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Dystopian Detective Tex Murphy returns in his most amazing adventure yet in Project Fedora.
Dystopian Detective Tex Murphy returns in his most amazing adventure yet in Project Fedora.
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A Partnership to bring you Tesla Effect

Greetings Mutant League, 

I have some very exciting news that I wanted to let you guys know about. As it turns out, some of the members of the Mutant League also work in the gaming industry and wanted to help us with Tesla Effect.

Atlus games approached Big Finish and offered to help market and distribute Tesla Effect. Several members of Atlus were backers to our project and wanted to support us as an independent gaming studio to reach a wider audience.

So, I am pleased to announce we are partnering with Atlus games to publish Tesla Effect. Now, what does this mean?

- This will give Big Finish Games the opportunity to work with the biggest online distributors

- Atlus has relationships with Game magazines, websites and blogs and can get Tesla Effect featured in more articles.

- Their team with play test our game every week, ensuring the best possible product for you guys.

- Their support will help throw some more polish into the final game. More object animations, better visual effects, and a few more surprises.

- We are in the midst of deciding on a release date. We want to release the game at an optimal time so since there are two new consoles debuting this Christmas, we are aiming for a first quarter release in 2014.

We are so excited about this relationship and how it will help Tesla Effect be a much more polished and widely seen game.

The Mutant League has really been amazing. We would have never, ever, EVER been able to bring Tex back without you guys. We have been soooo humbled by your support and we are so excited for this game we’re going to bring you.

For the official press release, check it out HERE!

Now, we have released several screenshots from the game today – so take a look at those. We will also be releasing the SECOND Trailer for Tesla Effect AT Salt Lake Comic Con.

Mutant League, if you can come to Salt Lake Comic Con, we would love to see you guys and thank you in person.

Chris Jones


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    1. Frogacuda on September 6, 2013

      Khalaq: While we often call them "publishers" it's actually the production aspect that allows them control. Publishing and marketing are tremendously beneficial services, and since Atlus didn't finance or produce this game, it is very unlikely that BFG would have to sign away any creative control in the process.

      This is NOT unheard of. It's true of almost every deal where someone comes to the table with an already financed, mostly finished game. Like EA and Half Life 2, Capcom and Shantae, or Deep Silver and Wasteland 2. There's nothing to be concerned about. It's a publishing deal, not a production one, and it's only thanks to Kickstarter that it's all possible.

    2. Jonathan - Member, Mutant League on August 30, 2013

      I also hope that this does not effect plans to release the game on GOG, which I have used to buy all of the other Tex games.

    3. Dire Birdbrain on August 29, 2013

      I'm fine with this news. Atlus is one of the few publishers I still respect, so I expect that their association will be good for the game.

    4. Khalaq on August 29, 2013

      I have the save fears you are hearing from everyone else. Will the Big Bad Publisher force you to change the game? Will the BBP hobble your creativity? Force you to release before you're ready to do so? Take away any of the control or rights to franchise? I've seen the BBP trash so many game developers that it makes me quite nervous to see them involved in our project.

      Yes, I said "our project." We the people who Kickstarted this project are emotionally and financially invested in it. Many of us have spent sufficient time and effort trying to ensure its success that we feel like it's our baby, too. And now we are being told that a publisher is being brought in.... I don't remember being asked how I felt about that, but I think it's pretty clear that it makes me very nervous.

      I am wishing that Atlus would chime in, right about now, telling us all not to worry, that they're here to help, not harm. I'd like reassurance that Atlus understands our concerns and does not intend to rock the boat. It is almost unheard of for a publisher to leave "the creative process" to the creator(s), but if Atlus can convince me that we are all on the same page, I will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

    5. Gonchi on August 29, 2013

      The update speaks of "online distributors", so it shouldn't just be Steam. I'd like to think BFG didn't forget the uproar during the Kickstarter regarding DRM and Steam.

    6. PG Reeves on August 29, 2013

      Everyone, don't worry!

      There's a very simple reason, why there are no Atlus games on GOG. Atlus is predominantly a console publisher after all. And they have been able to publish relatively niche games and make them successfull for years now. That's a great fit for Tex.

      But what Atlus games should there be on GOG? The Testament of Sherlock Holmes might be a good fit, but that's about all I can think of. Be that as it may, I don't see any proof for an anti-GOG bias on Atlus' side.

      I may turn out to be wrong here, but for now, I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt.

    7. Peter Arentsen on August 29, 2013

      @ThomasN Don't get what the problem is because STEAM Is the biggest digital online store it will increase sales so much. You can also do DRM free on steam if you don't include DRM with steam you can just start up the game from the place steam installed the game.

    8. ThomasN on August 29, 2013

      I'm also worried now that the general public will get a STEAM requirement shoved.

    9. Frodo
      on August 29, 2013

      As has been said before, there doesn't seem to be any other Atlus games on GOG, which is a bit worrying. Really hope Tesla Effect still makes it to GOG. All the other Tex games are there, so they should have this one as well.

    10. Shatners Bassoon on August 29, 2013

      In this instance Atlus are ONLY publishing the game they have no creative control over the project whatsoever and are only going to be helping out with the distribution and marketing.

      All this means in real terms is the game is going to be shoved down out throats on release a lot more than it would of been.

      So, I'm not bothered in the slightest and am very much looking forward to playing the game!

    11. Aurelien VANDOORINE on August 29, 2013

      I've mixed feelings, sure it's nice to have a publisher to distribute the game. I agree with that. But somehow getting them involed and all is a bit the opposite to what I would have expected, I mean the base of the Kickstarters campaign were to bre free from this relationship where publisher might just impose modifications and all. To me the base of all kickstarters projects is a little forgotten at this point. And I see it much more like you don't have the funds to go to the end.

      I'm not too sure either about the screenshots you've posted, I mean it's nice but still it looks very poor in quality. Don't know if it's only image compression, but really. These seems just dark and very rough even 3D models. Just not as good as I would expect from today's games.

      Well will see what the future hold, but I really feel mixed about that big announcement. I also hope we could see some gameplay soon.

    12. Michael Hartmann
      on August 29, 2013

      I'm not sure if I should be excited or worried. Atlus is definitely one of the more interesting publishers. If it is a pure distribution deal, this is definitely good news. But there is this part in the announcement:

      "Their support will help throw some more polish into the final game. More object animations, better visual effects, and a few more surprises."

      That sounds like Atlus will put money into the game and I'm sure they will receive some kind of compensation for it. If it is just a portion of the profits, I don't think there is anything we need to worry about. If they get creative influence or parts of the rights, that would be cause for concern.

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      Stevie Parmentier on August 29, 2013

      @Gavin: a publisher is only going to be a nuisance when they're the ones who "own" the project as in, they paid for it. This is an old-school publishing situation (80's-early 90's) where a dev would create its own game and then use a publisher to have it shipped, for advertising, contacts, etc. I don't think there's anything to worry about here.

    14. tarasis on August 29, 2013

      @Gavin I see what you mean. Case of Atlus genuinely interested in helping, or bolstering their portfolio in the midst of a sale?

    15. Lee Ritchie on August 29, 2013

      Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

    16. Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on August 29, 2013

      ... and now I've discovered that Atlus is up for sale, which makes me nervous again.

    17. Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on August 29, 2013

      Like others, I'm nervous about having a publisher attached to a Kickstarter project, but hopeful when I hear that it's Atlus. Just make sure that you don't lose control or get pressured into releasing before it's ready.

    18. Tomimt on August 29, 2013

      I'm guessing this will also help Tesla Effect to get in Steam without that greenlight process, so that's a good thing as well.

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      Mariusz Kowalski on August 29, 2013

      With Atlus, does it mean we'll get a first person step, Tex Murphy RPG minigame in the game like Shin Megami Tensei or Etrian Odyssey? ;)

    20. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on August 29, 2013

      it is good that you now have a partner to help make the game better and more widely seen - i just hope you retain full (creative and executive) control over the game and franchise :)

    21. sbenrap on August 29, 2013

      This is mostly positive news, as you do not need to go through the lengthy greenlight process (and Steam is a great way to reach new gamers and enlarge the fan base).
      That said, I noticed that no Atlus games are available on GOG, I hope that this will be remedied (or perhaps you can self-publish there) I'm sure they will be more than happy to have the complete Tex series over there (and I promise to buy an extra copy as well ;) )
      Also, you did keep the franchise rights, correct? We don't want to wait ANOTHER 14 years for a Tex game :)

    22. tarasis on August 29, 2013

      My reaction reading this was "Who on earth are Atlus?" followed by "oh no, please don't have given any rights away to get this deal".

      For now I'm cautiously optimistic that this is for the best.

    23. Robin N on August 29, 2013

      Woah, that is some AWESOME news!

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      Trevor Delicata on August 28, 2013

      Bravo Atlus! Such unexpected and brilliant news.

      Can't wait for the new trailer!

    25. dave00dance - Order of the Goat $7.77 on August 28, 2013

      Atlas is a cool company sounds great just be sure to read the small print last thing Tex needs is another company holding the rights to the franchise.
      are they just taking a percentage of the game sales or something, and not interfering with how the game is made.

    26. Murat Öğüt on August 28, 2013

      That's great news. I like Atlus, and with this movement, they became one of my favorite game companies. Thank you Atlus, we love you!

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      Jason Clark on August 28, 2013

      Wow! There couldn't be a better partnership to be had than with Atlus. Atlus is one of the few companies out there that consistently make excellent, challenging games that do not bow to purely mainstream tastes. Any support and help they can give you guys will be utterly worth it. This announcement made my day. And frankly, it's no surprise that many of the people at Atlus love Tex as well. To a bright future and many more collaborations between Atlus and Big Finish!! Long live Tex!

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      Thomas Montana on August 28, 2013

      GREAT news. I, too, am an ATLUS fan.

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      Glenn Usher on August 28, 2013

      I normally complain when I see a publisher attached to a Kickstarter game but this is great news.
      Atlus is a great company. You couldn't have made a better choice.

    30. Peter Jacob on August 28, 2013

      Mm, ATLUS are good people. Have a lot of their stuff on my shelf, much of it very fondly remembered.

    31. Rooo on August 28, 2013

      Atlus = We really really really really pay attention to our games and what hardcore gamers want

      very cool news!