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Defense Grid To Come To Linux Eventually

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I've been in communication with Jeff from Hidden Path about their plans for the Defense Grid franchise beyond the in-progress Kickstarter campaign (which we previously reported on).

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As they've mentioned in their Kickstarter update videos, Hidden Path plan to continue working towards developing Defense Grid 2 even if their $1,000,000 target isn't met. This afternoon I received a quick response to my query regarding whether or not their plans included supporting Linux and MacOS with the eventual sequel.

QuoteYes it is. Exactly when is hard to predict as if we don't reach our targets during the Kickstarter, we'll need to take on other projects, but yes, that is part of our plan.

QuoteWhether that's all simultaneous or not, I can't say because I don't have the money to budget today for that, but we specifically have built the new engine so far to be much more easily brought to other platforms because we feel that is very important.

Jeff goes on to say that in the interests of taking the most efficient path to Defence Grid 2, MacOS and Linux support for the original Defense Grid game may fall by the wayside if the Kickstarter campaign doesn't make the cross platform target (if those targets are met though, Hidden Path are committed to getting MacOS and Linux versions for the first game up and happening).

With the Kickstarter campaign nearly half over and halfway towards the initial $250,000 goal, the $750,000 goal for the new engine's cross platform support seems like it may be a difficult stretch to cover. Knowing that Linux support is still on their roadmap is definitely reassuring to anybody who may be considering supporting the project. Article taken from
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Bumadar 30 Jul, 2012
I wanted to sponsor it (I know its still open) but never really felt sure about it, the 250k kickstarter goal but 1000k for the actual full game... maybe I am easily confused :)
Cheeseness 30 Jul, 2012
Quoting: "Bumadar, post: 5102, member: 93"I wanted to sponsor it (I know its still open) but never really felt sure about it, the 250k kickstarter goal but 1000k for the actual full game... maybe I am easily confused :)

It is a bit confusing at first! They have a long image showing how the stretch goals are broken up.

The $250k goal covers an expansion for the original Defense Grid game. Pledging will also get you a copy of Defense Grid as soon as you pledge (even if the kickstarter campaign doesn't make its $250k goal), any Defense Grid content that's funded via Kickstarter, and a copy of Defense Grid 2 (which will have a Linux version) regardless of whether they make the $1m target.

The idea is that $1m allows them to entirely fund development of DG2 themselves. If they don't make that, they're still going to make the game, but they'll need to do other stuff to raise the money, so it will take longer.
whizse 31 Jul, 2012
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I must admit that I haven't heard of this title before, but it seems to be both well made and quite popular. I wonder why they seem to be almost struggling just to reach the first tier for a sequel?
Cheeseness 31 Jul, 2012
They seem on-target for making the first tier to me (halfway through with over half the funds they need). It's worth noting that the first tier is for an expansion - it's the last tier that is the sequel.
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