Oliver Twins Admit Dizzy Returns Kickstarter Has Failed
Posted by Damien McFerran
Potential Wii U release no longer on the cards
We've seen our fair share of Kickstarter success stories of late, but it's worth remembering that not every campaign achieves its goal.
One Kickstarter project which looks unlikely to reach its target is Dizzy Returns, a drive by famous coding siblings The Oliver Twins to create an all-new game featuring their most famous creation, Dizzy.
Egg-shaped hero Dizzy made his debut in 1987 on 8-bit home computers in the UK, and went on to feature on the NES, Mega Drive / Genesis and Master System. His most recent outing was on iOS.
Philip and Andrew Oliver - who head up Blitz Games in Leamington Spa, England - had set a rather lofty target for the campaign of £350,000 (around $565,000). With just seven days to go, the project has only raised around £25,000, which is £325,000 shy of its goal.
The Twins have acknowledged that the campaign has failed, and have posted the following message:
As of today the total amount pledged stands at just over £23,000 of our £350,000 goal - in order to meet that we’d need over £40,000 pledged every day, and realistically that’s not going to happen. There’s certainly no shame in admitting that though, and we believe that rather than posting updates under the pretence that we might hit our target, it’s much better to be honest and upfront with you, our backers.
Although the game would have been produced for PC and iOS initially, the brothers admitted that other editions would be considered if the target had been met - including a version for the Wii U. That's now unlikely, although the pair haven't entirely ruled out a Dizzy revival:
We may revisit the possibility of another Dizzy game at a later date, but the vision of that game would need to be considerably different.
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