Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Kickstarter

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom now available for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom has officially launched for console and PC. The action role-playing game sends players on a journey through the fragmented world of Mahera, guiding Chado and four of his friends. The group finds themselves caught between warring kingdoms, and they must make their way through hordes of enemies by harnessing magic and engaging in a fighting-game-style combat system. The title was initially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, but was eventually expanded with assistance from Focus Home Interactive.

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Banner Saga 3 surpasses Kickstarter goal, nearing first stretch reward

Stoic has announced that they have reached their initial Kickstarter goal for Banner Saga 3. In just under a week, the studio has raised over $200,000, and is now moving on towards the first of its stretch goals. The first goal is set at $250,000, which will add playable Dredge. The third entry marks the end of the journey, as players head “beyond the wall of Darkness to traverse a world unlike anything encountered in previous sagas.” Players will once again engage in tactical combat and make decisions that have lasting consequences as they lead a band of Vikings.

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King Art’s tactical-RPG The Dwarves out for console, PC

THQ Nordic has released King Art’s latest strategy title The Dwarves for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Based on Markus Heitz’s first novel, aptly titled The Dwarves, players take on the role of Tungdil as he leads a party on a mission to save the realm of Girdlegard from evil. The game is said to offer “massive-scale, tactical battles in real-time and a brand new, physics-based ‘crowd combat system’,” with the latter highlighting the scale of combat when the heroes battle hundreds of smaller enemies. King Art funded the game via Kickstarter last year.

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505 Games to publish console and PC versions of Bloodstained

505 Games has announced a deal to publish Koji Igarashi’s Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The Castlevania-style action platformer was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, and is currently in production. Campaign rewards include digital and physical releases for PC, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Wii U, which remain under the direction of Fangamer. 505 Games will handle the retail release for all platforms, aside from any mobile and tablet versions. A video detailing the partnership has been released and posted below.

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Everspace joins the Game Preview program for Xbox One

Rockfish Games’ Everspace has launched on Game Preview on Xbox One. The roguelike space-based shooter is available for $29.99, and is slated to be released for Windows 10 later this month. The latest version has a new boss fight, voiced dialog, and a new planet type. Two extra player ships are due soon as well, the Colonial Scout and the Colonial Gunship. As part of the Play Anywhere program, both versions will feature cross-save and cross-buy, giving buyers to access the Windows 10 version once it goes live on Game Preview. A PC version is currently available through Steam Early Access.

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Everspace enters GOG’s Games in Development, Steam Early Access

Rockfish’s roguelike spaceship shooter Everspace has been released on GOG’s Games in Development and Steam Early Access. The Kickstarter-backed title will be available through Game Preview on Xbox One and Windows 10 by the end of the month. Several items were added for today’s release, including a new boss fight, planet type, and voiced dialog, along with extra Outlaw stations and gameplay tweaks. Regular updates are planned to add two extra player ships, the Colonial Scout, equipped with a cloak and long-range weapons, and the Colonial Gunship, a slow but strong vessel with an upgradeable top turret. The PC version has already gone through alpha and beta phases, with the help of over 10,000 backers, on Linux, Mac, and Windows 7/10.

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Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander available for PC, launch trailer up

The Kickstarter-backed hybrid strategy and role-playing game Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander has launched for PC. Developer Massive Damage’s latest is said to offer a “a unique blend of base building, exploration, and a deep tactical JRPG style combat system.” As a commander of the New Terran Federation, players take control of an ancient alien starbase in an effort to defeat the invading Chruul.

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Claymation point-and-click adventure Armikrog out for console

The crowdfunded point-and-click adventure title Armikrog has launched for console on eShop, Live, and PSN. The game, developed by members from the teams behind Earthworm Jim and Neverhood, is a claymation adventure that follows the astronaut Tommynaut and his talking blind dog, Beak-Beak. The duo must make their way to safety after they crash land on an alien planet and get stuck in the fortress Armikrog.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera heading to PS4 and Xbox One in 2017

inXile and Techland Publishing are teaming up to publish console versions of Torment: Tides of Numenera for PS4 and Xbox One. The Kickstarter-backed sci-fi-themed role-playing game was originally scheduled to launch for PC early next year, but the new partnership will find all versions releasing at the same time. Both console versions will be at this year’s Gamescom, and a new announcement trailer offers a first look. No word on if backers will be able to switch their reward to one of the console versions.

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System Shock remake Kickstarter campaign, PC demo launches

Nightdive Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a full reboot of the classic role-playing and shooter hybrid System Shock. The 1994 original is being updated from the ground up for Windows PC and Xbox One, with original development members giving a hand, including concept artist Robb Waters. Linux and Mac versions are currently stretch goals. Physical copies are available for $75 and up, with digital rewards dominating lesser reward tiers. On the other end of the spectrum, gamers with deep pockets can get a multiple copies, digital goodies, and custom System Shock-themed Razor gaming laptop for $5,000. To help alleviate any fears about investing in the campaign, Night Dive has released a fully playable demo that can be downloaded from the campaign page.

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