Kickstarter games to look out for this year

Kickstarter games to look out for this year

There have been many great games which were funded on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. Here are five titles we are expecting this year.

Satellite Reign
PC, Mac, Linux
Tactical strategy
Launch date to be confirmed

Satellite Reign is the spiritual successor to Syndicate, a real-time tactical game released in 1993.

That game should not be confused with the 2012 first-person shooter, also called Syndicate, released by EA, which holds the IP rights to Syndicate.

In Satellite Reign, you control four cyborg agents of your syndicate in a futuristic cyberpunk Blade Runner-like world.

On missions, you can assassinate rival syndicate executives or coax their scientists to join your cause to develop new weapons and upgrades for your agents.

Satellite Reign's development was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than £460,000 (S$930,000).

Several of its creators were also on a team that produced the sequel, Syndicate Wars, released in 1996.

Satellite Reign follows the exact design, gameplay ethos and storyline of Syndicate.

Mega corporations control the world's governments, with corporate police patrolling the streets, maintaining the status quo with brutal means.

Then a mysterious organisation rises and the four agents you control can bribe, steal and hack their way to free the masses or take control. As cyborgs, their skills, vision and weapons can be augmented.

The entire game world is interactive. Civilians and police will all react to what you do. Your agents can hijack, modify or even destroy power conduits, communication networks and security systems.

You have only a main mission objective, but there is little information on this.

In the 1996 sequel, Syndicate Wars, the single-player campaign is split into more than 40 missions, each of which requires you to complete several objectives.

Whether you use persuasion, theft or bribery is entirely up to you.

Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues
PC, Mac, Linux
Role-playing
Launch date to be confirmed

The Ultima fantasy role-playing franchise stretched nearly three decades, beginning in 1981 with Ultima, and continuing in 2010, with Ultima Online: High Seas.

Shroud Of The Avatar: Forsaken Virtues does not bear the Ultima name but has the same creator, Mr Richard Garriott, aka Lord British.

He launched a Kickstarter campaign in March 2013 with a target of US$1 million (S$1.35 million), which netted nearly double that sum by the time it closed two months later.

Shroud Of The Avatar offers a third-person fantasy role-playing experience that combines an offline narrative along with a massively multiplayer online (MMO) element.

The offline mode is supposed to give you 40 hours of gameplay in which your ethical choices will have consequences in an interactive world. The MMO elements include single-player, friends-only and open mode.

In addition, the online world will have a player-driven economy with finite housing and player-owned towns.

All this sounds very ambitious and delays become inevitable. The original end-2014 release has been postponed to sometime this year.

The crowdfunding continues at www.shroudoftheavatar.com and backers of the campaign are still waiting.

Pillars Of Eternity
PC, Mac, Linux
Role-playing
Launching March 26

If you miss classic role-playing games (RPGs), such as Baldur's Gate and Iceland Dale, put your money into Pillars Of Eternity.

It is the second-most-funded video game in Kickstarter, after Torment: Tides Of Numenera, with close to US$4 million (S$5.4 million) raised.

As in the Baldur's Gate series, this game lets you be the main hero in a party-based exploration of an interactive world of Eora.

On Eora, mortal souls are bound to an eternal cycle of life and reincarnation, which is believed to be watched over by the gods.

It is only recently that mortals have made significant advancements in understanding the fundamental mechanics through the science of examining soul energy.

There will be deep dialogue, reactive characters, as well as choices and consequences.

According to the developer Obsidian Entertainment, Pillars Of Eternity will ultimately combine the epic exploration of Baldur's Gate, the intense combat and dungeon diving of Iceland Dale and the emotional writing of Planescape: Torment.

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