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Offline Alexinator

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Why did they stop making this?
« on: December 26, 2015, 11:57:00 AM »
Anyone know?- :)

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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2015, 12:43:16 PM »
Basically, it stopped because ShiftyLook shut down. We don't know a lot of why, but if I recall correctly, the announcement message said "ShiftyLook was meant to revive old franchises but we feel we've done our job and are moving on" or something. It was somewhere along those lines.
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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 12:46:37 PM »
Oh, I see.

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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2015, 12:48:05 PM »
Found an archive of the announcement. Hopefully it loads. https://web.archive.org/web/20140314055921/http://www.shiftylook.com/news/post/newsletter20140310?lang=en
If it doesn't, here's a polygon article.
http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/10/5490210/namco-high-studio-shiftylook-is-shutting-its-doors
EDIT: Turns out, the story was right under our noses. They spent too much on advertising before launch and despite the fact they had monetixation plans, they didn't execute any of them until 2013. They released two games (Bravoman and Namco High) and the monetization plans for them were not thought out very well at all. More info can be found here. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/03/10/shiftylook-closes-but-udon-to-keep-their-comics-going-if-they-can/
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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2016, 05:07:36 AM »
I still wanna see it continue somehow...

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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 05:58:53 AM »
Here is the original message from ShiftyLook
By Rob Pereyda March 10, 2014
SHIFTYLOOK'S NEXT STEP

 
Dear ShiftyLook Fans:
 
We originally got the ShiftyLook project going at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. back in Fall 2011. The idea was to take the unused, “sleeping” video game characters of our past and bring them back first with webcomics, and then – once they had gotten enough traction – expand into other media like web animation, games, and merchandise.
 
I'm happy to say that we've done this with Wonder Momo, Bravoman, and some other very cool characters, which are now beloved not just in gamer circles, but at conventions, art groups, and many, many places we'd never expect. That said, now that we have successfully revived so many franchises, the heavy lifting is completed – and so is our work. We battled the video games abyss and won, which means it's time for us to move on and let the hit-makers play with some new toys.
 
While we are melancholy about ShiftyLook as an overall project going away, Wonder Momo, our star franchise, has some exciting things happening for it. WayForward Technologies, lord of the platformer gaming universe, is making their most ambitious game yet in Wonder Momo. Kotaku loved it in an early preview and we know you will, too. There is a whole line of Wonder Momo t-shirts available over at WeLoveFine.com, and the long-awaited Wonder Momo hardcover comic book is on the way from UDON Entertainment.
 
For some housekeeping, here is what is happening to what at ShiftyLook (all dates JST):
 
CLOSING:
 
BRAVOMAN: Binja Bash! on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore: In-app purchases available until March 16, 2014; download available through March 30, 2014
 
Namco High on ShiftyLook.com: Purchase available via Crunchyroll through March 28, 2014; servers shut down (no longer able to play) on June 30, 2014
 
ShiftyLook comics: Bravoman ends at #300; Wonder Momo ends at #200; Katamari ends at #150; Galaga ends at #100; Valkyrie ends at #100; Klonoa ends at #65; Tower of Babel ends at #26; Dig Dug Vol. 2 ends at #18
 
ShiftyLook website: No more updates after March 20, 2014; servers shut down on September 30, 2014; forums close on March 20, 2014
 
STAYING OPEN:
 
Wonder Momo video game: To be released on schedule on select digital download platforms
 
Wonder Momo anime: Stays on Crunchyroll and YouTube to view for free worldwide
 
Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and Galaga books: Releasing as scheduled by UDON Entertainment
 
Bravoman, Wonder Momo, Katamari, and other apparel: Stays available on WeLoveFine.com
 
Katamari and Galaga plush toys and rugs: Stays available on Squishable.com
 
 
Thank you all so much for enjoying ShiftyLook. We'll all miss you.
Sincerely,
-Team Shifty
 
 
GOODBYE CREDITS:
 
TEAM SHIFTY
 
Shigetaka Kurita   Rob Pereyda   Yutaro Ikegaya
Cory Casoni   Ritsuko Aoyagi
Ash Paulsen   Kaori Ito
 
COMIC CREATORS
Erik Ko   Jim Zub   Omar Dogan
Matt Moylan   Dax Gordine   Josh Perez
Alex Culang   Raynato Castro
Ryan North   Christopher Hastings   Anthony Clark
Ashley Davis   Hitoshi Ariga
Shannon Campbell   Sam Logan
...AND ALL FORMER COMICS ON SHIFTYLOOK CREATORS
 
PARTNERS
UDON ENTERTAINMENT   Proscenium Design Inc.
WayForward Technologies   Copernicus Studios
Toonhound Studios   Buttersafe LLC
Graphinica Inc.   Hiptic Games
What Pumpkin Studios   Date Nighto LLC
Cryptozoic Entertainment   Yomiuri-TV Enterprise
WeLoveFine.com   Squishable.com
Twitch TV   Crunchyroll
Comic-Con International   Reed Exhibitions
 
SPECIAL THANKS
Tommy Pedrini   Sparkles*   Area 11
Juan-Cruz Baldassare   Murray Bain   Paul Rigg
Scott Kurtz   Kris Straub   The Small-Buteras
Andrew Hussie   Cindy Dominguez   George Rohac   Conrad Kreyling
Andrea Demonakos   Tim Sheehy   Colette Bennett
Superfan Jay  Carmina Suva   Touya Shiro
ALL NAMCO BANDAI GAMES STAFF
ALL PARTNERS, STAFF & CREATORS
...AND YOU, THE FANS!

 
WONDER MOMO PLATFORMER
 
ShiftyLook has joined forces with WayForward Technologies, the developers of DuckTales Remastered and Mighty Switch Force!, to bring you a brand new side-scrolling platformer. Available this spring, the new game will be released on PC and Mac. Head over to wondermomo.jp for all the latest info on the new anime series and game!

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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2016, 06:58:11 AM »
First Off I do apologize for bumping into this old topic, I wasn't sure whether to make a new topic about this or just share my information about this here.

But anyway, There was actually a bit more to why Shiftylook was shut down aside from the links that was posted in this thread, apparently it also has something to do with the Guy who was in charged of Shiftylook. I actually was able to ask Matt Himself on his Deviantart, The Guy responsible for the Bravoman Web-Comics, so I thought I'd share a screenshot of his statement.



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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2016, 09:57:33 AM »
Wow. Talk about a plan backfiring.
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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2016, 12:53:06 PM »
Never... cared? Never cared-cared..... never c-cared about his projects??!!
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Re: Why did they stop making this?
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2016, 01:29:56 PM »
*Whistle Concert*
Well that's just shameful and disappointing to hear about.
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