Brianna Wu successfully raised $12k in late 2014 to port her iOS game to PC and Mac. Since then, she has delayed the game 10 times ( https://lolcow.wiki/wiki/Revolution_60_Release_Date_Failures ) for a variety of reasons. She ignores her Kickstarters ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spacekat/bring-revolution-60-to-pc-and-mac/comments ) and asks them to follow her on Twitter instead. On her Twitter (@spacekatgal) she talks about video games she’s playing, a new PC she’s building, and politics. If Revoltuion 60 is brought up, she blocks the user and reports them to Twitter to have them banned.
I found a bunch of new evidence suggesting that she’s very likely knowingly scamming all of us.
She claimed that last week would be spent doing marketing for her game but she spent all week in Twitter talking about her video game playing.
She claims there’s a big announcement this week relates to Rev60 but again, she’s using her Patreon money to get a Pokemon limo and play final fantasy XIV. Disgusting
I did a follow-up article:
We’ll force accountability, one way or another.
So apparently she gave a brief demo on Saturday with little to no notice. The game was not finished and she refused to answer when it would be done. She’s posted an update on Kickstarter but refuses to state a release date and again, blames her backers for wanting something they paid for over two years ago.
Today she is back to playing Final Fantasy XIV, presumably with Kickstarter and Patreon money.
I recently put up a Medium post covering the delays.
I just want accountability and the game we all paid for. If it’s already done, why not release it already?
So wait, now she’s proposing to create a VR version alongside the Steam version? That seems like another excuse to delay the release to me. I’m not impressed at all.
Has anyone had any success with contacting Kickstarter and getting a refund? The local attorney general might be a next step as well
She did the same thing earlier with proposing a version for Apple TV, before it became apparent that Apple TV couldn’t run it.
she’s even going on about a VR version of Revolution 60 now. even though i have almost no interest in this game anymore i can’t help but be irate at how glib she is about this whole thing.
Actually, her behavior of Brianna Wu on Twitter is probably the most alarming part of this project. Not only does she virtually never talk about Revolution 60 (despite hundreds of posts per week and clearly a great amount of time spent on Twitter), but she’s repeatedly treated backers that have the temerity to complain with absolute sneering contempt. At least four times since 2015 I’ve seen her outright block a backer or accuse them of being a troll for asking about the game’s progress. After the backers paid over $12,000 and currently have nothing to show for it.
It’s not just on Twitter, either, though that’s by far the most egregious. On Kickstarter itself, she goes months without responding and then talks down at the backers who complain. At no point does she ever apologize for her mistreatment of her financiers, nor even accept responsibility for missing a release date.
She clearly does not care about this project, and something should be done about it.
I read an article on Brianna Wu and all of the great things she was doing for women in the gaming industry and decided to contribute to her project. This was probably around January and I was led to believe that the project was going to be released soon. It is now almost July and I can’t find any good information about this project. I have really been trying to give this the benefit of the doubt since Brianna has been the target of so much harassment, but as the weeks of silence drag on, and though it breaks my heart to say this, I’m really inclined to think that this is a scam. I don’t know if posting here will do anything but at this point I just have to try. Please deliver the game, Brianna!
I was also one of the people who got in early on this. I didn’t donate as much as others (just did the $20 package) but did want to support a female development team and it looks like it would be a fun game. I sent 2 e-mails last year and didn’t hear back. The only response I see from the company is that it’s days away (going back almost a year and a half) and to keep an eye on their CEO’s twitter account. The CEO just tweets about all the expensive electronics she is buying. At this point it seems like this project is a scam and hopefully we can find a way to get refunds on it. $20 isn’t that big of a deal on my end but there were people who put in $100 or more. Lesson learned on supporting independent video game developers on Kickstarter I guess.
I was following this game since it came out on(and then was subsequently taken off of) the apple store, and have been looking forward to it coming to PC so I can play it as I have no apple products myself. However the constant delays, flimsy excuses and lack of proper updates combined with the apparent complete ignorance of backers pleas for updates have rather put me off.
“Creators” like this need to be banned from using kickstarter, as they’re just using it as an easy money maker and skipping out on their obligations.
Decided to donate to the project because it seemed like it would be helping out an aspiring artist, and the art style, while not exactly to my taste, seemed interesting. I gave them a rather generous donation, and patiently waited to see the project I supposedly helped come to life. It’s been well over a year now, and not only has Brianna Wu not released the promised steam port of the game, but also has removed the original iPhone port from the AppStore for vague reasons which effectively means that no version of the game is available for purchase anywhere. Plenty of us have asked her for updates on the game, but she continues to brush off our questions with claims that it’s “basically done”, and states that if we want to keep updated on her progress, should follow her on Twitter. Mrs Wu has made several dozen a day for the past few years, but only a very small fraction of said tweets are about her project, which pretty much makes it seem like she’s only urging us to follow her so that she can boost her own follower count. If any questions about her game are posted to her Twitter, she either seems to dismiss it with the same “basically done message,” or she reportedly blocks them. All in all this is very unprofessional behavior and I’m simply appalled by her blatant disregard for her own supposed life’s work in favor of trying to garner attention for herself on Twitter or paying to attend speaking gigs where she promptly ignores what the other speakers are saying in favor of talking about herself. This is the very textbook definition of a scam, and the fact that she is getting away with taking mine and my fellow backer’s money so easily is downright infuriating.
she even recently said that it would come out “the week after Overwatch” but here we are, and still no game. she won’t even comment on the game’s existence anymore.
I backed it back in 2013, and we’re rapidly closing on the two-year mark for the thing being overdue.
Never before in the history of my backing game projects have I encountered one that has missed this many launch dates and still had nothing to show for it. Even now, almost a year after the October 2015 release date was missed, that date is still posted on Giant Spacekat’s website.
It’s not a new thing for me to see other backed games go through delays. Hell, Mighty No. 9 went through a bunch. But Giant Spacekat has never given any real updates beyond it being “almost done.” It’s never apologized for the delays and never acknowledged that it even missed a release date. It’s the first Kickstarter I’ve considered getting a refund on or reporting to Kickstarter’s legal department.
I’m one of her Kickstarters too and was briefly a Patreon until I figured out it was a scam. She told us to follow her on Twitter for updates but all she does is show off stuff she bought with our money and rant about video games she’s playing. She said a week ago it was literally done and it’s been submitted to steam already.
Anyone heard any news on this? It’s been years, this is getting ridiculous – I don’t even really care too much about the game anymore even though I kickstarted it, I just think it’s crazy how many deadlines she’s made and missed when she spends so much time starting crap on twitter.
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