We all know how it works on paper. Talented and not-so-talented developers come to the community with great ideas, which may never have a chance elsewhere. We’re given the opportunity to help make these projects a reality and to own and play the concepts we’d like to see, but there are two sides to this crowdfunded coin.
One of the most important aspects that backers often forget is the fact that as backers we are the investors behind such a project, which means that like any publisher we are here to take a financial (if not sometimes more personal) risk in regards to what a product is going to end up being. To many, financial risks may seem like an overstatement, but big or small, you’re still investing into a product that can end up either good or bad and quality is something that can never be guaranteed, even if there is talent involved.Now, let’s start with a Kickstarter that went on to deliver on its promises of quality, which is the Harebrained Schemes-helmed Shadowrun Returns, which was released back in 2013. The game was supported by over 32.000 backers, earning up to over 1,8 billion dollars in pledges, ranging from pledges from $15 USD up to $10.000 USD. Whilst criticized, Shadowrun Returns earned an average Metacritic score of 76, which was followed by numerous content updates and an expansion named ‘Dragonfall’.