Zenith Kickstarter Campaign Reaches Over 625% Goal – Receives Investment From Y Combinator
The Kickstarter campaign for the highly controversial Zenith VR game has amassed over $167K in pledges reaching over 625% of its goal. As a result, the team over at Ramen VR has stated that it has become the “most succesful VR-tagged Kickstarter project.
There is currently over 1,810 backers with an average pledge of around $96 as they aim to be the first cross-platform VR MMORPG. Ramen VR has steadily been releasing the stretch goals details, and is now revealing the final goal of $250,000 which unlocks a “Zenith Level Editor” using Unity that allows the Zenith community to create and publish their own custom levels on the Zenith platform.
To date, the team has added five stretch goals including familiars, play vendors, and player housing, and Ramen VR has also announced that fan-favorite Emi Evans is collaborating to add her vocals to the project.
With the success of the funding and launch, Y cominator has come in to make an investment in the company and project. “We’re overwhelmed by the support our backers and community as we work together as co-creators to realize our shared vision for a cross-platform VR and PC living anime world,” said Andy Tsen, co-founder of Ramen VR. “Lauren and I, along with our small team of indie bandits look forward to continuing our development journey with everyone who has been so kind and supportive… to everyone, we say we will see you in Zenith soon!”
However, there has been much controversy around this upcoming title as many gamers and VR community members believe this isn’t enough funding to project something of this caliber that the studio imagines. For instance, many AAA titles currently cost around $100 – $150 million to create. Ramen VR is aiming to hit just $250,000 or a little more. Even smaller indie games can range around $10 – $50 million.
The Zenith Kickstarter campaign will run until September 26, 2019.