Cardboard Utopia’s tactical JRPG Children of Zodiarcs was an immediate hit when it landed on Kickstarter last month. The Final Fantasy Tactics inspired game stars a young girl, her orphan BFF and a criminal mastermind as they use their combat abilities and their street smarts to bring down an oppressive regime.
With the game being made by games industry veterans and promising both a rich narrative and some solid strategic gameplay, it was of little surprise when Children of Zodiarcs achieved its crowdfunding goal in under two days. However, the campaign has gone from strength to strength and it ends as the most successful Square Enix Collective game ever.
Children of Zodiarcs‘ Square Enix Collective Success
The Square Enix Collective is games publisher and developer Square Enix’ way of supporting indie titles. First, the game goes through a voting round, as gamers vote yes or no as to whether or not they’d support the game at a crowdfunding level and from then on, the company helps market the title, taking a 5% cut of the net funds.
According to a press release from Square Enix, Children of Zodiarcs has now become the Collective’s most successful game as it raised $259,593 of its $50,000 goal (figures represent Canadian dollars). This surpasses the performance of supernatural thriller Tokyo Dark, which raised just over $225,000 (CAD) of its $40,000 goal, and it also brings the total figure raised by Square Enix Collective titles past $800,000 (USD).
Phil Elliott, creator and project lead on Square Enix Collective also says that:
“We’re incredibly happy for the Cardboard Utopia team – their project has really resonated with people keen to play a new game in the tactical JRPG genre. We’ve watched the evolution of Kickstarter videogames funding, and for teams without a well-known franchise or famous designer, crowdfunding is getting much tougher – so we’re really happy that we’ve been able to help teams hit their targets.”
Children of Zodiarcs will be released on PC and Mac in 2016. A PS4 version has also been confirmed.