Square Enix is getting more involved in the community-driven development scene with a new pilot program, Square Enix Collective. Similar to Steam Early Access, players will vote on which game interests them most, but unlike Early Access, gamers are voting on concepts. Winners will be put up on Indiegogo for funding, with funded titles being supported by Square Enix throughout development and assistance with distribution on digital outlets at release. According to Collective project lead Phil Elliott, “It’s up to the teams how much or little help they want from Square Enix and it’s our opportunity to help some fantastic games become a reality and uncover the development stars of the future.”
For the pilot period, Square Enix has put up three titles for gamers to vote on for 28 days: the post-apocalyptic action-RPG with a procedurally generated world, mech combat, and five-player co-op, World War Machine; a resource-management title set around the Highland Games, Game of Glens; and an open-world action title with a non-linear story for up to four players, Moon Hunters.
Official Site: Collective.Square-Enix.com