Allison Road Cancellation
Allison Road, news of this independent Horror video game first surfaced in September 2014. Posted on the Unreal Engine Forums were the inaugural set of information. Positive rave and attention would soon follow. “Allison Road” was a solo project by veteran concept artist Chris Kesler. Kesler’s robust resume includes working on “Avatar”, “The Hobbit”, and “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Kesler embarked creating his first Horror video game. An interest in the Survival Horror genre became Kesler’s driving force.
I love games ever since I can remember really. I always wondered what it would take to make one, so finally I decided the best way to find out is to just try it myself. I love survival horror games, hence Allison Road will definitely have a heavy focus on horror. I built major chunks of my first level in modo over the last few weeks
Lilith LTD. formed in 2015 and comprised of a small team of programmers, developers. The start-up company focused on the release to “Allison Road”. The title, many were considering to be the spiritual successor to “Silent Hills PT“.
In 2015 a crowdfunding launched. The Kickstarter campaign would amass four thousand four hundred eighty-two backers (4,4,82). From the statistics a reflection was clear. Many had an interest in having the concept “Allision Road” materialize in video game form.
An estimated two hundred nine thousand three hundred thirteen dollars ($209,313) was raised. The crowdfunding goal was three hundred fifty-eight thousand five hundred seven dollars ($358,507). “Allison Road” trekked on course towards successful publishing. Yet, the positive outlook was short lived.
In October 2015 the once prosperous Kickstarter was no more. Lilith LTD. released a statement soon after the closing to the crowdfunding campaign. The comment summarizes the judgment call to halt public funding for “Allison Road”
“We have decided to withdraw the Kickstarter campaign to allow us to commit 100% to an opportunity that will give us the chance as a team to create the best game possible. As a newly founded studio, we’ve been completely overwhelmed by your encouragement and huge interest in Allison Road and we’d love to thank each and every one of you for all of the amazing support you have given us during our Kickstarter campaign and beyond. Really incredibly appreciated”.
Lilith LTD had secured a collaborative partnership with the video game development company, Team17. All was quiet on the progress of “Allison Road”…. until now.
Earlier this week news erupted across gaming and Horror news sources. “Allison Road” one of the most anticipated Horror games suffered cancellation. A tweet issued on the 5th of June 2016 confirmed the unfortunate news.
Hi all. Sadly Allison Road had to be cancelled. Statement to come in the next few days. Thx for all your support and very sad it came 2 this
— Allison Road (@AllisonRoad_HQ) June 5, 2016
Allison Road Cancellation Halts Survival Horror Gaming?
The cancellation of “Allison Road” delivers a serious blow to the video game industry. Titles that explore the survival horror concept are few and far between. Horror titles tanked in sales
and popularity. This is due to the overwhelming infusion of the shoot em up Action formula.
There are several concepts in development that explore multiplayer survival horror integration. Yet, these upcoming titles do not offer the true experience of a long forgotten genre.
Unarmed, trekking through dark corridors, unaware of the dangers that lurk. This is a true survival Horror experience. “Allison Road” possessed the aspects to reinvigorate this terrifying adventure. It is saddening gamers will not get to see this concept fulfilled.