Crackdown dev joins Square Enix Collective crowdfunding initiative

Square Enix's Collective has kicked off its pilot program. Three studios are submitting new games to be crowdfunded, with Crackdown developer Ruffian Games among them.

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Square Enix has taken a major step forward with its Collective crowdfunding indie game initiative by recruiting three new studios for its pilot program. Among them is Crackdown developer Ruffian Games, who have announced a new game called Game of Glens.

Game of Glens (pictured) has players managing a Highland Clan and competing in the titular Game of Glens, which combine resource management, building, and projectile combat. Players can unlock weapons and buildings as they earn Game Points through sustained tower height and cumulative damage to the opponent. Game of Glens will feature both single and multiplayer game modes.

"We think Collective is going to open doors to a lot of people with great ideas and we want to be here at the start to help make it a success," the project page states. However, only 39% of visitors have said they would consider funding the project.

Two other projects also joined the Square Enix Collective today, both far more appealing to the masses. Moon Hunters is a multiplayer open-world adventure centered around solving the mystery of the missing moon from Kitfox Games. The most popular game, however, is World War Machine, a mech-based action game featuring five-player co-op, from Tuque Games.

The Collective pilot program will run for 28 days, with the community selecting which games will move to the crowdfunding stage, via a partnership with Indiegogo. Projects that successfully raise funds may also receive additional help from Square Enix, who will help with development and distribution across digital platforms.

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