Former Lionhead, Media Molecule, and Criterion devs come up with something completely different.
Like many developers nowadays Ambient Studios have taken to Kickstarter to fund their first major game Death Inc. However unlike many developers on Kickstarter the UK studio has actually released a game demo for free to give potential backers a taste of the game they potentially might put their money behind. Check out the project here.
“It requires a huge leap of faith to decide to back a game based on its concept art or launch video, particularly when that project is from a smaller, independent developer,” stated director and co-founder of Ambient Studios, Jonny Hopper.
“We believe Death Inc. is a title that Kickstarter was built for. We’re so confident in our idea that we’ve taken the unusual step of issuing a fully playable demo before the campaign has finished.”
Death Inc. is esentially a medieval strategy game where players assume the role of the Grim Reaper as he spreads the bubonic plague throughout the land.
The demo clocks in at less than 30mb and can run on a variety of different specs, so there’s no reason not to at least try it out and you can do so by clicking this link.
At time of writing Death Inc has an outside chance of being funded, with only £59,734 raised towards the target of £300,000 and there’s only 15 days left of funding to go. However this is the first time we can remember a developer actually providing a prototype to potential backers for free, in order to entice them to pledge some money, so Ambient Studios deserves at least some credit for that.
If this approach is successful perhaps other developers will follow Ambient’s trail and release parts of their game for free so potential backers can judge whether or not a project is for them – that certainly would be a step in the right direction with regards to Kickstarter.
We’ve given the demo of Death Inc. a go and it’s rather fun in a sinister kind of way. Check out the trailer below:
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