22Cans and Peter Molyneux look to Kickstarter to fund Populous successor Godus

22Cans has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Godus, a project the studio claims will be a reinvention of the god-game genre. Building on studio founder Peter Molyneux’s classic Populous, the game is being designed to “deliver the glory of the old days”.

22Cans is looking to raise £450,000 to fund the game, which will be developed for PC and mobile devices with a planned release date of September 2013. Up until this point, the project has been known as “Co-operation”, and is the second of 22Cans’ 22 planned experiments.

According to the Kickstarter campaign page, Godus will “[blend] the power, growth and scope of Populous with the detailed construction and multiplayer excitement of Dungeon Keeper and the intuitive interface and technical innovation of Black & White.”

A top tier donation of £5000 will, among other benefits, give you the opportunity to travel to E3 as Molyneux’s guest and be interviewed alongside him by G4TV. For once on Kickstarter, the flights and accommodation are actually included, too.

At the time of writing, 1,900 individuals have backed the project, raising a total of £47,687 with 29 days left on the clock. Anyone signing into Curiosity, which has now reached two million downloads, will also now see adverts for the campaign plastered across all six sides of the cube – we’re not sure which is more depressing: the advertising, or the stock images of apples and paintbrushes that have decorated it to date.

While some have criticised the move to crowdfunding, suggesting that it’s indicative of a studio back-pedalling after Curiosity’s failure (so far, at least) to live up to the lofty promises of its creators, 22 Cans explains that Kickstarter is a way of allowing players to participate in the development process of Godus, and to keep 22Cans free of publisher influence.

“I don’t want to promise anything,” says Molyneux in the Kickstarter campaign video, “I just want to deliver the glory of the old days in a new format of today’s world”

While you’re waiting for Godus, you could always play Jon Caplin’s Populous-inspired free browser game Reprisal.

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