Spiderweb Software is in the process of remastering yet another classic RPG, following the success of their latest Kickstarter campaign. The remastered version of Geneforge 2, an “epic cult classic” RPG, is set to be released in the near future.
Spiderweb Software is known for developing RPGs that are light on visual effects but offer a deep, flexible, and open-ended gameplay experience. The studio, led by Jeff Vogel and his wife Marian Krizsan, has been creating games like this for years and has a small but dedicated following. Despite their games having visuals reminiscent of the 1980s, they still receive positive user ratings on Steam.
In 2018, Spiderweb Software launched a Kickstarter campaign for Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror, seeking $30,000, which ended up being a tremendous success. Since then, the studio has run successful Kickstarter campaigns for a Geneforge remaster and Queen’s Wish 2: The Tormentor. Their current Kickstarter campaign for the Geneforge 2 remaster has already surpassed its goal with more than two weeks remaining.
The original Geneforge 2 was released in 2003 and was given an 80% score by reviewers, who praised the game’s deep gameplay mechanics. The remastered version aims to preserve the original formula while making it compatible with modern hardware, including mobile devices. Spiderweb Software also intends to add new characters, storylines, abilities, game mechanics, and endgame monsters.
The Kickstarter project for this game has already raised more than $60,000 (more than the $30,000 they asked).
The Geneforge series consists of five games, with the most recent being released in 2008. Vogel hopes to eventually remaster all of the games in the series, as well as other Spiderweb RPGs. “We’ve been in business for almost 30 years, and we’ve written a lot of solid games we’re really proud of that don’t run well anymore,” Vogel said. “When we retire, we want to leave our body of work as solid and enjoyable as possible.”
The Geneforge 2: Infestation Kickstarter campaign runs until March 10, with a release planned for early 2024 on PC, Mac, and iPad.