Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Woolfe picked up by another developer
Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries developer GRIN has given the game up to Rebellion, the studio behind Zombie Army Trilogy, Rogue Trooper and the Aliens vs. Predator series.
“Aside from developing our own IP, Rebellion occasionally acquires unique and exciting projects from other developers, and we like to think we have one of the most diverse games portfolios out there.
“No [Kickstarter backer] money has passed to Rebellion with the purchase, only Woolfe’s IP and all assets (including some of the backer rewards) related to the game. Of course, these were all at least partially funded by your pledges, so that’s why we want to make sure as many backers as possible who are missing rewards still get them!”
-Rebellion; Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries developer, in a press release
According to Rebellion, “it looks very likely we’ll be able to provide all outstanding physical add-on rewards at no further cost to backers.”
The Oxford, UK-based studio also doesn’t plan for there to be a console version, or any expansion to the game at this time.
“It has been a difficult time for those involved with Woolfe and for you, the backers, but today we’re writing to tell you that Woolfe is still alive, and now in the hands of a new owner.
“We’re delighted to add Woolfe’s gorgeous, twisted universe to our burgeoning list of indie games and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.”
5th Cell seeking $500K for next game on Fig
5th Cell, developer of the Scribblenauts series, is working with Fig to fund its next project.
The developer is asking for $500,000 for Anchors in the Drift, a free-to-play action game, through both equity-based investment and traditional rewards-based crowdfunding with tiers extending from $10-$10,000. As far as investment, Fig will be giving a variable return on investment over time.
In the game, players take on the role of historical figures cut loose from time and place.
“An interdimensional empire has invaded Earth through time, causing islands from different civilizations to be divided across a quantum ocean known as The Drift. Now heroes from all generations, known as Anchors, must liberate these islands.”
-Jeremiah Slaczka; 5th Cell creative director, co-founder, in the campaign’s launch video
Players will be able to upgrade these heroes to create their own offensive abilities by combining collectible cards found in crates. Keys to open crates can be purchased through both in-game and real-world currency.
Anchors in the Drift is scheduled to launch in the late summer of 2016.
Payday 2 backpedals on microtransactions
Payday 2 has backtracked from the microtransactions introduced at its annual “Crimefest” event.
Drills, the keys that allow players to get to the loot inside the safes won during a job, will now be part of the random loot drops after each heist, according to developer Overkill.
The safes contain skins that modify and improve weapons. Previously, a safe could only be drilled open by paying $2.49.
However, drills can still be purchased. Items gained from safes in the PC version of the game can be sold and traded on Steam.
In addition, the 741 MB title update adds the First World bank heist to Payday 2’s Crime.Net, and fixes other sundry issues.