This is a hard post to make, even though I’ve already sent it privately to a few people who reached out.
Without going into too much detail, in July I suffered a very close bereavement which left me totally useless for the rest of the year.
Now, picking up my life again, I feel it’s just been too long to continue trying to push Vecribbon to physical production and expect people to wait any longer. Even with the last 10% of the work to go, the road looks impossible.
I’ve felt really sad about letting everyone down; however, I now believe we’ve worked out a way to fix everything.
Firstly, we’re going to fully refund all Vecribbon pre-orders tomorrow (Fri 3 March).
The only reason this post wasn’t made public a couple of weeks ago is because we needed to move some money into the PayPal account to be able to cover what we’ve spent on prototyping and pre-production, as well as to make sure we can cover the PayPal fees – this ended up taking longer than expected. Apart from that, the PayPal funds haven’t been touched.
That’s the first stage of our plan to “fix” it. We absolutely will not do pre-orders on physical products again. After refunding all Vecribbon pre-orders we’re going to go fully digital for now. Our games will be digital downloads with a pay-what-you-want pricing model, and we’ll support this with a merch shop.
This means we won’t have to worry about having already taken money before we have a product, and we can hopefully regain some of the reputation that has no doubt been burned with Vecribbon.
I think it’ll also let us release much more stuff, with all hobby-development time over the last couple of years having been taken up with trying to get to physical release on a game that was largely finished ages ago.
I really hope this is all OK with you all, and that Shattered can dig ourselves out of what’s become a hole of anxiety.
A few people have asked what will happen to the physical stuff we do have, and whether there will be any opportunity to buy the prototypes. We’ll address that once we’ve got the refunds processed.