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James Pond Kickstarter canceled, hopeful dev admits shortcomings

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Gameware canceled its recently launched Kickstarter campaign for a new James Pond platformer yesterday because it was "clear" that it wasn't going to reach its goal, according to a post on the Kickstarer blog.

The campaign closed with £16,000 in pledges from 336 backers, well short of its £100,000 goal, which needed to be met by Oct. 20. Per Kickstarter rules, those pledges will not be collected from backers.

"Today after much discussion and thought, we made the difficult decision to end our campaign early," the post reads. "Although we have 12 days to go, it's clear that we aren't going to make our £100,000 goal, so instead of pretending otherwise and continuing the updates we've decided to be honest with ourselves and with you and stop."

The developers identified a few problems in the crowdfunding campaign. Those include launching "with little game to show," which compelled them to "humbly acknowledge that you all deserve to see more evidence of what we might do to make the game, and recognize that what we had wasn't enough."

Gameware launched the Kickstarter campaign for a fourth installment in the series last month. The crowdfunding effort came with the support of creator Chris Sorrell, who thought of the campaign as an "opportunity to get things right, make a truly brand new game and create something that properly lives up to people's best memories of the originals."

Despite the cancellation, the developers don't see this as James Pond's retirement.

"But is this the end for Pond?," they wrote. "We sure hope not! If there's one thing we've learned from running this campaign it's that there sure is still a lot of love for this plucky secret agent fish and we believe it'll only take the right game and the right campaign to make James Pond 4 a reality. So stay tuned and we will be back with more news soon."