When a new developer announces its first game, it’s cause for celebration. When a new developer announces two impossibly good-looking games back-to-back, one begins to suspect some form of demonic assistance. Yes, it seems CreativeForge Games met the devil at the crossroads and sold its soul for the ability to turn out two games at once. Only this time around, the devil got shortchanged.
The first, a Homeworld-inspired RTS called Ancient Space (seen above), was just announced today. Good old Paradox, apparently not content with having dominated Gamescom last week, has signed on as publisher. It’s got a full single-player campaign, a swanky voice cast (I’m always pleased to see Dwight Schultz’ name), and is due out sometime this fall.
It’s ostensibly a game of exploration as well as combat: your fleet is engaged in a scientific mission To Explore Strange New Worlds and etc. It’s hard to tell whether the exploration stuff is for real or mere pretense, but it all looks splendid in motion (for which, keep on reading).
Second is Hard West, an X-COM-style tactics game set exactly where the title suggests. It features an overworld map with exploration elements and travel between towns, plus a “sinister” tone influenced by the works of Stephen King, David Lynch, and Cormac McCarthy–all patron saints of unflinching violence.
Whereas Ancient Space is all but finished, Hard West is early in production; the image above is concept art. At this very moment it’s closing in on its $70,000 CAD Kickstarter goal–and you can hang your hat on that one, partner.
After the jump, see the trailer for Ancient Space and the Kickstarter pitch for Hard West. And when you’re done, pencil CreativeForge in your list of developers to stalk. On second thought: use ink.