As we reported a few days back, the Patreon page for the Armory game engine was deleted and all contributors were refunded. There was no announcements or details on why such an action occurred leaving users to wonder what exactly happened and what the future held for the Armory game engine. We finally have a bit of an update and it’s a mix of good and bad news. First the good news, development continues on the Amory game engine, so if you are interested in learning more, be sure to check out our ongoing tutorial series to get up to speed. The bad news is, the funding situation isn’t resolved.
More details from Armory:
Originally, Armory was using Patreon. We managed to reach the goal ($1600) and Armory was released as a free software. A dream come true! A few days ago, I received an email noticing me that the patreon page was removed. Then, after contacting support, I learned that the page was off due to suspected fraud. I do not yet know what exactly that means, whether it was something I (unknowingly) did or if it was a mistake.
This caused a confusion that Armory is being discontinued or sold off. Armory will continue to be developed as free and open-source software and I am fully committed to it. Since I value Armory as a long-term project, I want to keep things as stable as possible. If someone decides to use the technology, he should not worry it will be shut-down tomorrow. This is crucial.
In the end, I realized Patreon has every right to do this. To prevent this from happening in the future, I decided to start a dedicated funding page. It is still powered by a third-party service (gumroad), however the funding process and status of the project will always be publicly visible on this page, without risk of being taken down.
Once again, I thank you for endless support. Please contact me directly or post in the forums in case of issues. This page will continue being edited with further improvements and fixes. See you around with more updates soon!
Hopefully most of the users that just got their contributions refunded will now direct their refunds toward the new donation page.