Ruffian’s New Project Isn’t Crackdown 3, It’s Game of Glens

Turns out those game announcement teases from Microsoft and Ruffian Studios (Crackdown 2) weren’t related.

As previously reported, Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. Less spectacular but worth noting is Ruffian’s reveal, and no, it’s not Crackdown 3.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Ruffian announced that it’s new title is Game of Glens — a project some of you might recognize by its former name, Tribal Towers.

After alpha testing Tribal Towers in summer 2013, Ruffian says it received a ton of feedback and realized it had to rejigger the game. The resource gathering, building, and destroying is still there, but the tribesmen of Tribal Towers have been replaced by Scottish clansmen, and Game of Glens as a whole has a new lighthearted art style. The images below provide a good comparison of the changes:

Game of Glens is part of the Square Enix Collective. The Project Greenlight-like platform launched today, and it allows gamers to vote on which indie projects Square should support (with the assistance of crowdfunding site Indiegogo).

Currently, Game of Glens is slotted alongside 8-bit open-world adventure Moon Hunters and “post human” action RPG World War Machine. And it’s not looking good for Game of Glens. Square Enix Collective asks visitors a yes or no question: would you back this project through crowdfunding? As of this posting, Moon Hunters and World War Machine both have more than 80% in the ‘yes’ column while Game of Glens is struggling at 44% yes and 56% no.

Voting closes in 28 days and Square says it will send the projects that have “clear support” forward to Indiegogo. Personally, I love the Moon Hunters pitch. The whole thing is procedurally generated and it features four-player co-op.

Cast your votes for Game of Glens, Moon Hunters and World War Machine at the Square Enix Collective.

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