The Outcast HD Kickstarter campaign is aiming high. I know plenty of people who remember the open world adventure fondly but $600,000 is a huge amount to ask for. With just less than two weeks to go, there’s less than $250,000 in pledges and it’s hard not to think that the most recent update video might have helped if it had been part of the pitch page from the beginning. Although still using some old assets, specifically for “the characters, animations and effects”, you’ll find the first footage of the recreated HD environments below. Along with the video, there’s a voiceover giving an overview of the game for those who may not have played it or may not remember what made it so special. Best of all, you can hear the orchestral score, which contains some of my favourite music ever written for a game.
I spent hours toying with the AI, setting up huge battles and trying to survive for as long as possible. Cutter Slade may have a silly name and John may have had legitimate complaints about the game back in the day, but I’m one of the people with fond memories. I honestly have no idea if I’d enjoy Outcast today but it felt like a window onto a fascinating and bizarre world back when I bought it in my own teenage years.
Success seems unlikely at the moment, without the intervention of a wealthy Outcast superfan.