We recently published an in-depth article on why The Letter is not a game that should be on the Wii U eShop, due to its poor quality and the fact that it can be completed in mere minutes.
Now developer Treefall Studios reveals in an interview what went wrong. Apparently, the game was made by one person and was severely lacking in funding in order to be properly made.
Treefall Studios says that the game is short and lacking because they didn’t raise enough money. They needed $5,000 in order to make the game. How much funding did The Letter have? About $377.
The one-man team, consisting of developer Eli Brewer, had to go to work at a regular job, so the game only got a part-time commitment from him. Of course, the end result shows.
Finally, Brewer had this to say to all the “haters” out there:
I’m working on it best I can, I had no money, and I’m just getting started at this game development thing. Hopefully I’ll be able to improve it, but we’ll definitely learn from our past mistakes like what we’ve made with this one, but there’s a lot of people out there who have enjoyed it, so thank you a whole lot for your support.
That’s all nice and noble, but what we’re really wondering is; if he knew that the game was lacking and not up to standard, why release it? Why not work on it some more, why not try and raise more than $377?