Thursday already! I'm not sure where the week went, but there's a bunch of indie news to wrap up. There's no time to waste - follow me past the jump.
Cops aren’t exactly popular these days. Whether its constant news stories of the thin blue line abusing their power, corruption at the highest possible level of law enforcement or the fact that some local precincts happen to carry more firepower than an army squad sent in to squash insurgents in Iraq, the public isn’t always on their side. But balls to that. I say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! And that’s the kind of game that This Is The Police is all about.
Not everyone likes Anita Sarkeesian, and it's because she likes to point out fundamental flaws in some of our most beloved experiences. No one likes being told that they're wrong about something, but Sarkeesian does that on a daily basis. Her Feminist Frequency organization started off as a modest Kickstarter but quickly grabbed netted a lot more money than initially expected. So where has that all been spent?
Star Citizen is making a ton of money still. The ultra popular Kickstarted space sim still has thousands of people throwing money at it every week, and it doesn’t look like the momentum is letting up. But when will the game actually be finished? Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t last year, and it’s not going to be this year either.
With absolutely none of today’s cutting edge visual graphics or DLC, Strafe might have a hard time selling itself. The homage to classic shooters from yesteryear is going to need more than just some tight gameplay and nostalgia. It’s going to need an advert so intense, that it’ll melt your f***ing face off. A trailer that punches you so hard in the face, you’ll give birth to a fist nine months down the road. Luckily, Strafe has just that kind of content waiting to be viewed.
I am a huge fan of The Oatmeal. His comics are hilarious and brilliant. Whenever people ask me about my job, I like to send them this one and when I was editing words instead of Geoff, I believe I sent this to Sandy almost every day. Now he's helping to make a game, and I need it in my life.
Board gamers! What is best in life? To crush your enemies. To see them driven before you. To hear the lamentations of their women! Over on Kickstarter, Monolith did just that with a drive to secure funds for a Conan The Barbarian board game. Not only did they get the funds they needed to go ahead and start producing the game, they got enough cash to make almighty Krom proud.
Pillars of Eternity promises to be a proper old-school RPG. Inspired by Baldur's Gate, Iceland Dale and Planescpe: Torment, it got a whole bunch of Kickstarter money in late 2012. Unfortunately, I haven't let myself be too excited for it, until now.
Sometimes, you can genuinely build a good rapport with your customers through crowdfunding ventures. Take Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun: Dragonfall for instance. Games that were funded by you, the players. Not only did the games get the cash necessary to develop the titles, but they actually delivered on their promises, as developer Harebrained Schemes churned out a game on time that was fun to play. That kind of sentiment goes a long way. A sentiment that has helped fund the next game entirely, within a matter of hours.
I really don’t know what the fascination is with birds in gaming lately. Remember Hatoful Boyfriend? That game is odd because you take the role of a human character in a world packed with pigeons. Your goal? Socialise with and date them. Thankfully, this newest avian title on Kickstarter is more believable… somewhat. It’s called Aviary Attorney, and you take on the role of a bird-brained lawyer, literally.
Peter Molyneux is one of the grandfathers of gaming, although lately he's become more of that crazy uncle that no one likes to talk about. He and his studio 22cans funded Godus with Kickstarter and Steam Early Access, but he says that developers should be wary of following his example - sound advice no matter which example we're referring to.
I’d like to think we all have fond memories from the Game Boy era. I know I do! I had a bright yellow model, with many different games like Mario and Killer Instinct which I spent many hours playing – or at least, for as long as the batteries would last. Do you miss those good old days? Do you have a Game Boy lying around that you’re just dying to play on your big screen television? Look no further, somebody is looking to Kickstart a piece of hardware which will make that dream a reality.
It's finally Friday, and I don't think anyone else is happier to see the weekend than the guys over at Frontier Developments. Things were going so well last weekend, but that all changed on Monday when they decided to announce the removal of an offline mode from Elite: Dangerous. That led to some shady refund policies being put into place, but thankfully Frontier don't want to end the week on a negative note.
Steam's Early Access program has managed to earn itself a bad name over the years, thanks to a few terrible projects that have sucked fans dry and delivered only broken promises. It has made backing a game a far more complex and risky decision to make - a fact that Valve is incredibly unhappy about. That's why they're changing Early Access and making it far more strict for potential developers.