Hey, it’s Tuesday! And I’m working! Time to channel some hate towards a viable target then, and I’m starting with Peter Molyneux. Over-promiser extraordinaire, Molyneux has already seen one game released this year through his new studio, 22 Cans in the form of Curiosity: What’s in that f#$%n cube. For game number two, the Neux is doing a jump to the left with his hands on his hips, as he tackles the old school Populus in updated form with Project GODUS. Only thing is, Molyneux needs some cash.
Currently on Kickstarter, Molyneux’s Project GODUS is a long ways away from being successfully funded. As of writing, the game has only £354 182 in the funding tank, and only has three days to go to reach the £450 000 mark. Molyneux believes that this slow crawl to getting the game funded, may be due to the fact that people believe him to be massively wealthy and as rich as Scrooge McDuck.
“I am not by any measure a hugely wealthy individual,” Molyneux said to Kotaku.
I think the confusion is that for every game I’ve done, I have received vast, huge riches of royalties from. In fact, most of the royalties from my games have gone into continuing to fund the company.
I certainly don’t have enough money to fund 22 Cans for all time. I’ve used a lot of my money to fund the company in March of this year, and to recruit probably the best team that I’ve ever worked with and to release Curiosity but like all resources they’re finite.
According to Molyneux, he doesn’t even own a majority share in his new studio, preferring to spread the stock options around his employees instead. “I think the assumption that I’m richer than Mark Zuckerberg and that we both own Europe has hurt our Kickstarter campaign.
A lot of people think that people like myself shouldn’t enter into Kickstarter, that it’s only for struggling developers.
I don’t think the problem here is that people believe Molyneux to be too rich to have to rely on his Kickstarter. It’s that by now, after numerous games with too much hype, no one has any faith in his ability to deliver on what he promises.
It’s as simple as that. Still, if you feel like making an effort to give the Neux a Christmas miracle, then head on over to his Kickstarter page and slap down some Queen endorsed cash to do so.