This is the company that released Goldeneye 007, Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark. Anyone think they can't get funding for this? Please.
All they are doing is asking you to be the venture capitalists instead of a venture capital firm or putting their own money on the line. They want you to assume all the risks, while avoiding having to pay you anything more than a tshirt, the game, and some swag for when the game is a resounding success (most likely will be).
Maybe my opinion isn't shared and that's fine, but I equate this with the saying of "Why do we socialize the risks and privatize the profits of a bank?". That's exactly what this kind of thing does. It's one thing when someone has a great idea and simply not the funding to make it happen, you sell it to the masses and see if the masses will take it. But when you already have a proven track record, the masses will take it - immediately. They know this. They simply want you to shoulder all the risks, and they don't want to have to pay you back any of that success for your investment.
That's true. Established figures like this certainly steal the limelight from other unknown (and perhaps more needy) causes.
However, I can empathize with the groups' desire to be autonomous and not use a publisher. Publishers (and/or venture capitalists) are the people who take your passion project and figure out how to monetize it (often, to death). For example, they are who you can thank for all those classically single player games from a few years ago having tacked on (shitty) multiplayer. Those resources could've been spent making what the dev team was really passionate about even more awesome, but the guy holding the purse strings said they had to add XYZ. Since feeding your family is kind of important, the dev adds XYZ and bitches anonymously to SJW blogs about how unfair the game industry is.
Ok, maybe not all that, but you get the point.
Last edited by Morrow; 05-18-2015 at 11:34 AM.
I've only Kickstarted two things before and this is now the third. Banjo-Kazooie was awesome and this looks to be very much in the same spirit. Better not suck.
Kickstarter is not a zero sum situation. Good ideas(that are well presented) get funded, regardless of the fact that other things are getting funded. I'm all for people cutting out publishers, where possible.
I disagree with this ant-established devs sentiment by a large amount. I think established developers can do great things with Kickstarter, and I certainly trust them more than tons of indie vaporware merchants.
In regards to this game. I'd be much more excited if it was A CONKERS SEQUEL! This looks very carbon copy of Banjo-Kazooie, which I absolutely loved twice, but I don't really know if I'm in for the same thing a 3rd time with characters that somehow don't seem as natural.
Last edited by The Ancient; 05-18-2015 at 04:52 PM.
Kickstarter is essentially the culmination of capitalism.
Just backed this. First time I've ever contributed to a Kickstarter project, but all signs indicate the game will be awesome.
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