Friday, April 18, 2014

PAX East 2014: Renegade Kid Interview and Cult County

Spring has arrived, and with that, another PAX East has sprung up, inviting gamers and game developers from all over the world to Boston, all to show upcoming games and revel in what the industry has in store.  We at Third Rate Minion were there, and we got to try out a sampling of what was there on the showfloor!


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While they were not a part of the Indie Megabooth this year, the guys at Renegade Kid took part in PAX East the biggest way they could – showing off games old, new, and upcoming. We got to talk with Jools Watsham (it can’t be a PAX East without an interview with him) about the latest releases, including the future of Mutant Mudds, upcoming releases Moon Chronicles and Teasurenauts, and especially the Kickstarter campaign for last year’s Cult County.  You can see the interview above, and other articles will show gameplay videos we took and impressions of their latest games.

The interview is so large, we have divided it in half.  In the first half, we take a moment to chat about Mutant Mudds and its future, Moon Chronicles and its overarching story, and Treasurenauts and its development process.  In the second half, we take a moment to discuss the projects Renegade Kid has in the future: Razor Global Domination Pro Tour and the horror series Cult County.

Last year, Cult County was shown on a Nintendo 3DS as an environmental demo, but this year, it is part of a much larger project. Cult County is undergoing a Kickstarter campaign to be released on all systems and PC under the Unity engine.  Jools explained to me that the concept of Cult County had grown with the Unity engine, and since the 3DS does not have a Unity engine in place, the game would have to be retooled specifically for it in the current circumstance.   However, given the response from fans, a 3DS version is still prepped to be made if the campaign reaches its minimal goal.

Welcome to Scared.  Population: You

One thing Jools wants to stress with this game versus newer horror games is true fear. In Dimentium, his previous horror game series, fear played a large part in setting up tension before and during monstrous encounters, and he hopes to establish that even more in Cult County.  He wants to use the environment especially to build that fear and make an old-school survival horror adventure quite unlike any other.
Either way, the game is still going into production, but Jools hopes that backers will be able to help fund the project and make the game as big as it can be. As for backer support in development, backers will specifically be able to choose designs of the enemies faced as well as what weapons would be used in the final game. Furthermore, if the game goes through a stretch goal not far from the main goal, the team at will be documenting the game’s creation for the world to see.

Cult County still has a little while longer to go in its Kickstarter, and so we heartily recommend heading over to the campaign and helping lend a hand to Renegade Kid’s first major horror adventure game in years.

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