The developers of Battalion 1944 have announced that all Kickstarter backers will receive a full refund regardless of platform, pledge level, or time played in the game.
In an unusual move, Bulkhead Interactive has emailed refund instructions to all 10,096 backers who pledged a total of £317,281 to help bring the WWII-themed first-person shooter to life. announced that it would receive
Battalion 1944 was Bulkhead’s first multiplayer game, created in just 19 months by a team of 18 people. Battalion 1944 had a strong Early Access launch in 2019 with a slew of high-profile streamers, but suffered a sharp decline shortly after.
Bulkhead was acquired by British developer Splash Dam in December, and Splash Dam is helping fund the bulk refund. Bulkhead boss Joe Brammer explained the decision, admitting that the studio failed to deliver on promises such as a console release.
“When we launched the Battalion 1944 Kickstarter, we aimed to ‘restore the core of the classic multiplayer shooter.’ They have financially backed our vision of celebrating all of them,” said Bulkhead. Boss Joe Brammer.
“In the end, we weren’t able to fully do everything we set out to do, especially the console release. Without the initial Kickstarter support, Bulkhead wouldn’t exist today.” We would like to thank our backers for believing in this project as strongly and passionately as we do, but we fell short of all the goals we originally set, so we are giving all of our original Kickstarter backers a full refund. I decided to.”
Splash Damage boss Richard Jolly admitted, “We certainly didn’t deliver on our promises and let the community down at times.”
Battalion 1944 is currently free-to-play on Steam and named Battalion: Legacy, with mixed user reviews. Many of these reviews point to the developers who complained about Battalion failing to live up to its Kickstarter promises and neglected the game.
This refund seems to mark the end of the book on Battalion for Bulkhead, which is currently working on the sandbox FPS Wardogs and supports Transformers: Reactivate’s splash damage.
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