Fear Effect Sedna, now on Kickstarter, is supported by the Collective with IP license
We told you back in 2014 about the Square Enix Collective, an initiative to nurture up and coming indie projects within the Square Enix umbrella. Now we have word that Square Enix Collective is supporting the Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for a new Fear Effect game. France-based indie developer Sushee is seeking an initial target of €100,000 (around $113,000 US) to add to its own investment in order to fund development of Fear Effect Sedna project, which is expected to release in Q2 of 2017.
Sushee recently completed work on the point-and-click adventure Goetia, which is due for release this week (April 14th) on Steam, and is also published by Square Enix Collective. The developer has apparently licensed the Fear Effect IP from Square Enix via the Collective initiative, which made the franchise (plus Gex and Anachronox) available last year for developers to pitch on.
If the Kickstarter is funded, the Collective will offer support and advice through until release, and ultimately publish the game. Sushee will not take any rights to the Fear Effect IP in this process, but will be responsible for development of the game.
“We first announced our intention to open up dormant Western IP right at the start of Collective’s life back in 2013,” explained Phil Elliott, creator and project lead for the platform. “We felt that last year was the right time to go ahead with that, and Sushee – although busy with the development of Goetia at the time – was quick to register a keen interest in the idea.”
“Earlier this year, with Goetia nearing completion, Sushee revisited the idea and put together a great pitch that combined a real love of the original games with a new take and appropriate budget – so we’re excited to see how the community will respond, and we’ll watch closely to see whether opening up our older IP for pitches is something we should do more of.”
If you want to check out the Kickstarter for Fear Effect Sedna, here is the web page.
SOURCE: Press Release