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To be this good takes ages – or just a brilliant pop-up book with paper-based versions of SEGA’s most iconic arcade cabinets. Check out this bundle of amazingness: The SEGA Arcade: Pop-Up History includes sculptures of various classic cabinets from the Japanese company, including Space Harrier, Hang-On, and –...
Things were looking pretty dire for Deadly Premonition director SWERY’s photography role-playing game The Good Life – but a very well-run campaign has just crossed its funding goal. It means that the title, in collaboration with Sony Music’s Unties label, will now enter full production. There are still 48 hours left for you to...
First footage of Kickstarter
Photography-themed role-playing game The Good Life is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, and developer White Owls has released a tech demo video showing off the open world English backdrop, Rainy Woods. This is obviously still early stuff as the project is yet to enter
From the makers of Deadly Premonition and Panzer Dragoon
Deadly Premonition director Hidetaka ‘SWERY’ Suehiro’s barmy “debt repayment daily life role-playing game” The Good Life has hopped from crowd-funding platform Fig to the more recognisable Kickstarter, where it’s coveting a much smaller target of $650,000 in order to get made for...
Table-top games now rule the roost
If you’re planning to fund a video game on Kickstarter – and judging by the spam in our inbox, plenty of developers are still trying – then you may want to consider converting the project into some kind of table-top title. A new report reveals that only one in four games tends to reach their target on the...
Crowdfunding open now
PlayStation recently reached the point where it tipped into nostalgic territory. The brand has been at the top of its game for over 20 years now, and there are many, many people – this author included – who have been there from the very beginning. The PlayStation Anthology, a 440-page tome to one of gaming's greatest...
No stretch goals
Prey for the Gods, the Shadow of the Colossus-inspired indie from No Matter Studios, had no hope of meeting its $600,000 console stretch goal on Kickstarter – and this was putting potential backers off. The studio had originally intended to outsource the PlayStation 4 version, but seeing the way that its campaign was progressing,...
Shadow of the Colossus is comfortably one of the greatest games ever made, and its influence is clear to see in Prey for the Gods – an upcoming survival action game set in an icy island environment. The title, which is being created by just three people, launched its Kickstarter campaign this week – with a $300,000 goal for t
And you can help fund it
PlayStation's big business these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the early 90s, electronics giant Sony was rather reluctant to create its own console – with its board of directors voting against Ken Kutaragi's proposal. The firm's wily CEO Norio Ohga believed in the project so much, though, that he sent...
Remember our post about an all-new upcoming Fear Effect game? Well, now's your chance to make it happen. French indie outfit Sushee has launched the Kickstarter campaign for Fear Effect Sedna, the Shadowrun Returns-inspired take on Square Enix's legendary PSone action game. The team's after €100,000 to help mak
Back from the brink
Bloody nora, remember Fear Effect? The original remains one of the PSone's most iconic games; the sequel, with its overly sexualised characters, less so. The cool thing is that it's making a comeback – well, if indie developer Sushee can raise enough money on Kickstarter, that is. Basically, publisher Square Enix has given the...
Reich for the stars
Well, then – Battalion 1944 has already been funded. You may remember us reporting on the Kickstarter for the World War II multiplayer shooter earlier in the week – well, it's already raised its goal of £100,000, with a whopping 27 days left to go. The studio has said that it will add £100,000 of its own money to the
We did Nazi that coming
Bulkhead Studios – creators of first-person puzzler Pneuma: Breath of Life – has just announced a new game on Kickstarter that's vastly different to its previous project: Battalion 1944, a World War II multiplayer shooter in the veins of Medal of Honor and the early
Back of the net
There's an extra religion in the UK, and its members consist of those that played Sensible Soccer on the Amiga. The series – developed by Sensible Software – was the FIFA of its day, selling thousands of copies and earning cult status among eighties gamers. And now it could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4 – assuming...
Death-initely going to be funded
It's a cold day in Hell if you don't find this particular scribe praising the Darksiders series made by the former Vigil Games. Both games exhibited Joe Madureira's profoundly unique, bold art style that brought their fantastical worlds and mythical characters to life, and with solid hack 'n' slash gameplay backed...
Long awaited sequel due out on PS4 in 2017
Forget about the day that the snow turned to rain – something even stranger is happening: Shenmue III is getting made for the PlayStation 4. It's been a whirlwind since the title was announced during Sony's press conference at E3 2015, but the crowd funding is now over – and a whopping $6,333,295...
And there are still 12 hours to go
Shenmue III has become the most funded video game in Kickstarter history – and there are still 12 hours left for the PlayStation 4 and PC sequel to do something really special. A couple of troll pledges mean that the campaign is fluctuating a little, but at the time of typing its sitting at $5,553,410 –...
You know what you need to do
Should you back Shenmue III's soon-to-end Kickstarter campaign? Well, if your answer up until now has been 'maybe some other time' then you may want to reconsider, as Ys Net has revealed that a physical PlayStation 4 release is not guaranteed outside of the crowdfunding drive. Currently, backing the project for $60 will...
Let's get sweaty
Well, this is it: your last chance to save Shenmue. It's been a topsy-turvy ride for Yu Suzuki's long awaited Kickstarter campaign, but with the end in sight, it's time for one final push to make Shenmue III a reality. At the time of typing, the title has amassed $5.5 million, which means that it's agonisingly close to breaking...
Shenmue III may have struggled during the middle part of its crowd funding campaign, but it's really flying right now. Following the release of this morning's new trailer, the title has raised a further $100,000 on Kickstarter – and has crossed the all-important $5 million milestone as a consequence. This means that the Character...
FREE at last
This is it: the final push. Shenmue III is a week away from being funded, and while the past seven days have been kind to the project, it's going to need a massive boost in order to hit some of its latter stretch goals. Fortunately, series creator Yu Suzuki sounds like a man with a plan, and he's hinted as part of a Twitter Q&A...
Shenmue III has about week left to make as much money as possible, which means that the pressure's now on for the Kickstarter campaign. We already know that the game is going to get made, but Yu Suzuki has stressed that the more money that gets contributed, the more elaborate the final product will be. At the time of typing the funding...
Iwao would be proud
We thought that the Shenmue III Kickstarter campaign was being poorly managed at first, but developer Ys Net is getting cunning as the crowd funding drive marches confidently towards its conclusion. Two new tiers have been added to the title today, and one is aimed specifically at all those who upped their pledge to $60 following...
Fans will know that the Shenmue series doesn't do things by half. Yu Suzuki's seminal action adventure was once the most expensive game ever made – almost bankrupting publisher SEGA in the process – but now it has ten days remaining to become the biggest Kickstarter ever, too. With the Pebble Watch sitting at a cool $20 million, it...
We love these
Shenmue III has rocketed past $3 million, meaning that it's time for some new Stretch Goals to be added to the campaign. These focus on Baisha Village, one of the three main hub areas in the game. The additions run from $4 million to $5 million, and include additional quests, mini-games, and battle events. If we had to guess, Yu...
$4.75 million raised so far
Upcoming PlayStation 4 and Vita title Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has become the most funded video game in Kickstarter history, ushering in over $4.75 million as of this writing. With 12 hours left, it's looking like the project will absolutely smash through its final stretch goal of $5 million. If (when) it hits...
Long live the legacy
Despite all the naysayers declaring the PlayStation Vita a dead console and Sony seemingly distancing itself from the "legacy" platform as if it has smallpox, the handheld is still getting new games. The latest title to be gracing the portable comes courtesy of Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The...
Or just donate more money
It's been a little while since we last posted about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, but the project has gone from strength to strength since its announcement a few weeks ago. Now sitting at a cool $3 million, Koji Igarashi's revival has been officially confirmed for the PlayStation 4, and will be getting several...
Join the army of the night
There have been no shortage of Castlevania-inspired works on PlayStation of late, but while the likes of Guacamelee and Axiom Verge owe part of their success to Symphony of the Night director Koji Igarashi, the veteran developer has been out of the spotlight for some time. It was only a matter of time, however, before the...
Haters gonna hate
There's a gag in Life Is Strange that alludes to the ubiquity of bad Kickstarter campaigns, and while it's one of the game's more on-the-nose pop culture references, we reckon that it's bang on going by this particular fund raising drive. Already cancelled by the company monitoring the money making site, one guy was offering to...
It takes a special kind of Kickstarter campaign to make this author feel squeamish, but as your humble host taps out this story, let it be known that his skin has turned a subtle shade of green. Blood Sport is quite possibly the most mind bogglingly terrible idea in the history of crowd funding – and it’s no surprise that the drive...
Glow in the dark
Tenchu started the path of old-school stealth action on the original PlayStation, which required you to use your innate ninja abilities to infiltrate your way to assassination targets. While the stealth genre is far from dead with titles such as Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell, and Hitman still running strong, al
If you're a fan of Japanese visual novels, you've more than likely already heard of World End Economica – a new game by the writer of hit anime series, Spice and Wolf. Having already successfully launched the first part of the trilogy for the PC in the West, Senkai Project is now taking to Kickstarter to raise the money to translate...
Kickstarter campaign succeeds in closing hours
We sincerely hope that Rock Band developer Harmonix is considering remixing B*Witched’s classic Rollercoaster for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 exclusive Amplitude HD, because the title’s gone through a few emotional corkscrews over the past couple of
Survival of the fittest
It's been a month since our first Kickstarter round-up, which was met with many triumphs and failures. For those that missed it, reader favourite Hover: Revolt of Gamers smashed all of its initial stretch goals with a day to spare. However, second horse running Cult County fell at the first hurdle,
Insomniac Games may have temporarily switched system allegiances, but that doesn’t mean that it’s done with PlayStation entirely. Writing on its official blog, the developer has issued a rallying cry to its fans, encouraging them to give Harmonix’s flagging Kickstarter campaign one final push. Regular readers
You need to fund it first, though
While the likes of Rock Band Blitz and Rock Band Unplugged have offered permutations on the Amplitude formula, the original Harmonix developed PlayStation 2 exclusive remains the very best version of the controller-based rhythm format. Fortunately, the franchise could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4 and...
Take my money
Crowdfunding website Kickstarter is almost certainly the only location where your laundry simulation game will make you an overnight millionaire. However, with the money lending destination’s games section looking a lot like an ant’s nest of console, computer, and mobile ventures, it can be difficult to discover new projects...
Time to revolt
We’re not sure what we’d do if the government decided to take away our PlayStation games. Not only would we need to spend our leisure time outdoors, but we’d also be out of a job, and forced to succumb to that dreaded nine-to-five life. Alternatively, we could fight back – which is exactly what the colourful cast of Hover:...
Maybe next time
Some stories are best left unfinished, but we’ve been waiting almost 13 years to find out what happened in that cave at the end of Shenmue II. Only one man knows the answer to that question, and it’s creator Yu Suzuki, who’s been lobbying for the sequel to get funded for over a decade now. Fortunately, the former SEGA man is...
Fart out, man
Popular pick ‘n’ flick adventure Boogerman could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4 and Vita, as part of a new Kickstarter campaign fronted by original creators Mike Stragey and Chris Tremmel. For those unfamiliar with the original, the SEGA Mega Drive gross-‘em-up saw you take control of Snotty Ragsdale, an eccentric...
Hair we go
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the follow-up to WayForward’s cult GameBoy Color platformer, is set to strut its stuff on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita. Having already crossed its Kickstarter target with time to spare, the studio is now hoping to hit a couple of stretch goals. At the time of writing, the title needs to raise a...
Rockin' like Rockman
Mighty No. 9, former Capcom employee Keiji Inafune’s spiritual successor to Mega Man, has smashed another Kickstarter stretch goal, meaning that the retro shooter will fire onto the PlayStation 4 when the title deploys in 2015. The project needed to raise $3.3 million in order to expand to Sony's impending system, wit
Soaring onto a system near you
Project Phoenix, the upcoming JRPG from a development dream team featuring former Square Enix, Blizzard, and SEGA employees, is officially coming to the PlayStation 4 and Vita. Creative Intelligence Arts had promised support for the various Sony systems earlier in the year, but stressed that discussions were ongoing...
JRPG smashes Kickstarter goal in nine hours
Another wild JRPG revival has appeared. Hot on the heels of the success of Soul Saga and Liege, a slew of development talent has united to announce Project Phoenix – and it could be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Vita. The game – an old-school JRPG with “squad-based real-time strategy design” –...
Liege, the beautiful adult RPG by Coda Games, has smashed its Kickstarter stretch goal, meaning that the fascinating adventure will release on the PlayStation 4 and Vita in the near future. The title – which looks prettier than Rachel Bilson in a rose garden – needed to raise $48,000 in order to guarantee the console release, but...
Developer needs additional funding to realise dream
Much like Disastercake’s recent Kickstarter campaign for RPG throwback Soul Saga, Coda Games' upcoming Liege is inspired by countless PlayStation classics. Fortunately, the tactical title – which aims to blend an adult narrative with dense strategic gameplay –
Pull the Chrono Trigger
Bellevue-based developer Disastercake’s self-described love letter to the PSone era Soul Saga is set to bring its brand of JRPG-esque melodrama to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, as it has surpassed its stretch goals on crowdfunding website Kickstarter with just over 15 days left to go. One-man workhorse Mike...
Kickstarter project teases potential next generation port
While owner Electronic Arts has made no attempt to resurrect the Road Rash franchise over the past few years, DarkSea Games has put together a Kickstarter to create a new title in the former favourite’s image – and it could come to the PlayStation 4 if enough people register an interest...
Yu Suzuki considers crowdfunding for long overdue sequel
When asked how we’d invest the winnings from a successful EuroMillions ticket, we often discuss our desire to fund the full production of Shenmue 3. It’ll never happen, of course, but reports coming out of the Monaco Anime and Game Show suggest that series creator Yu Suzuki is at least...
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