Big news everybody! (insert professor.jpg here)
Camelot Unchained just announced that they have got Curious Factory to publish the game.
This.. has me pretty confused since a common theme throughout Mark Jacobs posts on the Blog has been that publishers would be something that would be a obstacle when creating a game with so many "off putting" qualities that Camelot Unchained will have. Such as not appealing to a wide userbase and other risks they will take with the direction of this game that may drive a lot of potential users away. The notion of adding a publisher that will bring their own opinions and ideas (usually about how to profit more, let's be honest) to the table seems.. Counterproductive.
In fact I will quote Mark Jacobs blog posts regarding publisher involvement in the game.
From "You need to build the foundation before you build the penthouse!" regarding the planning of Camelot Unchained and their FPs:
"While a lot of the details still need to be worked out of course and while some things can and will usually change during development, these principles must not, cannot and will not be changed by anyone at CSE, including myself. This is my promise to you and that is one of the reasons we haven’t been and aren’t seeking publisher backing or involvement."
From "Foundational Principle #1 – Be willing to take risks, even if fortune doesn’t always favor the bold" regarding the amount of risks they will take in developing the title (fear of driving people away from the game).
"What I want to do is take chances with this game that most, if not all, publishers wouldn’t want to take with it and that’s exactly what we are going to do."
Really now. This just seems strange. If they really intend on creating the game that they have talked about, why would a publisher want to produce the game? They have said it themselves that their game will be unattractive for any publisher to produce
Anyway, they will continue on with their Kickstarter in March as planned even though they've secured a publisher, something that I'm not sure I'm fine with by the way. Honestly it could just be a way of getting some glorified pre-orders and PR at this point.
I realize that a publisher in and of itself is a bad thing. It means security for the workers and increased funding for the game. However it also means that it nullifies all the aspects of the game that made them go independent in the first place. I would like some more information about this whole thing and all information available on it as a generic launch page over on Curious Factory.
They really have to convince me this isn't a bad thing before I'll back their Kickstarter anyway.
Edit: I've tweeted to CSE about this and they responded that Curious Factory is a 'publishing partner' and not a publisher but instead will help with marketing the Camelot Unchained Kickstarter in Asia/Europe.
Edit 2: CSE said through Twitter that Curious Factory is in no way affecting game development and the purpose of partnering with them is solely to promote the game. Basically disregard all my 'suspicions'.
Edited by Heeron, 08 March 2013 - 07:15 AM.