As YouTuber BroTeamPill pointed out, Time Ramesside’s Kickstarter was launched several days after Welge was charged with grand theft property (more than $300, less than $5000) in Charlotte County, Florida. Though there’s no evidence to confirm BroTeamPill’s allegations that Welge used Kickstarter as a means to pay off his legal fees, the timing is certainly unfortunate, and it certainly gives prior accusations of fraud/asset theft an awful lot of credibility.
Welge took to Panzer’s Facebook account to deny that he’d been charged, claiming that he was being mistaken for a different Jason Welge, and that he lived in Wisconsin, not Florida. However, the man pictured is without question the very same Jason Welge seen in every one of Panzer’s Kickstarter videos.
Time Ramesside was released on April 29th – as per Panzer’s Steam updates – though the game’s official release date was listed as May 1st.
This final build is about as dodgy as could be expected. The game’s executable file is simply “ShooterGame.exe”, the same executable file used for Unreal Engine’s stock first person shooter demo “Shooter Game.” Panzer didn’t even bother to change their executable file to correspond with either of their game’s names. An Early cut-scene in the game is a slightly modified version of the Unreal 4 “Elemental Demo”, just with hodge-podge assets thrown in to replace Unreal’s fire and ice demons.
After reviewing Time Ramesside (I gave it no stars FYI), Welge took to the comments section to air his grievances. He began by claiming that I had lied in my review, stating that the game’s release date was not May 1st (it is). Accompanying him were two other users, named IceMan10153115 and Bill Venders, both of whom claimed they loved Time Ramesside. Unsurprisingly, Iceman and Bill Venders shared the same IP address as Panzer Gaming Studios.