Thursday, November 7, 2013

Kickstarter for Chaos Reborn

It's nigh time for an update on Chaos Reborn developments. After some discussions with several publishers, I have decided to go for a Kickstarter campaign early next year. I will be attempting to  raise funds for a downloadable, DRM free, PC/Mac/Linux version of the game - everything included (no free-to-play or in-app-purchases). If I raise extra funds then I will consider other platforms, but the initial version will be PC focussed.
I have expanded my team and I have a small, but highly talented group of developers here in Sofia ready to go full time, funds permitting. We are busy preparing materials for the Kickstarter campaign,   so watch this space for further updates.

29 comments:

  1. Really looking forward to this as i was addicted to the original spectrum game :)

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  2. Thanks for the update Julian, much appreciated.

    I've just realised exactly how excited I am about this game! I'm frustrated that I can't sign up to the Kickstarter project until next year. ;-)

    I think the approach to develop for desktop machines (with no F2P element) is a sensible one, so let's hope that the Kickstarter funds swell so that there can also be an Android release. DRM is undoubtedly the way forward because the sad reality is that it will be cracked and on the torrent sites in no time anyway. :-( Maybe the cracking crews will have more respect given the author and the title???

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    1. Sorry, I meant NO DRM is the way forward!

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  3. About cracking... I sow how Desktop Dungeons developer solve this. He made free browser game in alpha stage, so anyone can be familiar with his game. Then he started to charge for beta game, still in browser mode, but with much better graphics, but still in beta phase. Now he ported to steam, as finished desktop game, but profiles/saved games from beta browsers are carried on (not deleted) and linked. I realy liked his way, and I think its very smart how he published his game.

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    1. Yes, this is definitely what I intend to do. In fact, we have a web-based prototype working already, with a player login feature.

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    2. Superb, this is sounding better by the day.

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  4. take my god damn money now! seriously pleased to read this is being developed.

    just hope it can capture the feel of the original whilst maintaining production standards gamers expect today. these 3d remakes sometimes don't always translate too well, take poor old sensi soccer for example ;)

    good luck with the kickstarter, tis the only one I will throw cash at!

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    1. I would say our existing prototype really does capture the best elements of the original - at least, we've had a blast playing it and testing it. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

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  5. Julian, could you expand on why you decided to go with Kickstarter rather than with a publisher? Not that I disagree with the decision (very much the opposite), I'm just really curious what actually put you over the fence for crowdfunding. Not to mention that I've got a nagging suspicion that some of those publishers wanted you to make Chaos Reborn a free-to-play game and I'd kind of like to know if that suspicion is accurate.

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    1. Your suspicion is entirely accurate - at least for mobile games publishing.

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  6. I'm in, looking forward to it! On a side note as obviously you are really busy with Chaos Reborn but when its up and running wouldn't Kickstarter be a good way of bringing back and funding LSN? Really miss that game.

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    1. It could be. I will think about it.

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    2. For what little it's worth, I remain a MASSIVE fan of the original LS (probably more so than LSN, which alienated me slightly because of the fixed isometric viewpoint - but mostly, the subscription model didn't suit me too well). If you decide to work on a non-sub successor to either, though, I'd purchase it in a heartbeat.

      Anyway, not to go too far off-topic - very excited to be following news of Chaos Reborn. Again, "shut up and take my money". ;)

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  7. I thought that the game was "definitely" coming to mobile. Did you just overestimate the amount of funding you could get?

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    1. I am not ruling it out - but the mobile market is trickier, and I think we are more likely to make it happen after a successful PC version.

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  8. "After some discussions with several publishers, I have decided to go for a Kickstarter campaign..." When you read closely, there is humor here.

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  9. Awesome news, my pledge is waiting :)

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  10. Sounds like a plan, would be nice if you could do a subscriber list that will notify us by e-mail just before the campaign is about to start.

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    1. That's a nice idea actually. Saying that, as long as you follow Julian on G+ you should be one of the first to hear about the Kickstarter project, so we can get in there early and make sure we get a copy of the game (and maybe even have a drink with the man himself)!? ;-)

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    2. I will probably be using prefundia to keep people informed about the campaign before it begins.

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    3. I have now set up a Prefundia page - see my next post.

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    4. Thanks Julian, subscribed :)

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  11. Good luck Joolz. I'm looking forward to the campaign :)

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  12. I'm sure Rock Paper Shotgun would give your Kickstarter some support given their support of the project already.

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  13. If you could get your kickstarter going before christmas people might be a bit more likely to spend a few quid at that time of year and have a bit of time off to visit the site

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