XCOM creator's next title on thin ice as funding uncertain but still possible

Chaos Reborn entering the final hours of its crowdfunding campaign.

The original creator of the XCOM series is inching closer to securing the required funding for his next title, Chaos Reborn, though its future is still uncertain as the Kickstarter campaign heads into its final hours.

To encourage players to fund development of the project, Julian Gollop has released the Chaos Reborn prototype to the public. To play, you'll need to go to this webpage and have the Unity web player installed.

At time of writing, Chaos Reborn has raised $160,328 of its $180,000 goal, and has 63 hours left to secure the remaining funds. The prototype uses a lot of placeholder graphics and animations, however. "Judge it by the fun, not the bling," says Gollop.

Chaos Reborn is a revival of Gollop's 1985 ZX Spectrum title Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. The game is strategy titles that has players taking on the role of duelling wizards, who summon monsters to fight in turn-based battles.

Gollop was the director of 1994 classic X-COM: UFO Defense.

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43 comments
PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I wish Julian Gollop was the one making the new X-COM game. :(

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

He needs Shaq do DJ at parties.


To be honest, i highly doubt anyone even knows this guys name, even though X-COM was lke 1 of the best games ever made, ever and still is. but even 10 years ago, the only name on it i knew of was Microprose. I had no idea who the developers were.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

It seems like an interesting game, but I've already backed several projects.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Just ask facebook to buy it.


I'm sure they will be interested.

gajbutler
gajbutler

Already funded enough stuff, not putting money into it any more, burnt out my good will.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

If they don't make it....does that mean they will actually need to spend their own money and take a chance?

Damn...that's so last century....where are the morons....errr...i mean, the crowd funding lovers?

Daian
Daian

It's not looking good for its funding, I don't think it will make it in time.

Hurvl
Hurvl

61 hours left and 161 000 dollars donated, so there is still time. I'd define "final hours" as less than 10, but that's just me.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Sad day when Gollop can't raise enough funds for a game, sadder than the failed Chris Taylor Kickstarter.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Unfortunately I've run out of money to donate to affluent video game development studios after feeding 5 kids and donating to the Canadian Red Cross Society. Sorry chumps.

tomservo51
tomservo51

I miss good TBS games like the original Xcom, Kingdom Hearts and Gladius were also very good.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Explain to me again why people give money to these kinds of things?  Do you get something for your donation?  If not sounds stupid to give a gift to someone without actually knowing what they'll do with it.

fadersdream
fadersdream

XCOM: Declassified started as a great game then fanboys killed the game because they wanted things their way. Most of them didn't even play the first one (which is typical these days) and just jumped on the bandwagon. Finally a half thought out game plopped onto store shelves and promptly failed.

Now you have a company with no money and on the verge of bowing from the marketplace. Be careful about asking for stupid things, you may just suffer by getting what you wanted.

starhowl
starhowl

Oh those poor developers really need your help here!


YEAH RIGHT LIKE OCULUS RIFT DID FROM ALL THOSE FOOLS THAT DONATED TO THEN GET BOUGHT FOR 2 BILLION $!

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

I think people lost their faith on crowd funding after the facebook oculus thing.

CrashOV
CrashOV

@Evil_Sidekick I am glad that I am not the only one who sees the problem with crowd funding. In my opinion, if you can't get a professional studio or something to fund your work, then it's just not worth it. Certainly it's easy to get people excited when they don't really know what they are doing. And I'm sure those people enjoy the bragging rights to say " I contributed to this." but seriously nobody cares about that and it's better to save your money and let those in the industry figure it out.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@tomservo51

You and I agree, as usual.  :)

By the way, were you referring to Kingdom Under Fire, perhaps?  I am probably getting that mixed up with what you were referring to too, but like Kingdom Hearts, still a good game.  :)


The Original XCOM has no equal to this day.

tomservo51
tomservo51

Sorry, not Kingdom hearts, I can't remember the name of the game now :(

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Rayzakk  Because I'd rather the developer gets my money instead of EA/Activision/etc taking 80% off the top.


Yes, you take a chance by essentially pre-ordering direct from the developer.  But as long as you do your research into the developer and not back random crap because it looks flashy, I'd call it a worthwhile endeavor.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@Rayzakk  WHAT DO YOU GET FROM DONATING????

Are you joking?


You get the bliss of knowing that, if the game works, you made someone rich....while you are still poor.

/sarcasm

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@Rayzakk

You get to help people make a game you want, it's a donation to make a game many want but can't find funding not a pre order. And no one is forcing anybody to donate. 

Stiler
Stiler

@Rayzakk Generally you get the game when it is finished at a cheaper then retail price, or you can get other things. 


Only the lowest tier (1 dollar-10 dollar'ish) pledge get nothing aside from wallpapers or things like that. Most of these games are 15-20 bucks if you help fund them.

Dumachum
Dumachum

@fadersdream lol

1. Declassified sucked because it was a crappy shooter with the X-COM name tacked on to it.

2. This is the original designer of X-COM, not "Declassified".

3. It's X-COM, not "XCOM". The article got the games confused.

4. Stop posting if you don't know what you're talking about.

Dumachum
Dumachum

@starhowl  

Start your own kickstarter and sell it for 2 billion then. Nothing is stopping you other than the fact you don't possess the talent to. Stop being a whiny, untalented, socialist twerp, this is America.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@starhowl

Explain to me why does that matter? Backers aren't investors, they're not entitled to a return or a share, they donated and got what was promised to them. Funny thing is most of the backers I talked to seem to be fine with the acquisition, most of the outrage seems to be coming from people who didn't even back the project, again mostly. 

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@gamerno66666  I think people lost their faith on crowd funding when they started to actually think for more than 2 seconds.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

@gamerno66666IF by "losing faith" you mean waking up from their own personal delusions, you might be right. It obviously does something right, because the success stories from some of these projects is staggering to say the least.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@gamerno66666 Why?

What does it even matter?

You're complaining that a tiny garage company now has billions of dollars to invest in cutting edge technology because you don't like facebook?

Where did this notion come from where everyone thinks big companies equate to bad business and onlymom and pop stores can get anything right?

I think it's Apple/Mac kool-aid.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@CrashOV @Evil_Sidekick  Respectfully disagree.  The counter argument would be that getting funded by a professional studio is the equivalent of "selling out", and who wants that?  Whether it's EA, Activision, or some smaller venture capitalist group, once they're paying your wages they suddenly get a right to dictate how the game gets made.  Could be a rushed deadline so they can get their money back, insistence on DLC, etc.  And assuming the game is a big hit, the publisher profits the most, while the developer may barely get by.


Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of trash that gets backed that has little right to do so.  But the concept of cutting out the middleman has merits too.  Just do your homework and make sure the project group has a decent shot of getting done what they actually promise.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Stiler @Rayzakk So basically you preorder a game not really knowing if it'll be good or not with only the dev's promises that it'll be good.  Doesn't sound to bright.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@nyran125tk  

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  don't disturb his sleep.  He probably thinks Microsoft cares about him and takes him seriously as a customer.

Can't we let him dream just a little bit longer?

They grow up so fast these days.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@TheWatcher000 @sanchango  i said santa isnt real to a kid once, do you know what she did?


She left biscuits and sweets out on the porch on xmas eve that night and woke up and they were all still there. I think she felt suicidal after that


Just think When she finds out how the world really works beyond Santa isnt real, its even more devestating.


Wait till she gets to the awesome part of life when you find out cops murder homeless people for fun and giggles and catholic priests rape children. reality can become even more entertaining.

ruggedy95
ruggedy95

@Rayzakk @dogman7  see the logic, in order for these company's to build trust yes, people actually have to buy and play their games. else how are they supposed to build trust in the first place?

dogman7
dogman7

@Rayzakk @dogman7  That's not true at all. Peter Molyneux got Godus funded through Kickstarter, and I'd say he has that level of trust. Kickstarter doesn't just mean "indie piece of crap," established developers bring their projects there too. So, like I said, it's the same as pre-ordering from the store.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@dogman7 @Rayzakk Well that's one reason I don't preorder often unless it's a company that has built trust.  Most of these don't have that level of trust so while similar it's still not exactly the same.  Plus with a physical copy I can flip it on amazon or ebay pretty quick to minimize the loss or in the case of Black Ops 2 I actually sold it for the same after using the dlc just cuz the guy wanted the hardened. 

dogman7
dogman7

@Rayzakk  That's what you're doing every time you pre-order a game, on Kickstarter or at the store.