Pixelmage Games and upcoming RPG Hero’s Song shut down

Katharine Byrne
Pixelmage Games and upcoming RPG Hero’s Song shut down

Pixelmage Games and its upcoming RPG Hero's Song is no more, studio head John Smedley has confirmed.

The game started life as a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo, where it received just 47 per cent of its $200,000 goal. Hero's Song then appeared on Steam Early Access on November 7th 2016, but user reviews for the game have been mixed. With the game now officially cancelled, the studio is offering full refunds for all its paid-up customers.

It breaks my heart to have to do this,” Smedley tweeted on Boxing Day, before releasing the following statement on the studio's website.

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,” Smedley wrote.

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

Thank you for all the support you showed us. We're sorry things worked out the way they did, but we feel strongly that we gave it our all and we're proud of how far we came with the game. The fact that we weren't able to finish the game is painful, but the journey of making Hero's Song has been a great experience for us and we're just sorry we couldn't take it all the way.”