Petroglyph concedes defeat in Victory Kickstarter

After a woefully slow start, Petroglyph Games has cancelled its crowdfunding drive for Victory. The studio founded by Westwood veterans was looking for $700,000 to make the free-to-play game it described as what you'd get "if World of Tanks, StarCraft and League of Legends had a baby," but after ten days only had $29,471 in pledges.

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After a woefully slow start, Petroglyph Games has cancelled its crowdfunding drive for Victory. The studio founded by Westwood veterans was looking for $700,000 to make the free-to-play game it described as what you'd get "if World of Tanks, StarCraft and League of Legends had a baby," but after ten days only had $29,471 in pledges.

"We've listened carefully to what the Kickstarter community has said, and it has given us many ideas of games we could do in the future," Petroglyph said in the announcement.

Though the Kickstarter campaign failed, this may not be the last we hear of Victory.

"Additionally, multiple game publishers have expressed interest in Victory, based on your support, and we hope to still bring Victory to you with their help."

This failure is another nasty blow for Petroglyph. It had been working on free-to-play RTS End of Nations but things weren't up to scratch and ultimately published Trion Worlds took over development. After this, Petroglyph had to lay off some of its staff.

Here's a Victory gameplay walkthrough made for the Kickstarter:

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    March 18, 2013 7:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Petroglyph concedes defeat in Victory Kickstarter.

    After a woefully slow start, Petroglyph Games has cancelled its crowdfunding drive for Victory. The studio founded by Westwood veterans was looking for $700,000 to make the free-to-play game it described as what you'd get "if World of Tanks, StarCraft and League of Legends had a baby," but after ten days only had $29,471 in pledges.

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      March 18, 2013 7:05 AM

      unsurprising given their track record of games

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      March 18, 2013 7:06 AM

      Why would people want to crowd fund a free to play game? I think most of the successful kickstarters have used it as a bit of a pre-order. If the game is just going to be free anyway then might as well wait.

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        March 18, 2013 7:24 AM

        This sentiment has been talked about in various forums, and I fall in with it as well. Most things I'm shopping/pre-ordering. Others are things I think are just neat and want to help fund a new idea that probably wouldn't make it in the standard publishing world. But, that's also why there are $5 tiers; for peeps that want to contribute to the idea but may not want to layout for a full pre-order or true funding level investment.

        I'd love to hear what the publishing world 'really' thinks about Kickstarter campaigns.

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      March 18, 2013 7:12 AM

      I wish there were more RTS but it just didn't seem like that great of a game idea.

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        March 18, 2013 7:27 AM

        WWII is an overdone genre, and personally, I've been so sick of it the past decade that I skipped Company of Heroes, despite the reviews and knowing people personally who loved it. I don't speak for the masses, but personally, I'd prefer nearly anything over WWII as far as time periods/genres go.

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            March 18, 2013 11:00 AM

            I think a Total War game based around WW1 could work. The ground battles would need re-doing for trench warfare. Even the planes in the war took off from just behind the lines.

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          March 18, 2013 8:31 AM

          I was interested in the game until I saw it was a World War game. I just have no interest it them.

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          March 18, 2013 9:14 AM

          Try out Men of War assault squad! You can play co-op with buddies, but for the hellish scenarios I just load up a SP mission, give myself infinite resources and then try to take on the AI on the hardest difficulty.

          I also have a "war realism" mod so the range tables are more accurate; it leads to a little more clusterfuck death if you tell the opfor where your armor is or let armor clog the roadways, but it's one of the greatest WW2 RTSes I find for singleplayer days.

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      March 18, 2013 9:12 AM

      :(

      Petroglyph is a childhood memory I'll cherish.

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      March 18, 2013 10:59 AM

      That looks like the same engine that powered Empire at War and Universe at War.

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