Approximately 3.14 million new video game projects launch on Kickstarter every week, and only a mad man would try and follow, post about, or back every single one. That all said though, Satellite Reign looks like it could be of interest to the readership here.
I recently went to great lengths to point out everything that was wrong and bad about the 2012 Syndicate reboot, and replayed the original Bullfrog masterpiece to ascertain that, yes, it is just as good as I remember it being.
Now, along comes a studio in my own backyard (Brisbane, I’m talking figuratively. They aren’t actually in my backyard) with a plan to bring us all a spiritual, successor to the Syndicate games of old. 5 Lives Studios launched the Kickstarter for Satellite Reign and it’s already picking up steam.
It’s not going to be a Xenonauts-style, carbon copy of the original – instead they’re promising us “a real-time, class-based strategy game” where the four agents under our control have “distinct and unique abilities”. In the originals you could theoretically spec your agents differently and give them varying roles, but in practice it was easier just to get them all the best gear you could afford and go to town – literally and figuratively. Varied classes seems like an obvious way to add tactical depth to a real-time action game, so I for one welcome it.
Anyway, I’m not going to go through the whole campaign and point out what’s good and what’s not, I’ll leave that up to you – but they’ve got a solid vision, some beautiful-looking concept art, and a whole lot of pedigree, not least of which is the creator of Syndicate Wars, Mike Diskett, which has to be his Cyberpunk name, right?
To find out your Cyberpunk name, take your parent’s middle-name and the name of the type of media you first transferred pornography on to. George CD-R, at your service.