You all know about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Halo 5 and the other big blockbusters that are coming out but there are some exciting new games on the way that, if you don’t keep an eye on Kickstarter, you’ve probably never heard of.
Over the past couple of years crowdfunding has become a brilliant new way for developers to find the money needed to create and release their games. In the past, most developers had to secure funding from a publisher but these days they can persuade gamers to raise money for them in advance.
These games are likely to be massive when they’re released and they were all made possible thanks to crowdfunding.
First-person shooter games have been done to death over the years but Superhot takes the genre one step forward... literally. You play a special agent who shoots enemies in an office but time only moves forward when you do, meaning you can stand still and plan your next move. If this mixture of shooting and strategy has piqued your interest, try the free online prototype.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance
There are plenty of RPGs based in mythical realms but Kingdom Come is set in real-world medieval Europe in a time of great upheaval and strife. Developer Warhorse Studios is proud of the game’s lack of fantastical elements, describing it as ‘Dungeons and no Dragons’.
With a storyline from the man who designed the Mafia series and next-gen visuals made possible with the Cryengine (as used for the Crysis series), it’s little wonder that this raised over $1 million on Kickstarter.
Before making Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Harmonix created Amplitude, a fun music game without the expensive plastic instruments. Now, thanks to crowdfunding, Harmonix is creating a brand new version of Amplitude for PlayStation 3 and 4, meaning a whole new audience can discover the brilliant track-jumping rhythm action gameplay that made the PS2 original such a cult favourite. And hey, if it’s successful enough, maybe we could get more Rock Band in the future. Maybe…
Heart Forth, Alicia
One of the best things about Kickstarter is that it can draw gamers’ attention to indie projects that might otherwise have come and gone without being noticed. One game we’re glad didn’t sink without a trace is Heart Forth, Alicia. It’s a gorgeous-looking ‘Metroidvania’ action-adventure game inspired by the 16-bit era. Players control Alicia, a young wizard who has to stop a spirit from consuming her homeland. Originally planned for PC only, after meeting a number of stretch goals it has also been confirmed for PS4, Wii U and Vita.
When it comes to crowdfunding success stories, Star Citizen eclipses all others. A space trading and combat sim created by the man behind the legendary Wing Commander, it was no surprise when it smashed its original Kickstarter target of $500,000, raising over $2m. However, after the Kickstarter ended, the crowdfunding process moved over to the game’s official site and people can still donate money by pre-ordering in-game ships. To date, an incredible $48.4m has been raised for the game... and counting!