Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Kickstarter

Divinity: Original Sin 2 video highlights latest features, modes

Larian has released a new video update for Kickstarter touching on several of the new features being added to Divinity: Original Sin 2. The studio also confirmed that the PC version will sport controller and split-screen support, allowing for more co-op opportunities. Other features mentioned include skill crafting with elemental and non-elemental books, Source Skills to talk with the spirits or absorb the powers of deceased characters, and Rune Crafting for enhancing weapons and gear.

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Deadly Premonition: The Board Game meets Kickstarter goal

The Deadly Premonition: The Board Game has surpassed its Kickstarter’s campaign goal. The initial funding amount of $132,000 was surpassed in eight hours, and there are two weeks remaining, with future pledges going towards meeting the stretch goals. The card-based board game allows for two to four players to take on the role of Agent York as he searches for a serial killer. The planned gameplay will allow players to use evidence, clear suspects, and undermining opponents. Games are estimated to last 30-45 minutes.

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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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