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A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
15,029 backers pledged £461,333 to help bring this project to life.

The Road Ahead

We're funded and then some! At the time of writing the combined Kickstarter and PayPal total was £474,755.50, just over £25,000 short of the fourth stretch goal, which I'm sure we will reach in the coming months via PayPal.

A huge thank you to everyone who pledged so generously and put time and effort into spreading the word and providing feedback on the forum's email and comments. We read it all, sometimes twice!

As with every Kickstarter a percentage of pledge payments will fail to process correctly. If you're one of the people affected by this, please contact Kickstarter directly to update your details. In Kickstarter's own words:

If, for whatever reason, some of your backers’  cards are declined, we send them an email every 48 hours with a link to fix the issue. Backers have 7 days to fix their pledges, whether that means fixing a few numbers on the card they entered or trying a new card altogether. You can track the status of your pledges in your Backer Report. Declined pledges will show up as “errored” and any pledge that doesn't get fixed within 7 days will become “dropped.” It’s normal for projects to have a few errored pledges.

So if you're one of the affected please take the time to fix your details. Every cent will matter towards our stretch goals and currently the "errored" pledges could take a sizeable chunk out of our final tally. (For example, we have 45 "errored" pledges on the resistor tier alone).

We plan to continue the PayPal backing option on our site indefinitely, so for those who've only just discovered us or those wanting to share the link with friends, here's the link

PayPal Pledging still available here!


Sorry, we got too excited by the stream, and forgot to send out an update! For those that missed out you can watch the recording here.

What's Next?

The funds from Kickstarter can take up to 2 weeks to process and it will take a few days to transfer the money to us in Australia. During this time we'll be working on setting ourselves up with an office. Tomorrow morning all five of us will be scouting small office spaces to set up shop (we're very excited about that part) and we'll need to do all the boring things like talking to accountants and lawyers (not so exciting).

While on that topic and before I move on, once we're set up and settled we'd like to do a bit of a meet and greet for anyone in the Brisbane area or nearby who'd like to pop in, say hello and meet the team. It's our way of saying thank you and letting you all know that you're as much a part of this as we are. 

We want everyone who's backed us to get involved. We'll be organising the backer surveys to send out over the next few weeks and setting up the backers-only forum so everyone can jump in and have their say. We want the community involved in everything, from choosing T-Shirt designs and the look of the elite backer skins, to directly contributing to the design of logos and signage in the game, propaganda slogans and more.

One of the biggest things on our To Do list is to get a new host for our website. We are aware of how slow it is and we apologise for the inconvenience. We will also be working towards integrating the Kickstarter database of users and pledge amounts with our PayPal pledge system, so those backers who wish to increase their pledge or add Add-Ons can do so. All this will be rolled out slowly so please be patient and we'll keep you updated as this happens.


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    1. Elmsworth on August 3, 2013

      ...I just found the game manual for Syndicate Wars :)
      Ahhh brings back memories...

      ....and makes me feel old.

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      azam on August 3, 2013

      Really happy to hear about a new games dev in town. After the shut down of numerous big names in the past this is good news. I'd love to drop by and say hi, the artwork already looks damn good.

    3. suppafoxe on August 2, 2013

      It will be an awesome sight :p

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      Andre Jaugietis on August 1, 2013

      Don't think I'm anywhere near as excited as you guys but... loving the idea of what you guys are bringing to the table.

    5. 5 Lives Studios Creator on August 1, 2013


      We will be working on a system that will allow you to upgrade your pledges via PayPal and will notify people when that option is available.

    6. Chris Doak on July 30, 2013

      @Suppafoxe Chris of beardy fame has already confirmed that a number of civilians will indeed be graced with epic beards. You can even persuade and clone them in order to have a whole team of epically bearded agents!

    7. Chris Doak on July 30, 2013

      The Final Countdown just came on the radio :D

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      GPeterfreund on July 30, 2013

      Congrats to the team! In the future, will it be possible to upgrade our Kickstarter pledge by donating to the paypal? I've been really busy and not been able to keep up with the campaign for most of the last month.

    9. hendawg_ofthemiddle on July 30, 2013

      Good Luck and can't wait!

    10. Archaengel on July 30, 2013

      I have managed to regularize my pledge. Sorry about that team. I did not make a correct conversion from Euro to Pound and went 1pound over the credit card limit. I hope that most or everyone of the failed pledges can be solved for the next days. You had an hard work and deserve all funding you can get.

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      Adam McGrogan on July 30, 2013

      I for one would love to come visit!

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      Daniel Porter on July 29, 2013

      Congrats guys. I am glad a Brisbane based gaming company had made it through the kickstarter funding stage. Look forward to meeting you guys down the track.

    13. Jai Nelson on July 29, 2013

      congratulations on the success!! Really looking forward to following the development journey to the playable game!

    14. David Warschauer on July 29, 2013

      i really appreciate that you guys are extending the stretch goals, cheers on ya!

    15. suppafoxe on July 29, 2013

      You are so very right :d
      I wonder if a few recruitable citizens will have awesome beards too ;)

    16. Chris Doak on July 29, 2013

      @Suppafoxe - you forgot one magnificent beard ;)

    17. F.Manuel on July 29, 2013

      Congratulations again! Best wishes and luck for all the bureaucratic stuff. Looking forward for some more addons that will be addable through PayPal once you transfer information from KS!
      Thank you btw. This project will be great :)

    18. Chris Doak on July 29, 2013

      I'm personally really excited about combining the Paypal and KS database. I'll get a lot poorer before I get richer and I would just love to be able to name a monument or two.

    19. suppafoxe on July 29, 2013

      I still can't believe we'll be having a true syndi-game after all these years !
      After EA's fps I thought "that's it, the end of all syndicate.."
      But thanks to 4 wonderful guys and 1 grumpy one ;) plus an amazing community of backers, the dream of most of us 30-something won't be a dream anymore.

      Thanks for making this possible guys \o/
      May the Dev God be with you ;)

    20. Robert Dietrich on July 29, 2013

      How will you inform us, when you reach the (in)official stretch goals via PayPal? Will post a new Update here or in the forum?! :)

    21. Sedna on July 29, 2013

      "We plan to continue the PayPal backing option on our site indefinitely, so for those who've only just discovered us or those wanting to share the link with friends, here's the link"

      right on this update oage

    22. Maalak on July 29, 2013

      Maybe I have missed the information, but what is the deadline for the Paypal pledges ?

    23. Sedna on July 29, 2013

      I'll pledge 30$ per month like a subscription, that way , the fund will rise!

    24. Nathan Sanchez on July 29, 2013

      Sweet. Can't wait to hear more on your progress. Btw, have you guys decided how squad will be controlled? Or is that still up the air?

      Since the game is a semi-RTS, will you be able to hotkey the individual squadmates? Will your abilites be hot-keyable? It seem slike pure mouse control would be too slow.

      In any case, congrats. Honestly, I was worried there for a bit. Glad to see my worries were unfounded.

    25. VitruvianGeek on July 29, 2013

      The Kickstarter has done very well indeed. After fears at one point that the project wouldn't get funded at all, we got all the way to envioronmental destruction, and it is likely that we will pick up some of the other goals via Paypal.

      Of course, now that the fundraising is over, the real work begins. Good luck to all the guys at 5 Lives. I will wait with baited breath for updates on Satellie Reign's progress, and I look forward to some cyberpunk awesomeness come december 2014.

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      Peter Marshall on July 29, 2013

      Congrats on doing so well! Hope you make the extra stretch goals in the coming months.

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    28. Adrick James Trotter on July 29, 2013

      Will have to make a trip from Victoria at some point. This game is something I have litteraly had dreams about. Lol.

    29. Elmsworth on July 29, 2013

      If only I had a means to get to Brisbane, Id love to hang out. Especially after watching all the camera antics last night and being a witness to the glorious beard.

    30. Luuk Schagen on July 29, 2013

      @ marco/Nathan.... It's in the last paragraph of this very update actually ;)

    31. Silver on July 29, 2013

      Congrats! :)

    32. Nathan Camp on July 29, 2013

      @ Marco Götze

      I hope so! I asked 5Lives Studios that in a previous update and it was said that they would be looking into the possibility of it. I really hope something akin to what has been seen with Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous or Torment: Tides of Numenera happens here. It would enable me to give the level of support I was unable to provide initially (Least I managed to stretch to a physical copy before the deadline!)

    33. Sebastian B on July 29, 2013

      It's really nice to be part of it.

    34. Thrashie - Degenerate of SoSR on July 29, 2013

      My payment succeeded according to email... hope most or all of those errored pledges will get fixed in the coming week.
      To bad Brisbane is almost other end of world for me.. would have been cool to take a peek in the office.. but you can always take a walk around the building with a camera for us ;)

      Team dedication and progress for this project has been great to follow.. keep up the good stuff :D

    35. Marco G on July 29, 2013


      is there an option to upgrade my Kickstarter Pledge by pledging the difference on paypal?

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      Ed on July 29, 2013

      Weldone chaps, good effort, really looking forward to this. Hopefully 500k will hit via PP, especially as the additions sound nice... but at least we have destruction, for that I am happy!

    37. Lord_Grax on July 29, 2013

      Looking forward to what is to come :)

      The meet & greet should be interesting, I'd drive up from Sydney for that! :D

    38. Anestis Kozakis
      on July 29, 2013

      Hi Guys,

      I hopefully will be in the Brisbane area in a few months visiting friends. Will update when I have definite plans.

      I can steer you in the direction of a great Australian based webhosting company (I used to work for them). Feel free to contact me via my e-mail address for details.

    39. Luuk Schagen on July 29, 2013

      Yeah, I was one of the errored pledges. Is resolved now though! You should have my moneys now!

    40. Skyvador on July 29, 2013

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    41. Gareth Pio Barry on July 29, 2013

      Looking forward to the process ahead of you & offering my thoughts when applicable, though truth be told you guys seem to have a handle of things. Delighted target & goals have been reached & needless to say I'll be pledging more via PayPal over coming months. Enjoy the office hunting!

    42. joedpa82 on July 29, 2013

      Its kind of sad that there are only 15209 backers for this game out of the millions of people.

      But i digress. Cant wait for this game. I only hope that in this game we are allowed to have multi-type of agents on missions. Please give me a chance to go on missions with 4 soldiers, assassins or even support. Don't force me to play with a set of agents.

      Give me choice guys.

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      Ozymandias30 on July 29, 2013

      Best of luck with the fun part of the whole process: designing the game! :)

    44. Jalister on July 29, 2013

      There were no problems with my payment. You will have my money.

    45. Edward Kok on July 29, 2013

      bloody awesome. i wish u all the best and will be following your updates!