Feeds

Ten... crowd-funded games from veteran devs

Kickstart my career revamp?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Nekro

DarkForge, a group of veterans hailing from studios such as Blizzard, Sony and Microsoft, decided to go it alone with its old school game about necromancy. The overhead, randomly generated action game is all about summoning evil to do your dirty work, drawing influence from classics such as Myth: The Fallen Lords, Giants: Citizen Kabuto and Dungeon Keeper.

Nekro

Shadowrun Returns

Fans of RPG classic Shadowrun flocked in droves to donate towards its revival and raised a stupendous amount of cash in the process. Shadowrun Returns is now set for release in 2013 promising an even greater 'Blade Runner meets Lord of the Rings' adventure, where man crosses both magic and machine, and the Matrix is in full effect.

Shadowrun Returns

Starlight Inception

LucasArts veteran Garry Gaber and his team at Escape Hatch Entertainment reached out for crowd-funding in order to develop what he calls "the rebellious stepchild of Wing Commander, X-wing and Freespace 2" and promises a fresh approach to the classic space combat game. Starlight Inception is expected to shoot onto shelves next summer for PC and PlayStation Vita.

Starlight Inception

Takedown

This spiritual successor to Rainbow Six and Swat is what the developers call a "thinking-person's shooter". We assume that means you won't be teabagged after getting fragged by a teen with lolwhut Tourette's, but we wont hold our breath.

While lead designer for Takedown is Bafta Award winner Christian Allen and the team behind the project consists of a handsome collection of industry veterans, getting the community involved was crucial to the game's development, apparently, and thus Kickstarter was the obvious route for funding.

Takedown

Wasteland 2

The post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland got the Kickstarter green light last month, paving the way for Interplay founder and famed games developer Brian Fargo to proceed with the game's revival. After collecting a total just shy of $3m, a version of Wasteland 2 for PC, Mac OS X and Linux are all on the way, expected around October 2013.

After publishers generally told the team to get stuffed because no one is interested in old-school RPGs, crowd-sourcing has proven otherwise.

Wasteland 2

Xenonauts

With the official return of X-Com pushed back, gamers have used Kickstarter as a means to bring their own version to market sooner. Step in Xenonauts from Goldhawk Interactive, a London-based studio with experience on commercial titles such as Battlefield 3 and Heroes of Might and Magic.

The "Strategic Planetary Defence Simulator" has been highly talked up by our resident old-school gamer, Lucy Orr, who can't wait to get her mitts on the X-Com-esque title. The team hopes to raise $50,000 in the next 31 days, in order to release Xenonauts to as high a standard as possible. It is almost there already, so things look promising. ®

Xenonauts

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist
By the way, I have a really nice bridge you might like...
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.