I vividly remember when crowdfunding became a valid and acceptable way of collecting money to develop games. But over the past few years, I lost track of most Kickstarter projects for several reasons. First, I played some of the most promising games and they didn’t deliver. Second, Kickstarter as a platform became so popular, that for a while, it seemed like a new project was being announced once every couple of days and the platform lost its mystique. Nevertheless, Kickstarter is still an extremely popular platform that helps developers bring their ideas to life and if 2016 is any indication of its future, Kickstarter will remain extremely popular. Here are ten of the most promising Kickstarter games that are supposedly coming out some time this year.
10. We Happy Few
We don’t know that much about this upcoming first-person survival horror game, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Unlike most of the titles featured in this article, We Happy Few seems to be all about story, characters and atmosphere, so the less we know about it the better. Set in an alternate 1960s English dystopia, the inhabitants of a city called Wellington Wells are under the influence of a drug called Joy. You assume the role of a Downer, one of the people who refuse to take Joy, and you need to look for food and supplies in a procedurally-generated world.
Release date: June 2016
Amount of money pledged: $334,754 (CAD)
9. Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove
Originally released for the Sega Genesis, ToeJam and Earl was an action game that followed alien rappers Toe Jam and Earl after they crash landed on Earth. Influenced by role-playing games of the time, the game had randomly generated levels and items. It was also beloved because it parodies urban culture of the 80s and 90s and for its funky soundtrack.
Release date: November 2016
Amount of money pledged: $508,637
This three-dimensional platformer is a spiritual successor to the Rare titles of the Nintendo 64 era, particularly Banjo and Kazooie. As the name suggests, you’ll be able to use titular characters, a male chameleon named Yooka and a female bat called Laylee, to explore the colorful environments, collect items, complete challenges, defeat bosses and unlock abilities. Several multiplayer modes will also be available both local and online.
Release date: October 2016
Amount of money pledged: £2,090,104
7. Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Half-Genie Hero will be the fourth entry in the celebrated Shantae series of platformers. The game puts you in the shoes of Shantae a half-genie who can use her hair to attack enemies and can transform into different creatures with special abilities. Also, the game will allow players to assume the role of some new characters, such as Risky Boots, Sky, Bolo and Rottytops.
Release date: Early 2016
Amount of money pledged: $776,084
This spiritual successor to PlayStation 2’s fantastic rhythm game is an updated version of Amplitude that’s coming in 2016 for the PS3 and PS4. The style of gameplay will be similar to that of the PS2 game, but the visuals, soundtrack and so on will be completely new. If you played Amplitude back in the day, you probably know what to expect.
Release date: January 6th, 2016
Amount of money pledged: $844,127
5. Friday the 13th: The Game
Several developers tried to make a game based on the Friday the 13th franchise and the most infamous of those attempts was the NES game which is usually considered one of the worst games of all time. This new project though wants to be an homage to the films, as well a horror game where you can assume the role of Jason Vorhees and stalk camp counselors in Crystal Lake. We’ll see how that goes later this year.
Release date: October 2015
Amount of money pledged: $823,704
4. Divinity: Original Sin 2
Larian Studios’ Divinity Original Sin was such a tremendous success for the company that it was only a matter of time before a sequel was announced. For those unfamiliar, this is a classic role-playing game in the same vein as Baldur’s Gate, so you’ll be able to customize your characters, recruit companions, play with up to three more people, craft skills and the list goes on and on. If you’re into CRPGs, this is definitely your game.
Release date: December 2016
Amount of money pledged: $2,032,434
3. Hyper Light Drifter
Developed by Hearth Machine, this 2D action-RPG pays homage to 8-bit and 16-bit games like The Legend of Zelda and Diablo. In the game, players will assume the role of Drifter, a character who uses old technology to explore the ruins of civilization and look for a cure for a rare disease. The Drifter has an energy sword, but he’ll also be able to use long-range guns and area attacks.
Release date: Q2 2016
Amount of money pledged: $645,158
2. Mighty No. 9
People have been telling Keiji Inefune to make another Mega Man game for years. Fans of the blue bomber will be glad to know that Mighty Number 9 is a spiritual successor in both gameplay and character design. The game, which blends 2D and 3D visuals, puts you in the shoes of a small robot known as Beck, who can run, shoot, jump and dash to defeat enemies that give him special abilities. A new mechanic comes in the form of dashing through enemies which allows Beck to absorb Xel, making him more powerful and faster for a few moments.
Release date: February 9th, 2016
Amount of money pledged: $3,845,170
1. Star Citizen
Regardless of how you feel about space simulators, Star Citizen is almost impossible to ignore because of the incredible amount of money that has made on Kickstarter. In a way, Star Citizen tries to be a game for all people, because it incorporates ideas from several genres, including first-person combat, mining, trading, space simulation, first-person shooting and MMO. Developed by Chris Roberts and his team at Cloud Imperium Games (Wing Commander, Starlancer and Freelancer) the game will have the voices of Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson and Mark Hamill.
Release date: TBA 2016
Amount of money pledged: $2,134,374