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Friday, April 4, 2014

Death in Candlewood: Open-World Psychological FPS

Okay, so some of the guys who have worked on Silent Hill, F.E.A.R, Bioshock and the witcher are now working on a game called "Death in Candlewood, a psychological FPS.  The game is set in a town called Candlewood and takes place over the course of one night.  Throughout the game you will try uncommon weapons and be able to drive cars, motorbikes and dive to the bottoms of oceans.  The game allegedly has over 1000 fully explorable buildings and boasts six square kilometers of mountains aside from the town itself. 

All of this sounds very impressive.  Call me sceptical and everything, but I am not buying into it.  I don't know what these people, who worked at the other studios, did there and I don't think it should be used as an idication of their talent or what they may acheive in future products.  Furthermore, they are asking for 60k.  This is an unbelievably small amount given the scope of the game they are tackling.  This would be enough to perhaps pay the salary of one person for one year (which is when they are expecting to release).  So, that leaves us with very few options as to what they intend.  Perhaps the game is very close to being finished and just requires some finishing touches, in which case, why not make it early access?  My feeling is that this is a marketing ploy, and for some reason that just doesn't sit right with me.  Perhaps  am in the wrong, with my belief that kickstarter shouldn't be used for free marketing, but it just feels wrong to me.


Furthermore, you can see their kickstarter here, the game does not look as innovative as they are suggesting.  I see machine guns, pistols, cars to drive and people to shoot.  I hope this is not what we are calling innovation these days.  With videos you want to show what you have, presentation is everything, but the weird modulation on the voice from about half way through and the forced script makes me think that this 

Maybe I am wrong, I hope I am.  If you disagree with me let it be known in the comments below. 



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