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Kickstarter Round-Up: January
The long awaited Broken Age (or at least the first half of it) has finally become playable for backers this week (read our review) but it’s not the only Kickstarter game making its way into the hands of gamers this month with both The Banner Saga and Void Destroyer also making their debut. Simply put, January 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty big month for Kickstarter games and that’s without even looking at the newest games to launch campaigns on the crowdfunding service. For those games, Leviathyn’s Kickstarter Round-Up is here to show off the most promising and exciting games running Kickstarter campaigns this month.
While there’s plenty of exciting things about Kickstarter one of the drawbacks to the service is its heavy reliance on word-of-mouth advertising. The power of word-of-mouth advertising can be seen just as evidently in the massive successes of games like Broken Age as it can in the failure of other games projects like Ambrov X. It is my hope that with this feature Leviathyn can do a bit to generate interest in up and coming Kickstarter games that deserve to get made just as much as their bigger AAA counterparts.
Here are the highlights of January when it comes to Kickstarter games:
Novus Aeterno is an MMORTS developed by Taitale Studios that boasts the self-proclaimed-title of “largest strategy game ever” and from the looks of the game it might just live up to that claim. The game looks like a cross between space MMORPGs like EVE Online and 4X strategy games like Sins of A Solar Empire with players able to negotiate, trade, dominate, and deceive in a persistent online universe. It looks like a hell of an ambitious game and one that targets the exact kinds of niche gamers that Kickstarter is so great at providing for. Additionally the Kickstarter campaign itself is only funding the last stretch of the game’s development, so it’s quite likely that we’ll see the game’s release far sooner than the other Kickstarter games seeking funding this month.
As of writing this article Novus Aeterno has well and truly skyrocketed past its initial goal of $75,000 but you can still pledge money to the game through Kickstarter here. You can watch the pledge video for the game below:
Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians
With Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians, Yasumi Matsuo is looking to do for fans of tactical JRPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics what Keiji Inafune is doing for fans of Megaman with Mighty No. 9. The ex-Final Fantasy developer is raising money to put an all star team of tactical RPG developers to work on an epic strategy RPG said to cover the heroes of a fictional fantasy conflict known as The Seventy-Seven Years War. Unsung Story looks like a Kickstarter where the people behind the game are just as compelling of a reason to pledge money as the game itself. The game’s war narrative is framed as historical and through the episodic strategy RPG game, players will take the role of different heroes and villains throughout the conflict. You can find out more about the game, the fantasy world it’s set in and the different characters classes that the game will feature on the detailed breakdown of the game on its Kickstarter page. Tactics JRPGs like Fire Emblem and Vagrant Story are becoming increasingly few and far between and it’ll be exciting to see a veteran developer of such games will use Unsung Heroes to push the limits of the genre or work expertly within them.
As of writing, Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians has passed $300,000 of its $600,000 goal. You can pledge donations to the game through Kickstarter here. You can watch the pledge video for the game below:
Project Nimbus is a much smaller game in scale than the other two games but no less compelling. The developer (and subtly-named) GameCrafterTeam is looking to produce a game that blurs the lines between mech combat, shoot-em-up and aerial-dogfighting games. The game is described as “a high speed mech action game set in a post-apocalyptic world” in which “players take control of BattleFrames – humanoid battle suits armed with arsenal of weapons”. The gameplay looks both quite mechanically ambitious and visually sound. It has already hit its Kickstarter goal of £6000 and passed through the Steam Greenlight process so it looks like Project Nimbus is coming one way or another, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the game to see what level of stretch goals the campaign reaches.
As of writing, Project Nimbus is sitting on £10,000 but you can still pledge donations through the game’s Kickstarter page. You can watch the pledge video for the game below: