Lilith Ltd. announces on its Kickstarter campaign page that funding for Allison Road has been cancelled, as the team has found a company to publish the game.
For those anticipating the P.T. spiritual successor Allison Road, there’s bittersweet news to share. The game’s Kickstarter campaign has been cancelled, as the company Team17 has taken up funding and publishing duties for Lilith.
For those unaware, Team17 is a video game company from the UK that is primarily known for the Worms franchise. Team17 will ensure that Allison Road is finished and shipped, whereas with the Kickstarter campaign it didn’t appear as though the game was going to receive funding in time.
The last update on the Kickstarter page came a few days ago, and detailed a new forest area for Allison Road that the developers hoped would inspire more people to back the project. Unfortunately, there was still well over $100,000 left to reach the game’s funding goal at the time of the campaign’s cancellation.
Some backers may be disappointed that the Kickstarter campaign has been unceremoniously canned, but Lilith claims that they will be looking for ways to allow fans to be involved with the development process of the game again at a later date. Lilith has also released a statement reassuring fans that despite the backing from Team17, Allison Road will not have to alter its creative path.
“Working with Team17 will give us the chance to make our game unhindered creatively, but at the same time will give us the resources, support and experience that only a 25 year old studio can give.”
All things considered, this seems like the best case scenario for Allison Road and horror enthusiasts hoping to see more games in the ilk of P.T. and Silent Hills. As it stood, the Kickstarter did not appear as though it was going to receive proper funding, so without Team17’s involvement, it’s unlikely that Allison Road would have ever had the chance to be finished and release.
Those worried about the publisher interfering with the Allison Road development process should rest easy knowing that Team17 is also an independent game studio, and are unlikely to do anything to compromise the creative process of the team at Lilith. In fact, Team17 already has experience working with games initially funded through Kickstarter, as they will be handling the publishing duties for the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor from Playtonic Games, Yooka-Laylee, as well.
Did you contribute to the Allison Road Kickstarter campaign? Are you happy that Team17 is publishing Allison Road, or are you worried that they will interfere too much with the game’s development? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments.
Allison Road is presumably still targeting a winter 2016 release date for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.