Crowdfunding News


Shroud of the Avatar releases first test version to backers

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2013 10:15am PST

Richard Garriott's crowdfunded game Shroud of the Avatar has released its first test build to backers, letting them create a character and explore a town.


"Please do! It's been too long since we've had a good Ultima game"

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Diplopia uses Oculus Rift to help treat visual disorders

By Ozzie Mejia, Nov 26, 2013 12:00pm PST

An upcoming Oculus Rift title called Diplopia will help treat lazy eye and crossed eye, with noticeable improvement expected after 2-3 weeks of gameplay.


"That probably means there could be some games that would cause or create lazy eye."

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Reset gameplay trailer reveals robot timepals

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 28, 2013 10:30am PDT

Reset looked awfully pretty back in 2012 when developer Theory Interactive first announced the first-person puzzler, and it's still a bit of all right in the first gameplay footage. Theory today dropped a new trailer, showing how your giant robotic self will jump back in tim...


Square Enix enters crowdfunding with Collective program

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 08, 2013 11:00am PDT

One reason so many developers have turned to crowdfunding is to escape publishers, but what if you want a publisher? What if you secretly crave their help and love and approval? Square Enix is wading into the crowdfunding waters with a new program named Collective, which als...


"this just seems so bad on so many levels.. why would anyone want to do this? Its better to come ..."

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Citizens of Earth is a turn-based RPG from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon devs

By Andrew Yoon, Sep 23, 2013 5:00am PDT

Inspired by Earthbound and Suikoden, Citizens of Earth has players in charge of the Vice President of the World, recruiting everyday folks to help him win political clout.


"Thanks! That's awesome. Share the game with friends too and let's keep the word of mouth growing!"

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Neal Stephenson's crowdfunded Clang on hold, awaiting investment

By Alice O'Connor, Sep 20, 2013 6:00am PDT

Crowdfunding, it's always worth remembering, is not the same as pre-ordering--especially when it's only funding part of development. Author and sword-lover Neal Stephenson raised over half a million dollars with his dream of a realistic motion-controlled swordfighting game, ...


"^ This. So far the only crowdfunding project to have released and exceeded my expectation is ..."

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Ouya 'Free the Games Fund' promotion making changes following criticism

By Steve Watts, Sep 19, 2013 11:30am PDT

Ouya's has announced changes to its "Free the Games Fund" promotion, aimed at stemming criticism regarding fraudulent projects trying to get funding.


"Seems a pretty good reaction. I'm glad to see Ouya Inc. doing a better job of dealing with ..."

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Natural Selection 2 holds free weekend; trying to crowdfund free updates

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 30, 2013 12:00pm PDT

What does your indie team do when you have bills to pay but still want to focus on your pride and joy? Rather turn to paid DLC or start work on a sequel, Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds is trying a spot more crowdfunding to keep the FPS-RTS's free updates rollin...


Precinct cancels Kickstarter, opens tiered crowdfunding

By Steve Watts, Aug 06, 2013 6:00pm PDT

Precinct, the indie title from Police Quest creator Jim Walls, has canceled its Kickstarter campaign and started up its own tiered funding model. The new model rewards backers with working demos based on different phases of development.


"I don't really care about the process, just call me when it's done."

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Collateral crowdfunding cyberpunk cab combat

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 29, 2013 1:30pm PDT

Somewhere between Quarantine, Crazy Taxi, and the movie The Fifth Element lies Collateral, plonking you behind the wheel of a heavily-armed hovercab in an an open-world cyberpunk city. Developer Dancing Dinosaur Games is in the middle of crowdfunding this jolly exciting idea...


"Oh yeah!! Loved Quarantine!! Hope you can dive under the green fog into the slummed-up under city!!"

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Satellite Reign Kickstarter ends, hitting destructible environments stretch goal

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 29, 2013 11:30am PDT

It was looking ropey for a while, but Satellite Reign eventually blew through its £450,000 ($530k-ish) crowdfunding goal and on Sunday wrapped up its main campaign. The self-declared "spiritual successor" to Syndicate Wars hit some fine stretch goals towards the end, so it'...


"we see more and more good sci-fi movie too.... maybe "real" shooter like COD will move over for ..."

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Shadow of the Eternals crowdfunding relaunched

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 26, 2013 6:00am PDT

Precursor Games has relaunched its crowdfunding campaign for Shadow of the Eternals, a "spiritual successor" to GameCube survival horror Eternal Darkness made by some of the folks behind the original at Silicon Knights. Which proved to be a bit of a problem, as many don't ha...


"Check this project out again guys, the updates are looking pretty good (boxed Collector's ..."

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Tabletop/video game hybrid Golem Arcana is next for Shadowrun Returns studio

By Steve Watts, Jul 25, 2013 8:15am PDT

HareBrained Schemes has debuted its next project, a hybrid tabletop/video game that uses real pieces with a mobile device for score-keeping. It will start crowd-funding in August.


"There's something unique about having physical play pieces that can't be expressed via an ..."

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Shadowrun Returns review: classic RPG reborn

By John Keefer, Jul 25, 2013 6:00am PDT

Shadowrun Returns is a triumphant return to the classic days of old-school computer RPGs.


"says the guy who knows absolutely jack shit about game development"

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Knights of Pen & Paper dev crowdfunding Power Rangers-y TV show sim

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 24, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Knights of Pen & Paper developer Behold Studios is planning another meta-game, this time a TV sim where you make a Power Rangers-ish show, with layers of running a studio and fighting tactical battles in episodes. It's trying to crowdfund Chroma Squad, and is having a great ...