Pixelmage Games is closing up shop after cancelling their debut open world rogue-like fantasy game, Hero’s Song. The company said the early access title just didn’t sell enough or generate enough interest.
The company was founded in October 2015 by John Smedley. Members of their team had previously worked on games like EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, Shadowrun, and many more.
The development of Hero’s Song was funded through investor capital and an Indiegogo campaign, which only brought in $94,000 of the $200,000 they were asking for. Hero’s Song made it onto Steam Early Access, but the game did not sell well.
The studio posted a message to their fans and customers on their website explaining why they are cancelling the game and offering full refunds.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I have to report that Pixelmage Games is going to be shutting down and we have ceased development on Hero’s Song. Unfortunately sales fell short of what we needed to continue development. We knew going in that most startups don’t make it, and as an indie game studio we hoped we would be the exception to that rule, but as it turned out we weren’t.”
For players who backed the game through Indiegogo, you can email refunds(at)pixelmagegames.com with your name and information about what packages you bought, and the company will issue you a full refund. For Steam customers, you can get your refund through Steam’s refund process.