Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Andy Astruc3
Project Awakened retcons a new funding campaign
Remember that amazing concept for a freeform superhero game where you create and shape your own unique hero, outfitting them with powers far beyond those of mortal men and letting them loose in a brand new world? Remember how excited we all got about bringing all our childhood sketches and playground games to life? And remember how it fell short of its Kickstarter goal, making all of us cry over our coke-bottle glasses into our cornflakes? Well fret not, citizens — or at least save your fretting until a little bit later.
Instead of throwing Project Awakened in the trash like Stephanie Brown’s Batgirl or an ongoing Nextwave series, Phosphor Games have decided to set up their own private funding campaign. After reviewing the results of a week long survey which garnered over 4,000 responses, Phosphor have set up a multi-level campaign on their website with the initial goal of $250,000.
If this Founder’s Club experiment doesn’t work out and this first goalpost isn’t passed then Phosphor says they will “refund everyone and take the game back underground”. As the team have said previously, they do plan to work on the game regardless of the outcome of such funding drives.
The main difference between this and the Kickstarter campaign — aside from the independent and private nature of the beast — is the ability for backers to use Paypal for their contributions. It seems their collected information informed the studio that this stopped a decent number of people from chipping in the first time around. Stretch goals include a firm release date of June 2014 for $500,000 (instead of the usual indie game line of “whenever, or something”) and the use of Unreal Engine 4 for the game if a paltry $1.5 million crosses their digital doorstep.
Currently the project has $45,216 pledged by 770 backers, so with 32 days to go it seems they’re in a decent position. Given the hype surrounding Project Awakened so far, I’m certainly optimistic it can work out. If you’re interested in joining the cause and having a hand in the success of the game, or if you’re just plain interested, head over to the official website and take a look.