Ten days ago we were afraid we would never make it. Friends were asking "what will you do if the campaign fails", anxious backers started rightfully to make us aware that the campaign was going in the wrong direction and on top of that, we were targeted by a bot which withdrew 60 pledges at once!
But support came from everywhere. The backers themselves, news sites, Youtubers, Imgur, Reddit, Twitter, other Kickstarter campaigns (...) shared the love and what a finish! Almost one and a half stretch goals were unlocked! I guess no one can beat !
Thank you for this wild ride that we will forever treasure.
The hardest part starts now
We now have 1118 players not to disappoint, and it puts great pressure on our shoulders to make the game you all deserve. We aim to release publicly Orphan Age this winter and we have the half of a year to extend the prototype to four to five hours of replayable gameplay.
That will be our biggest challenge and we are glad we can count on you to share all your feedback and suggestions. During the campaign, we were able to publish three updates and to bring Orphan Age to Linux and MacOS as well thanks to your input.
Short term planning
Kickstarter will collect the pledges for the next two to three weeks. And when this is done, we'll send the Steam keys with the uncapped Alpha as soon as we're allowed to.
Meanwhile, Adrien will take some time off. He has worked for the last three years almost without a break and he needs to fill up the batteries! Maxime and Kris will be there to answer your questions and Maxime will not only continue to debug and polish Orphan Age, but he will present Orphan Age for the FLIP trophies where we are nominees for an award!
We are already working on the steam page (which is under review) and on the backer survey to make sure the Alpha keys are distributed as soon as possible.
Because so many people reached us asking if they would be able to participate in July or August, we will create a post campaign page allowing late backers to join the party and continue unlocking Stretch Goals.
Be sure that we will duly celebrate this moment, and we hope you'll be celebrating as well!
Maxime & Adrien