Eagle-eyed fans uncover clues leading to exposure of swindlers
A Kickstarter listing for a game entitled Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men has been exposed as a scam.
A post on the Something Awful forums first revealed evidence of the plot, finding the source pictures that the project’s Kickstarter Page was using for its promotion. As word of the swindle spread, users on the forums at RockPaperShotgun also began discussing the story that led to it being posted over on Reddit, giving it major exposure to the public and resulting in the project’s inevitable shutdown.
Of course, the company that originally posted the Kickstarter drive, Little Monster Productions, claims that the reason behind the funding shutdown was because they had discovered that they already had the proper funding. However, it has been noted that very little information on the company exists at all or has been stealthily removed.
While the crowd-sourcing site has now been largely accepted as a viable means to fund smaller gaming projects, the method had suffered virtually no ill effects leading up to this incident. As a result, the scam will certainly raise a few questions as to how Kickstarter plans to handle such events.
Mythic was said to be an action/strategy RPG that was being developed by a team that had left Activision/Blizzard to pursue their own goals. The game boasted that it would feature gameplay similar to World of Warcraft and graphical fidelity comparable to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, along with a game engine based off Unity3D. The motion capture animations were allegedly going to be handled by people from Disney/Pixar.
Little Monster claimed that the requested $80,000 was to be used to help secure the mo-cap team and fund studio time to produce a soundtrack for the game. Excess funds were to help improve the in-game engine.
At this time, there has been no official response to the controversy from Kickstarter.
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