The thing that kind of separated the ongoing bullshit that comes out of Chris Roberts around Star Citizen and Camelot Unchained was that at least the latter had not gone down the rampant feature creep path.
Because, otherwise, there are a lot of similarities between the two projects… and the two personalities. Even their previous games were failures that they blamed on their corporate overlords, but now that they run the show the projects keep spinning out into infinity and you start to feel their overlords might have had a point. With nobody holding them to their plans they do as they please.
And then yesterday Mark Jacobs told the world in an interview over at Massively OP that his company, City State Entertainment, has been working on another game for the last half of a year. It is named Colossus or Ragnarok or something… it isn’t clear… and boy was it a surprise.
If that isn’t the ultimate in feature creep, I don’t know what is. They now have two in development games with no ship date instead of just one. This is not progress.
In the interview Mark says in the same sentence that the new game both has and has not slowed down Camelot Unchained, which means that it has and he is just spinning bullshit now. He learned well from his time at EA I guess.
I thought maybe his bit of pre-Kickstart campaign self-flagellation about Warhammer Online, where he sort of took a bit of the blame on his shoulders, meant something. But it clearly didn’t. In looking back I had forgotten how, despite everything, he still clung to the Metacritic score the game got at launch, like he was holding out for a “Best Score for an Otherwise Failed Game” award at GDC or something.
So now Camelot Unchained is just fantasy Star Citizen in my eyes, minus the broken alpha demo content you can play. It is put up or shut up for them both. Until they ship something real it is all just bullshit.
The difference for me is that I am in on Star Citizen for the minimum bid, but I pledged a lot more for Camelot Unchained and I am feeling all the more the sucker for the faith I showed.
I want a refund.
City State Entertainment says on their FAQ page that they will give people refunds. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for one. You won’t get the full amount back. They will subtract the fees the incur giving you the refund, but at least you ought to get something back. And it is about the only message one can send that Mark won’t just hand wave away.
We shall see what I get in response. I expect them to stonewall me on the request. And I will certainly post updates here on how it goes.
I had already pledged never to Kickstart an MMO again, so I cannot really swear further on that. But this certainly hasn’t done anything to soften my view on this.
Finally, I am curious that he went to Massively OP first for this announcement. It isn’t like a gaming site with a bigger audience wouldn’t have been happy to have the scoop. Did he expect it would slip by or that he would get a more favorable response going there? The big sites will pick up the story anyway.