By now, the saga behind the development of Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians is practically a mythos all its own. An infamous Kickstarter project that was originally funded in Q1 2014 and promised for release mid-year 2015, the game was originally touted as a Tactical RPG designed by genre guru Yasumi Matsuno, of Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy Tactics fame and to be made by the board and card game company Playdek. The game production has gone through multiple struggles since being funded over $660,000 by over 15,000 backers a few short years ago, but it looks like it may not be the end of the story.
In an announcement posted to the Kickstarter page on August 1, Playdek has passed development of the game over to company Little Orbit and says they will no longer be involved in any respect. According to statements made by Little Orbit CEO Matt Scott, they paid Playdek a minimal amount for the game and have also received none of the Kickstarter funding that Playdek received from backers. The whereabouts of these funds is currently unknown and how they were spent. He also confirmed that Little Orbit will be starting from scratch developing the game, with Matsuno’s original designs as a jumping off point. Matsuno’s continued involvement in this project is also unknown at this time. Scott gave his reason for working on Unsung Story in the update post:
"I am a gamer at heart, and my first love has always been turn-based tactics games. I met the Playdek team a couple months ago and got a firsthand look at the amazing work from Yasumi Matsuno. Simply put, this game needs to exist, so I am excited to be taking this project over and helping deliver it to the community."Little Orbit is a company founded in 2010 and known for making games for licensed IPs, including Barbie, Adventure Time and multiple Dreamworks properties. They were also previously working on Mistborn: Birthright which they announced last week was canceled, leading to questions if there is any relation between that cancellation and the taking over of Unsung Story.
TechRaptor has reached out to Little Orbit for further comment and will update when we learn more.
Are you excited that Unsung Story might finally materialize or do you just want your money refunded at this point? Any creative ideas as to what they did with the missing $660,000? Let us know in the comments below!