In the realm of real-time strategy games, Frost Giant's Stormgate has taken the gaming world by storm. With its Kickstarter campaign exceeding expectations, hitting milestones faster than a player with a caffeine addiction, it's clear that the thirst for this genre is far from quenched. I had the pleasure of chatting with Gerald Villoria, Frost Giant's communications director, to learn more about the campaign and why they decided to dive into crowdfunding for a game that was already funded.
Before the Kickstarter frenzy, Frost Giant had already secured a whopping $35 million for Stormgate. With a team led by industry veterans responsible for legendary titles like StarCraft 2, Warcraft 3, and Command & Conquer, it's no surprise that investors were eager to join the party. This initial funding was allocated for the game's early access release on Steam, and it even allowed them to bring Simu Liu, yes, the one and only, into the game. Talk about star power!
However, even with $35 million in the bank, Frost Giant still needed extra funds to cover the bells and whistles that come with big-budget projects. They wanted to create a physical Collector's Edition, expand the beta pool, and more. That's where the Kickstarter campaign came in, and oh boy, did it deliver.
Over 22,000 supporters have already pledged an average of $90, proving that the love for Stormgate runs deep. The Kickstarter offered enticing rewards like the Deluxe Founders Pack with beta access, the Ultimate Founders Pack including extra campaign chapters and a Fog of War shader, and even a Stormgate Collector's Edition box featuring a majestic Vulcan mech statue. It's safe to say that Frost Giant knows how to please its fans.
Why did Frost Giant turn to Kickstarter, you may ask? Well, it turns out that Valve's policies regarding beta access on Steam played a role. They wanted to provide a way for RTS fans to pre-order or pre-purchase Stormgate, but Valve only allows beta access as part of a crowdfunding campaign. So, Frost Giant embraced the Kickstarter Founder's Packs as a solution, giving early supporters a chance to dive into the action.
But the Kickstarter wasn't just about early access or exclusive goodies. It was also a way for players to show their support for the game, even if they don't plan on buying additional content down the road. As a free-to-play game, Frost Giant wanted to give those players a chance to be part of the journey and receive recognition as "Founders" in the Discord community. It's all about building a passionate and engaged community around Stormgate.
The $100,000 goal set by the Kickstarter campaign was crucial for Frost Giant to bring their physical Collector's Edition to life. And boy, did they exceed expectations! The additional funding allowed them to unlock stretch goals like webtoon visual stories set in the Stormgate universe, more customization options, and even the opportunity for higher-level supporters to become player-controlled units in the game. Now that's what I call taking fan service to the next level!
Frost Giant is grateful for the overwhelming support they've received, and it's clear that their passion for the RTS genre is what drives them. They're not just jumping on a trend or chasing profits; they're here to deliver the next great RTS experience. Blizzard-style RTS fans have been eagerly awaiting a game like Stormgate for far too long, and Frost Giant is determined to make their dreams come true.
So, fellow gamers, get ready to unleash your strategic prowess and dive into the world of Stormgate. With its passionate team, stellar backing, and an army of dedicated supporters, this game is poised to be the RTS sensation we've all been waiting for. Let the battle commence, and may victory be yours!
For more on Stormgate, be sure to check out my hands-on preview with the beta build and get the scoop on the new hero coming your way.