Panda Controller Kickstarter cancelled, production affected by coronavirus pandemic

    In a rather unfortunate update, Panda Global announced that the Panda Controller is no longer shipping in December 2022. This is due to production being affected by shortages and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A new shipment date for the controller will be announced once ready. As a result, the Kickstarter has been cancelled and refunds to all backers will processed as soon as possible. Panda Global plans to pursue outside investment to continue the project internally in the meantime. Check out the full statement below:

    We have some unfortunate news to share today. Since opening the Kickstarter, we’ve been made aware of a few factors outside of our control that, when added up, have affected our production timeline. Among other new roadblocks, our main manufacturing partner in China is being affected by ongoing rolling blackouts, slowing their production which was already affected by COVID-related shortages. We know how excited you all are to get the Panda Controller as soon as possible, but it looks like we can’t guarantee the December 2022 date anymore and we don’t know what the new date will be yet.

    So, with the Panda Controller timeline not having a clear end date, we had to figure out what the best next steps are. After a lot of deliberation, we felt it wasn’t right of us to hold onto your funds for an unknown amount of time without being able to guarantee when delivery will be. We had to make an incredibly difficult decision that we hope is the right one for everyone. As of today, we’ll be canceling our Kickstarter early with all pledges fully refunded while we pursue outside investment to continue the project internally.

    We know how disappointing this is for many of you. We can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given us to help make our dreams a reality.

    P.S. the PGhardware team is expanding soon! Check out our listing for Lead Electrical Hardware Engineer here!

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    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Final Weapon. With a passion for the Japanese gaming industry, Raul is a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs and fighting/action games. business email: [email protected]

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