The problem there is if the KS does fail, then FD wouldn't technically be under any obligation to promote the written novels, and indeed may find it more difficult (or at least less financially viable) to do it without the over-arching umbrella of promoting the whole game. Plus it would depend on timings as to how the game universe developed.Selezen wrote:The interesting thing about ED's kickstarter failing is that it means none of us have to pony up for the pledges. It also means that the successful author kickstarters pledges will now be seriously profit, thereby covering some of the things that Drew, for example, would have had to pay for themselves (KS kickback, editing etc).
So in some ways, the ED kickstarter failing could be beneficial to the production of the side media. Frontier's other pledge rewards were mostly game related, including copies of the game and so on, that they will make back in sales and so on anyway since each of the thousands of people who pledged for copies of the game would now be spending about the same amount on commercial copies of the game anyway. So the only change in the profit model would be that the game's income would come after the release of the game instead of before.
Given the condition that ED is in now, I would be surprised if there's a lot more financial input (paying devs etc) that's needed to make the game releasable. It looks like it could be in an alpha state already (at least for the physics, rendering and combat models) so a year and a half could be a bloated estimate. I don't know.
I just get this feeling that Frontier wouldn't be going this far into a marketing and publicity process without having something "on the shelf" or at least very nearly on the shelf. It's a method that the company I work for uses with update releases - get a working release ready then assess the market for viability before carrying out the final phases of development (polishing it up and adding the shiny goodies).
I could see though that if it does fall through then the authors who have the funding behind them could end up with "private deals" to pay for their license to the game (ie same things as now, but directly rather than via KS).
Here Drew is in good shape, as he still has the option to kill off his KS without obligation if it does look like E:D isn't going to fly via KS. However quite how other projects may deal with it (especially those who have already closed where money has been taken) could get "interesting".