2012 started off with a surprising bang in a sense due to the arrival of Kickstarter. The crowd funding service may have been around for a while and even funded a few cool indie projects prior to 2012, but earlier this year was when Kickstarter arrived in a bigger fashion thanks to the campaign Double Fine launched. Since then we’ve seen a few indie companies try to fund their projects via Kickstarter, some with major success while others hit a wall and sadly don’t receive their funding.
One of the games to go the Kickstarter route after the Double Fine incident of 2012 was Takedown, a tactical FPS fro indie studio Serellan LLC. The concept of Takedown sounded interesting, but questions were raised if the $200,000 funding goal was truly needed and more importantly if anything would actually happen if funding was met. Kickstarter may be a great way to fund projects that would otherwise never see the light of day, but people still want to see something if they fork over their money and in the case of Takedown the campaign got of to a slow start that was devoid of any in-game assets or prototype footage.
After reaching their funding goal in a last minute hurrah that seemed too unlikely to ever happen, Serellan was good to go with Takedown yet gamers, and funders, had to play the waiting game. Developing games isn’t easy, especially when the project at hand is a realistic tactical shooter that isn’t trying to imitate what Call of Duty does. Well at long last Serellan has shared some actual in-game screens from Takedown and so far everything is looking good.
Trying to judge whether a tactical FPS will feel good upon looking at some screenshots may be impossible to do, but what these images do show is that Serellan is bringing the goods in the quality department. As an indie studio Serellan may not have infinite resources to spend countless hours perfecting a specific character model or map, though that doesn’t seem to be stopping them from delivering a visually appealing game that’s rendered nicely.
Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll see some in-game footage, but for now it’s nice to know that the tactical FPS genre could make a comeback thanks to the team at Serellan LLC.