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X-COM Creator’s Chaos Reborn Enters Early Access On December 9

by Mike Futter on Dec 01, 2014 at 11:07 AM

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Chaos Reborn, a Kickstarter-funded strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop, will be playable by the public soon. The title has an Early Access release date of December 9, 2014.

The title received funding in the amount of $210,854 against a goal of $180,000 in April 2014. Chaos Reborn is a sequel-meets-reimagining of Gollop’s ZX Spectrum strategy title, Chaos, released in 1985.

Gollop’s Snapshot Games says that the Early Access period is scheduled for approximately seven months, with a mid-2015 release planned. When released next week, Chaos Reborn will support multiplayer, online free-for-all games for two to four players. Team battles with teams of two will be playable also. 

The title supports both live and asynchronous matches, with the former offering turn timers to keep things moving. Asynchronous games use a chess clock-style timing mechanism.

The Steam price has not yet been posted on the store page, but the Chaos Reborn website offers multiple tiers of support starting at $20, with additional levels providing in-game bonuses, skins, and more. Snapshot says the price will not increase between Early Access and the game’s final release in 2015. 

The final version of the game will include offline skirmishes against the AI and an RPG campaign. For more on Chaos Reborn, you can read our in-depth look at the original

[Source: Steam, Snapshot Games]


Our Take
I’m not a huge fan of Early Access, but Gollop and Snapshot are approaching this with transparency. It’s clear where the roadmap is taking the game, and there is a concrete enough release plan in place that Kickstarter backers and Early Access supporters know what to expect. Most importantly, the release window aligns with the promises made to Kickstarter backers, something that doesn’t happen all that often.