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Facing the inevitable – Dizzy Returns fate is as good as sealed

December 13th, 2012 by

Nearly three weeks ago, I reported on the Kickstarter project aiming to bring back the classic Dizzy, one of the favourite characters from my youth, in the form of Dizzy Returns.

It seems that the rose tinted revival may have very well run its course. At the time of this post the Oliver twins have failed to achieve even one tenth of the capital for which they were aiming, in order to produce and develop a next generation Dizzy game. Update nine of the Kickstarter project was simply titled “facing the inevitable” and confirmed that with eight days to go, and with only £23,000 of the £350,000 donations required to succeed, that the project was being written off.

Those who dabble in Kickstarter will probably have an idea of how the funding works. Typically, the campaigns that are successful will see a large take-up to start, followed by a steady trickle, before a further burst as it approaches the final date. Therefore, after the sixth day, when I checked in on the project and saw that it had barely scraped past the 5% mark, I had a suspicion that this may be the case.

Its sad to see this failure come to pass, as the tone of the update indicates that this may well be the last hurrah for Dizzy in the foreseeable future, and I for one would loved to have seen this come to fruition.

I’m sure the Oliver Twins will have lots to discuss when the project finally terminates on Friday 21st December, and questions will be asked regarding how this was pitched. With less than a thousand backers, do they consider Dizzy as a character out of touch with today’s gamers, or was it a case that their vision of the scale and cost of the project was too ambitious for a retro revival.

I suppose only time will surely tell.


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