4 Dinosaur Games that did not stand the test of time (Text Thread)
Today i thought i would make a text post about some dinosaur games that did not stand the test of time, whether they were scams or games that just didn't do well.
This will be layed out like this: DINOSAUR GAME TITLE
- What it was
- What happened? (This will be via a timeline of events)
I will also attach videos and images to the games, As i am currently making a "What Happened" series about these 4 games on YouTube, i thought it would be a good idea to edit them in to this post via hyperlinks in the future.
Sources will be linked at the end of each dinosaur game!
Anyways lets start this. What was Beasts of Prey?
What happened to the game?
- Beasts of Prey was a dinosaur survival MMOFPS game, featuring a world of dinosaurs and other players. Coming into steam early access on the 6th June 2014, this game allowed you to do a wide variaty of different stuff from building massive structures and creating your own empure in a huge procedually generated world that grows alongside the server population, the game was essentially a mix between Rust and any Dinosaur Hunting game.
What happened to the Money?
- Beasts of Prey did actually last a few years, although it was a dinosaur game that didn't stand the test of time, it wasn't a scam like two of the other dinosaur games on the list.
- From 2014 to 2016 the game was actually developed, with the world being improved in May 2015, with the addition of a Volcano and huge lava Rivers coming from the Volcano.
- In addition to this they had acquired a new Dinosaur in March of 2015, officially introducing the Ankylosaurus by Vlad Konstantinov which was from The Stomping land.
- However, although the game was active it wasn't the most populargame, averaging around 150 players daily and rather quickly decreasing the game wasn't doing extremely well.
- on March 9th 2016 the games development came to an end, with the games official facebook page saying: " Hello there, Unfortunately we have decided to stop the development of this game. If there is anyone out there who actually likes to take-over the project and continue its development please contact us. Please note that for legal reason the project has to be sold under a contract to your company - so if you do not have a company and/or the skill-set to continue the development please do not start any negotiations."
- As the game never went through crowdfunding and its revenue flow came from steam sales, it is likely the games funding went directly into the games development over the 2 years it was being developed
Beasts of Prey Never left Steam Greenlight, meaning the game sadly sits on the list of Dinosaur games that didn't stand the test of time. The developers never gave an official explanation as to what happened to the game and why it ended. One can assume it was due to the games dimishing population due to the rise and dominance of ARK: Survival Evolved which was a very similar, but better game. What was The Podlands?
What happened to the game?
- The Podlands was an open world Indie Adventure game, all about hunting, ranching and selling unique dinopods (Dinopods were essentially heavily cartoonised dinosaurs that were unique to the game).
- The game had started its life in 2018.
- The game was funded by supporters through Patreon.
What happened to the Money?
- What happened to the Podlands is pretty straight forward, the team of developers split up, with the lead developer Mr4Goosey retiring from game development.
- Posting on the Official Podlands discord server:
- "I've Decided to retire from my game-development work. Nathan and Nano will be shifting back fully to Prehistoric Kingdom, and The Podlands will be effectively cancelled. For everyone who’s been involved or interested: Thank you for your support, it was great working on the project. Anyone who’s supported us through patreon or alike, get in touch for a refund. It’s been great!”
- This one is pretty straightforward, those who wanted a refund got a refund.
Sources: Steam Page
, Tweet from Mr4Goosey mentioning it is cancelled What Was The Stomping Land?
What happened to the Stomping land?
- First hitting kickstarter on the 7th of May 2013, The Stomping Lands was a Multiplayer Survival, Adventure game set in a world of Dinosaurs. Developed by Supercrit which was headed by Alex Fundora.
- For the first time in a very long time, dinosaur games got the break that they deserved with the stomping land, reaching new heights for dinosaur games, especially when it came to popularity and youtube videos.
- Within the first 24 hours since the games crowdfunding went live it had raised over $20,000 and when the crowdfunding campaign for the game ended it had raised $114,060.
- The game also became available via steams greenlight program around May 30th 2014, making it publically available.
What happened to the money?
- From May 30th 2014 to August 4th 2014 the game went silent, no announcements, no public updates, no word from the developers, nothing.
- August 2014, the Website goes down and when Kotaku made an article about this, they interviewed both the games community manager (Lee Fisk) and lead developer (Alex Fundora).
- Fundora claimed the silence was due to moving over towards Unreal Engine 4, but in the Kotaku post Lee Fisk announced he was leaving the project: "I wanted to see the game succeed" "I didn't want to lead the community on"
- August - September yet again the game fell into radio silence once again, until September the game was taken off of steam. This was also claimed to be due to the game moving to UE4.
- December 2014, The games 3D Modeller Vlad Konstantinov announced he was freezing all work on the Stomping Land.
- Saying on the community forums that he can't reach the creator Alex Fundora, who owed him money for some of the dinosaurs in the game.
- In January/February 2015 the game was officially over,Vlad announced he is selling his assets to Beasts of Prey and The Isle in order to pay for the work that was left unpaid by Fundora. The Stomping land was over.
- As far as money goes, It appears that Fundora had left with most of the money, however an interview with Vlad by MMOGames said that Fundora was on time with payments, so it would appear in the early stages the funding went into paying the development team.
Mesozoica is a big one, so i will keep this one short and sweet, although i have made a youtube video
about this two years ago, which explains a lot more in depth. What was Mesozoica?
What happened to Mesozoica
- Mesozoica was a dinosaur park building game, claiming to be the spiratual successor to the ever so famous Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. The game was created by Squadron interactive, DreamInCode inc and Underdog Interactive (Funnily enough these are literally all the same company) all they have to their names is Mesozoica.
- The game raised over $55,000 in kickstarter funding.
- Drama occured throughout the games development, mainly centered around the lead developer or the face of the game, Max Wood.
- Max always claimed he wasn't a developer and this was always a contentious issue, he never actually done any work for the game, he was just the one who licensed the companies.
- However, i want to skip the in development drama, it was mainly around stolen skins from artists, games and TV shows. As well as the odd spat between developers and other games.
- When the game was released as a demo it had a very nice world, although its UI was very much the same as that from Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis.
- The game was slated to be released in September of 2017 after 2 years of development, but when it got round to September, the release date was delayed until December.
- When December did come around they pushed the release date back from the 21st to around the 29th of December.
- The game, when it was released was met with huge criticism, with it being a barren sandbox with no terrain, only trees that you could place yourself. Somehow worse than what it was before hand.
- The game had 2 updates, before it officially went cold in February, with Max Wood claiming he was kicked from the project. But in reality he asked to leave it himself.
All the information is in the video, with messages, comments, leaks and more.
So what do you think?
Do you wish any of these games succeeded? Personally i wish The Podlands wasn't cancelled.
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