The Black Glove, a game created by former Bioshock developers, has been shelved indefinitely. The project failed to reach its $550,000 Kickstarter goal and was unable to attract enough interest from publishers. Day For Night Games, a team of developers formally working for Irrational Games, released a statement on their website describing the difficult journey for their indie project.
“We’ve decided to shelve The Black Glove for now,” the statement said. “We’d like to thank everyone who lent their support to the project. Whether you checked out the project on Kickstarter, wrote a news story about it, created awesome fan art, gave advice, or even just RTed, thank you a thousand times.”
Despite the success of the Bioshock series, the team was unable to garner enough interest to reach even half of its Kickstarter goal. The trailer for the game may have been somewhat confusing, but the concept was intriguing. Set in a weird 1920’s theatre called the Equinox, the player would have reality shifting around them. Sadly, it wasn’t intriguing enough.
After the Kickstarter attempt failed, Day For Night Games tried to attract publishers at events like GDC and PAX East. “We put together a gameplay demo that showed how you used The Black Glove artifact to explore the narrative rich environments of The Equinox and unlock its secrets.” Although there was some interest, it didn’t work out. “[We] didn’t find the perfect glass slipper we were looking for and, understandably, began to lose key people to full-time work elsewhere.”
So what’s the silver lining? Well, the statement reassures us that everybody on the team is currently engaged in other exciting projects. Their voice cast is working on games like Pillars of Eternity, Mighty No. 9, Evolve, and Game of Thrones, and Joe Fielder and concept artist Robb Waters are both working on Underworld Ascendant, to name a few of the projects they list.
But more importantly, this isn’t the end for The Black Glove. “Design legend Paul Neurath said to us recently, ‘In my experience, good ideas don’t have expiration dates.’ They’re words we’ve really taken to heart, so we intend to return to The Black Glove later when we can do it right.” It’s clear these developers were pouring their hearts and souls into this game, so let’s hope the time comes when they can see it come to fruition.