Hidden Path Entertainment recently started a Kickstarter to fund an expansion for Defense Grid, but ended up getting Defense Grid 2 funded instead.
The original goal was $250,000 for a expansion for the PC tower defense game, and although they actually raised a total of $271,726, they ended up missing their true goal by a significant margin. What they had truly want to do was raise $1 million with the campaign to fund a sequel in the form of Defense Grid 2 so the actual success of the campaign was not as good as it seemed.
However, they officially announced that Defense Grid 2 will be developed thanks to a private investor who put down the extra cash needed for the developers to begin making the game.
As promised, everyone who backed the Kickstarter will receive a completely free copy of the sequel, which should be out in the first half of 2012 on PC and Mac. The game will have multiplayer, a level editor, a richer story, new characters, new towers, new aliens, a new engine, new level types, new game modes and gameplay customisation.
The private funding of the game won’t change the user input, as Kickstarter backers have access to UserVoice forum a couple of months before everyone else, in order to give feedback on the game.
“We can’t thank you enough,” said co-founder Jeff Pobst, “it’s awesome, and we’re really appreciative of not only you but of the investment partner. They’ve taken a chance on us and we want really show them that we can make an awesome product and that it can do well for you guys.”