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ReVeN's Kickstarter is Funded with New Gameplay Features Expected

ReVen game on Kickstarter for pc mac linux

We recently reported on the Kickstarter campaign for ReVeN,a 2D #shooter/ #platformer inspired by classics like #Metroid and aiming for a release on PC, Mac and Linux,  and Wii U. With its alien landscapes and gargantuan bosses it seems like the ideal choice for anyone waiting on Samus to return, and as of today it has been successfully funded.

Varia Games would like to extend their thanks for all your support:

First off, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us on KickStarter, shared our links with friends, and those of you who have written articles of our game, ReVeN. Words cannot express how thankful we are for all of the support.

This is an update for you all, letting you know that because of all the great support, ReVeN is now FUNDED on KickStarter! In just 12 days! Wow! We are ecstatic to be in this position and cannot wait to bring our fans further updates as the game continues in development!

It will be coming to the Wii U eShop on release alongside PC, Mac and Linux platforms, but there’s still plenty of time left for interested readers to contribute and add more features. At the time of writing, an ‘early bird’ deal will guarantee you a digital copy for $10, and a few interesting stretch goals are definitely within reach.

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For Wii U owners, a goal of $100,000 will probably stand out among the rest, as reaching that target will result in an improved version of ReVeN, fully optimised for the GamePad.
Further stretch goals will improve graphics, sound and port the game to Sony platforms, but they’re substantially higher than an optimistically achievable $100,000. If this looks like a title you’d pick up on Wii U then you can check out the campaign for full details, which at the time of writing still has 17 days to go.  There is also talk about a new gameplay video coming very soon that explains other very unique systems/story-line that massively differentiates ReVeN from it’s Metroid influence.

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EA 4th Generation Games Console on the Way: $80 Million Investment

There could be a trade-off with Linux.

Electronic Arts are looking to branch out of being a pure gaming software company. They now want to be a major player in the hardware market, by investing heavily in their own 4th generation console, which will make them the fourth major player. They are doing this, as they see the console market as being a strong growth area. The other three major players are Microsoft (Xbox 360), Sony (PlayStation 3) and Nintendo (Wii).

To achieve this, EA CEO John Riccitiello made a prepared statement that his company will be investing $80 million to develop a competing console, “We intend to invest $80 million in gen-4 console development in fiscal 2013. We are strong believers that console will return to strong growth, representing great opportunity, one that is in lockstep with our digital plan.” Note that EA are not fazed by the drop in retail sales of boxed games, because online services such as Steam are taking off, making this a strong growth area.

This ties in with previous news that EA are to start making games for Linux. This makes even more sense for consoles, because their new console will need an operating system and by using Linux they avoid licensing fees that a proprietary OS like Microsoft’s Windows would demand.

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Of course, with the top AAA titles exceeding $80 million in overall development costs for a title, the $80 million commitment may not actually translate into very many next-gen titles. EA would not go into detail about the platforms, the number of titles or when we might expect them.

When EA is ready to dive fully into next-gen development, Epic Games would love to “help” them. We observed a tweet from Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski regarding EA and next-gen titles: “We have just the engine for them!” Bleszinski is no doubt referring to Unreal Engine 4, which was already being demonstrated to some developers behind closed doors back at GDC.

So what good news do you think this potential union could bring to Linux?

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