On May 26th the cult movie Friday the 13th rose from the worm infested grave once again in the form of a video game. Gun Media, the small company spearheading the development, turned to gamers to help get the funding. The company of five asked for a total of $700,000 and finished with a whopping $823,704 with 12,218 backers on Kickstarter. Could crowd funding a game become the next trend of the entertainment world or is this just a fad?
I really doubt that the gaming titans like Sony and Bungie are going to go the way of the dinosaur but don’t dismiss the power of the people. Between Fig, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, hundreds of games have been developed just because of average Joe’s dollar and not the heads of large companies. In a very cool way it’s the gamers that are deciding what they want to play.
Let’s get a little perspective on this topic of funding games. Halo 3, owned by Microsoft, came with a price tag estimated to be $60 million to develop. Uncharted, a series recently reviewed by Couch Cruncher Max Peterson, required $20 million for its second installment.
Well, what about the crowdfunded videogames? As of July 8th, the game Star Citizen raised $153 million dollars. Other games like Mighty No.9 or Ouya (a game designed for Android) raised over $4 Million, and the list of multi million dollar games being crowdfunded is astonishing.
Once again, I doubt that the market will be consumed by crowd funded games. One drawback of crowdfunded games is that the quality of the game may fall short of the backers expectations. Mighty No. 9 for example made many of their supporters regret the money spent when the game was lackluster and disappointing. Second a lot of these games are released brick by brick as the developers fix bugs and expand on their original concept so getting the full game can be a long wait such as Star Citizen.
All I have to say is wait and see. Since the day that Allen Alcorn dreamed up Pong, video games have come a very long way and continue to morph and evolve. Don’t be shocked if one day you go to the store and see the game Friday the 13th on the shelves next to other normal channel games.