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Ex-Blizzard devs have collaborated to create Kollide Entertainment, and they have launched a Kickstarter to fund their very first game, Broken. While the game is obviously still in its early stages, there’s still a bit of excitement at the thought of the kind of creativity going into the action horror game.
Broken takes place in the year 2021 and reminds me a little of Dead Space meets Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While the gameplay is third-person, the horror elements are definitely there. The campaign has a massive goal of $275,000, but they’ve only funded $5,427 of it with only 21 days to go. At the rate it’s going, it looks like it might not get successfully funded, but you never know.
It’s obvious this is an early concept video of the game because the textures are pretty rough. For example, his hair looks like shiny plastic. But that’s to be expected in the early development of a game. In terms of the feel and the narrative of the game, I’m intrigued but still unsure—and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The story follows Navy Seal, Kyle Logan, as he and his family are faced with the end of the world via a horrific biological weapon which has caused a very sickening and destructive mutation. The story talks about an extremist group who stumbles upon a lab in the mountains of Afghanistan with a strange set of live cultures. They then develop the unnamed cultures into a biological weapon, which is then used to take over the world, quite literally. You can check out the short, rough trailer below.
I think the reason this campaign is having such a hard time gaining steam with backers is because we don’t know much about Broken or even what it really looks like. All we know is what we saw in the very short teaser posted above. And coming from someone who’s been playing horror games for years, I think horror fans need a little more to get excited about a game like this. We aren’t really sure what we’re dealing with here gamewise, not really. It’s great ex-Blizzard devs are working on a game together and I’m sure it will be pretty in-depth by looking at the concept art, but really we need a little more. Until then, I don’t think people have too much of a reason to get excited, not yet at least. Maybe if the devs release a new, more in-depth trailer showcasing more of the game, people might get more riled up and the funding could get another push. But we’ll see.
If you are interested in taking a look at what the game has to offer or want to back the project, you can head over to the official Kickstarter page to check it out.