> Unfortunately, 343 is not an independent studio, so things like this aren’t really in the realm of possibility for them. These kickstarter things are in lieu of publishers, which is why studios like Double Fine and Obsidian are able to take advantage of the unique opportunity kickstarter provides. In these two situations, the publisher is being replaced partially by the users, and partially by the studios. Essentially, the middle step of game development is cut out.
> Maybe one day we will see Halo Wars 2, and I certainly hope we do, but the reason we HAVEN’T seen it yet is not because Microsoft doesn’t have the money to pay for it. They certainly do (the company as a whole was worth 224 billion dollars last year). It boils down to priorities. Love it or hate it, Halo Wars is the worst selling Halo game to date. It didn’t sell badly, but it definitely did not live up to the more traditional Hall games when it comes to sales.
> In the mean time, if anyone is looking to donate, there are far more deserving causes you can support, like extra life or child’s play.
I fully understand what they are used for… I work at Obsidian and I personally donated 20 to double fine without a request for a reward.
I do get that it is to bi-pass a publisher and having the community fund a project.
However - my spin on this experiment is purely to see if Microsoft will test the waters with something like this. MS would have to sign off on it - and I understand they have tons of money. But they aren’t doing anything for Halo Wars and the community wants support.
So - the crazy out of the box idea is to have the community come up with money for the publisher to use to create content for us since they see it as a bad investment. If they want - they can go further and match the money that has been raised.
As far as your personal agenda of your donation ideas - those are both great things to donate to, but I believe that Halo Wars deserves more love than anything else right now.
343 has all but abandoned us in the past year and nearly killed our community when they shut down halowars.com
So - let me clear my throat… I will do whatever it takes to get 343 to help support the game I know and love. I am sorry you don’t appreciate the effort, but I have the support of many within the community. We actually want to see this happen in one way or another. We simply want support - and if we need to pull out a checkbook to make it happen - I’m happy to do so as I recognize it is not cheap to work on games.
Summary - MS could do this if they chose to. Do they need our money? No - but as a publisher they only reason to do something is to grow and expand investments. A free investment with an opportunity to make lots of money from the community with a lot of buzz? That is something I think some would like to do.
It would have a LOT of media coverage for sure I can tell you that much. Probably hit 1200 degrees on N4G on the first day.
I will keep pushing as long as I have to with this idea and the support of others within the community.