Glorious Leader!, the PC and mobile game parodying North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un, seems to be dead in the water. Developer Money Horse Games announced that they're shutting down the Kickstarter campaign due to threats and a cyberattack.
"As many of you know, over the holidays we were victims of a hack inspired by the attack on Sony," said Moneyhorse in their most recent Kickstarter update. "The hackers destroyed data pertaining to Glorious Leader! and other projects we had in development and locked us out of our own computers and wesbite. The timing couldn't have been worse as it hampered our ability to attend to the Kickstarter project. We realize that we also made mistakes in our pledge levels and rewards. It is now evident that our funding goals will not be met, so we are cancelling our Kickstarter campaign."
"This is not the first time we have been targeted because of Glorious Leader! Between the hacking and other threats, we think it is time to reevaluate our commitment to Glorious Leader! We thank our fans and supporters, and we are sorry to let you down."
Glorious Leader! is a run-and-gun shooter starring Kim Jong-Un. The player controls Jong-Un as he battles the American military with the help of Dennis Rodman and the ghost of his father. He rides into some battles on the back of a narwhal or unicorn.
Moneyhorse Games had an interesting reaction to Sony Picture's troubles this fall. Sony was hacked and threatened over The Interview, a movie in which Seth Rogen and James Franco assassinate Jong-Un. Moneyhorse launched the Glorious Leader! Kickstarter on the same day that Sony cancelled the theatrical debut of their film. They also announced a new level in the game in which Jong-Un attacked Sony Pictures.
While Moneyhorse seemed to view the controversy over The Interview as a way to get some exposure for their game. However, they also seemed worried that they would be targeted like Sony.
"I should probably ask for more funds now to beef up our cybersecurity," Moneyhorse's Jeff Miller said last month. "We didn't know things were going to get this weird."
Before the Kickstarter was cancelled, Moneyhorse managed to raise nearly $17,000. That sum was well short of the $55,000 goal but it's nonetheless an impressive feat for an unknown developer. Now that the Kickstarter's been scuttled, though, Moneyhorse won't get any of that money.
Moneyhorse didn't say outright that the game was cancelled. With the website down and the Kickstarter campaign ended, though, it doesn't look good. While Sony Pictures eventually reversed course and released The Interview, they had widespread public support and enough resources to bounce back from the hardships the hackers inflicted. Moneyhorse doesn't have either of those things so they may decide their parody game isn't worth the trouble.