The creator of a Kickstarter for a Star Wars open world role-playing game has pulled the project after enduring a week of ridicule on social media.
20-year-old Texan Devin Tripp launched the Kickstarter in the hope of raising $200,000 to create a Star Wars RPG "that will completely blow people away; like Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3 did".
Tripp, who has no game development experience, had a dream, and hoped to hire people to help make it a reality. Copyright and trademarks be damned!
The Kickstarter was mocked for the raft of typos and grammatical errors (which, dear reader, you never see on Eurogamer wot?) that littered the campaign text, such as "obi one kinobi".
Then there was the sheer folly of it all:
- I am currently looking into talking with Disney if I am able to do this. If not then there might have to be a compromise on the name or some other parts. I need your help. I am not a very good programmer, and I'm an even worst artist. I want to put this project into the hands of professionals, but in order to do that I need money to hire them. This was my dream as a kid I hope you can share my same compassion, thank you.
And there was this:
- Also no promises, but the backers that give for the $60 reward will get the game a day or two before original release.
On the 4th January Tripp published the first update to the Kickstarter:
Now, Tripp has cancelled the Kickstarter for fear of being sued - this after 118 people pledged a combined $18,325.
"I would've kept this project longer, but I had a fear that some billionaire would just fund the 200k himself," he commented. "Then I would have definitely been sued."
In an inspirational final update, Tripp apologised to Star Wars owner Disney, before hitting out at his critics with some HARD TRUTHS.
- I find it very disturbing that you want to report me to them. As if they didn't already know. You truly want to see some be in debt for the wrest [sic] of their life because they had a dream for a video game that they never created. Very selfish, and very ironic.
- Disney was created because Walt Disney had a dream, was it not? I find it ironic because on a lot of the news and the forums there was a quote from something I said. It read "I have talked to Disney, and they have informed me to contact LucasArts". I believe most of you said quote "that's like a father telling the kid to go ask their mother because they do not want to deal with them". Yet I recieved [sic] emails from random people basically telling their dad to send me to timeout because they don't like me.
- Secondly, I am taking this Kickstarter down myself. Disney has not contacted me to tell me to shut it down for those of you who think you own Disney. I am taking this Kickstarter down, because I very much respect Disney, and I do not want this to get to big. I love all their pirates of the Caribbean movies. I always wanted to be captain jack, but I think Mr. Depp is to [sic] good to be replaced. I have faith that somewhere in the future, a game like the one I described, will be made by Disney/EA/LucasFilms/Bioware or whoever is going to do it.
- Thirdly I know my spelling and grammar sucks, but all you need is the force and you will do ok in life. I wrote the entire thing on my phone while in Childress Texas with a JUAN bar. So I did not care for spelling mistakes, because of that and I really didn't think I'd actually be doing this. As many of you pointed out I am highly unqualified. The point of this whole Kickstarter is to not let your dreams be dreams. Don't say tomorrow just do it.
So there you have it: Tripp's dream is over, as his Star Wars role-playing game Kickstarter bites the dust. Oh well. We've always got Star Wars: The Old Republic.