Hit After Kickstarter Backing So It Can Be Free

Well, it’s about time someone created a videogame of Murder In The Dark. Which seems a fair comparison for The Hit Team’s Kickstarted project, Hit. As Alice pointed out a few weeks back, it’s an eight-player multiplayer game, in which you work together as a team trying to complete certain tasks, while one of your number is secretly trying to sabotage your efforts. And best of all, if they can raise the small target to get the licenses they need, they plan to release the game for free.

We’ve been trying to work out if this really can be the first time someone’s done this as a multiplayer game, and come up with maybes like Kane & Lynch 2, Space Station 13, The Ship, Velvet Sundown, Call Of Juarez: The Cartel and a lot of board games. But none of the video games were dedicated to it, really. Our rambling aside, here’s the pitch video:

They’re only after $3,500, and with the planned release being free, obviously none of the tiers will provide a copy. However, they’ve got digital posters, in-game decorations, and the rather nice idea of 8-pack bundles to distribute amongst the friends you’d like to play with/against. Throw down big money and there are physical treats, art books, and even customised characters in the game.

I especially like to see a Kickstarter that requires funders to be philanthropic, rather than speculatively pre-ordering. They could also use votes on Greenlight to see the project working out. Here’s the full trailer:

And here’s the song now going around in my head:

9 Comments

  1. Shieldmaiden says:

    Mush is an online multiplayer game about alien infiltrators aboard a ship that is humanity’s last hope against the aliens. link to mush.twinoid.com

  2. Armitage says:

    I like game modes like this. I’m backing it.

  3. c-Row says:

    But why would you want the 8-pack reward when your friends will be able to download the game for free anyway?

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Yeah, that seems pointless. Would you like an 8-pack of pictures of this?

    • ohAvalanche says:

      I think the description for the 8 pack reward says that it’s an early release.

  4. Kruleworld says:

    wait, so if we pay now so everyone else can get it for free…..:-(

    • Aninhumer says:

      I suspect this is the direction a lot of creative fields are likely to go in future. Regardless of any moral arguments, modern technology has rendered copyright almost entirely unenforceable. If we can’t get people to pay after the fact, we will have to ask them to pay upfront. You are not paying to own an artificiality scarce copy of the game, you are paying for the game to exist.

  5. El_Emmental says:

    Hm, the very few gameplay showed there still looks quite frantic, I’m not so sure it fits the game design.

    Reminder (from the Kickstarter page):

    Who made Hit?

    Hit was made by a talented team of graduate students at FIEA (Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy at the University of Central Florida) as our Master’s Thesis. After finishing the game, we decided that we wanted to release it to the public!

    What we need this money for?

    Your donations will allow us to pay for our professional development licenses necessary to release the game on Steam Greenlight. With your help, we can not only release the game, but keep it free for everyone to play.

    The game is finished, but they can’t release it on Steam with their current student/free/lite licenses.

    The Kickstarter project is simply funding the purchase of the licenses (at $3500, it won’t even pay for all the Steam integration that the Master student will be doing for free).

    If you like the idea of this MP game and have available funds, you can be generous and fund it.

    If you don’t have much funds, you can always set a reminder (the tiny star on the project page) to get an email 48 hours before the project ends. That way, if the project is already funded (let’s say 15k or 20k bucks) at that moment, you can just wait for its release without feeling bad about it :)

    nb: I am not related to the project, but I find it interesting (liked the idea of The Ship, even with its flaws).

  6. Ztox says:

    Seems a little like Trouble in Terrorist Town but with an objective other than simply figuring out who the bad guy/s is/are