Square Enix Supporting New Fear Effect Kickstarter

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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Fear Effect gameplay

In a press release put out today by Square Enix they announced that Square Enix Collective, Square Enix’s own take on a Steam Greenlight-like system, will be backing the Kickstarter campaign for Fear Effect Sedna fort PC and Mac┬áby French developer Sushee. If funded Square-Enix will provide support and advice and ultimately publish the game. They made the Fear Effect franchise available for developers to pitch to Collective last year along with other abandoned Eidos IPs like Gex and Anachronox. Square Enix still retains ownership of these IPs.

Fear Effect was a short lived series consisting of two games on the PS1, developed by the now defunct Kronos Digital Entertainment, and published by Eidos. A third installment was planned for the PS2 but it never happened.

Were you a fan of the Fear Effect games? Would you like to see a new one? Then maybe checkout the Kickstarter.

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  • Mr0303

    I don’t like this recent trend of big publishers abusing the Kickstarter system.

  • Panpopo

    I was curious what SquareEnix specifically got out of this arrangement, and from their About page they get about a 15% return on it (5% of total funds raised from the kickstarter, then 10% from overall revenue if they distribute it).

    I think this is good for newer developers to get noticed, along with fans of smaller series to get another game. I ultimately hope this works out for Fear Effect fans, but I have a major concern.

    My concern is if there will be a growing reliance on using kickstarter or indiegogo to fund lesser known franchises, essentially holding them hostage to fans (fund it or it doesn’t get released). My heart would absolutely break if there was a Valkyrie Profile kickstarter, for example.