Square Enix's new crowdfunding program opens, Crackdown 2 dev signs up

Ruffian Games launches campaign for new PC title Game of Glens through Hitman's publisher's new Square Enix Collective.

Square Enix today officially launched its new crowdfunding program called the Square Enix Collective, the Hitman and Tomb Raider publisher announced today. Plans for the program were originally announced in October, and Square Enix has since spent its time building the platform and seeking out teams to work with.

One of these developers is Crackdown 2 studio Ruffian Games, which has launched a campaign through the Square Enix Collective for its new PC title Game of Glens, inspired by Scottish folklore.

The Square Collective allows creators to post ideas and have gamers decide whether those concepts should become a reality or not. If the idea for Game of Glens is approved after 28 days through the feedback platform, it will be eligible for crowdfunding through Indiegogo. Right now, 55 percent of Square Enix Collective users say they would back the project through crowdfunding.

"We know that some people are going to think, 'Hey, you guys have loads of money from all those console games.' Well, we wish it were so, but the reality is it’s incredibly difficult to get a publisher to sign you up to make a game that they actually own, so you can imagine how hard it is to get the funding to develop your own game," Ruffian Games said.

"So due to this funding issue we had been tempted to take the crowdfunding route for Game of Glens for some time, but we were hesitant as the time never felt quite right. Then out of nowhere Square Enix announced Collective for launch and it felt like the perfect timing and fit for Game of Glens."

For more, check out the Game of Glens page on the Square Enix Collective website. Two other campaigns also went live today: World War Machine (Tuque Games) and Moon Hunters (Kitfox Games).

Right now, the Square Enix Collective is limited to those three games, but submissions will be opened to creators at large in the next couple of months. Square Enix will make some of the "older Eidos IP" from the company's back catalog available to creators for new games.

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megakick
megakick

WTF? A major publisher wants you to help back development? If they don't have  enough faith to back a game why would I?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

The trolls have gotten to the poll. :P

With that said, the game has mechanisms that look similar to that in World of Goo.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I want a new Crackdown! Just not a fail like Crackdown 2.

Hurvl
Hurvl

None of these games interest me, but there are so many kickstarter games that *do* interest me that I'm not disappointed by the games Square Enix have chosen.

catsimboy
catsimboy

They made Crackdown 2 eh? AVOID THIS LIKE THE PLAGUE! That and it just looks like a rip-off of World Of Goo mixed with tower destruction.

telaros
telaros

The "All your games belong to us" program has launched. YAY. Take THAT Kickstarter!


/sarcasm

mattcake
mattcake

That game looks bloody awful. Crackdown is one of my favourite games of all time, such a shame a game with an awesome cel-shaded style, engine and theme just degenerated into Crackdown 2, and then nothing.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

What does it say for the Final Fantasy franchise when GameSpot opens an article describing Squeenix as "the Hitman and Tomb Raider publisher"?

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

I'm sorry but......a publisher is asking people to crowdfund their games.......wtf???

What, has Square Enix went bankrupt all of a sudden?


Anyone that crowdfunds anything for them is a freaking moron

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Cited for use of the word "Game" as it pertains to old-timey settings! HBO will see these guys in court!

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Leave it to SE to lack in game-making creativity (nowadays) but find new, innovative ways to give consumers the middle finger.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Wait, so they're going to let the people pay for a game to be made, then they're going to take a cut? Isn't that what crowdfunding was meant to avoid?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Additionally, the other 2 games look derivative and crap as well. Vote NO and vote often people, tell Squeenix where to stick it!
 Stop me if you;ve heard this one recently, for example: "Explore a hand-painted pixel art world that's randomly generated" (I.E. Like every 3rd game in Steam Greenlight)

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Because OF COURSE I'm going to trust a company with widly-publicised financial troubles to deliver a return on my investment.......

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

I wont ever buy any squeenix game ever again and I will never support them again in any way.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

well square enix is you were actually capable of doing a remake of ff7 or a new final fantasy game thats actually half decent you probably would never need to ask for crowdfunding ever again, but of course i don't see that happening.

chuckles471
chuckles471

Square enix "the Hitman and Tomb Raider publisher".  Just shows how far that Square's game making ability has fell.  Even "the journalists" are ignoring that they make games

pszone
pszone

I guess  its pc game and it first game from ideas from fans .

CoolCamel616
CoolCamel616

@Evil_SidekickSquare Enix isn't asking for your money, the people who made Crackdown 2, Ruffian Games, are. You should probably not completely misread an article (or more likely just the headline) before calling people morons. Although giving the Crackdown 2 people any money would definitely be moronic.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@JimmeyBurrows I don't really understand what this is either... a crow funding operation lead by a major publisher with billions of dollars...?  What exactly is Squares role in this...?

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

They said they would release it when they make a game that outsells the original FF7. So we will never see it, essentially.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@chuckles471 by "Eddie Makuch".

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@neowarrior121 @HonorOfGod sooo, one game is enough for you guys to ignore the company? Most big companies make at least one fck-up per year... you would only have indies left...
Also HonorOfGod, what did you experience so that you have that kind of reaction to SE?

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@neowarrior121 @purplestone6988 @normanislost i think we have different opinions what bad is. I have a scale that is like this:

not functional < bad < functional< good< epic/must play

i would give it (both of them) something between functional and good more towards good. Like a 7.7/ on 0-10 scale on FF12 and 7.1 for FF13. 
Also i do not compare the best of the series to the game, because its a different game, in different time, for different audience.
Am not comparing what they should have done to what they have done.
Am just measuring/scaling what they did and how much i did enjoy it.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@noirtenshin no they already knew what people wanted because nothing changed to what people wanted, it dosnt take genius to figure that out. but for some reason square enix made 3 terrible games that don't even hold a candle to games they made 6,9, 12 and 15 years ago it seems. the fact that there more people looking forward to ff10 remastered then 13-3 is testament to that. yea they have made the odd decent game but overall the neww ff games are terrible 

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@normanislost @noirtenshin i know a lot of people that don't dislike FF12 and 13 (including me, i think they are good, but nothing special).
Also a lot of people think highly of FF XI and XIV. Now what was there in that time frame, hmm a list would be long, so check out the wiki (or google, "list of square enix games"). For example, Hitman, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs and soon Thief (shall see about the last one)

So as i said, if you don't like it, don't buy it. But what you don't like doesn't mean that others can't like it, or that the games are a failure. Also its possible that they make a new game that you would like. Never say never xD/ 

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@normanislost whats wrong with ff12,13 and 13-2? just because you didnt like them means they are failed games? and chapter 3 of 13 hasnt even came out yet so idk why your even including that one.

normanislost
normanislost

@noirtenshin fine FF12,13 1/2 and lets face it 3 


and then theres the bullshit front mission 3rd person shooter instead of the turn based games that are kept in japan


oh and supreme commander 2 which they had a hand in so im on 6 currently


and lets not forget the old FF ports to mobile which are buggy as fuck and cost insane amounts 



noirtenshin
noirtenshin

@neowarrior121 @noirtenshin 3 failed games in how much years? What about other games that they released in that timeframe?
Also if you doubt that a game isn't good, you should avoid it or at least check it out first via demo/first looks. Not every game, is for every player and if the game isn't for you, and you bought it, its on you, not the company that made it.