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TiX crowdfunding spotlight issue #2

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Issue #2 of our latest feature highlighting crowdfunding campaigns is here. As well as four new projects, we’ll first take a look at the progress of last week’s Tix Crowdfunding Spotlight #1 projects to see how they are faring in our catch-up section.

Catch –up:

In Issue #1 we started by looking at Strength of the Sword Ultimate from Ivent Games. Originally a PS3 title, the developers are now looking to bring the latest title in the franchise to as many consoles as possible. At the time of writing, the project; found here, has 64 hours left to go and has smashed the original target  of $14,000 and now sits at $68,212 and guess what?! They’ve announced an Xbox One version set for release in December this year! As a famous supermarket chain would say, ‘Every little helps’, and we hope our coverage helped even in the slightest way to bring this game to Xbox One in the future.

Unfortunately another project we featured; Crystal Quest Classic, doesn’t seem to be doing so well. With 13 hours left to go they still have a long way to go towards their $30,000 target having only managed to raise $4,456. Why not give them a helping hand and retweet the following?

We mentioned Gamer for Life: KKG Fan Art Tribute book last week, a project featured on IndieGoGo raising money towards the fight against Cancer. We are thrilled to announce that with 11 days still to go, the amazing team at Gamers for Good have already achieved 106% of their funding target. Check out the project if you haven’t already. All proceeds go towards two fantastic charities.

And finally in Issue #1 we also shone our spotlight on Underworld Ascendant by OtherSide Entertainment. Although this wasn’t originally listed as a project with an Xbox 360 or Xbox One release, it did list a mystery stretch goal at +$1,200,000, which based on OtherSide Entertainment’s combined experience, we thought may be a console release. Underworld Ascendant has officially closed its Kickstarter page having successfully raised over $850,000, 5 stretch goals over its original base objective. I for one am still holding onto a console release and will be watching the official website very closely.

So, what’s new?

Slain!

Slain!

Our first project in the spotlight this week is Slain! a homage to the gory hack and slash games of the 80s and 90s by Wolf Brew Games. With still over two weeks to go this project has almost reached its base target of $12,000 and the developers have already confirmed it will see an Xbox One release (no PS4 at this time). So let’s take a closer look at what we can expect.

“Players control Bathoryn, a hero in a Gothic world, seeking to liberate seven great towers. Bathoryn must battle his way through a doomed land packed with gruesome pixel art foes before ascending (or sometimes descending) each tower, defeating puzzles, traps and monsters alike. At the heart of each keep, he must confront a mighty overlord. Defeat it and Bathoryn’s quest continues. Fail, and you’ll die gruesomely – mauled by werewolves, disintegrated by floating monstrosities, squashed by great weights or torn apart by hidden blades. And you will fail…”

You can back the project for $20 and receive an Xbox One code as a tier reward along with your name in the credits, exclusive wallpaper, Steam key for PC use and the full soundtrack on digital download. Check out the project page here and throw a few hard pounds (well, dollars) their way to help make Slain! as good as it can be.

Likeliness of happening – It’s already been confirmed so this gets our first 100% rating.

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 Albert & Otto

Xbox One Controller Albert and Otto

Our second project hasn’t yet added Xbox One as a release platform, but based on the above reward, I can’t help but believe this is a title that could see itself as part of the ID@Xbox program very shortly. Albert & Otto is a 2D physics platformer requiring the player to control both Albert and his magical bunny Otto in order to solve puzzles.

Film maker Nikola Kostic started work on Albert & Otto over a year ago as a story he’d been wanting to tell for some time. As a filmmaker and designer Nikola says he has wanted to combine storytelling and design into an interactive format. What started as a hobby has evolved into a full-time project.

So although listed as a Windows, Mac OS and Linux release this rather splendid Xbox One customer skin has me hopeful we’ll see a Xbox One release.

Likeliness of happening – With both a Windows release and custom Xbox One controller skin reward, I’ve placed this at a highly optimistic 90%.

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Tanks, Fire & Destruction!

Hot Armor

Hot Armor: Brothers War is a 3D arcade title, about the war in Ukraine with “lots of destruction and explosions” by the Russian based ARGAMEDON Studio, a three-man part-time operation. The Kickstarter page, although still very basic at this point in time, confirms the game is planned for Windows and Xbox 360 (alongside other platforms).

The project page lists three different games modes; Dendy, Tactical and 3D mode. Each one offering up a different way to experience the game. The developers have listed Bomberman and Battle City both as inspirations for Hot Armor: Brothers War.

ARGAMEDON Studio are looking for just £3,000 to finish this title. They still have 14 days to go with only 3 backers and £40 raised to date. You can view the full progress including reward tiers here.

Likeliness of happening – With less than 40% of the game complete and a subject matter that if not delivered many could find offensive; the Ukraine war, I’ve put this as unlikely 35%.

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Hera and Sooky

Hera & Sooky

Our fourth and final project in the spotlight is the epic adventure of two dogs out to find their owners. Phantamos Studio LLC say that you’ll visit distant lands before you can defeat the evil Mr. Cat, avoiding ill-tempered animals and ultimately reuniting Hera and Sooky with their owners.

Hera and Sooky will be released initially on both iOS and Android. It’s then planned to be released on PC, OSX, Wii U and PS4… but no current plans for Xbox One other than a footnote that reads “If we receive enough funding we will port it to other systems as well.” So that’s where we come in then!

Hera and Sooky is an expansive 2D platformer and has 12 worlds and 64 levels currently in development with more planned. Each level will see players collecting gears to progress and unlock abilities. Gears also act as hit points for Hera and Sooky. Get hit with zero gears and you have to start the current level over. There are a number of end level bosses, different modes of transport and more planned for this quirky title.

Presently the project has raised $481 and 7 backers towards its $30,000 goal. There are still 22 days left to turn it around, so fingers crossed for Phantamos Studio. The project page can be found here.

Likeliness of happening – This is going to be a difficult mountain to climb for Phantamos Studio looking at the current backing. If things don’t pick up for them in terms of funding, an Xbox One release is extremely unlikely. 30%

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And finally a quick note for J-RPG fans with something to get excited about! An Indie J-RPG inspired project that reached its Xbox One stretch target in a matter of days. Edge of Eternity is making its way to Xbox One in 2016. As this project has already been funded check out the page here to find out what you can expect from the team at Midgar Studio.

http://youtu.be/lkLPXU9xUAc

And there we have it, issue #2 of our TiX crowdfunding spotlight. Please let me know your thoughts below in the comments section and feel free to recommend any projects you spot that deserve to have the spotlight on them in upcoming issues.

TiX crowdfunding spotlight

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TiX Crowd Funding Spotlight is our latest weekly feature showcasing a selection of projects on the likes of Kickstarter and IndieGoGo that are either being primarily developed for Xbox platforms including Xbox Games for PC/Windows Phone or include stretch goals that will see the project released onto either of those platforms.

In our first weekly edition we have an old PlayStation game ‘Fan Edition’ looking to make its way to Xbox One. A 2006 Xbox 360 classic looking for a revival. An RPG drawing inspiration from Thief, Deus Ex, BioShock, Skyrim and Dragon Age and finally a fan art book looking to raise money in the fight against cancer.

Strength of the SWORD ULTIMATE

Originally a PS3 game, Strength of the Sword gathered a massive following. Now Ivent Games, a two-man team, are hoping to re-release this ultimate fan edition on as many platforms as possible.

The entire original game is ported and polished as part of the new ULTIMATE game. Every location, every blood-thirsty monster from the original campaign will be back with as much bite if not more. New features include a PvP mode, CO-OP mode, Dark mode (hinted at as an awesome asymmetrical PvP marathon!) and an extended single player mode bringing the new ideas of Ivent Games to fruition.

Towards the end of the week, Ivent Games dropped the stretch goal for a current gen console release from $100,000 to $82,000 but there is a catch… backers of the project need to vote here for their console of choice. The winning console, well wins. To see this project released on Xbox One, click the link just gone and get voting!. Currently they’ve raised just shy of $51,449 and have 9 days left. Having passed $43,000 the game will see a release on PS Vita and the Wii U, which although we are happy for Ivent Games we want to help push them to Xbox One. So check out the project using this link and donate if you’d like to see an Xbox One release.

Crystal Quest Classic

Crystal Quest

Crystal Quest Classic is a revival of the 1987 award-winning video game. The original was played on almost every Macintosh computer in existence before being ported to the Apple IIgs, Amiga and the Game Boy – followed many years in 2006 by a reawakening on the Xbox 360.

All the addictive levels and mesmerising gameplay of the original have been retained in the design of Crystal Quest Classic. The goal is to match the mechanics of the original with even better sound and graphics. Plus the developers want to get it on as many platforms as possible. Although the initial plan is to release it for PC, Mac and Linux, with a little more support and funding Crystal Quest could see itself back on the Xbox platform.

Crystal Quest Classic has only managed to raise just short of $3,000 towards their $14,000 target. That said there are still 7 days left to back the project. So check out the full project page on Kickstarter here support them if this revival is up your street.

Game Artists unite to battle cancer

Gamers for life book

Gamer for Life is a Fan Art Tribute book. 283 game artists came together and donated 476 art pieces to be used in this campaign to raise funds for the fight against cancer. In 2012 Kevin, a game developer at Blizzard was diagnosed with stage four Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, an incredibly rare cancer with no cure and no clear treatment path. This project came to be when those close to Kevin decided they had to do something for their friend and fellow game developer, Kevin Kenai Griffith (KKG). Unfortunately in Oct. 2014 KKG passed away, as the content for the book was completed.

The initial goal for the funds raised by the book was to cover Kevin’s medical expenses. When Kevin passed he had no unpaid medical expenses. Gamers for Good were able to financially support his memorial event. Now 4 months on, word has spread beyond those with personal connections to Kevin and gained interest from around the globe. Artists from Blizzard, Riot, Carbine, Activision, Microsoft, Ready at Dawn, GREE, Tencent, Turtle Rock and many more have all come together to contribute to this book.

In order to try to stay as close to the original intent of the project, the organisers we will be splitting proceeds of this campaign between 2 charities in KKG’s memory; Games Changers and CureASPS. With 18 days left this project is almost there having raised $38,847 of the $40,000 target. Donators will receive a variety of thank you gifts so check out the project page on IndieGoGo and donate what you can.

Underworld Ascendant

Underworld Ascendant

And finally another project that caught our eye was Underworld Ascendant the rekindling of the Underworld universe. Ultima Underworld (and Ultima Underworld II) are fantasy RPGs that influenced  RPG titles like Neverwinter Nights, Skyrim and even BioShock. The project has been picked up by The OtherSide Entertainment who between them have worked on over 25 award-winning games like Deus Ex, Neverwinter Night, Dishonoured, Medal of Honor, Uncharted, Last of Us, BioShock Infinite and many more.

Far more than a dungeon crawler, Underworld Ascendant features a dynamic, player driven narrative, an improvisation engine, intense combat and inventive magic, create your own character class feature and new ‘stretch RPG’ mechanics.

Although not immediately set for a console release, they have a mystery stretch goal yet to be announced. One has to hope that the team with their experience of releasing titles like Dishonoured and BioShock Infinite will make the jump to console, now that would be the perfect final stretch goal. I for one would love to see Underworld Ascendant make it that far.

With 5 days to go until the project runs out of time, The OtherSide Entertainment have managed to raise just their initial target of $600,000 towards development. You can check out the full KickStarter page here including additional detail, concept art and videos.