Ground Branch Kickstarter campaign launched

We see a lot of Kickstarter campaigns start up but this one caught our eye as being something a little different. Developer BlackFoot Studios recently launched their campaign to fund Ground Branch, an upcoming modern military first person shooter.

One of the reasons it is different is that BlackFoot was founded by John Sonedecker, who was one of the original team members at Red Storm, which started both the Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon franchises. He is joined by other former Red Storm teammates, along with former Valve employees as well as what the page calls "United States Special Operations Veterans."

The page states:

In Ground Branch, players will take on the role of CIA Paramilitary Operators of the Special Activities Division. The Special Activities Division carries out deniable covert operations on foreign soil and often goes into a situation before anyone else, before Army Special Forces, before the SEALs.

The development team is promising that Ground Branch will have weapons that work realisticly, rather than balanced just for a game. It will also have maps that will have randomly generated objectives and spawns for replay value.

The game has been in development since 2007 but the team has been unable to get any publisher interest in Ground Branch. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $425,000. With 18 days to go, it has raised over $52,000. People who pledge $15 or more will get a digital copy of the game when it is released in 2013 for the PC and Mac.

Source: Ground Branch Kickstarter website

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let this soak in for a minute or two:

......spending a day with John and a few of his Army Special Forces buddies on a personalized tour of Ft. Bragg, home of Special Operations. We will then spend the afternoon on the range shooting a variety of modern weapons with personal instruction and range time.....
......... with Special Operations veterans.
......... with Special Operations veterans.

Once we expend all our ammo we will head over to one of our favorite restaurants to enjoy your cold beverages of choice, over a sit down dinner to end the day.

.......with Special Operations veterans.

..... spend the afternoon on the range shooting a variety of modern weapons with personal instruction and range time.....

.... SOAK THAT IN FOLKS.

soak that in.......

btw, when was the last time, EA/DICE/DANGER CLOSE/UBISOFT .... gave you this opportunity?

Takedown's highest contribution for $7,00 is to host a LAN at your hometown
BFS highest contribution "The Notch"
OVER 9,000 EDITION ("THE NOTCH"): A VERY unique and one of a kind experience. You will receive the Signed Collector's Edition of Ground Branch + Invitation to the Launch Party BBQ + A Special showcase in the game credits + Private access to monthly builds starting 60 days from completion of Kickstarter with private forum + An extra 4 digital copies to give away to friends + A ONE OF A KIND framed Ground Branch print from Dogfight Ink, hand-signed by the artist and BlackFoot Studios Developers (You decide what weapon is used so each of the 3 is unique. We won't even have one of these babies!) + A unique one of a kind in-game billboard, graffiti tag or business sign (your choice) named after you and custom designed with your input + Your Name on Our Web Site Founders Wall & in the Game Credits ("KS Vets" tier) + T-Shirt + A pile of Ground Branch unit patches to give to your friends + Custom Kickstarter Supporter Challenge Coin + BUT THE BEST PART is spending a day with John and a few of his Army Special Forces buddies on a personalized tour of Ft. Bragg, home of Special Operations. We will then spend the afternoon on the range shooting a variety of modern weapons with personal instruction and range time with Special Operations veterans. Once we expend all our ammo we will head over to one of our favorite restaurants to enjoy your cold beverages of choice, over a sit down dinner to end the day. I can guarantee you there will be no shortage of tales to be told!

$200,000 will bring TAKEDOWN to Alpha..... to Alpha.....
Plus, they still have to pass/licensed by Microsoft + Sony, which will require MORE MONEY, which they DID NOT ask from the KS Backers

BFS is ALREADY pre-Alpha.
BFS ALREADY has a studio
The higher dollar is for the recoup for Unreal Engine, the AI, other software(s), the personnel(s) they'll FINALLY pay....

Remember Takedown was JUST started.
BFS was/has been around since 2004

Please DO NOT compare Takedown's Kickstarter with BFS's.

Takedown's Kickstarter was to "raise money for a studio" = lower dollar value

Quote:
What will the $200,000 be used for?

$200,000 will bring TAKEDOWN to Alpha..... to Alpha

Private investors are lined up, but unsure of the market for an old-school tac shooter. A successful Kickstarter campaign will convince them that this is a viable market. Along with their investment, pre-sales of the game (A $15 Kickstarter pledge is a significant discount on the final game price) will also contribute to completion of the project. Kickstarters will have access to a closed Alpha.

ArMa3...is a Full Sim ... from 1 to full scale invasion

Ground Branch is (for the meantime) an online MP/COOP/offline Terrorist Hunt=Single Player or COOP small unit.
This may be before your time, but, this is Ghost Recon meets Rainbow Six (Red Storm Ent) type of Tactical Gaming.

[url]http://www.kickstarter.com/pro...70743543/ground-branch[/url]

Ground Branch has a DRM-Free version, and supports Offline play!

Some of our community has expressed interest in being able to play the game, independent of Steam. We are pleased to announce that, every backer of Ground Branch, will now have the choice!

We will be providing two executables:

1.*A*Steam Release*(which uses Steamworks for online features such as matchmaking, VOIP and Mod Distribution through the SteamWorkshop) and...

2. A*DRM-Free*version of the game, which can be played without an internet connection, and used for gamers with LAN-only setups or that want to play the solo portions of Ground Branch without connecting to the internet.

Both versions are free of install limits, and we are not using services like SecuROM. The Steam version can be used for offline LAN as well, but must use Valve's "Offline Mode" if you plan to be without a connection. Either way, all current and future backers have access to both, in the event that they need to be away from the internet! This is great news, if you're deployed, or just want to more easily host a LAN party and play our game!

Gamespy is no longer being considered.

Takedown used their kickstarter to build a pitch demo for investors so nobody knows what will happen to Takedown if they don't get any serious investors. GB kickstarter is for development of the actual game.

We see a lot of Kickstarter campaigns start up but this one caught our eye as being something a little different.

I'm guessing you haven't seen TAKEDOWN (A.K.A. Crowdsourced Hardcore Tactical Shooter) then... http://www.kickstarter.com/pro...d-hardcore-tactical-shooter - And yep, that's got members of Red Storm working on it, as well as Bungie, 343 Industries, Monolith, Surreal, Wargamer, Ubisoft, and Snowblind.

A list of games they've worked on...


Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six Rogue Spear,
Ghost Recon PC, Desert Siege, Island Thunder, GR2: Summit Strike
World of Tanks
F.E.A.R.
Condemned
Condemned 2
Drakan
Age of Empires Online
Marathon
Halo 1, 2, 3, Reach, 4
The Suffering
The Suffering 2
Gotham City Imposters
Lord of the Rings: War in the North

"an upcoming modern military first person shooter." - pass, enough of these already.
After watching the video I do think that more popular shooters could take some of the ideas from this game.

Edited by Alladaskill17, Jun 19 2012, 1:30am :