News: Andrew Oliver talks Kickstarting Dizzy Returns, and why Blitz Games need £350,000 to make it.
In what will likely be deemed by many as the icing on top of the take-the-piss flavoured cupcake thus far made up of one-layer GODUS, one-layer Elite: Dangerous, the Oliver twins have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new Dizzy game. They’re seeking £350,000 to bring the egg-shaped warrior to mobile devices, tablets and PCs late next year.
Speaking to Gamasutra, Andrew Oliver explained the decision to Kickstart Dizzy Returns.
“We’re now more connected to the gamers and our fans than we’ve ever been before and Kickstarter has shown that those fans want to grow that connection into something that allows them to really contribute to shaping their future entertainment experiences.”
“It’s also proven that people are willing to put their hands in their pockets and actually contribute financially too and this, in our opinion, is just part of the evolution of the changing business models we’ve seen since the start of digital distribution and the mobile gaming space.”
All well and good sir, but the elephant in the room is that £350,000 figure.
Said Oliver: “We want to create the biggest and best Dizzy game ever, and deliver the best possible gaming experience for players. That vision does comes at a cost though. We have an enormous amount of experience of making games so we’re being realistic about the budget that we need to really do these ideas justice. If we don’t hit our target then it’ll be disappointing certainly, but we feel it’s much better to make sure that we’re asking for the right amount of funding – this isn’t just about creating a successful Kickstarter campaign, it’s about creating a successful game.”
Oliver also went some way to explaining the lofty figure in an interview with The Guardian: “We’ve got a lot of responsibilities. Blitz Games is a big studio, we’re conscious that we have to pay everyone’s wages,” he said. “We can’t just go out on a limb on some sort of folly.”
The Oliver twins might do well to reign in their lofty goals and highflying ambition. 310 people have nudged the campaign 2% towards its total goal so far.