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Star Citizen Backers Grow Restless As Development Falters

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Star Citizen, an upcoming space sim MMO, is starting to run into trouble with its Kickstarter backers. The game made headlines back in 2012 when it reached record-breaking crowdfunding success, but those backers are voicing some concerns. One of Star Citizen’s key backers recently had his pledge refunded over an apparent dispute with the developer, Cloud Imperium Games. Now, three years on from the campaign, the game is still in development with no end in sight and many backers are after a refund.

It all started three days ago. One of Star Citizen’s earliest backers, Derek Smart, the founder of development studio 3000AD, got a curt email (via gamerant) telling him his pledge of $250 was being refunded and that he no longer had any agreement with Cloud Imperium Games.

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According to Star Citizen developers, Smart was cut off because he was using his pledge to further promote his own games.

“It was obvious he was not a supporter of our project and was just using our visibility as a platform to gain attention and promote his current game and his past games. We have strict rules about people using our forums and chat for self-promotion and it was clear that he didn’t care about the project, or the backers, or a good game being made. He was just trying to create a huge fuss to make himself relevant at a lot of other people’s expense and distress. So we enacted our rights through Kickstarter (that we also have on our own TOS) and refunded him and turned his account off.”

Smart wasn’t happy about this statement and took to Twitter to accuse Cloud Imperium Games of looking to refund all $2.1 million Kickstarter funds in order to get out of their contract with their backers. That might seem like a lot of money, but Star Citizen actually has a massive $85 million budget. It’s a little convoluted, but back when the Kickstarter campaign finished in 2012, Cloud Imperium took to other avenues to raise further funds. In short, over 900,000 people contributed a total of more than $85 million to Star Citizen. So refunding the $2.1 million Kickstarter funds wouldn’t put much of a dent in the game.

Despite that massive budget, however, the game is well past its original November 2014 release date. Currently, there is no official release date. Smart says that the backers will be “screwed” if Cloud Imperium refunds them outside of taking legal action through the courts. Smart also says Cloud Imperium wanted him gone because he was the one most able to call them out on their “dev nonsense with regard to the game.”

Smart isn’t the only backer to voice concerns about Star Citizen, with many others worried about the litany of promises made by the game’s creator, Chris Roberts. There have been too many delays to count, and on top of that, Cloud Imperium has lost a couple of its highest-ranking members. Smart’s assertions that the developer is looking to be free of its contract with its Kickstarter backers is only leading them to be more restless about the state of Star Citizen.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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