Right now on Kickstarter, Cultist Simulator is making some serious process. Since the crowdfunding campaign for the games set to debut on Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows. Yet developer Alexis Kennedy is best known as founder of the indie studio Failbetter Games. Having created and wrote text-heavy titles like Fallen London and Sunless Sea. Having also taken part in the development of Horizon Signal DLC for Stellaris.
So a little over a year ago, Failbetter left the studio to form Weather Factory. And now Cultist Simulator is this studio’s first game. Raising funds on Kickstarter, meeting its goal in a little over 12 hours. Now having £65,925 in pledges of the £30,007 goal.
“I like making games where the player makes the kind of choices that game characters usually don’t get to make,” said Kennedy in an email. “There are plenty of horror games. But there aren’t many games where you get to establish the backstory. You’re always picking up after the rash occultist who summoned the thing. I thought: what if you were actually that occultist?”
Cultist Simulator Kickstarter Trailer:
Cultist Simulator is a narrative game that lets you play a seeker after unholy mysteries. While set in a 1920s-themed setting of hidden gods and secret histories. Perhaps you’re looking for knowledge, or power, or beauty or revenge.
Cultist Simulator is the first solo commercial release since Fallen London (Android/iOS). Which is peculiar and experimental, just like the release back in 2009. But this time, without the grind or the F2P business model. And Failbetter is achieving quite a bit from a development standpoint. While seeking out support to help really bring the project to live.
Since checking out the prototype of Cultist Simulator, which is free on Itch.io. The playing field is setup like a digital card game or a tarot reading. While using health, passion, reason and funds. Which are all in use to execute certain actions. Players can place the cards in different slots, such as Work, Dream, and Explore. While also trying new combinations to effect different events.
So Cultist Simulator crowdfunding campaign has another 19 days to go. Which should debut in May 2018 on Linux, Ubuntu, Mac and Windows.