Posted By Shaun K. about 2 months ago
Love it or hate, the fact is that Kickstarter continues to have a major impact on the game industry, so we here at BT will keep on covering the news arising from it. While a number of high profile projects recently came to a close, more remain in the wings waiting for their moment in the sun. As it so happens, that moment is none other than now, at least as far as Blistered Thumbs is concerned.
First up is River City Ransom: Underground, an officially licensed follow-up to the classic NES beat ‘em up that has gone on to inspire countless games in the years since its original release. It took Underground until near the end of its campaign to reach its goal, but thankfully it managed to do so over the weekend. With 36 hours to go, as of this writing, it is even nearing its first stretch goal: release on Mac and Linux.
At the very least, a release on PC is now (hopefully) assured to occur in September 2014, at which point we will all be able to pick back up with Alex and Ryan and the rest of the River City Gang(s) twenty years on. River City Ransom came out twenty years ago… I am so goddam old. Anyways, while I deal with my latest semi-mid-life crisis, feel free to head here and become a backer of River City Ransom: Underground. You will be glad you did, so do not wait because time is running out.
Speaking of Kickstarter projects that have successfully reached their initial funding goal, our next project to get the spotlight is one that all you fans of a certain now sadly defunct superhero MMO will want to pay close attention to. I am talking about City of Titans, an MMO being made by fans of City of Heroes and intended to act as a spiritual successor to that much lamented now defunct game. For those raising your eyebrows at the thought of a fan-continuation of a popular MMO, em>City of Titans was already in development for over a year before the all-volunteer team of developers working on it officially launched the game’s Kickstarter a few days ago.
The project’s goal was $320,000 and it reached that goal this morning with over 27 days left to go. The funding hasn’t stopped since then and the project currently rests at $360,850, which puts its past its first stretch goal: an Android port of the game’s avatar builder. At $400,000 an iOS version of the avatar builder for City of Titans will also be added while the third and (for now at least) final stretch goal of $450,000 will see a Mac port of the game released alongside the PC version. The game is currently being aimed for release in November 2015.
To be fair, unlike most of the Kickstarter games highlighted on BT lately, I have to be honest and admit that in my estimate City of Titans is something of a risk. I have literally no worries about projects like Mighty No. 9, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and even something like River City Ransom Underground producing a final product. The first two come from currently active studios that both published game(s) this year for Pete’s sake. They are also far more modest titles ultimately in terms of scope and size and being worked on by full-time paid staff.
City of Titans, on the other hand, is taking on one of the most ambitious of all game genres with a staff of all volunteers. Passionate volunteers with at least some professional programming experience and a solid and realistically laid out plan of attack for developing the game, yes, but still volunteers all the same. I have always been upfront about never spending more than you are prepared to lose on a Kickstarter project and it is a project like City of Titans in particular that I have in mind when making that recommendation.
By no means do I think the folks at Missing Worlds Media, Inc are setting out to scam people or anything, but this is a risky venture at best. The good news is that the project has already reached its goal and then some so if you do not feel secure enough to back the project you do not have to. It will go forward regardless. So you can if you chose just sit-back and observe how things develop in the years to come, but even if that is your plan I still recommend you head over the project’s Kickstarter page and check out what the creators have to say. It makes clear this is no spur of the moment project and indeed you might just come away a believer.
Next up is another intriguing Kickstarter project releasing its first piece of in-game footage today. The Long Dark describes itself as “a first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness.” Players take on the role of a pilot whose plane crashes in an unforgiving frozen wilderness following an event that shuts down power across the globe. Now players must survive both the harsh realities of nature and the dangerous treachery of other survivors in their quest to stay alive. The project currently rests at $126,189 CAD of its $200,000 CAD goal and has 8 days yet to go. So check out the video below and decide for yourselves if you want to give the game your cash.
Finally, I would like to once again take this opportunity to once again recommend you consider backing Citizens of Earth – A Modern RPG. The project’s total currently stands at $23,624 CAD which is far short of the needed $100,000 CAD. There are still 12 days left in the project which is plenty of time to get behind this Earthbound meets Pokemon & Suikoden RPG. If you are still in doubt about this amazing looking game then check out the Video Games Awesome folks give the game’s publicly released Alpha demo a go here and see if it does not change your mind. Then head here to try the demo yourself and give this well deserving game some support.
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