Uber cancels its Human Resources Kickstarter: "We simply don’t have the human resources" | PCGamesN

Uber cancels its Human Resources Kickstarter: "We simply don’t have the human resources"

Human Resources cancelled

Uber Entertainment has been unable to replicate Planetary Annihilation’s Kickstarter success with the studio’s new RTS project, Human Resources. As of today, the Kickstarter has been cancelled.

Human Resources would have seen giant robots and elder gods fighting over Earth in a bid for domination. While the promise of two ridiculous, asymmetrical factions; destructible cities, where buildings can be ripped out of the ground and used as weapons; and battles featuring hundreds of units intrigued backers enough to net the campaign almost $400k in pledges, it looked like the project wasn’t going to come close to its $1.4 million goal. 

“The time has come to shut down the Kickstarter for Human Resources,” Wrote Uber’s John Comes in an update. “Every Kickstarter prediction model is showing that we will come up woefully short of our goal. Running a Kickstarter is a full time job for several people. As a small indie, we can’t continue spending time and money focusing on a project that won’t get funded. We simply don’t have the human resources.”

The game pitched in the Kickstarter is over, explained Comes, but the world itself might live on in another form. 

Since the Planetary Annihilation campaign, Kickstarter has become a busier place, filled with ex-AAA devs, inventive indies and industry veterans all trying to bring to life one project or another, but that might not be the only reason Human Resources didn’t see the success of the studio’s last game. 

Despite being full of good ideas, Planetary Annihilation was rather disappointing, and was launched before it felt finished, despite going through a long Early Access period. Indeed, Kickstarter projects have proven to be a mixed bag, generally, and it’s no surprise to see confidence, or at least eagerness to pledge, diminishing. 

And, looking at the page for the now dead project, there are similarities to the promises made in regards to Planetary Annihilation. Most notably this line: “Blast from the past! The tone, character, and pacing of a Command & Conquer game mixed with the mammoth battles of an Annihilation game.”

Once again, Uber was selling nostalgia. This time leveraging Command & Conquer as well as well as Total Annihilation.

Regardless, it’s still unfortunate. Human Resources sounds like a genuinely interesting game, and there’s a serious dearth of compelling RTS games available these days. And it is unfortunate that the Kickstarter business model makes it necessary for small developers to keep churning out new campaigns, especially if they start off ambitious, making it less likely they are going to have enough funds once the game ships to build another game without assistance. 


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Soxekaj Avatar
3 Years ago

Considering the end result of Planetary Annihilation, can't really say I'm surprised. Don't go back to Kickstarter, if you didn't deliver on your first project.

PurgatorialFlame Avatar
3 Years ago

I'm saddened but not surprised. It was a metaphorical slap in the face to everyone who backed P.U even though they said it was a "separate team" on H.R.

Crowdfunding is based on trust and confidence, launching a new game before you have finished the last one (that was hugely funded and still failed a decent launch) completely broke confidence. Cancellation was the end result of their hubris.

I do hope to see H.R, it looked like a lot of fun.

Loki_uk Avatar
3 Years ago

That's the problem - I was really interested in Planetary Annihilation (especially after the massive Steam Store push on it) - luckily I had missed the kickstarter and certainly wasn't going to spend the 60 quid it cost for the game at the beginning. The reports that came out the forums were just disheartening though. Why would I believe them again on another "dream" product.

I've also been bitten by Godus which was just so so dull - none of the "make a volcano" or "rain meteorites" that were promised (or maybe they are - but with no sign of this after 5 hours of play but more houses and clicking...).

However I have to say that I kickstarted and love Rimworld and Elite and in the "looking interesting but not playable yet" category are Armello and Chaos Reborn...

Some of them make it, and some of them don't. So long as you don't sign up to the big levels then it's a worthwhile pledge.

Apocalypsy Avatar
3 Years ago

Well I certainly wasn't going to back them after their abomination called Planetary annihilation. I was dumb enough and thought they could deliver a game in the likes of Supreme Commader forged alliance but was horribly mistaken. Result 45 euro down the drainer. Uber isn't getiing one more rotten cent from me.