The concept of this is awesome. The current state of execution is SO PROBLEMATIC.
Questions I have:
Why are there no women in the development team, and (among other things) how is this going to affect the dragons’ personalities and bonding experience?
What are the eggs made of and how much do they weigh? Is the $2000 (?!?!) one made of the same materials as the one for $99?
Is the extremely low poly and untextured render of the dragon really as far along as the CG models are?
If your dragon runs away/dies (which has been implied a possibility on the last live-stream), or otherwise goes wrong, can your egg be factory reset to start over?
Will all of the dragons be the same models, or will there be any variation in size, shape, or texture (besides the rarity tier differences)?
What is the Kickstarter money funding in this project? The amount of work that appears to be remaining can’t possibly be done for $30,000. Is this only for the egg manufacturing?
Why is there so much logo paraphernalia cluttering up the backer tiers? I can understand there being some, or having extras bundled with higher tiers, but this feels a little extreme.
The project leader won’t get his kids a pet, but thinks he can make a realistic virtual pet without living with animals in his home? Sure, I guess? Weird way to pitch the “get a virtual dragon instead of a dog!” idea.
They teased up a storm on the last live-stream video about showing off the actual dragon, and then finally “revealed” the same artist rendering concept drawing that is already all over their marketing and social media. This isn’t a question; I just feel insulted.
They also showed the art for the blue dragon. Which literally looks almost identical to the brown dragon. It’s a $450 or $650 price difference from the brown to the two blue tiers. Are you serious?
Why are the eggs Game of Thrones copycats?
They say it becomes accustomed to your voice. Can it really identify between different voices? (If yes, I don’t believe you. Please provide a demo.)
What VR headsets are supported besides the Vive?
The website indicates the VR/AR will have touch. No company has yet cracked touch for the consumer market. How is this expected to work?
Where and what are these “Location Based Entertainment Centers,” and when are they expected to launch?
The Backer Tier descriptions say they come with between 2 and 5 years of membership. I didn’t see anything anywhere else about this being a paid subscription service. What does the membership provide, and how much is this going to cost after your pre-paid time runs out?
And finally, critical for anything on Kickstarter: How transparent will the development team be on progress and updates? It’s currently a huge red flag to me that so much is unknown.
I’m taken by the project because I would love for their vision to be real. But… it feels like it’s tetering on the edge of a train wreck. I’ll be amazed and impressed if they deliver on their promises, and if that happens, I’ll for sure be interested in revisiting it.
Dragon Federation on Kickstarter