A new developer is taking over the development of “Unsung Story” after Playdek officially abandoned the promising RPG. Find out more below. 

Playdek has officially abandoned its plans for its once promising RPG “Unsung Story.” However, fans of the game can still expect it to be fully released in the future thanks to Little Orbit. The worldwide video game publisher has taken over development of the crowdfunded game, and it is not stopping until the RPG is completed.

Why Development Of ‘Unsung Story’ Temporarily Stopped

Last year, work on “Unsung Story” encountered a setback after Playdek decided to put it on hold. The main reason why the project was put on the backburner was because the independent studio didn’t have enough funds to complete the game.

Prior to temporarily ceasing work on the game, Playdek already had trouble raising funds for the project. When it took the title to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in 2014, it only managed to meet the fundraising goal of $600K on the final day of the campaign, as pointed out by Polygon.

Given the financial problems amid the development of “Unsung Story,” it was no surprise that Playdek was painted in a bad light by some fans. Delays, sudden changes in the multiplayer scope, broken promises and failure to regularly update backers all contributed to the negative impression fans have on the developing studio.

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A New Developer For The Game

In its final Kickstarter update as the helmer of “Unsung Story,” Playdek announced that a different team is taking over the project henceforth. “Effective immediately publisher/developer Little Orbit has taken over all the rights and assets to ‘Unsung Story’ from Playdek, and is now the project creator,” the indie studio wrote.

Playdek spoke highly of Little Orbit’s vision for the game. “They believe strongly the game can be an amazing Tactics RPG, and they are excited to carry on and bring Matsuno’s story to life,” the company added. Matsuno here refers to Yasumi Matsuno who is known for being the veteran game developer behind “Vagrant Story” and “Final Fantasy Tactics.”

“Again, we want to thank you for your support of this project, and though we are sorry that we were unable to complete it for you, we believe the project is in good hands, with people who have the same passion for the game,” Playdek finally stated.

Little Orbit’s Credits & First Update As ‘Unsung Story’ Dev

According to Eurogamer, Little Orbit is mostly famous for handling licensed video games that are based on cartoon shows like “Adventure Time,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Monster High.”

Immediately after Playdek announced that it has abandoned the project, Little Orbit CEO Matthew Scott published his first Kickstarter update to introduce himself and his team to backers and to spill the beans on their plans for “Unsung Story.”

“We started as a small game developer in 2003, and have grown into a small publisher in the last 7 years,” the new developer wrote. “To date we have primarily focused on retail with 20 title on many different platforms working alongside Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Mattel and Dreamworks.”

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Advantage & Disadvantage of Takeover

For the advantage or the good news that came with the takeover, backers will no longer have to pay extra for the rewards in the game. Little Orbit understands that paying extra could just further frustrate backers and fans.

On the other hand, the bad news or disadvantage has to do with the fact that Little Orbit is new to this game. Instead of picking up where Playdek left off in creating the RPG, the developer has decided to really work hard by starting development of the project ffrom scratch.

“Little Orbit is starting from scratch," Scott said. "We have spent hours going through the Kickstarter comments and researching all of the project materials, and I feel the backers have made one thing clear - we need to focus on the original single player game and Matsuno's design that was promoted during the campaign.”