Even with a successful Kickstarter campaign, development for the game was eventually canceled.
Though the Bear Simulator managed to get its funding after a successful $100,000 Kickstarter campaign from 4,000 backers, the developer for the game has announced that there will be no updates as he decided to quit the development entirely.
Developer John Farjay left a message on the Kickstart campaign page:
“Well the game didn?t have a great reception, has a stigma against it?s name and there?s plenty of other problems so making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now. Plus not skilled enough to make the game better than it currently is or write better updates than previously…Also don?t want to deal with the drama anymore. Can?t ignore it because that causes more drama and can?t do anything about it because that causes more drama…Must be doing this PC game dev thing wrong because it is way too hard to stay happy and productive.”
His decision to halt the development for Bear Simulator was due to the poor reception from gamers despite getting a 78 percent of mostly positive reviews, but the drama intensified further when YouTuber PewDiePie made a video about his game and giving it a bad score, where at the end of the video the popular YouTuber gave the game developer a middle finger after trying to get a refund. Despite the video has gone private, it still managed to get 2.5 million views. The alleged video made a big impact towards John Farjay as more people from the internet started to gang up against him for his very first game, which has probably stressed him so much that he decided to call it quits.
It was indeed a sad fate for Farjay, though Bear Simulator was his first game, some people still like it and has a good potential, but when the negative reviews start to jump in, it is not much of a surprise if some new developers are not prepared for such criticisms.