REPLY TO ALL: Fan Funding Opportunities

Double Fine Adventure received over 3.3 million in funding as its Kickstarter closed last week, just as funding for Wasteland 2 began (and has since succeeded). What game would you like to see funded by the fans that you don’t think stands a chance otherwise?

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Ethan (Wizardtrain187)

I’ve already written about a Zombies Ate My Neighbors remake in an article, but that would be one on the list. Personally, I would like to see a Survival Crisis Z remake funded. It was a great game created by Ska Studios that was all about surviving the zombie apocalypse, but it was an incredibly chaotic game. I’d also like to see someone bring Kid Chameleon back (there is a studio working on it right now).

Freespace

You woke the dragon.

Josh (Joshleedotcom)

Freespace Fucking 3.

Actually, a Kickstarter campaign is probably the only way it will ever happen. I can’t see a modern publisher putting any money into a space combat sim unless it was a budget downloadable title. It needs to look amazing, have an epic campaign, full co-op, joystick support and be released on Steam. Also, don’t care if it has the Freespace name attached to it (who owns that?) but Volition has to make it.

Justin L (JDevL)

I’ll be lame and build off of your idea. I just want a modernized version of X-Wing and TIE Fighter, nothing flashy, just an update. But I’m not sure how a Kickstarter would work with a company like LucasArts. I actually don’t trust them, so it would have to be some weird situation of a developer we trust getting the license to do it. So since that is not likely I’d also like to throw out…

A Battletoads game created by The Behemoth. One thing about the Battletoads franchise is that while promising, both major entries were pretty difficult and broken. Give me something old school, fun, playable, and with The Behemoth’s sense of humor.

Ethan

Battletoads teams up with the knights from Castle Crashers and the dudes from Shank!

Josh

Bad Dudes: Revenge of the Dudes – Someone poisoned the President’s burger. Are you a bad enough dude to avenge the President?

Justin G (GiffTor)

Archon

Just a small update please.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since it’s in my little author bio – I want a Kickstarter campaign for a re-done but loyal-to-the-original Archon (or even Archon II). Mix a chess like strategy game with an action sort-of-fighting-shooting game with HD graphics and get that bad boy on Steam? I might disappear for longer than a Mass Effect game. Also, I can totally get behind Josh Lee’s “Freespace Fucking 3″ campaign. The only space shooter I’ve seen recently was…a little disappointing; it was kind of flat and didn’t have the awesomeness of the Descent/Freespace setup.

Brandon (H21)

There are any number of old games from the early days I’d like to see re-imagined. One that sticks out in my head, thanks to Justin, is Base Wars or something similar started and funded. Sports games need a little kickstart…if you get my drift.

James (Copperskull)

Oh the possibilities! I’ve been waiting forever for Bushido Blade 3 and Star Wars: Battlefront 3. I’d throw money at either of those.

I’d also like to see the original stories of Phantasy Star retold in a more modern light. I’m referring to the 8/16-bit games back before the series went multiplayer. I feel there are plenty of other worthwhile series from the 16-bit era that should make a comeback as well, such as Streets of Rage, but I feel they’re more of a fanboy daydream rather than a legitimate Kickstarter possibility.

Brandon

My face ‘figuratively’ exploded when I saw a Streets of Rage. I would love to see that make a comeback. Honestly, the question probably isn’t specific questions but maybe genres. Adventure games were supposedly dead, and what did we get? Over $3 million to see it come to life. The side-scrolling brawlers like Streets of Rage have a special place in our hearts. I think back to recent side-scrolling releases that people keep playing like Castle Crashers and say there’s something there that’s more than just a fanboy’s dream.

Power Stone 2

More power, more stones.

Rob (Robeque)

I could probably sit here all day and think of games to Kickstart…. or at least part of the day… maybe a few hours… anyway…

The first game that pops into my head is Power Stone 3. I know Power Stone pretty similar to Smash Bros, but I think it’s much better. I actually feel like I know what is happening on the screen and it’s just really fun. Come on, Capcom! A new one, even for XBLA or something could be really sweet.

The second game that comes to mind is an actual remake or even just a port of the original GoldenEye for XBLA. I’m talking Pierce Brosnan in all his 007 glory here. I don’t want anything to do with Reloaded.

Oh and a third… R.B.I. Baseball on XBLA. Who wouldn’t love to play that classic with their buddies over live?

Andrew (Coopopolopolis)

Clive Barker's: Undying

Better than you remember?

Are you ready to have your face melted? Clive Barker’s Undying. I don’t care if it’s a reboot, or a sequel, but I loved that game back in the day, and with modern graphics and less reservation to just scare the pants of you, I think it could definitely stand up with some of our other favorite horror games of today.

That could’ve been the longest sentence I ever wrote. Check out those commas!

Brandon

I’m disappointed you had a proper question mark in there. The statement would have been one amazingly epic run-on if you didn’t half-ass the beginning. My motto: “If you’re gonna fail, fail big.”

JP (DocJPizzle)

We need to Kickstart Coop’s English skills. Oh, and I’m wondering if the River City Ransom game needs a Kickstart or a kick in the pants.

Cole (Colefacekilla)

My request is a simple one, and one that’s already been done by the fans but I don’t want to play it on a crappy emulator on the compter. I want the proper sequel to Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 3) translated into English and sold on any number of e-shops. I know that it would just be emulated there as well but the idea that I could play it on the 3DS, or one of the consoles has me wishing this topic was never brought up.

Square-Enix would probably never go for this but they do love money and whoring out their franchises so why not?

Mother 3

Come on, the hard part is already done for you, Nintendo.

Justin L

I think Cole is onto something, there are already plenty of fan translation projects out there that make a lot of sense as a Kickstarter. Hell, most of the work is done for the Mother/Earthbound series, Nintendo would hardly need to do anything besides give it their blessing.

That also means that the Japanese WiiWare version of the new River City Ransom could be handled as well. Too bad these big publishers won’t care until we’ve passed them by.

Brandon

As long as the Clive Barker’s: Undying Kickstarter isn’t a huge flop like I felt Clive Barker’s: Jericho was then I’m for it. Man. I did not like that game.

Would River City Ransom hold up with the massively successful (and similar) GTA? Do you think any kick start project would be able to be surprise hits against AAA titles?

Community Responses

@IncreaseBlue – Onimusha 5 or a standalone Red vs. Blue Halo adventure…. Or Shadows of the Damned 2.

@Z3r0k3w1 – Guardian Heroes (Saturn) THE biggest sleeper of the fighter genre evah. 6 player fighter? Whut! AND WWF No Mercy (2000) THQ/AKI title. Obscene amount of website communities modding this game still. Updated version = win.

@meanderingleaf – Mother 4? Granted, these guys seem to be doing a good job so far: mother4.andonuts.net

Conclusion

Ideas for revitalizing our favorite franchises are not in short supply. Finding the right combination of a developer in the right place with the right amount of trust with the rights to the right franchise could be a bit tougher. Am I right?

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2 Comments REPLY TO ALL: Fan Funding Opportunities

  1. Spicer

    A sequel to Eternal Darkness. I would fund that with Uncle Scrooge’s moneybin.

    I would also like a modern Deadly Towers–in other words, a game so hard and confusing that it’s worth the money.

  2. Justin Lacey

    Sometimes I question if Deadly Towers was a real game, I’d love to see a new interpretation of that one.

    Sadly, I’m not sure Silicon Knights could be trusted with a new Eternal Darkness game, so who should pick up the reins in my new reality?

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