The genre re­vivals pow­ered by the crowd


Plan­e­tary An­ni­hi­la­tion

Uber En­ter­tain­ment’s new RTS is be­ing cre­ated with the in­volve­ment of many of the team mem­bers re­spon­si­ble for To­tal An­ni­hi­la­tion and Supreme-Com­man­der. The game raised ap­prox­i­mately $2.2 mil­lion on Kick­starter.


This re­vival of the 25-year-old iso­met­ric FASA RPG res­ur­rects a genre long out of fash­ion.

Shad­owrun it­self is a genre mashup of a dystopian cy­ber­punk fu­ture and high-fan­tasy crea­tures. The game raised around $1.8 mil­lion.

Waste­land 2

An­other top-down RPG, Waste­land2 will be the first of­fi­cial se­quel to the 1988 orig­i­nal, which in­spired the Fall­out se­ries. The game raised ap­prox­i­mately $2.9 mil­lion, and is due for re­lease on Win­dows, OS X and Linux.

Bro­ken Age

Per­haps the best-known genre-re­viv­ing game here, Tim Schafer’s Bro­ken Age, aka Dou­ble Fine Ad­ven­ture, is an ad­ven­ture game in the style of The Se­cret Of Mon­key Is­land that was lu­di­crously over­funded by fans of the genre.

Elite: Dan­ger­ous

A se­quel to David Braben and Ian Bell’s era-defin­ing space com­bat and trad­ing game, al­low­ing you to “fight, trade and hunt your way across a gi­ant galaxy of bil­lions of star sys­tems, start­ing with a ba­sic star­ship”.

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