Former Blizzard developers are looking to kickstart a new horror title called Broken

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Oh look, another horror game that you’ll all want me to play. And who am I to say no? Your wish is my command!

Thankfully though, Broken, a game in development by ex-Blizzard employees (known now as Kollide Entertainment), probably won’t be out for a very, very long time. Why? Well, it hasn’t even received the appropriate funding yet. In fact, it has only just begun its Kickstarter campaign (via Destructoid).

So what’s it all about?

Broken is an episodic third-person action adventure game series set in the year 2021. This is an original story that follows the personal adventure of Logan Kyle, a Navy Seal, and his family as they experience the end of the world on the front lines of an extremist group’s catastrophic global biological weapon attack, resulting in death and a rare, but most horrific mutation.

So basically, another doom and gloom scenario – like many other typical horror titles. How do Kollide plan on making Broken stand out though?

Broken’s focus is 100% story driven; all aspects of the game will support that goal. We will be doing away with some of the time draining staples of the current action-adventure scene such as repetitive puzzle-based level design, arbitrary collection artifacts, obscenely difficult enemy spawn encounters, and superfluous achievements.

Essentially, our goal is to offer unique immersive story experiences and to streamline gameplay such that returning to our game in between gameplay sessions is as seamless as possible. Ever stopped playing a game for a few weeks only to return to it and have no idea what the controls were? Yeah, us too.

Broken screenie

What caught my attention about Broken in the first place really, are the franchises that Kollide claim inspired them to make it. Take a look…

  • The Last of Us – The Last of Us is a huge inspiration for us not only as game developers, but as people. We felt empathy for the characters in the story, we related to the struggles they faced, and our minds raced with the possibility of what we might do if thrown into similar situations as Joel and Elle.
  • The Half-life series – The storytelling and gameplay delivered in the Half-life games we believe is second to none. Playing these games in their heyday was simply mesmerizing. As soon as you step foot into the game, the story takes you on an immersive adventure of exploration, discovery, and thrill.
  • The Walking Dead game series – The characters, writing, and the tempo of this series are outstanding. The telling of Lee’s story, the presentation of choices you make about how your character exists in the zombie apocalypse, as well as the downtime in between the action all add to the ability as a player to live in the world.
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These three are easily some of my favourite franchises in existence. If Kollide can draw the proper inspiration from each, then we may just have a truly standout horror game on our hands!

At time of writing, Broken has raised $4,483 out of a $275,000 goal. Kollide have 26 days to pray and hope the rest of the money comes in. Personally, I hope it does – I’m interested to see exactly what Broken turns out to be.

What about you? Does this Broken appeal to you in any way? I’d recommend taking a look at the Kickstarter page for more information if it does.

Last Updated: February 4, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    10/10 would read the review when it releases, but only really ever look at the rating…

  • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Hammersteyn

    Is the game called Broken or is it how they plan to launch it…. wait, that would have made more sense on a Ubisoft article

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Or a PC bert-man game

    • Ex Blizzard sooooo Error 37 on a SP game. 🙂

  • Commander Admiral Chief


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Um. I’m confused. Unless my reading comprehension is really bad all of a sudden, none of its reward tiers actually say you get the game.

    The closest you get is: “Receive a playable version of Broken’s vertical slice experience at the end of pre-production.”
    That’s not the game, that’s alpha access. The rest just build on that with more useless fluff like t-shirts.

    So, ja…. no. Plus it’s episodic right off the bat – big warning sign for any crowdfunded game. I’ll never back an episodic game. And that’s not even taking into account the ye olde currency woes & backing in dollars.

    • hairyknees

      But for only $10000, I can be a support character in the game. SOLD!

      • Hammersteyn

        The game’s gonna have cabbages?

        • hairyknees


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Where does it say the game will use HairWorks? *run*

        • Commander Admiral Chief


        • Commander Admiral Chief

          You’d need a quad GPU setup to render Matty’s hair…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            at 30fps at 1024×768

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            follicles per second?

        • hairyknees


    • BakedBagel

      m8 the way Mighty Number 9 is going i aint backing a game ever. Fuck that.

  • HAHAH! No. Anything that sells you a chapter at a time, when it isn’t even finished, can get in Matty’s hair.

  • Darren Peach

    Sounds cool, but so did Hellgate London so the Ex Blizzard part holds no weight until proven in the game itself.

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