Spicy Horse Games chief – American McGee – has at last put a stop to the online fundraising kickstarter program for OZombie.
The project in discussion had well over 2600 backers and only managed to collect $141,513 having an estimated amount of $950,000 & 21 days in hand. In a recent update titled “End of Rainbow,” McGee dolefully announced that, “Oz campaign has to end.” See the complete updates here.
McGee tells the reasons behind shutting down of the kickstarter campaign as, “First, we’re facing a challenge with the Alice film rights. Since working to remove it from the Oz campaign, we’ve been unable to launch it as a separate campaign here on Kickstarter; the submission has been rejected multiple times, and our appeals have failed — multiple campaigns are not allowed. To launch a campaign for the Alice film rights means we must first shut down the Oz campaign.”
As of now, McGee has initiated another fundraiser to support Alice: Otherlands which is short animated movie based on Alice.
He also said that they can start Oz campaign any time they want but getting the rights for Alice requires a short time-frame.
“For Oz, we can always launch another campaign in the future. On the other hand, the Alice film rights are only within reach during a rapidly closing window of opportunity. We’ll sacrifice Oz today in order to have a real chance with Alice.”
The kickstarter campaign for Oz had its share of flaws as well. It was not demonstrated in a proper fashion; making fans think it was some kind of zombie shooter game. Neither had it included any kind of gameplay trailer/footage that would give fans an idea about it.
As of now, we know that McGee wanted to produce an action/adventure title with Dorothy’s great-great-granddaughter coming back to Oz to wage a war against Scarecrow.
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