There are plenty of games that have been funded on Kickstarter. In fact, Gaming is the largest grossing category of Kickstarter projects to date. Aside from some games we may never see because of project abandonment or a misappropriation of funds, there are plenty that are still in development that we can hope to see in the upcoming year. Let’s take a look at some games we can hope to see in 2016 starting from earliest backed and moving forward:
This is an incredibly atmospheric, gorgeous and thought provoking action adventure game being developed by the one-person dev team of 6e6e6e. The Kickstarter began December 12, 2012, and got $81,719 from its $12,000 goal. Despite being worked on for almost four years, the developer has given feedback along the way and the game seems to be nearish to completion. As with all works of art, the developer should take their time and release the completed game when they are absolutely ready.
Chasm is a roguelike medtroidvania with stunning pixel art. In this game, you will traverse into mineshafts to find out the mystery behind an ancient evil unleashed from a temple that was broken open during a mining excavation. The town above will be a sort of home base as you go deeper into the mine. This game’s Kickstarter began April 11, 2013, and got $191,897 of its $150,000 funding goal. The Developer, Discord Games LLC, has been consistent with its updates about development, and has been showing off gameplay at several conventions. Needless to say that it would be fantastic to see this beautiful game released this year.
I am incredibly glad that pixel art is here to stay. The two previous games mentioned are
both rendered in glorious pixels, and A.N.N.E. is no exception. This game stars a robot who is said to have contracted the ‘love virus’ and fallen in love with another robot named A.N.N.E. This other robot was taken and disassembled for being afflicted with the love virus and it is up to you to adventure across the planet to find them and put them back together. Although this game uses the tired stereotypes of damsel in distress and gendered color coding, I am willing to give it a shot because of its unique combination of platforming and physics-based puzzle solving. The Kickstarter for A.N.N.E. began April 22, 2013 and was pledged $100,272 of its $70,000 goal. The developer GamesByMo has just recently moved to a newer office, and hired new team members to help them crank out this game, which we will hopefully see sometime soon.
A Hat In Time is a very cute 3D platforming collect-a-thon akin to Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong 64. It stars a young, adventuresome girl named Hat Kid who travels through time to try to collect fuel for her time machine. This game has been on my radar since I heard of it, and I am excited that the developer hasn’t quit. This game just looks so cute and fun, that I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. The Kickstarter for A Hat In Time started on May 29, 2013, and recieved $296,360 of its $30,000 finding goal. There is a good chance we will see this in 2016 as the developer, Gears For Breakfast, has already released the Beta.
Just about everyone is excited for this game. Hyper Light Drifter, being developed by Heart Machine, combines incredible pixel art with challenging gameplay in a dark yet engrossing world begging to be explored. The
Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter began on September 12, 2013, and managed to get $645,158 of its $27,000 finding goal. One of the greatest disappointments in my life is that I never chose to back this, although I clearly remember it going on. Going back and watching the Kickstarter video for this game made me remember exactly what I thought when I first saw it: ‘This is going to be big.’ Sometime this year, I am sure we will see just exactly how big.