Thanks to crowdfunding, we are seeing video game projects like Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen and Yu Suzuki’s Shenmue III take off and become a reality. Because these are the sort of games that big name publishers like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft might shy away from, due to their ambitious scope and perceived lack of commercial appeal.
But thanks to the magic of crowdfunding, which allows fans to back video game projects with their money, many promising games such as those have seen the light of day and even ended up becoming hits. Here follows a list of the top 5 crowdfunded video games.
1. Star Citizen
Star Citizen is no doubt the biggest crowdfunded video game to date, having surpassed the $100 million (£68 million) mark. Chris Roberts’ darling began as a Kickstarter project and is now a Guinness World Record with a legion of passionate (and some would say fanatical) backers. Some players have spent thousands of dollars on packages that include, for instance, spaceships that will feature in the game, of which the truth be told, very little has been seen so far.
Star Citizen will be a space simulator with a persistent online world, with a huge amount of planets to explore, engaging in trade and dogfights with other players. And according to game creators Cloud Imperium Games, the game will also boast a single player campaign in the vein of Chris Roberts’ Wing Commander games of the 90’s, starring Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and Gary Oldman. And hopefully the crowdfunding marvel that is Star Citizen will also turn out to be a great space epic video game too…
Note: Star Citizen will be available on PC. Release date TBA.