Consortium: The Tower Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Consortium: The Tower RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 6 Sci-Fi Games We're Looking Forward to in 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/elp5m/6-sci-fi-games-were-looking-forward-to-in-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/elp5m/6-sci-fi-games-were-looking-forward-to-in-2018 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:24:33 -0500 Alberto C.

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Naturally, this list isn't final and shouldn't be taken as the only sci-fi games coming out in 2018. These are merely some of those we think have at least the potential to become hits either due to their setting, gameplay, and/or story.

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Some of these might not even be released this year, but since the developers haven't explicitly stated otherwise ... fingers crossed.

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Are there any sci-fi games you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Star Citizen

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Developer: Cloud Imperium Games
Platforms: PC
Release date: TBA

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Even if you're not a fan of space flight simulators, chances are you've heard of Star Citizen because of the insanely successful crowdfunding campaign. To date, the developers have raised a whooping $178 million dollars. To give you an idea, vanilla World of Warcraft cost about $80 million adjusted to today's inflation.

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There are two reasons why you would want to keep an eye on this game. First, the ambition, vastness, and ridiculous amount of features that are being developed. The game will feature both space and FPS combat; will have a single-player component (Squadron 42) that will be voiced with celebrities such as Mark Hamill; and will include a persistent online multiplayer mode like that of an MMO.

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The second reason is the same as the first, but if it goes wrong. If Star Citizen fails to deliver, it's going to become one of, if not the, major stories of game development failures in all the history of video games. After all, how many developers get their hands on 178 million dollars without corporate and publishers' strings attached? Hopefully, though, it'll be a success and will deliver one of the most impressive and vast games ever made.

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A feature trailer, released just a few weeks ago, can be seen below:

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Consortium: The Tower

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Developer: Interdimensional Games
Platforms: PC
Release date: 2018

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Probably the easiest way to captivate your interest in Consortium: The Tower is to think of it as a blend between Die Hard and Deus Ex. Think of another FPS with RPG mechanics, like System Shock, only instead of being surrounded by a spooky space station and mutants, you start by freefalling onto a tower in the year 2042.

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The tower is occupied by different mercenary factions with whom your relationship will vary depending on the actions and decisions you make throughout the game. As part of the RPG experience, you'll have the options of deciding how to proceed, allowing you to blast your way through, sneak around, or simply charm the NPCs through sweet talk.

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The game is already in an Early Access stage on Steam.

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System Shock Remastered

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Developer: Night Dive Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux
Release date: Q2 2018

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Unlike some of the other titles on this list, System Shock Remastered is not a sequel to any game nor a new IP. It is instead a complete remake of the original title bearing the same name. The original game, along with its sequel, System Shock 2, became renowned for their original storyline, futuristic setting, and gameplay mechanics that combined FPS and RPG elements.

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Set aboard a space station controlled by a rogue AI, the player (a hacker who played a part in contributing to the present situation), awakes from being in a coma and must battle mutants, cyborgs, and the AI itself to find a way out and survive.

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The studio working on it already has experience with the franchise by having contributed to the development of System Shock: Enhanced Edition and has already acquired IP rights for System Shock 3. The remake is being done with Unreal Engine 4, and you can see some of their work in the video below:

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Metro Exodus

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Developer: 4A Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release date: Q4 2018

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The Metro series puts you in the shoes of post-nuclear-stricken Russian Federation citizens that survived the initial massacre by finding refuge in the subway system of Moscow. Set in the near future, the games are based on a combination of survival, stealth, and FPS mechanics.

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After two games of almost exclusively closed quarters and dark rooms, Metro Exodus will take us to a more habitable part of Russia while continuing the plot of the main character, Artyom. The game's story will cover a time span of a whole year, feature weather and daily life cycles, and combine a mix of linear and sandbox levels.

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The gameplay trailer, featuring the 28 Days Later soundtrackwas released in June of 2017 and can be seen below.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

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Developer: Piranha Games
Platforms: PC
Release date: December 2018

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MechWarrior is one of those franchises that most probably wouldn't have heard of aside from the most veteran players. As the name indicates, the central theme of these titles is centered on mech-versus-mech combat.

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Set 1,000 years in the future, Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries will put you in the boots of a mercenary mech pilot who will travel star systems and take contracts from the various political entities embroiled with one another in a conflict known as the Third Succession War.

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Unlike the predecessor in the franchise, Mechwarrior OnlineMechwarrior 5 is the first game in 16 years that will feature a single-player campaign as its centerpiece. Along with this, it has also been confirmed to feature four-player co-op gameplay.

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Check out the gameplay teaser below.

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Cyberpunk 2077

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Developer: CD Projekt Red
Platforms: PC, possibly PS4 and Xbox One
Release date: TBA

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The developers of The Witcher series, one of the most acclaimed series in the PC industry, have been relatively quiet about the development of Cyberpunk 2077 since it was first announced in May of 2012. The most recent information, posted about a month ago, came from the game's official twitter account that contained a mere *beep*.

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The piece of "information," if it can even be called that, gained a lot of traction within a short amount of time, and there is no surprise as to why. The high expectations are fueled both by the quality of CD Projekt Red's titles and by the user-friendly commercial practices of the company. The Witcher series has seen a steady improvement in quality, while at the same time the developers have abstained from shadowy commercial products like lootboxes and microtransactions.

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The game takes place in a futuristic, cyberpunk open world that bears a resemblance to the world of Blade Runner. Cyberpunk 2077 will also feature a multiplayer component, though not much else has been announced,

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You can check out the trailer below.

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There are still many months to go in 2018, and that gives us plenty of time to think about those upcoming sci-fi games that both look promising and have at least the possibility of being released in 2018. From much-anticipated titles to lesser-known franchise entries, here we've compiled a list of six upcoming sci-fi games that we can't wait to get our hands on.

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February crowd funding report: successes, failures, frustrating delays, and long-awaited releases https://www.gameskinny.com/6dbip/february-crowd-funding-report-successes-failures-frustrating-delays-and-long-awaited-releases https://www.gameskinny.com/6dbip/february-crowd-funding-report-successes-failures-frustrating-delays-and-long-awaited-releases Tue, 16 Feb 2016 01:03:30 -0500 Ty Arthur

For studios big and small, turning to the fans directly is fast becoming one of the go-to methods for raising the capital necessary to fund a game's development cycle.

Cutting out the publishers and going straight to the people with a passion for any given genre, there have been some incredibly satisfying games arriving digitally thanks to the crowd-funding phenomena. Each month, we'll be looking at both the most promising new video game funding campaigns, as well as checking in on previously funded games to see how development is coming along.

We've got a lot to cover this month, both in devastating failures and incredibly exciting successes, along with some updates on long-awaited games finally arriving in either full or early access versions.

An Update From Last Month

If you missed it, you can check out our report on the best of crowd funding from January here. Some of those games reached or exceeded their desired goals (and we can't wait to play them down the line!), while unfortunately others fell short or cut their losses and canceled the campaigns.

One of those promising campaigns we covered last month was scrapped early, with Hero's Song being pulled when it was clear the 2D project wouldn't get anywhere near its high goal of $800,000.

That's always a chance when dealing with limited time frames where the right fans might not hear the word immediately or have money at that particular point to contribute. There's still hope for Hero's Song though, as the game is in the process of securing funding from more traditional means. We'll keep you updated on how this one goes in the coming months.

The VR-focused horror title Ghost Theory has only 4 days left and is almost certainly going to fail to reach its goal. While that's disappointing, as VR horror games need a strong boost to get going and pick up momentum, Ghost Theory has made it onto Steam Greenlight, so we might still see it one day anyway.

Also likely to come up shy of the sought-after dollar amount, Consortium: The Tower is only a third of the way to its $309,000 goal. That's a bit of a surprise, considering the previous title in the series was successfully funded on Kickstarter. It's always possible Interdimensional Games will re-launch a new campaign down the line at a smaller amount.

But enough of the failures. How about the titles that convinced gamers to fork over their hard earned cash?

I'm very pleased to report that both the old school RPG Project Resurgence and the chemistry-based education game ChemCaper were both successfully funded. The Final Fantasy Tactics inspired Children of Zodiarcs didn't just hit its goal, but zoomed way, way past it with a serious vote of confidence from the backers.

Fans of Arckanum and Pillars Of Eternity will want to try this one

New Video Game Crowd Funding Campaigns

Knights And Bikes

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC / PS4

Bringing to mind the adorable style of Costume Quest but with a more serious slant on the story front, this indie title from Foamsword Games caused some buzz recently when it hit the Facebook trending bar.

The team has been involved with titles like Little Big Planet and Ratchet And Clank, so there's talent there involved with this type of game already, lending some credibility to the request for $142,000 via Kickstarter.

References to Earthbound and Secret Of Mana in the campaign pitch definitely piqued my interest immediately, especially with the same screen co-op option, which took me back to many a late Saturday night going through Secret Of Mana with friends as a kid.

Battalion 1944

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC, Xbox One, and PS4

With Call Of Duty heading into the future rather than the past in recent installments, it falls on other developers to give us more WWII shooters.

Focusing on the mode FPS fans tend stick to most frequently, Batallion 1944 is multiplayer-only and won't even bother with the single player campaign. While that's a definite entry in the “con” column for me, I know I'm in the minority there.

Visually, the style on display in the pre-alpha footage is very appealing, striking a nice balance between bright environments that catch the eye and more realistic elements that will appeal to fans of Squad. A serious eye to detail on real-world locations is also on display.

The focus here looks like it will land on close-quarters combat with a visceral feel, and clearly gamers want more WWII action in this vein, because Battalion 1944 is already over twice its funding goal.

A Place For The Unwilling

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC

Described as “Sunless Sea meets Majora's Mask in a living city,” this intriguing little title features a very interesting colored pencil art style that's well outside the norm. Between the concept and artistic flair, this is one we want to see funded -- but not overfunded, since the developers have promised to summon Cthulhu if they hit $150,000.

A constantly running time cycle that works against you brings to mind Don't Starve, and A Place For The Unwilling promises to bring out dark themes and a different approach than normal, turning an urban landscape into the basis of the gameplay.

This is a game set to be all about the immersion, throwing you into a fully fleshed out city and having you undertake seemingly mundane tasks while learning about your fellow citizens and uncovering the story. We have a feeling what's found beneath the surface will be worth the effort.

Newly Released Early Access Titles

Two highly-anticipated games  that spent extended periods of time in early access, are now landing.

Although early access is slightly different from straight crowd funding, the end result is similar, offering a trickle of money all the way through release rather than a bulk set amount at the beginning.

Darkest Dungeon

Get it here

Platforms: PC, with PS4 coming soon

Many of us at GameSkinny have been absolutely loving this infuriatingly hard 2D RPG masterpiece, and we've got a ton of guides up to help you navigate insanity, disease, and worse.

Focusing on one singular concept where style strongly meets substance, this Lovecraftian dark fantasy title shows how a strong idea and a supportive fanbase can overcome all odds and result in an excellent end product.

Feedback straight from the fans during the long early access process obviously paid off, as there's currently just under 11,000 positive reviews on Steam.

Layers of Fear

Get it here

Platforms: PC

After an extended time in early access, this horror offering officially drops tomorrow (February 16th), and you better believe we'll be covering this one extensively since Layers Of Fear was named one of our most anticipated horror games of the year.

While the reviews from major gaming publications have been mixed to middling, those involved with early access have clearly been pleased, with overwhelmingly positive reviews so far. If you've played, be sure to let us know how you think it stacks up against recent horror giants like Outlast or Soma!

Updates On Previously Funded Projects

Torment Tides Of Numenera

Get early access here

Platforms: PC

Combining both a traditional crowdfunding campaign and now an early access period for fans to beta test the game, Tides Of Numenera has a lot to prove as the successor to the mighty Planescape: Torment.

Some Kickstarter backers have been less than thrilled that people who are late to the party can now get in on the gameplay early through Steam, but as far as I'm concerned, the more testing that goes into this thing before the final release, the better.

What's most exciting here is the feedback that's been coming out. While obviously there's still much to be done in terms of optimization, most reports so far have spoken of excellent characters, story, and an iconic art style to match the original game. InXile might just pull this off and give us a worthy successor to Planescape: Torment after all.

While there's no official drop date yet (and we are way beyond the original estimated release period listed on Kickstarter), it's a foregone conclusion this crowd funded game will actually see release when its ready. Expect it to drop late 2016 / early 2017.

Mighty No. 9

Get updates on the project here

Platforms: PC / Xbox consoles / PS consoles / Wii U / Vita / 3DS

This MegaMan influenced title was recently delayed for a third time, and backers are starting to revolt. Unfortunately, that's a gamble you take with crowdfunding – you aren't guaranteed to get your game when promised, or even get it at all.

Crowdfunded games frequently don't arrive at their original estimated release (just see Torment above, which was projected for a December 2014 release in its Kickstarter campaign), and there's a clear lesson to be learned here by the developers.

When people are giving you money before your product is done, you need to properly manage expectations and provide realistic development times, two issues that are rapidly derailing Mighty No. 9. It's good that updates owning up to problems are coming, but it's entirely unclear when or if this game will finally see full release.

Shenmue 3

Get updates on the project here

Platforms: PC and PS4

This long-anticipated sequel in the Shenmue series is undoubtedly counted among the biggest crowd funding successes, making a jaw dropping $6 million from fans!

There haven't been a ton of updates, but the developer does usually drop at least one new post a month regarding new coverage and the progress of the game.

There's not much info to report at this point, as the game is expected to be in development all of both this and next year, slated for a release in December of 2017. Hopefully some more concrete info starts to leak soon, but at this point it seems the game is on track and has a realistic release date.

Perception

Get updates on the project here

Platforms: PC

Also named one of our most anticipated horror titles of the year, work continues on this game with some truly unique elements. The frequent developer updates are a very good sign of the project's health, and 11 minutes of new gameplay footage recently came online. There's no finalized release date, but all indicators are that the game should drop this year without any significant delays.

Check back next month for another look at the most promising crowd funding campaigns and updates on past successful campaigns!

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The crowd funding report: most exciting upcoming crowd funded games https://www.gameskinny.com/ts33f/the-crowd-funding-report-most-exciting-upcoming-crowd-funded-games https://www.gameskinny.com/ts33f/the-crowd-funding-report-most-exciting-upcoming-crowd-funded-games Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:35:34 -0500 Ty Arthur

Crowd funding has rapidly gone from fringe oddity to accepted means of releasing games of all varieties, from table top board games to pen and paper RPGs and even PC and console titles.

This means of going straight to the fan base and cutting out the middle man has particularly been a boon for fans of old school games. From the Infinity Engine titles getting a modern day reboot with Pillars Of Eternity (consistently named the game of the year for 2015 by our editors) to Wasteland 2 arriving 25 years later, and even Yatagarasu's take on Neo Geo style fighting games, platforms like Kickstarter offer a renaissance for fans of classic genres.

Big name publishers and developers aren't always willing to risk going with anything that isn't the newest Call Of Duty retread, but crowd funding removes that entire element from the equation. The project is already funded and the programmers already paid when it starts, so any sales after release are just icing on the cake and money to put towards the next project.

Below we're taking a look at some of the most exciting games currently being funded, as well as checking in on some of the past funded titles that are still in development.

Video Games Currently Being Crowd Funded

Project Resurgence

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC

There's a clear nod to the classic sci-fi / fantasy mashup Arcanum here with Project Resurgence, and the stylistic touches on display make it look like this will be a winner for fans of anything from Baldur's Gate to Shadowrun Returns.

The pre-alpha prototype footage that went online a few months before the Kickstarter already looked more playable and polished than a good deal of the RPGs available through Steam right now. For those who love the idea of Divinity: Original Sin but don't care for turn-based games, the appeal here is that you can freely choose real time or turn-based and change your option for any combat encounter.

What's got me most excited is the emphasis placed on choice and story with morally gray consequences throughout. Hopefully Nectar Games Studios delivers on that promise with the finished product. With 19 days to go, this one is already at $109,000 out of a $160,000 goal, so it's certain to succeed, but this is a project that could really be taken into overdrive and even beat out the big developers if it gets some serious backing behind it.

Project Resurgence

Ghost Theory

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC, with potential for consoles down the line through stretch goals

Mark my words: the upcoming Oculus Rift and its competing products from other companies are going to completely change the way horror games are played and become the new standard. Playing Outlast alone in the dark with headphones on was terrifying: now imagine that in a fully immersive VR world.

Ghost Theory is an upcoming game aiming to crack into that market early, providing a story-based, first person horror experience specifically designed with VR in mind. Many of the elements discussed at the crowd funding website seem to pull from the best parts of games like Clive Barker's Undying or The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, but what really stands out is the focus on exploration.

If the new crop of top tier horror games have a major flaw, its in the way characters are forced into specific linear paths while running at full speed from the unkillable antagonist, and Ghost Theory aims to resolve that problem without resorting to gunfire and combat, which can kill the mood of a horror game.

Ghost Theory

Hero's Song

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC

Despite its age, the roguelike genre continues to get gamers excited, and simply adding that adjective on can ensure you'll have a built-in audience of rabid fans. Hero's Song seeks to capitalize on that nostalgia by going back to the 2D sprites, while adding in more modern action elements along the lines of the Diablo titles.

The pixel art style is absolutely gorgeous and will remind you of the absolute best of the SNES / Genesis days with some modern updates, and its clear a lot of work has gone into the world building and race design.

Hero's Song

Children of Zodiarcs

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC / PS4

Remember the glory days of playing Final Fantasy Tactics for untold hours on a Saturday night? Children Of Zodiarcs is going for that old school tactical feeling, but with a chibi 3D style and a few twists: most notably the inclusion of cards and craftable dice.

The combo is an interesting change, as from the footage available it looks like traditional grid-based combat, but with the addition of random card draws that add an unpredictable element. Further adding to the strategy / luck paradigm is the challenge of crafting the right kinds of dice for the appropriate situation. It's tabletop-meets-digital, but with a story and art style that will please console or RPG fans.

If you went past Final Fantasy Tactics and gobbled up other titles like Vandal Hearts or Tactics Ogre, you will definitely want in on this one.

 Children Of Zodiarcs

Consortium: The Tower

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: PC / Xbox One / PS4

Back in 2014, Interdimensional Games released Consortium, and now a sequel is getting the crowd funding treatment, seeking $309,000 from fans to get the job done right. Providing an immersive first person sci-fi experience, the developers describe Consortium: The Tower as “the original Deus Ex combined with Die Hard.”

The big draw here is the total freedom expressed in every element: the game never takes control away from you, and you can choose how you make your way through the sandbox. Stealth, diplomacy, or combat: it's your decision, and the game doesn't prefer one over another.

Consortium: The Tower

ChemCaper

Contribute to the campaign here

Platforms: Mobile / PC

A while back I covered the best education apps for kids. That market is currently dominated by casual games, but what if education could be combined with a full RPG to keep youngsters fully engaged longer? That's the thrust of ChemCaper, billed as the world's first chemistry-based role playing game!

With another 19 days of the campaign to go, ChemCaper is already halfway to the goal of $50,000. The mobile version of Act I – Petticles in Peril is coming in March, with a PC edition to follow if the campaign is successful.

The world may be based on the periodic table and chemistry puns abound, but the gameplay footage looks like exactly the sort of RPG I would have wanted to play when I was 12, and the addition of active learning means parents will actually want kids to pick it up. The soundtrack is also shaping up to be something spectacular, and I recommend heading over to the Kickstarter page just to listen in.

ChemCaper

Looking Back At Previously Funded Projects

The Dwarves

Updates on the project are available here

Platforms: PC / PS4 / Xbox One

Funded through Kickstarter back in October of 2015, The Dwarves is exactly what it sounds like: an RPG / large scale strategy combat game focusing specifically on the shorter denizens of the fantasy universe.

The videos and still shots that have been released so far look very promising, and the Alpha 1 test version just went out to backers last month, so it looks like this one is on track to release by the end of the year. It's also a good sign when the developer stays in regular contact via social media.

For you heavy metal fans, The Dwarves will both feature the music of Blind Guardian and in-game representations of the band members!

The Dwarves

Underworld Ascendant

Updates on the project are available here

Platforms: PC

This return to the classic gameplay of Ultima Underworld was funded back in March of 2015, and is looking like it will greatly please fans of that hallowed, but short lived, first person series.

The Kickstarter page was pretty quiet from August through the start of the year, which had some skittish, but OtherSide Entertainment has been fairly active through both Facebook and a newsletter. Just earlier this month a large update finally came out revealing the addition of a new art director and providing an update on the progress of the combat system.

There haven't been a ton of specifics released yet though, so I'd say it's a good bet that original estimated release of November 2016 is going to get pushed back, but otherwise this looks like its on track to fully deliver on what was promised when it does arrive.

Underworld Ascendant

The Forecast For Upcoming Crowd Funded Games

The current pool of crowd funded video games is looking top-notch, and it's a good bet many more projects will be launched in the coming months (don't worry - we'll be sure to highlight the standout games in future articles).

While major projects like Battletech aren't slated to arrive until 2017, there's plenty of finished already games on the horizon, like the impending expansions to the Kickstarter-backed Pillars Of Eternity and Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

Let us know - what crowd funded game are you most looking forward to, and what projects have you backed recently that you'd like to see more updates on as development continues?

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