I really like the idea of Patreon – you get to support the creative people you like to make the kinds of things you enjoy. It’s like Kickstarter, only instead of only funding one project, you can fund things that go beyond a “one and done” system. It makes sense for game studios, who might need a more steady flow of funds to get games sorted, but that doesn’t mean that investors can’t still get seriously burned, as seems to have happened with Breeding Season.
Marketed as “Harvest Moon meets Hentai”, Breeding Season raised over $42k from 10 796 backers, but the page is now private and the Patreon has been cancelled. Apparently combining sex and farming simulators is more contentious than anyone imagined. Reported by GamesIndustry, it all stems from a fallout between the developers, which sounds pretty serious considering this is what one of them had to say:
Breeding Season is over, we’re never even making it out of alpha and every promise we ever fucking made is invalidated by the fact I put too much trust in someone else to do the right thing,” wrote one of the developers, Hartista “HBomb” Pipebomb.
He is alleging that one of the other developers took a ton of the studio’s money, sued for his artistic assets, and basically left the game in an irreparable state. Unfortunately, Hbomb went on to give that other developer’s email address, telling fans to write to him directly to voice their displeasure. Vladimir “S-PUrple” Sandler, who has been doxxed, has responded in his own post, saying:
I just wanted to let you guys know I didn’t do this out of spite, nor greed, but through legitimate disagreements with HBomb’s method of management,” he said.
I also wanted to say that my new project: Cloud Meadow was not made to simply steal the profits of Breeding Season for myself, but to actually save what I could of the Breeding Season Project, and deliver on the spirit of the promises made by the project. The way the actual Breeding Season game development was going, it would never have actually been finished, even if myself and the other artists worked 24/7.
Who knows what the truth is in this situation, but one thing is for sure – it’s a sad day for the almost 11k backers who just wanted their Hentai Harvest Moon. And for the rest of us who didn’t know this existed until now and are sorely disappointed…or disgusted.
Last Updated: July 15, 2016