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April 7th, 2014, 23:23
I don't know if any of you have played the original Action/Adventure game Outcast from 1999, but the game is now on kickstarter for a new HD edition.

I was sent a new press release by the developer Fresh3D Inc. So here is the information for anyone interested in the game.
Outcast Reboot HD Kickstarter

Namur, Belgium – April 7, 2014 - Fresh3D Inc. today announced that it has launched a KickStarter campaign to bring a reboot HD of the award winning open world game ‘Outcast’ to PC/Mac and potentially nextgen consoles. ’Outcast’, is an action-adventure game developed in 1999 for the PC. It was one of the first 3d game to offer non-linear gameplay, free-roaming environments, combats against clever reactive AI, excellent voice acting, symphonic music, and 20+ hours of highly engrossing adventure. It was rated 90% by PC Gamer and received the Editors’ choice award.

The Kickstarter campaign begins today and run for thirty days. Reward tiers include digital and physicals releases of the game, art book, early access to forum and beta version, exclusive backer tee-shirts, statuettes among many other exclusive Kickstarter backer-only content. To pledge or watch the campaign video, visit the KickStarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects…cast-reboot-hd

About Fresh3D Inc.,

Fresh3D Inc. is a subsidiary of Fresh3D sarl (http://www.fresh3d.com), an independent game developer, publisher and technology provider since 2004. With the help of their proprietary FreshEngine™ technology for PSP™, PlayStation®3, XboxOne, Playstation®4, VITA and PC, they develop quality products within decent timeframes and budgets. The company manages all the IP rights of the 'Outcast' franchise, recently purchased by their creators from ATARI Europe.

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April 8th, 2014, 00:38
Nice idea. Outcast was a really fun and atmospheric adventure that is still on my hard drive. Fabulous soundtrack too. I think I would rather fund a kick starter to do outcast 2. I was very disappointed when they cancelled it.

Oops! Reading the page made things a lot clearer. They do want to transition this into outcast 2.
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April 8th, 2014, 01:37
Now I can't wait to see this kickstarter getting funded. -> Instapledge
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April 8th, 2014, 05:48
$62,000 on the first day. I think they'll easily reach their goal.

I'm definitely interested in this. I though Outcast was pretty cool even though I never got around to finishing it. The only thing that makes me a little nervous is the term "reboot". I'd prefer if this was just a straight remake with bug fixes and the new graphics engine. I hope they stick as close to the original game as possible.
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April 8th, 2014, 15:11
Pledged!

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April 12th, 2014, 12:15
I'm in, since this is one of my all-time favorites. I hope to see more Watch members as backers of this game.

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$62,000 on the first day. I think they'll easily reach their goal.
I'm definitely interested in this. I though Outcast was pretty cool even though I never got around to finishing it. The only thing that makes me a little nervous is the term "reboot". I'd prefer if this was just a straight remake with bug fixes and the new graphics engine. I hope they stick as close to the original game as possible.
Actually, it is an overhaul of the game. I think "Reboot" in this case is just a marketing term. They used much of the basic tech for this remake, for example the whole terrain is identical to the original, so they don't have to re-programm several algorithms and routines. Only the objects have been resculptured to bring it to the new techlevel. Polygon did a good interview on this.

Here is some HD video footage of the new look, with some explanations from Franck Sauer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir5Jmd0CRKc

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April 12th, 2014, 17:01
Thanks Avantenor. It's looking pretty good for being this early in development. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on this, and I'll likely be pledging soon.
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April 24th, 2014, 07:08
They released a new gameplay video a few days ago.
First gameplay video of Outcast HD

Pornichet, France – April 23, 2014 – Fresh3D sarl today announced that an early gameplay video of Outcast HD is available on its Kickstarter page as part of the 7th update. This video is a work in progress of “Outcast Reboot HD” showing actual gameplay from the original game and running with a new HD environment in place of the original voxel background.

The video can be found on the Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/1horcDB or from youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DgXpmIY5BM

The Kickstarter campaign has started on April 7 and aims to raise $600,000 for financing the development of the reboot. At time of writing, the company has raised 37% of pledges and there’s still 14 days to go. Reward tiers include digital and physicals releases of the game, art book, early access to forum and beta version, exclusive backer tee-shirts, statuettes among many other exclusive Kickstarter backer-only content. To pledge or watch the campaign’s video, visit the KickStarter page: http://kck.st/1horcDB

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April 24th, 2014, 10:53
Pledging has kind of stalled, it seems. 13 days left, and not even 50% funded.
I am starting to fear for this project…

And y'know, they haven't really shown much yet. I feel like the KS campaign itself is… poor.

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April 24th, 2014, 11:28
Yep its not going great…

The begining was really great. They got almost 200k during the first week. Then it slowed down a lot.

Imo reasons for this:

-Donations have come mostly from active outcast fans. The campaign hasn't been able to convince people who aren't familiar with outcast.

-Intro video wasn't really inspiring.

-Campaign got a lot media exposure in the begining, but after first days, there were no interviews, videos or anything remarkable. I know its difficult nowdays to get press' attention and many journalists seem to be tired of kickstarters. Heck few media outlets are even against kickstarters… Still kickstarter campaign needs press attention to become succesfull atleast if you'r asking 600k.

-Updates didn't happen fast enough. Its amaizing that devs just keep making the same freaking mistakes all over again. Analyze the successfull kickstarters and you should notice few trends. Updating kickstarter constantly is a key thing.

-Imo releasing stretch goals so soon was a mistake. Then again some people say its better to lay all your cards on the table in the begining.
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April 24th, 2014, 13:26
I've backed this campaign, but even I've forgotten about this whole thing. That's how little PR they've been getting. They need to get far more attention.
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April 24th, 2014, 17:48
I'm also a backer, instapledged in fact, but won't cry if the project fails.
There is another crowdsourcing option. And more precisely, it's being run by an evil company who rebooted a certain franchise successfuly.

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April 24th, 2014, 21:07
I hope they launch a second Kickstarter campaign if this one doesn't make it. I really want to see this get done. There isn't anything that's very similar, and we could use an open-world sci-fi game.
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May 7th, 2014, 20:29
The kickstarter failed here is the official announcement in a new press release.

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May 7th, 2014, 20:50
Its a shame that they were unsuccessfull, but despite good begining this campaign was a mess and needed more work. Devs atleast seem to be aware of this. So this ain't the end of outcast

Thanks to your commitment and the overall feedback we received, we truly believe, more than ever, that this project deserves to be done and we are more than eager to make it happen. Will it be through another Kickstarter or another crowdfunding platform, paypal, private investment, some bank loans, public support, distributor deals or a mix of all that, we will see.

Now, time is for analysis and thinking of the different options we have to finance this project given the economic reality. It may require some time and we'll do our best to share with you any significant information we might have regarding the next step.

In the meantime, we may bother you a little by sending surveys in the coming weeks to get your feedback on various topics. Please take time to answer, your feedback is very valuable to us.
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May 7th, 2014, 21:33
A shame, but definetly there wasn't enough of media coverage, I can't say I've noticed it anywhere except here.
I'll pledge again when it's back.

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May 8th, 2014, 19:03
They nearly reached 50% of their goal, so likely worth another shot. But they should dump those grainy, dithered, animated gifs; they don't leave a good impression.
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