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Takedown Developer: "I Don't Think We Will Suddenly See A 'Madden Killer'" Get Kickstarted

Matt Gardner
Christian Allen, Crowd Funding, Kickstarter, Takedown

Takedown Developer: "I Don't Think We Will Suddenly See A 'Madden Killer'" Get Kickstarted

Christian Allen, the man behind tactical shooter Takedown, who has just finished his own successful Kickstarter campaign, has acknowledged the usefulness of the crowdfunding service, but reckons publishers have very little to worry about at this point in time.

"I hope they are the tip of the iceberg," he said, referring to recent Kickstarter successes such as the Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2, and his own Takedown.

"Someone that emailed me the other day called it the 'Kickstarter Spring'. I think there are opportunities for games that would never have seen the light of day come to fruition."

But, saying that, Allen doesn't think that publishers should be worried just yet, suggesting that consumers will always want mainstream games, and that no Kickstarter campaign to date is particularly in competition with larger, traditionally published titles.

"As far as the publishers being worried, I wouldn't go that far. Licenses and IPs are huge, and as we've seen with Double Fine Adventure, Wasteland 2, and Takedown, these are more 'retro' titles that want to bring back an experience that people have missed, so they aren't even directly competing with the big mainstream games.

"Even if Kickstarter turns into the Sundance of game development, there are still people out there that want to buy mainstream titles. I don't think we will suddenly see a 'Madden killer' suddenly Kickstarted."

Tim Schafer said something rather similar earlier this year in late-February, but the bloom of projects is still going strong, with Leisure Suit Larry, and a spiritual successor to the likes of Wing Commander and X-Wing amongst the latest campaigns. [Eurogamer]

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