Square Enix Launches New Crowdfunding Platform: Collective

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Square Enix has announced that they will soon be launching their own crowdfunding platform: Collective. Although Collective isn’t scheduled to launch until November, some preliminary information is now available. Collective looks to be a crowdfunding process which is overseen and curated by Square Enix in order to secure a game’s success.

The process seems to be that developers submit a pitch to Square Enix, and receive feedback from the gaming community on their idea. If Square Enix decides that the game has enough support and interest, the game will enter a funding phase via Indiegogo. Square Enix will also evaluate each potential game to ensure that the developers have the tools and expertise they need to complete it, so that the community can be assured they’ll be receiving the game they were promised. Even if your idea doesn’t make it past Square Enix’s initial screening, they have promised to provide feedback so developers don’t leave empty-handed. If a game makes it into the development phase, Collective encourages as much openness and transparency with the community as possible, so that they can be involved with– and informed about– the development process.

Overall, this sounds like an interesting approach by a large company to support the crowdfunding scene. By overseeing the process and evaluating game ideas, Collective helps backers feel secure that they’re really getting what they paid for, and ensures that ideas that make it to the funding phase are of high quality, with an abundance of both potential and community support.

Although some questions about Collective remain unanswered, at this point, it seems to be an interesting addition to the host of crowdfunding options available for games.


About Hailee Kenney

Former Staff. Hailee first started following Operation Rainfall when the localization of Xenoblade Chronicles was officially announced. Her gaming life began when she got The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Gameboy, and she has loved the Legend of Zelda series ever since. Hailee loves RPGs or any game with a good story, and is especially fond of the Final Fantasy and Persona series; she is also quite fond of BioWare titles. She also admires any games that are unique in their gameplay or aesthetic. Although she has to balance gaming with working as a software developer, Hailee is always trying to broaden her horizons and try as many different games as possible.