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Kickstarter Round-Up: October 2014
A recent report by consultancy firm Ico Partners found that the number of successful Kickstarter video game projects has declined over the last year. According to them, 2013 saw 446 Kickstarter games meet their funding goal while the first half of 2014 has only seen 175 titles funded through the service. The amount of money pumped into Kickstarter for video game projects has also dropped from $58 million over the course of 2013 to only 13.5 in the first half of 2014. While it’d definitely be tempting to start waving around doomsday banners for the service, it does definitely feel like (as many industry veterans predicted) Kickstarter and similar crowdfunding avenues are shifting away from being ‘the’ funding method for indie games to one of several financial models for indie titles alongside Early Access and more traditional venture capitalism.
2014 may very well be the end of the honeymoon between video games and Kickstarter but that’s not to say that this month wasn’t without its crowd-sourced gems.
Hot off the heels of their Kickstarter-funded galactic RTS Planetary Annihilation, Uber Entertainment have launched a Kickstarter for their next game Human Resources. Human Resources looks to be sharing a genre and engine with Planetary Annihilation but at the same time it’s bringing a whole different sort of fun to players. The game’s got a slick cartoony-look to it and plays off the fun premise of a mechanized and Lovecraftian apocalypse unfolding on the same day to see two very different factions battle for control of the surviving populace. Check out the pledge trailer for more info:
The game’s currently sitting at $250,000 of its $1.4 million goal with 22 days left, check it out!
The Flame in the Flood
The Flame in the Flood is a unique “rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America.” Similar to indie-survival-centric titles like Don’t Starve, The Flame in the Flood will see you take on the role of a young girl named Scout as she utilizes different survival skills to overcome various challenges on the fringes of society – all brought to life by an impressive aesthetic. With talent behind such titles as Bioshock, Halo, Guitar Hero and Rock Band, there’s a lot of reasons to be excited.
The project is currently sitting at $143, 000 of its $150,000 goal. Check it out to help push it over the line into funded territory.
The Black Glove
The Flame in the Flood isn’t the only post-Bioshock game to make this month’s round-up with The Black Glove also a byproduct of former-Irrational Games developers. This surrealistic first person shooter will see players exploring The Equinox, an eerie 1920s theatre filled with “weird dream logic, inexplicable holes in space, unshielded x-ray art installations, and tasteful use of crushed velvet”. Check out the pledge video below:
This impressive looking title is only at $85,000 of its $550,000 goal so check it out its page and get pledging!