Square Enix is teaming up with Indiegogo to create a platform that helps indie developers gather feedback directly from their potential audience before starting development, the companies announced.
Square Enix Collective, as it’s called, is a “curated platform” designed to allow developers to share their game ideas and gauge “whether those ideas should become reality or not.” Developers first pitch their idea, and after its gathered feed over 28 days, they’ll have a clearer idea of whether the community supports that idea or seems wholly disinterested. Ideas that move forward will gain aid from Square Enix ranging from marketing assistance to development support.
“This is your chance to shape games development and champion ideas that you’d like to become reality,” reads the official website. “The rise of crowdfunding platforms have pushed the concept of gamer choice to a new level, and Collective allows you to use your voice—but with the reassurance that before a project goes through tot he funding stage, it’ll be checked and helped by our team to confirm that the scope of the pitch is in line with the team’s ability and ambition to create, as well as utilising our experience of game production to attach realistic budgeting plans.”
According to the website, pitch submissions are free, requiring indie developers only to agree to Square Enix’s terms and conditions for Collective.