On January 7th the developers at Moneyhorse Games canceled the kickstarter campaign for their game “Glorious Leader!” a title that was already greenlit for release on Steam. The satirical run ‘n’ gun game centered around Kim Jong Un as he battles against enemies such as United States army troops, The Statue of Liberty, and Barack Obama.
The website for Moneyhorse Games was hacked some time around late December, and the team still hasn’t been able to bring it back online. At this time, there is no evidence that the hackers are in any way affiliated with North Korea, though it has been suggested that they may have been inspired by the Sony hack of last year.
Two weeks after the hack, the developers stated that they managed to recover all of the data that they hackers destroyed. However, the delay kept them from adding new updates to the project and only eight days until the kickstarter ended. So they asked their community to help them make a big push to reach their goal.
Soon after this, Moneyhorse canceled the Kickstarter project and released the following statement on their page:
As many of you know, over the holidays we were victims of a hack inspired by the attack on Sony. The hackers destroyed data pertaining to Glorious Leader! and other projects we had in development and locked us out of our own computers and wesbite. The timing couldn’t have been worse as it hampered our ability to attend to the Kickstarter project. We realize that we also made mistakes in our pledge levels and rewards. It is now evident that our funding goals will not be met, so we are cancelling our Kickstarter campaign.
This is not the first time we have been targeted because of Glorious Leader! Between the hacking and other threats, we think it is time to reevaluate our commitment to Glorious Leader! We thank our fans and supporters, and we are sorry to let you down.
It seems that whoever didn’t want this game coming out has gotten their wish. At least we’ll still be able to watch the original trailer for the game.