Three days ago, we reported that an alleged Kickstarter scam called Confederate Express had silently returned after nearly four years of silence on the part of the game’s developers, who had previously launched another Kickstarter campaign before providing any updates to the game’s backers, made an odd claim that their studio had been bought out and that the buyers were forcing the focus on the new Kickstarter campaign, and had at one time been Airbnb squatters. At the time, the game wasn’t available for purchase, nor was a Windows build available, but backers of the original Kickstarter campaign were slowly receiving keys to the game, which is currently available exclusively on itch.io. Since the original article was published, there have been several new developments.
To start off, there is now a Windows build available. Reader Int99h commented on the original article today to inform us that developer Kilobite had just uploaded the build. We don’t have access to the build ourselves, but early comments indicate that it is rather divisive. One user stated that it doesn’t feel all that much different from the original tech demo, while another stated they like it, particularly the “somewhat indirect combat.”
Additionally, on Saturday, Programmer Dennis Pashanin wrote a new devlog detailing the game’s development progress. To say that it reads oddly is a bit of an understatement. According to the update, the code is “largely a done deal, with a few minor tweaks and additions planned” and much of the art is done, but only the three levels that are available in the current build have been put together. It is also later noted that, in addition to the fact that two characters have yet to be completed, the current iteration of the game’s AI is basically a placeholder. This begs the question of what exactly Pashanin means when he says that the code is “largely a done deal” and it’s hard to tell how much work will have to go into elements such as the story, or even just making the experience coherent, once the game’s levels have been completed.
As a final note, Confederate Express officially was officially put up for sale sometime after the original article was published. As noted above, it is available exclusively on itch.io and it does, in fact, cost $20.