The idea that video games can be made with Kickstarter is gaining traction.
Just ask the creators of Mortal Kombat.
The publisher has pledged $25 million to fund the creation of an original video game for mobile devices, but that money has not yet been used.
And in the meantime, people have been taking their ideas and turning them into games.
Some are even turning to crowdfunding.
“We are not just doing it because it’s a great idea,” said Chris Scholten, the creator of The Sims 2: Complete Collection and creator of the Sims 3 and Sims 4 games.
“If we can make a game that people are excited about, we’re going to do it.”
One of the more ambitious crowdfunding projects is the one that started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 for the game F.E.A.R., but the game never materialized.
A, they really wanted to do a really cool video game, so they went ahead and funded the game,” Scholsten said.
“But it didn’t work out.
And now they are trying to fund it again.”
In 2015, the studio behind the first F.I.R. video game announced a new project: The F.U.B.E., a video game that was funded by an undisclosed number of contributors and that was later canceled.
“This is not a good game, it’s not a great game, and it is definitely not something we’d want to be involved in,” Scholk said.
And it’s unlikely the game will ever get made.
“It’s a little weird to say we were just on Kickstarter, because it seems like it’s this weird thing where it’s just a crazy idea,” Schulthorn said.
He and his partner are still working on it, but the team is moving away from crowdfunding.
Scholts plans to continue working on other projects, including making his own video games, which he plans to release on his own site, with no outside help.
“I’m not doing this because I’m a game developer,” Schollts said.
Instead, he said he’s doing it for his kids and grandkids, who will play his games and enjoy them, too.
“My kids have been so into video games,” Schols said.