Greetings and welcome to Issue #3 of our crowdfunding spotlight. As with last week, we’ll be kicking off with an update on last week’s spotlighted projects before taking an in-depth look at a new crowdfunding system announced earlier this week; Gamer’s Edition, set up to create awesome collectors editions for games that previously couldn’t deliver them.
It’s always good to start with great news, right? Last week we featured Slain! by Wolf Brew Games, who were aiming to raise $12,000 towards development. They’ve done it and with time to spare. As of the 12th of this month these guys have raised $13,059 with 15 days still to go. Congratulations guys, we cannot wait to see this gore soaked Hack n’ Slash title reach Xbox One.
In Issue #2 we also looked at Albert & Otto and although it didn’t list an Xbox One release in the description, it did mysteriously include Xbox One custom controller skins as a tiered reward. Surely that could only point towards an Xbox One release? Regardless, it doesn’t look good for Albert & Otto having only raised $1,230 of its base goal of $15,000. There is still 10 days to go (at time of publishing) for things to turn around for them. Fingers crossed.
Our third title was Hot Armor: Brothers war from ARGAMEDON Studios. Unsurprisingly it doesn’t look like this game will be funded via Kickstarter having not even broken past the £100 mark of the required £3,000 to develop. I won’t lie, I am rather relieved we won’t be seeing this any time soon.
And finally last week we took a look at Hera and Sooky, which according to the description, is being developed for every platform other than Xbox One… well it did have a footnote about other platforms being a possibility based on funding. Either way, this cute tale of two dogs who set out to find their owner would be an interesting title to see. Unfortunately it seems no one else agrees with me (story of my life!) as 6 days since we first found the project and they still haven’t moved from $481 of the $30,000 required.
So, what’s new?
Wormhole City is what. If you’ve been a long time reader of TiX you’ll know how much I love my RPG’s so this Kickstarter project just has to be included.
Wormhole City is a single-player sci-fi adventure game with third-person platforming, racing, puzzle and action elements developed in Unreal Engine 4 primarily for PC. Zenrok Studios LLC are looking initially for £7,500 to complete development of their title. So what will it take to bring Wormhole City to Xbox One? Zenrok have set a second stretch goal of $22,000 to see their title developed for our favourite not-so-little black box.
Zenrok Studios LLC was founded in 2014 by two professional game designers with specialities in graphic design, programming, teaching, and music. They’ve experience across Game Maker, Unity and now Unreal Engine 4. You check out the project page here.
Likeliness of happening – I’m going to be optimistic with this one considering the experienced team, they might just pull it off… for PC. Unfortunately as much as I would like to see it happen, I don’t think we’ll be in for an Xbox One release.
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Gamer’s Edition – in-depth look
We received an interesting press release this week from Gamer Network updating us on the launch of Gamer’s Edition, a new unique way of enabling digital releases and indie games the same physical special editions as big budget titles through the use of crowdfunding. An interesting concept for sure.
Each Gamer’s Edition is a run of one-of-a-kind, one-off production run set of collectibles developed and designed between collectibles producer Idea Planet and the games developer and community members. The crowdfunded pre-order system means that production only commences when there are enough orders to cover the manufacturing costs. I think this is a brilliant idea!
Idea Planet don’t come into this with zero experience you’ll be glad to know. For over 12 years, Idea Planet has been developing award-winning collector’s editions for gaming industry giants including Microsoft, Gearbox, Activision, Bungie and 2K games.
To kick off the launch of Gamer’s Edition there are two iconic indie game collectible bundles for you to spend some money on; Papers, Please and Hotline Miami and Hotline Miami 2 double pack. Full details below:
Papers, Please – the Gamer’s Edition for this multi-award-winning dystopian document thriller is modelled on the kit the player receives when they win the Labor Lottery in the grim nation of Arstotzka. Each inspector’s case includes a Steam key, Arstotkan stamps, inkpad, poster, passport, Immigration Rule Book, paperwork set, Labor Lottery keyring and inspector’s pin badge. The Papers, Please Gamer’s Edition retails for $70. Details here.
Hotline Miami and Hotline Miami 2 double-pack – in celebration of Hotline Miami 2’s release, this special Gamer’s Edition has been created to the exact specification of series creator Dennaton Games, which is designing bespoke packaging elements specifically for Gamer’s Edition. It includes both games on DVD for the first time, presented in custom DVD packaging, along with Steam keys for both games, a C90 soundtrack mixtape, comic, “Cameo” trading cards, 50 Blessings spray paint stencil and custom art card. The Hotline Miami Gamer’s Edition retails for $60. Full details here.
Due to the nature of these one-of-a-kind items all pledges must be accompanied by your payment details, in the same way it does on Kickstarter. All campaigns will run for a set period of time, which is currently 30 days and must fulfil a minimum order total. If by the end of that period the campaign has reached its minimum order target then the Gamer’s Edition package goes into production. Oh and don’t forget at this stage you’ll also be charged.
On the FAQ’s page of Gamer’s Edition they go on to mention that each edition, is as intended, a one-time thing. Therefore if you don’t purchase the edition first time round, tough luck. Interestingly however they have gone on to state that if there is high demand and the first edition was popular enough, then they may consider a different edition, with different items.
As this service is aimed at indie titles, Gamer’s Edition are currently only issuing Steam Codes with their collections as this is where the majority of indie titles are released. There is mention of looking to offer Xbox Live redeemable codes in the future however due to distribution agreements etc. this might not happen until money has been made and Gamer’s Edition are able to afford more account managers to run the operation and negotiate. That doesn’t mean that some of our favourite indie releases on Xbox 360 and Xbox One won’t be getting a Gamer’s Edition collection, it just means it won’t come with an Xbox redeemable code.
For our US readers you might like to know that all editions are shipped from LA whereas for everyone else in the world, your orders are shipped from here in UK. Leicester to be precise. That said, currently rest of the world only includes UK, Canada and Australia. We hope this will increase in the future.
You can read the full FAQ’s page here which goes into much more detail on what to expect and how the system works from start to finish.
So what do you think of Gamer’s Edition? Are there indie games you would like to see with a special edition released? Let us know in the comment section below.