Don't call it a comeback just yet, but three legacy IPs may be set to return as Square Enix opens pitches for new Fear Effect, Gex and Anachronox games. They're looking for indie studios to take the franchises forward, whereupon they'll be developed under the Collective program.
“I’m excited to see what talented teams might do with any one of Gex, Fear Effect or Anachronox IPs. We’ll monitor the response carefully before deciding which IPs to release next,” said Phil Elliott, project lead on Collective. “And it goes without saying that we’re delighted for the whole Goetia team, as they become the latest member of the Collective family alongside Moon Hunters and Black the Fall in hitting their funding targets.
“We first announced we’d be opening up Eidos IPs for developers to pitch on, with our initial announcement of Collective in November 2013. Since then we’ve worked hard to establish the Collective platform as a viable place for small teams to build awareness for their ideas, and then for the community to feedback – and vote on those projects they’d potentially back through crowdfunding.”
Were still not entirely sold on the idea of Collective -- effectively a middle man between developers and crowd funding -- but we would love another Fear Effect or Anachronox. Gex, frankly, can stay down for all we really care, but it all depends on who, if anyone, steps up to develop.
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