There’s only a few days left in the Kickstarter for Night Dive Studios’ remake of the 1994 cyberpunk horror game System Shock, which has until Thursday to reach its second stretch goal of $1.2M and unlock localization support for French, Italian, German and Spanish. Last week, it bested the $1.04M raised by Friday the 13th: The Game to become the horror genre’s top earner, and while that’s certainly impressive, it’s hardly going to be the end of it.
Like so many other crowdfunding projects — including the Friday the 13th game that got its impressive total after two campaigns — I suspect the fundraising will continue beyond this week. I hope it does, anyway. It’d be a shame if Night Dive left those remaining stretch goals untouched.
Another $100k would be enough to get System Shock some additional locations and an expanded narrative, and that’s absolutely doable when the game is still more than a year out. $1.5M would unlock a full orchestral score, or $1.7M for more brutal death cinematics. You don’t need to be an audiophile or a bloodthirsty gorehound to appreciate these things, and they’re all within reach.
Thanks to platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, we’ve amassed a fairly substantial collection of horror games to look forward to between now and 2017, and System Shock is only one of them. A guide to all the rest can be found among our most anticipated crowdfunded horror games. Ranking the 15 titles on that list is asking too much of me, so I’m going to leave it to you. You can choose up to five games from the poll below to lend your support. Let the games begin.