Chucky the doll will not be haunting your PC or favorite gaming console any time soon. According to TrueAchievements, the video game “Chucky: Wanna Play?” based upon the horror movie series Child’s Play has been cancelled.
Back in May of 2011, TikGames announced they were working on bringing a Child’s Play video game to PC and consoles. The goal was for the player to take on the role of Chucky and go on a horror-inspired rampage.
Apparently, the developer studio had difficulty raising funding, which is not surprising considering there’s been a huge 25 percent drop in “core games” sales this October. Many studios have been forced to lay off employees. According to phys.org, video game “sales fell to $755.5 million from $1 billion a year earlier. Sales of video games themselves, excluding PC titles, fell 25 percent to $432.6 million. Sales of hardware such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 fell 37 percent to $187.3 million. Sales of accessories, meanwhile, grew 5 percent to $135.6 million.”
Tikgames started an official Kickstarter in order to make up the budget shortfall, with their goal being to raise $925,000. This might seem like an unreasonable goal, but other independent video game developers have managed to raise millions through Kickstarter. Tikgames had an early demo of the Chucky: Wanna Play? video game but then required the money to finish it and port Chucky to consoles. Unfortunately, they only raised 19 backers and $585, which is a head-scratcher for such a name-brand. Apparently, news of this Chucky Kickstarter campaign never made it onto many of the major horror movie focused websites.
Tikgames made the Chucky cancellation official on its Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of this Kickstarter Campaign. For those who have followed Chucky this last week, you know that pledges have been very slow. We built a fun campaign with lots of great goodies, got the word out to as many people as we could, but sadly not enough people loved the concept of a Chucky video game as much as we did. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of you who pledged to Chucky and we promise no charges will be made to your credit card for this Kickstarter project.”
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