Indie developer Glowstick Games has cancelled the Kickstarter campaign for its virtual reality (VR) compatible horror experience, Dark Deception. The campaign had hoped to raise $50,000 USD to develop PC, Mac, Linux, Wii U and PlayStation 4 versions of the title. However the developer has ended the campaign prematurely after raising just $1,047 with support from a total of 43 different backers.
Glowstick Games hasn’t offered any comment on why it cancelled Dark Deception‘s campaign, even with the telling funding signs. This also calls into question the future of the project; will the developer try other means of funding, or has the project come to an end? That said, a Steam Greenlight campaign to have the title sold on Valve’s digital store is ongoing, suggesting that it does indeed remain in development.
Dark Deception is a first-person horror experience in which players explore maze-like levels, gathering crystals. The developer has described it as ‘Pac-Man meets Cabin in the Woods‘, as players collect all the crystals in level while being hunted by unnerving enemies that are unique to each environment. These range from knife-wielding giant monkeys to demonic children. The title also includes the voice of Mass Effect and Star Trek actor Carolyn Seymour, who stars as lost Hollywood legend, Helen Bierce.
The videogame supports the Oculus Rift VR headset on PC, Mac and Linux and the developer has previously revealed that it is looking into bringing the title to the Project Morpheus headset on PlayStation 4. It is not clear just how far the team has come with securing support for the headset.
The future of Dark Deception remains uncertain, then. Those interested in the project can still download an Oculus Rift compatible demo from the Kickstarter campaign page. VRFocus will continue to follow the title and bring you an update on its progress as soon as we get word.