In contrast to Kickstarter and most different crowdfunding platforms, Fig allows challenge backers to truly put money into video games and earn a return on them: Supporters can go for typical backer rewards, or they’ll buy “Fig Recreation Shares,” which can or could not pay monetary dividends based mostly on the challenge’s success. The system appears aimed primarily at institutional buyers fairly than players desirous to play an obscure RPG that may’t discover a typical writer, but it surely seems to work. The $4.4 million in funding raised for Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, for example, was nearly evenly break up between typical backers and Fig Funds.
Homeworld 3 was additionally a Fig crowdfunding challenge. It was a little bit completely different from most as a result of it truly had a writer, Gearbox, and a aim of simply $1. The purpose of the entire thing was to allow followers “to speculate and take part within the success of the title,” Gearbox mentioned in 2019, and to assist information its improvement via backer-exclusive surveys and suggestions. The Fig marketing campaign web page guarantees the identical factor: “There’s the distinctive alternative to put money into Homeworld 3’s success,” it says. “You do not simply get the sport. You get an opportunity to revenue too.”
Besides you will not. In emails despatched to Homeworld 3 “funding reservation” holders (through Reddit), Fig mentioned that due to “current modifications at Gearbox,” it won’t be amassing investments.
“Relaxation assured understanding that Fig by no means charged you on your funding reservation and that this won’t have an effect on Homeworld 3 pre-orders,” the e-mail says. “As well as, the sport and all related rewards are nonetheless coming to those that bought them.”
It isn’t specified what these “current modifications at Gearbox” are, however the assumption is that it is the results of Embracer Group’s acquisition of Gearbox earlier this 12 months. Fig CEO Justin Bailey, who confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz that the e-mail shared on Reddit is legit, implied the identical, explaining that Gearbox was purchased out by Embracer earlier than the funding course of may very well be accomplished. In reality, Fig mentioned in its electronic mail that following its personal acquisition by Republic, it has modified the way it handles investments and now collects funding cash up entrance, which ought to hold this type of factor from taking place once more sooner or later.
The excellent news for Homeworld 3 followers amidst all of that is that the sport itself is solely unaffected: “All the pieces is on-track with Homeworld 3’s improvement,” Fig mentioned.
We nonetheless do not know a lot about Homeworld 3, but it surely’s at the moment anticipated to be out someday in 2022. I’ve reached out to Gearbox for extra info on the funding change and can replace if I obtain a reply.