West Games Scrapping Areal Kickstarter, Creating New One Via Official Website

Areal Kickstarter Scam

Plenty of fishiness arose when West Games launched their Kickstarter for Areal, a spiritual successor to popular game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Suspiciousness was made clear when the gaming community realized that no actual gameplay trailers, (original) Concept Art or anything of the sort was mentioned, or even shown in the campaign.

Now, however, it turns out that the Kickstarter Administration has found out about this project, because it has been indefinitely suspended.

West Games reached out to us to clarify a few things, but to be blunt, this project as a whole is almost definitely a scam. Take a look at the teams’ message below to see what has been going on:


 

Dear Always Nintendo,

We are restarting funding directly via our website: http://areal.west-games.com/

Official Statement:

Our Kickstarter was suspended without any warning. As per Kickstarter’s policy, we cannot contact them to find out why. Areal is the spiritual successor to STALKER, in terms of our vision for it and in terms of the team that we have (which includes Alexey Sytyanov, the lead game designer and screenwriter for STALKER). You can find out more about us and our team on our website: http://areal.west-games.com/
From the very beginning, we showed what we have accomplished, and showed the atmosphere for what we want to accomplish:

The fact is that there are a lot of companies that make their livelihood on STALKER, so when we showed up on the scene, they saw us as a threat and did everything that they could to stop us.

People also need to take into account that Ukrainians and Russians are in an information war right now, and as a Ukrainian developer, we were subject to constant hostility from Russian Kickstarter accounts (we even got death threats). There are over 16,000 comments on our Kickstarter, which is unprecedented for the amount of supporters that we have, and a lot of our comments are hate filled. Some sites, in light of this, chose to report based on sources from direct competitors or from the myriad of comments based on lies. Others chose a neutral ground, because of the confusing situation around us, and still others wrote positively about us. All in all, more than a 1,000 news results come up when you type in “Areal Kickstarter” on Google.

After vice news wrote an article about us, people started contributing every minute, but Kickstarter was afraid of the controversy surrounding our project, so they suspended funding. We set our base goal at 50K; even with 2 days left, we raised more than 64 thousand dollars, and our competitors were doing everything that they could to stop that. Kickstarter is a business, and that was their decision. We were not warned, we do not have a say in the matter, we cannot notify our backers, we cannot message our backers, and we can’t post updates anymore. That is how Kickstarter chose to act.

We are the creators of STALKER, and we know that we can make Areal even better than that series, because of advances in technology, gameplay mechanics, and story. We need your support to make that happen, so we have opened up a website wherein we will continue to raise funds. We ask all supporters of Areal who read this, to please head over to our site and contribute there. PayPal is used for safe checkout, but you do not need a PayPal account to donate. Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Eugene Kim
West Games


 

I’m sorry for anyone that has already contributed money to the suspended Kickstarter campaign, as it may not be returned to you. What ever you do, just don’t fall for this scam. I recommend checking out Ashley King’s post on Wii U Daily as it goes more in-depth as to why this project is a scam, but until then, do your best to make sure that no one around you falls for this this.

What do you think about this project? Do you still think that it’s real? Why or why not? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

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