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Square Enix launches crowdfunding platform, Ruffian Games signs up

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Posted on January 27, 2014 AT 09:04am

Square Enix has officially launched its new crowdfunding program called the Square Enix Collective.

One of the first developers to sign up is Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games, which launched a campaign for its new PC title Game of Glens. “Game of Glens is a fun and frantic game of skill and tactics that provides a genuinely new and unique blend of action and strategy,” the developer wrote.

“You manage your Highland Clan and compete in the original, ancient Scottish highland games known as the Game of Glens. The game combines resource management, physical structure building and projectile based combat, featuring a variety of single and multiplayer gameplay modes.”

The Square Enix Collective allows creators to post their ideas online and then gamers will decide if the idea should become a reality through a feedback forum. If the idea is approved then it will be eligible for crowdfunding via Indiegogo.

“”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.

Two other campaigns also went live today, World War Machine from Turque Games and Moon Hunters from Kitfox Games. Right now the Square Enix Collective is limited to these three titles, but submissions will be open for more creators in the coming months.

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