Ex-Sony Online Entertainment Executive, John Smedley has announced that his studio, Pixelmage Games is to close and with it, Hero’s Song will end development.
John Smedley previously worked at what is now known as Daybreak Studios and was formerly Sony Online Entertainment but stepped down in July 2015. He famously also had numerous run-ins with Lizard Squad who DDoS’d SOE servers and SWAT’ed a plane he was due to fly on.
In the announcement, Smedley directs players who bought Hero’s Song a 100% refund whether that was through Indiegogo or Steam. The reason for the ending development was that the Early Access sales fell short of what was required to keep development going.
It’s with a heavy heart that I have to report that Pixelmage Games is going to be shutting down and we have ceased development on Hero’s Song. For the last year, our team has worked tirelessly to make the game we’ve dreamed about making, and with your support, and the support of our investors, we were able to get the game into Early Access. Unfortunately sales fell short of what we needed to continue development. We knew going in that most startups don’t make it, and as an indie game studio we hoped we would be the exception to that rule, but as it turned out we weren’t.
We sincerely value our customers. You’re our most important focus and have been from day one. We’re going to offer 100% refunds to all of the people who bought Hero’s Song.
Hero’s Song was in development for the last year and last had a video update in September 2016.
We wish everyone at Pixelmage Games all the best in their future endeavours.