Precinct - pitched as a spiritual successor to the Police Quest series - has handed in its badge and gun. Robert Lindsley, president of Jim Walls Reloaded, told Joystiq that the campaign has been canceled in order to give the developer an opportunity to create a playable pilot version of the game. The motive, Lindsley said, is to allow potential backers to "experience" the vision behind the spiritual successor, rather than use a tech demo video to decide whether the game was worthy of backing.
Kickstarter users are cautious, Lindsley admitted to Joystiq, especially considering recent high-profile project "stumbles," and a prototype version of Precinct will allow the developer to give players a playable taste of the vision Jim Walls - co-creator of the Police Quest series - has for the spiritual successor. Beginning today, Precinct will crowdsource funds from its own website, using a tiered structure to fund different stages of the project. The developer has told Joystiq it will not return to Kickstarter for contributions. Jim Walls Reloaded is seeking $25,000 to develop the Precinct prototype, which Lindsley said will take two months to develop.
"Giving backers an early hands-on is a primary incentive for this new campaign. The team hopes that showing their vision through early builds will lead to additional funding for the full game," Lindsley told Joystiq.
With ten days left in its (now canceled) Kickstarter drive, Precinct has only managed to inch over the $85,000 mark, a far cry from the $500,000 sought to complete the project.