Posted By VictoriaRachel at 09:56 AM - Wed Sep 28 2016
There is a big difference between getting more funding to reach further stretch goals and flesh out the game and getting more funding in order to release the minimum viable product.
Before any confusion starts up between the use of minimum viable product by VictoriaRachel, and the use of minimum viable game by Caspian, let's explain what the difference between them is.
A minimum viable product, is a term used to describe a marketable item that is capable of being placed onto a market and sold at a set price. It generally lacks anything special about it since it is a bare minimum product, but it is more or less complete. They are generally made by a company with the intentions of making something greater, but could not reached that goal.
A minimum viable game, is a term used to describe a game that has the bare minimum requirements to turn on and be played. Such as: turning it on, maneuvering through a menu screen, a game world regardless of its size, a player character, and movement. the majority of the public refers to these as alpha stage games.
The distinction between them is extremely important; because at no point did Caspian ever say that the 900k dollars from kickstarter was enough to make a minimum viable product. He stated that it was enough to make a minimum viable GAME.
He has done just that already. There is an alpha version of this game, we have seen the developers show it off on numerous occasions. Another thing to note is that at no point did Caspian say that SBS has already used up all of the kickstarter funds. Making the assumption that they have; simply because they are looking for more funding is a foul on the community's part, not on Caspian's.
However, regardless of if there is still money left over, Caspian and SBS have met their kickstarter requirements of a minimum viable game, and I personally applaud them for that.