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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...

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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.

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"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...

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

- etherspark see all 10 comments

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'...

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"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...

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

- imbarkus see all 7 comments

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.

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

- citizenswift see all 13 comments

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.

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

- JohnnyRey see all 54 comments

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 ...

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Giana Sisters dev crowdfunding Ravensdale

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 23, 2013 3:00pm PDT

Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams developer Black Forest Games was formed from remnants of Spellbound Entertainment, and is now resurrecting one of the Gothic 4 maker's old projects. It's trying to crowdfund Ravensdale, a steampunk fantasy "run&gun platformer" boasting four-play...

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Satellite Reign trailer shows more of Syndicate Wars 'spiritual successor'

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 22, 2013 6:45am PDT

With only six days left on its crowdfunding campaign, somehow Satellite Reign may not quite hit its $530,000 (ish) goal. So, to stir up interest, here's a short new trailer of an in-engine "gameplay visualisation" showing how its cyberpunk city and squad-based tactical actio...

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"Support agent? Now it's starting to feel gamey. Still a nice title that should make the cut."

- Xulu see all 14 comments

Wasteland 2 delayed due to expanded scope

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 22, 2013 6:00am PDT

inXile Entertainment had long hoped to launch Wasteland 2 in October, but has needed to push its crowdfunded RPG back a little. All those stretch goals it hit have made for a whole lot of extra work, see, so development's running about six weeks behind. inXile now plans to d...

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"I suspect the truth is that it's way more than 6 weeks behind. This announcement is just a bid ..."

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Ouya launches $1 million fund to secure exclusives

By Steve Watts, Jul 18, 2013 1:00pm PDT

Ouya has announced a $1 million pool of funds to be doled out towards promising Kickstarter Android projects that commit to 6 months of Ouya exclusivity.

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"You guys just don't understand what is at the root of this platform. Whatever man."

- rtricoche see all 7 comments

Police Quest creator crowdfunding Precinct

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 16, 2013 9:15am PDT

The folks behind Space Quest have crowdfunded a rebirth of their adventure game series, and here comes another Sierra 'Quest' classic. Police Quest creator Jim Walls is looking for $500,000 to fund his new first-person police procedural, named Precinct.

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"The only Police Quest he did was Police Quest 4 though. After that, it quickly became SWAT, ..."

- gzubluck see all 17 comments

Shroud of the Avatar progress video shows off 11 minutes of gameplay

By Steve Watts, Jul 12, 2013 2:30pm PDT

Richard Garriott has released a video of the Shroud of the Avatar prototype he recently showed at the Rooster Teeth expo.

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"Yeah, thought I hope we can stay zoomed in all the time and not have the overhead map."

- Ziz see all 5 comments

Wasteland 2 signs physical distribution deal with Deep Silver

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 11, 2013 6:45am PDT

One big drive in the recent crowdfunding bonanza has been a sentiment of "publishers can go rot", but publishers do also provide valuable services beyond developers' area of expertise. Wasteland 2 developer inXile today announced it's signed a distribution deal with publishe...

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"It sounds like they would be smart to do that, considering they are the ones who stand to lose ..."

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