To be honest, we’re still trying to figure out just how large of a radius we should be covering in order to still consider ourselves a media outlet for the “Chicagoland area”. When news is happening somewhere closer to the Missouri border than the Chicago city limits, it’s hard not to question whether that is just a little bit out of our jurisdiction. That said, we’re also supporters of indie game development and teams trying to make a name for themselves in a crowded industry, so anytime we can be a positive force in that endeavor regardless of location isn’t something we’re going to feel too guilty about. Especially when that endeavor is a really ambitious open-world RPG that still has a long way to go until it reaches its funding goal.
O’Fallon, IL-based Druid Gameworks has taken to Kickstarter in order to get the necessary funding for their game Unwritten: Echoes of Twlight, which they are looking to bring to PC, PSN, and Xbox Live. The team is looking to bring RPGs back to their roots, where adventures were truly player-driven and offered real freedom in how to explore the world and tackle their quest. The plan is for Unwritten to eventually be a world and a franchise on par with other AAA RPG franchises, with Echoes serving as something of an introduction to the world. Among the stretch goals are co-op play, DLC, and the hiring of additional staff. Druid also hopes to have the title on Steam Greenlight very soon.
The scope of this game is definitely much larger than most teams attempt their first time out, and that is definitely something to be admired. But don’t just admire it with your silent approval…admire it with your wallets. Unfortunately, with only 19 days left and over $250K to go, the Kickstarter isn’t on an especially promising pace to hit their minimum funding goal, but hopefully we can help to turn that around. With all of the complaining about the linearity and lack of true “role playing” in the RPG genre for the last decade or so, this seems to be exactly what you old-school RPGers have been missing. Depending on how generous you are you could even get yourself written into the game’s lore! Don’t act like being part of a game’s official canon isn’t on your bucket list.