ReROLL, the open-world multiplayer survival game that was crowdfunded through the official site (which is no longer online), has been abandoned by its development team according to a post on Reddit.Montreal-based Pixyul announced the decision during E3 week that “the development of ReRoll is over.” Most backers walk away with nothing other than a dream of what could have been and a lighter wallet, those who pledged over $300 for access to the game will get a key to an unrelated early access title valued at $15.
ReROLL was described as an isometric persistent online open-world survival action-RPG and was the work of Julien Cuny and Louis-Pierre Pharand, both of which were formerly from Ubisoft Montreal.
The reason that the project was brought to a close is that Pixyul simply couldn’t afford to keep the project going on crowdfunding alone. Multiple attempts to secure funding were unsuccessful with no publisher willing to back the project.
In the email that went out describing the unfortunate situation and decision, Pixyul said:
During that same time, we were meeting with venture funds and investors. Again, pitching ReROLL was awesome. But this time, the crowd was very different. Most of them liked it. But we were not able to get real traction out of those meetings.
We also applied to all the different Canadian Funding Programs we could. The most interesting is the Canadian Media Fund. The application process is not necessarily complex but it is very time consuming and of course we need to respect their guidelines. You can submit your project twice a year and all project are graded. Only the best rated receive partial funding. We were rejected on multiples occasions.
The email goes on to say
After being so close on multiple occasions, today, we have to face the fact that this rejection was our last hope to secure the necessary funding to pursue the development and complete the game.
It is sad news to hear that Pixyul got so close to being funded only to have the option pulled out from under them. Also, for those supporters who crowdfunded the game in the early stages will be wondering what next, although as is the case with crowfunding, the options are usually pretty limited.