‘Descent’ creators turn to Kickstarter to fund spiritual successor ‘Overload’

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Descent, the six degrees of freedom shooter from the mid-90s, is getting a spiritual successor. Mike Kulas and Matt Toschlog, creators of the original game, have taken toKickstarter to fund Overload.

Described as the ultimate six-degree-of-separation (6-DOF) shooter, Overload is a single-player game that’s said to combine the best of classic 6-DOF gameplay with modern technology and graphics. Specifically, it’ll feature 15 levels populated with more than a dozen robot types, three huge bosses, 12 upgradable weapons and five levels of difficulty with fully customizable joystick, gamepad, mouse and keyboard controls.

Revival Productions is planning to release Overload on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Support for Mac and Linux will be added if the first stretch goal is met.

Overload is not to be confused with last year’s official reboot, Descent: Underground. That game is being made by a different group and is expected to ship next month.

A pledge of just $25 is all that’s needed to guarantee you’ll get a digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (it also comes with two desktop images of concept art and credits on the game’s website). Other reward tiers include things like boxed copies of the game, a signed hardcover art book, having your picture placed in a secret location within the game and getting to attend the launch party.

Revival Productions expects to deliver Overload in March 2017.

Kickstarter celebrates 100,000 successfully funded campaigns with 100 fun facts

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For all of the negative press that Kickstarter has received since its inception nearly seven years ago, the platform deserves a bit of recognition for all of the good it has done in helping thousands of people achieve their dreams.

Just recently, Kickstarter surpassed a major milestone: 100,000 campaigns funded. Aphotography project called Falklands / Malvinas: One War, all Wars by Adriana Groisman became the 100,000th project successfully funded on Kickstarter late Sunday night.

Kickstarter shared several other fun facts in a post announcing the achievement. For example, there are a total of 165 categories and subcategories that the 100,000 successfully funded campaigns represent. What’s more, it took 121 days to fund the first 100 projects and only three days to fund the final 100.

Some of Kickstarters creators could be described as serial inventors. Kickstarter said its 100,000 projects were created by just 86,101 people and that 8,539 creators have launched more than one successfully funded project. One person has even created a whopping 94 successfully funded projects.

Other random nuggets include the fact that 11 Kickstarter-funded film projects have been nominated for an Oscar (with one actually winning the award), four that have won a Grammy and that there are 150 Kickstarter-funded video games that can be played right now on Steam.