Take hearth, indie developers. Initial failure on Kickstarter is not the end. There's no better proof than Citizens of Earth, which despite only raising just $37,000 of its $100,000 goal is now being published by none other than Atlus. Atlus announced today that they'll be bringing the Earthbound-inspired humorous RPG about a newly elected Vice President to life. To life, and to PC, PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
It must be a very stressful and yet inspiring story for indie developers EdenIndustries. To go from potentially being unable to finish a game to suddenly supported by a righteous publisher like Atlus is a momentous event. Also, it probably fits right in line with their parody political theme. You know, to go from a failed grassroots campaign to instead taking the money from people with large pockets? The Vice President protagonist would certainly approve!
That's also a good segue into how Citizens of Earth actually plays. The player takes on the roll of the newly elected Vice President, who suddenly realizes there's a lot lot of problems that he has to deal with. Like any good politician, the VP doesn't fight his own battles -- he recruits normal people to do that for him! With over forty recruitable characters, including the VP's own mother and what looks to be a hobo, well, at least we won't have to worry about Mass Effect-style party member DLC.
Citizens of Earth, born again under the wing of Atlus, is planned for release on PC, PlayStation 4,Wii U, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. Odds are folk unintentionally missed out on the Kickstarter, so make sure to take in what could be a hilarious adventure now that it's officially funded.