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West GamesBy West Games
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West GamesBy West Games
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$64,928
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
1,090
backers
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Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter over 4 years ago

Massive First Update:

Posted by West Games (Creator)
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    This will probably be the longest update that we'll post, but we feel that it's needed :). Thank you all for the incredible amount of support that you've given us, and thanks to everyone who has commented on our Kickstarter, Facebook and Twitter so far. We want to clarify a couple of things, with the first thing being the history of West Games.

      As most of you know, a studio called GSC game world existed until 2011 and they were responsible for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. After GSC dissolved, 2 new studios formed that consisted of former S.T.AL.K.E.R. employees: Vostok Games and 4A games. In 2013, a new company formed called West games, which consists of many former senior staff members from the now dissolved GSC Game World.

     Since then we've expanded (check out the “Our Core Team” section) and have been working on a project that you all know as Areal. Areal is based on a book of the same name written by Tarmashev (tarmashev.com). And now we're at present day and handling the launch of our Kickstarter (Ievgeniia and our PR guys have been a big help with that). 

     Now that our mini history lesson is out of the way, we can move on to other things! Regarding in-game footage, we have worked on various engines to thoroughly examine as well as learn about how different technologies and resources work. This development process is what we tried to convey in our trailer. Doing this allows us to maximize frame-rate and graphical fidelity in our game.

     Many people have asked if our focus will be on single player and if having a multiplayer mode will affect that focus. We can without a doubt say that single player and story is the number one priority for our game. Multiplayer will be added if we reach 500,000 dollars in funding, but we will make sure that it doesn't affect the quality of single player.

     PC aficionados are also worried that our game will be watered down to look the same as on consoles. This will never be the case, and graphical fidelity will not be sacrificed in any way because of consoles. 

     Thanks again for all your support! We're sure that we will surpass our Kickstarter goal if we keep going like this. I am also going to be doing an Ask me Anything later this week on reddit, so keep an eye out and ask me anything there. Future updates will be posted frequently, and will partially serve as answers to the mayhem that is the comments section ;). 

Check out the news articles about us: https://www.google.com/search?q=Areal+Kickstarter&oq=a&aqs=chrome.5.69i57j69i60l3j69i59l2.2420j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=Areal+Kickstarter&safe=off&tbm=nws

 Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/areal.game/timeline

 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArealWestGames

and go to our website: areal.west-games.com

--Eugene Kim

Founder of West Games

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    1. Avalanche on

      Pledges are slowly dropping.

    2. Avalanche on

      $501 on the day. Without that big money that showed up, they would have no chance. I wonder who those backers are.

    3. Avalanche on

      Wow. They're only $255 on the day so far, after $25,900 on the previous two days..

      http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1577656602/areal/#chart-daily

    4. Avalanche on

      @ Starker

      Great song/perfromances. So, so good.

      *laugh* The advert before the video was "How to Deal with Disappointment by Brendon Burchard"

    5. Avalanche on

      Is it 'money'?

    6. Starker on

      If you know the safeword.

    7. Avalanche on

      Sooooo... is it safe to come back?

    8. Raul Strugar on

      #########################################################
      PLEASE REPORT THIS PROJECT:
      1. Go on main page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal
      2. Click Report Project http://prntscr.com/44gmzy
      3. Tell Kickstarter that developers drops their own money, that they raised more than $12,000 with in 5 minutes!! Tell them that Developers spam in comments on purpose to hide important messages for new backers!
      4. Copy Paste this message here if you did it. Lets help people save money!
      5. Join our chat: http://www.e-chat.co/room/16662
      6. Share this online so people will know their faces: http://prntscr.com/44gdn6/

      #########################################################
      THIS MESSAGE IS A RESPONSE TO THE SPAM INITIATED BY WEST GAMES. OUR AIM IS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO REMOVE THEIR PLEDGES. BE INFORMED, DON'T GET SCAMMED.
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      http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/06/26/areal-kickstarter-raises-huge-red-flags-backers-beware/ (to be updated with info about the $12k fake pledges)
      pp.vk.me/c620923/v620923693/d72c/T0-tsaBEOT0.jpg (difference between Unity and Teaser Video)
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      The more reports the better. REMEMBER! the pledges cannot be removed once there are less than 24 hours left!
      #########################################################

    9. Judicator on

      Hi West Game strolls You need to spam more here.

    10. Ronald Clark on

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/posts/919071
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      "
      Thank you to all the news sites that have written about our new teaser, and a special thanks to (among many others) Polygon, Gamer's Hell, PC Games N, Load the Game and Geeky Gadgets for reporting objectively and without any personal bias. Even bigger thanks to the 1,000+ people who have backed us so far. We are so happy to see more than 780 results show up when we type in "Areal Kickstarter" on google's news section! We have raised roughly 76 percent of our base goal, so we really are in the home stretch now! We need you, our backers' help, to get us to at least a hundred percent -- all you need to do is talk about Areal with your friends and share us on social media sites. If everyone got just one friend to contribute, then we would go way beyond our base goal. We have made some mistakes over the course of this Kickstarter, but the fact is that we are trying our hardest, and we hope that you'll help us make Areal a reality.
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      http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915089/areal-stalker-prototype-trailer
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      http://www.gamershell.com/news_166627.html
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      http://www.pcgamesn.com/west-games-release-first-footage-controversial-stalker-successor-areal
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      http://www.loadthegame.com/2014/07/18/new-video-shows-early-footage-areal/
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      http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/areal-first-person-shooter-prototype-trailer-unveiled-by-west-games-18-07-2014/

    11. Starker on

      I'm used to seeing a lot of language mistakes in my line of work, but this one's just too hilarious to not point it out...

      "Because we too feel that it's way better to shoot each other in a game, then in real life, which is what's happening right now."

    12. Ronald Clark on

      yes!!! nice update 22!
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      RUSSIAN PRESIDENT!
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      !YESSSSSS!
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      http://i.imgur.com/WXUhpyk.jpg
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      NO WAR!
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    13. Avalanche on

      @ Merrick

      Not sure if you're still about one final time before disappearing off, but take care Merrick.

    14. Matthew Farmery on

      this is a joke, but one in very poor taste, I guess they still don't want to admit, they are the ones doing the most damage

    15. Judicator on

      I will bring to Julia Kravec oranges in her jail

    16. Judicator on

      They showed to the world their true nature.

    17. Judicator on

      They dropped their mask

    18. Nick Evans on

      my god, this is a complete farce now..

    19. Judicator on

      Guys sorry I can't help but make fun of that guy/girl.

    20. Avalanche on

      @ Matthew Farmery

      Yeah. Kickstarter has taken a bit hit with me. So they could well be the biggest loser. Weird, since spammer banning? Kinda quick and easy.

    21. Matthew Farmery on

      from an outside point of view, I think it will only hurt WG,. but still, this won't be doing KS any favours too, because they might realise, if someone was to do fake accounts and spam them, KS won't step in to sort it out,, again hurting KS even more,

    22. Avalanche on

      @ Sander Goetzee Serrano

      I don't know. I really don't. It just looks bad. I don't know if anyone will be blamed. But, new people might think that it's a problem campaign and be suspicious. Infected with trolls. But then, we wont be there to warn people, so I don't know. I think it might balance out.

    23. ug82 on

      New spam tactic is working out for West Games

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      Maurice Burgmans on

      And burned himself twice... I may die laughing from this.

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      veubeke on

      Yep, here's the comment link for later. Julia just posted as Roy by accident. Guess it's hard handling two accounts.

      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/comments…

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      Maurice Burgmans on

      It's the funniest thing i saw since christiana.

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      Maurice Burgmans on

      One of the trolls from WG mixed up his accounts and posted a reply from a fake supporter with a troll account.

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      Maurice Burgmans on

      Did you guys just see that?

    29. Matthew Farmery on

      @d4
      I don't blame you, like I mentioned, I had high hopes myself, but after this, I lost all faith in KS, they really need to pull thier fingers out and realise they can't stay behind the screen forever, they will have to do with scams, and soon if they are to survive, and they will be crying their eyes out once people lose faith in the system, because no one will use iit anymore,

    30. Matthew Farmery on

      your right, we really desperately need more tools, and better security and so on, I wonder what the board members will do once they see all this, IF they see it all, and wonder if its been a good idea to keep sticking their heads in the sand?

    31. d4v33edz on

      If this is how KS is going to be in future, it's going to screwed, I know I have only backed 2 projects but I won't be adding to that anytime soon, I will give this a couple of days, if it has still gone to hell, both as a project and the main comments page, I'm out and won't be using KS again.

    32. Matthew Farmery on

      seriously, you would have though a KS staff member would have stepped iin by now, what the frell do they think they are doing by allowing this to continue? I had high hopes for KS, but after this, I don't trust KS anymore then I trust WG games, as they clearly aren't interested,

    33. Matthew Farmery on

      not heard a thing, and yeah they should start to enforce their own rules, its silly that they haven't, its like they really don't give a shit, but stuff like this will only hurt them in the long run if they don't act. if they aren't interested in enforcing their bloody rules, KS as a platform will collapse

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      Maurice Burgmans on

      Yes especially the last days i think it is more clear than ever that this KS is simply a scam, pure and simple. They don't have any intention of showing any form of repect to their backers or to deliver a game. Don't expect even a prototype to show to investors from them.

    35. Avalanche on

      In amongst everything else, how many people have serious concerns about Kiskstarter itself? Their response to everything has been non-existent. Their Rules do not seem to mean anything. Has anyone heard for Kickstarter about anything going on here, except for 'we take these things seriously and will let you know'?

    36. Matthew Farmery on

      yeah it does, frell the comments are getting hard to track now, KS needs to step in at some point

    37. Merrick Simms on

      The fact that you keep mentioning you have seen many Kickstarters before tells me you are a professional troll.

      This kind of false arguments work both ways.

    38. Matthew Farmery on

      lol

      The fact that you keep mentioning how many games you've previously backed tells me you are completely insecure about yourself. I've seen many Kickstarters before too, and it doesn't mean that I have to back them. Areal is a game that is worth backing. If you don't feel that way then don't pledge money to them.
      ........
      but he dodges the question about pre alpha games, and that is possible to show off games early, my god what a bloody twit, I back the games on my list because I wanted them, and to help fund indie devs, without us, we wouldn't see many new games at all, what a load of nonsense he posted

    39. d4v33edz on

      @veubeke (Arne)

      I haven't got the heart to tell him.

    40. ug82 on

      Ronald Clark rambling about Resident Evil... wut

    41. Merrick Simms on

      I told him veubeke and apparently, he doesn't care.

    42. d4v33edz on

      I suggest we just leave them two alone, I'm sticking here.

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      veubeke on

      I like how Ronald listed Dave as a troll and he hasn't noticed it yet.

    44. Matthew Farmery on

      yeah, he really is a nut case, but I still think WG is behind it, or even if they aren't they should hire him as their PR guy lol