The creators of crowdfunded survival game ReRoll announced this week that the project is no longer being developed, and backers who supported the campaign will not receive refunds.
“We are officially announcing that the development of ReRoll is over,” developer Pixyul announced via Reddit. “We want all of you to know that we gave our best shot and, like you, we are extremely disappointed that ReRoll will not become a reality.”
“We should have been better at communicating our progress,” Pixyul admits. “Not to give excuses, but we were caught in the process with potential partners that wished we stayed silent on our progress.”
Announced in 2014, ReRoll was pitched as a post-apocalyptic survival game for PCs featuring environments inspired by real-world locales. ReRoll was helmed by Julien Cuny and Louis-Pierre Pharand, who collectively boast years of experience developing games for companies like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts.
The official ReRoll website is now offline, but a cached version at the Internet Archive details the funding incentives and reward tiers available for pre-release buyers. An online shop reveals that investors potentially lost hundreds of dollars on the failed venture, as playable characters ranged in cost from $20 to $275.
While many crowdfunded projects find support through platforms like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, ReRoll‘s campaign was independently managed, giving its developers the ability to cancel production without issuing refunds to backers.
“For the avoidance of doubt, in consideration of ReRoll‘s good faith efforts to develop, produce, and deliver the Game with the funds raised, you agree that any deposit amounts applied against the Game Packages & addons Cost and the Game Cost as described above shall be non-refundable regardless of whether or not ReRoll is able to complete and deliver the Game and/or the Game Packages & addons,” a cached version of the game’s Terms and Conditions page reads.
As of this writing, ReRoll‘s official website and Facebook page have been taken offline, and Pixyul’s founders have deleted their Twitter accounts. As compensation, backers are being given Steam Early Access codes for BIOS, an unrelated first-person shooter normally priced at $15.