The latest Kickstarter videogame campaign piquing interests is a cops versus robbers multiplayer first person shooter from a new indie studio calling themselves Elastic Games.
The dev-team boasts ex-employees from the likes of Ubisoft, Epic Games, Electronic Arts, and Crytek with games such as Far Cry 3, Gears Of War, Crysis 1/2, Assassin's Creed 2, Medal Of Honor: Airborne, Golden Eye, Killzone 2, and Grand Theft Auto 4 on their CVs and the story behind their proposal is a rather peculiar one.
A couple of months back, a "fan made" video surfaced on Youtube, offering a mock-up pitch for a game called Call of Duty: Police Warfare -- a fictional addition to Activision's Call of Duty franchise that focused on cops versus robbers style battles in the vein of the movie Heat.
It's unclear whether the team originally intended to pitch their idea to Activision, or just used the Call of Duty moniker to get people's attention, but with the launch of their new Kickstarter project and the reveal that they've actually been working on the game for the past seven months, none of that really matters. The Call of Duty references have been dropped and Police Warfare now intends to stand on its own concept:
Imagine a game that draws inspiration from the large scale, multiplayer experience of a title such as Battlefield 3, and combines it with the cops and robbers style of Grant Theft Auto and HEAT. Welcome to POLICE WARFARE; a multiplayer first person shooter set in the world of armed robbery and law enforcement. Players will go toe-to-toe as either a member of the Los Angeles Police SWAT team, or the opposite side of the law, robbing banks as an armed gunman.
There are a lot of shooters out there focusing on modern military conflicts and we want to bring things in a new direction, something fresh and different, draw the focus of a conflict closer to home with a different type of enemy. We're building a game similar to Battlefield 1943 in that it's a small but extremely high quality shooter built for digital download. Our focus is crafting a big experience in a small package, a bite-sized AAA if you will. Something that you can pick up and play for just a few minutes and have the same great experience as if you're sinking hundreds of hours into it.