Woolfe - The Red Hood Diaries 3

This comes as a bit of a horror story as far as Kickstarter projects are concerned; and this is unlikely to be the last incident of its kind.

Released in March this year, Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a fantasy-themed 3D platformer that was completed after a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought the prkoject over $72,000 (about RM ) and a good 2,400 backers. Everything was going well till developer GRIN announced its closure earlier this week due to the game failing to sell enough copies.

“It’s done, there is no way back. We tried, we failed,” wrote Wim Wouters, founder and CEO of GRIN in a blog post dated Aug. 10. “The team is now dismantled and we have requested bankruptcy [as we are] unable to pay outstanding bills.” the game itself is said to have only about 38,000 copies lying in the collection of Steam users.

The game itself was the company’s first attempt to produce an independent game, with GRIN originally producing educational software and training simulations to put food on the table. The team consists of six people, two artists, two programmers, a writer and head honcho Wouters. Woolfe’s backers formed the game’s QA team. It seems the biggest problem here wasn’t that much about the game but they weren’t able to push the title with a lack of marketing.

Woolfe also had issues with clunky controls, despite the game looking wonderfully dark in both story and graphics, as indie title tend to be.

Wouters  mentioned that many of the rewards destined to be shipped off to backers are already produced, but they are lacking the funds for postage.

“All the backer stickers and letters of enlistment just need a stamp,” Wouters wrote. “All the poster sets printed, signed and ready. The artbook is ready to be printed, the soundtrack is ready for distribution, the DVD case is ready for production. But we have literally no money whatsoever to pay for stamps, let alone print the artbooks and dvd-cases.

“So with a heavy heart I have to communicate that as of now the IP of Woolfe, all of the assets and source code is now for sale via the appointed trustee.”

If you want to take a look at it, Woolfe is still available for purchase on Steam.

via Polygon

You might be interested in

Breath of Fire 6 is coming Android, iOS, PC and will be a web based RPG

A portable Steam OS game device gets a late 2016 date release