Another day, another failed Kickstarter campaign. This time it is "Dizzy Returns," the brainchild of former Blitz Games developers Philip and Andrew Oliver, who finally and quite publicly threw in the towel today. The brothers admitted that their Dizzy Returns Kickstarter would likely fall short of its £350,000 goal – a goal that many in the community questioned and the brothers tried to defend shortly after they pitched the game idea on Kickstarter.
"As of today the total amount pledged stands at just over £23,000 of our £350,000 goal – in order to meet that we'd need over £40,000 pledged every day, and realistically that's not going to happen," they stated on the Kickstarter page. "There's certainly no shame in admitting that though, and we believe that rather than posting updates under the pretence that we might hit our target, it's much better to be honest and upfront with you, our backers."
The Oliver brothers think that a lack of gameplay footage could have been a factor in garnering more support than they did. While they expressed gratitude to the 774 people that did back them, they also conceded the point that the game will likely never be made without full funding.
"Dizzy Returns at least will not be made if the campaign is not funded successfully, as is looking likely. We may revisit the possibility of another Dizzy game at a later date, but the vision of that game would need to be considerably different," they said. "We'll be using time left of the campaign to share the rest of the concept work and designs we have with you, as well as asking for your thoughts about the future of Dizzy. As per Kickstarter's policy on unsuccessful projects, not meeting our target means that you will not be charged a penny."
You can read more on the Kickstarter page for the project.