The team behind the sci-fi stop-motion animated adventure game, Jack Houston and the Necronauts, has turned to direct funding after a failed Kickstarter pledge put them under their initial goals.
The game had a funding goal of $56,000 which it successfully met and then exceeded, raising $64,256 from 1,378 backers. However, a $10,000 pledge fell through at the last minute, bringing the team below their target amount.
While this is a knock-back for Warbird Games, they're determined to push on by asking people to pledge directly to their website to recoup funds that fell through. The team still receives the funds that were successfully pledged, although they are now trying to reach their original funding goal again.
"After the exhilaration of passing out goal by almost $10,000, I was expecting to spend the next few days getting ready to start production on the project," said lead designer, Stacy Davidson. "Instead, I spent them frantically trying to find out what was going on with the donation, whether we'd even get the other funds, and [I was] glued to my email for any news."
Those who pledge donations through Warbird Games' PayPal will still receive the rewards that were offered for Kickstarter backers. In addition, the studio has been able to lower its stretch targets after renegotiating with contractors and receiving offers of help with translation from backers.