Afterfall: Insanity financial woes, trailer, $1 pre-order

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Brother None, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    Assuming all our readers still remember indie post-apocalyptic horror game Afterfall: Insanity (if not, it's an indie post-apocalyptic horror game), there have been several bits of news on Afterfall reaching our attention lately, so in order: first, Parkiet and Polygamia report (in Polish) that the indie studio has been reaching some very predictable bumps in their overly ambitious project. CEO Thomas Majka notes they have been "too optimistic". A major shareholder withdrew his financing as the company tries to raise more capital to supplement its 15 million PLN (3,3 million EUR) budget.

    Then a trailer hit!

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    And then, to indicate they've gone completely off the deep end, they've got a unique offer: pre-order the game for $1 dollar, and if 10 million people in total do so, you'll get the full game. If not, all the money will go to charity and you'll just have to buy the game. The stunt might at least get them some attention but is laughable, our host Atomic Gamer editorializes on it and really sums up the entire Afterfall: Insanity development cycle on in one sentence:<blockquote>I think that these guys are onto something, but this all-or-nothing approach is misguided and overly ambitious, especially coming from an indie studio that isn't really known at all.</blockquote>You can see the ongoing counter on their website, as of this posting it is at 12109. The game is set to release November 15th, which'll be in the middle of a flurry of AAA titles.
  2. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Yeah... Seeing as blockbusters like Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas sold 5 million units a piece(across all platforms), good luck on getting that number in just preorders. Even at $1.
    The trailer reminds me of Dead Space, which isn't a bad thing.
  3. Bewitched

    Bewitched aka Vault_13

    Jun 13, 2006
    Well, my best guess is that they have spent all their money on this trailer.
  4. Shang

    Shang First time out of the vault

    Sep 14, 2011
    Heh :) I actually worked in that office building in Katowice for a year. The developers of the game seemed like a bunch of loosers and they always left their stink in the elevator!
  5. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

    Jun 11, 2008
    This is an interesting idea, but...
    10 million is too many
    there is not enough time

    If they announced this 6 months ago, and set the goal to...2 million, and informed all big websites, I could see it possible.
  6. SharkClub

    SharkClub Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    There's no way they will make it to 10mil in time.
  7. Alphadrop

    Alphadrop A right proper chap.

    Aug 21, 2008
    November the 15th release date? Ouch, the same day as Saints Row 3 and only a few days after Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3.
    Can't think of a worse time to release.
  8. Morbus

    Morbus Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 16, 2006
    There's no way they will make it 10 million ever. Specially considering this looks like the kind of game that just attracts pirates and detracts buyers. It looks kind of cool, but what's the point of another action game? Don't we have enough of those already?

    Also, it's 10 times more expensive to produce than a proper RPG is... Just a waste of good money.

    Seriously, these guys still around and kicking? Their project has been doomed since they deviated from their initial vision. Basically speaking, if you design your game as your building it, you're going to fail.
  9. dev

    dev Still Mildly Glowing

    Sep 25, 2004
    this is madness!
  10. Morbus

    Morbus Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 16, 2006
    No! It's INSANITYYY!!

    or however it goes.
  11. rehevkor

    rehevkor It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Nov 19, 2005
    Looks like Dead Space.. which makes it kinda appealing - if I didn't know how little chance this game has of ever being released.
  12. Goweigus

    Goweigus Mildly Dipped

    Jan 18, 2007
    They should have stuck with the ambitious RPG of the old 'Afterfall' website
  13. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    But this game was made to produce money, so they can make the ambitious RPG of the old 'Afterfall' website!

    Will never happen. :p

    Afterfall should have remained a hobby project. It probably would have been better than what it has become now.
  14. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Absolutely insane.
  15. Guiltyofbeingtrite

    Guiltyofbeingtrite Vault Dweller

    Oct 13, 2008
    Brilliant marketing campaign. They KNOW they won't get to 10 million so they'll still sell their product at full price and achieve a ton of free advertising in the process.
  16. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Very true.
    Free advertisement and the warm fuzzy feeling of donating to charity, woo! Who's the smelly looser now Shang, huh? HUH?!
  17. Radman

    Radman It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jul 12, 2007
    Surprised no-ones commented on the awful voice acting and script...

    "Its all over.... ::DUN:: Because... ::DUN:: Everyone is dead..."

    Awful... Just awful.
  18. Shang

    Shang First time out of the vault

    Sep 14, 2011
    I would still say they are :twisted:

    But I never said they were losers, only that they looked like that which I still think is the case (c'mon, who wears sunglasses inside a not too well lit office building?). And they DID leave a ripe smell in the elevator when they used it so I still say they stink :mrgreen:

    They game looks ok, though. Nothing worth buying compared to the existing and future competition but still - ok.
  19. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Heh, just poking some fun.
    For a small studio, I think it looks pretty nice. We'll see how it fairs in reviews or get a better glimpse when more gameplay videos come out.
  20. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I know absolutely nothing about this but I'm tempted to send them a dollar just to reward their mad audacity.