Dreamfall Chapters – $1.32 mil. 1+ day left.
At the Gates – $106k. Finished.
Worlds of Wonder – $107k ($400k goal). Failed.
Death Inc. – £122k (£300k goal). Failed.
Delver’s Drop – $104k. 4 days left.
Throw Trucks With Your Mind – $32k ($40k goal). 5 days left.
Mage’s Initiation – $77k. 14 days left.
There Came an Echo – $67k ($90k goal). 13 days left.
Death Boulder Bones – $2k ($28k goal). 14 days left.
Skullgirls – $334k. 20 days left.
Another Castle – $7k ($12k goal). 21 days left.
Race the Sun – $21k. Finished.
It’s a famous computer RPG extravaganza this week!
First, we have a spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment with Torment: Tides of Numenera. It’s not an actual sequel to Planescape: Torment since they couldn’t get the rights, but it has many of the same staff members and takes place in a similar but original setting (intersection between various planes). The kickstarter set a new record for fastest kickstarter to reach $1 million in around 8 hours. It’s currently at $2.1 million so it has a good shot at breaking the all-time record for most money raised in a game software kickstarter (currently held by Project Eternity with just under $4 million).
Next, we have a new spiritual success to Ultima Online called Shroud of the Avatar. There’s a great interview over on Polygon with Richard Garriott himself that explains just what he’s trying to do. Among other things, the game will have a more intimate feel than most MMORPGs, will be completely playable solo & offline if you want, and will have a cool PvP system that’s tied to quests (for example, choosing to do one quest might make you a target for another player). It’s at $135k already (just started this morning) but it’s climbing fast so I have no doubt that it’ll manage to reach its goal of $1 million in the next 29 days.
Crayon Chronicles looks like a fun little roguelike with a playful crayon-based aesthetic. Doesn’t look to break any new ground but it’s cute and that counts for a lot. It’s at $4k of its $5k goal with 23 days to go.
The new spiritual successor to famous old computer RPGs sound great but I might actually be more excited about this one little project that came out of nowhere. Net Gain: Corporate Espionage is a strategy game where you try to sabotage your corporate competitors by any means necessary. All those bars, graphs, and stats… it just fills me with glee. It’s at $15k of its $16k goal with 22 days left to go.
There have been a lot of people saying that kickstarter is a bubble that’s ready to break at any time as soon as we start seeing more kickstarter projects that reach their goal but ultimately fail to produce a good game. Honestly, I don’t see it. Sure, failed kickstarters will scare some people off, but successful kickstarters will bring new people in. Individual projects will succeed & fail but I think crowdfunding game project is here to stay.