Turn-based online RPG Eden Falling resurfaces with new updates and over $1.3 million in funding

    
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Update: Razor Edge Games’ claim to funding has been disputed by a representative of the investors and the studio has clarified the nature of the funding; we’ve updated this story at the end.

The span of radio silence in-between updates for the online turn-based RPG Eden Falling has been pretty significant — we haven’t heard a lot out of the premiere title from developer Razor Edge Games since 2017 — but the devs have resurfaced in a big way with a slew of new development updates and a pretty sizeable chunk of investment change.

A number of new things have been put together by the devs, including work on environments, interactive scenes, the cover system for combat, more diverse settlements, improvements to enemy and NPC AI in combat, and animation improvements such as lip-synced speech and more detailed hair and clothing among other updates. There’s also been an improvement to the game’s website as well as a number of new videos of pre-alpha footage posted to its YouTube channel.

On the business side of things, Razor Edge Games has successfully tied down over $1.3 million in funding to bring Eden Falling to early access. The funding comes from the Arizona Commerce Department Authority to support additional staff hires and as tax incentives over a five-year period to develop Eden Falling in the state. The studio has also secured a partnership with the city of Gilbert, Arizona, to open a 40-person headquarters in the city. Razor Edge Games will continue to seek investment to bring Eden Falling to full release on Steam in the next 12 months.

sources: Steam, official site via Gamasutra. Thanks, Kinya!
Update 02/17/2020
A representative of the Arizona Commerce Authority (apparently Razor Edge misspoke when it called it the Arizona Commerce Department) has reached out to us to dispute the claim that it’s funded the studio and the game, which makes the statements from the devs as posted on their original site (and then noted by Gamasutra) especially baffling. We’ve reached out to both the ACA and Razor Edge for statements; we’ll update when we know more.
Update 02/18/2020
Razor Edge has issued us a statement and clarification on the nature of its funding; we’ve posted it separately here.

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0EC0D3

… That’s their new website?

I’m only on mobile, but it looks awful and 10+ years out of date already.

This is the reason the public sector shouldn’t invest in areas they know nothing about. As a Web developer, a business owner and an investor, I would be asking serious questions about the dispersement of my $1m dollars. Given the cheap, shoddy and obviously rushed design of their site.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I wouldn’t say 10+ years, but it sure is weak. It shouldn’t be that hard to use their page builder to keep that from being the eyesore it is.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

As long as government at any level funds any businesses computer and video game developers and publishers should be allowed to take their own begging bowl before them – but the risk to the public can and often is much higher, especially with everything riding on one title.

I doubt the state and city authorities have the expertise to do such risk calculations, when the job of calculating likely successful games is a hard and often a negatively successful activity for industry experts.

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Mewmew

Why does this feel like the setup for a future lawsuit between the Arizona Commerce Department and Razor Edge Games?

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Robert Mann

Grants and such: Please come bring your business to our town, we will give you monies and tax breaks for X years!

X years later: Please don’t leave our town with your business for some new deal, we will give you more monies and tax breaks for Z years!

Taxpayers everywhere: “Please just stop.”

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rafael12104

Well, I hope it goes well. It would be nice to have a win with the public sector so we can remove the stigma of 38 Studios.

As for turned based MMOs? Not my cup of tea. But there is an audience for it.

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P Jones

38 Studios v2.0?

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rafael12104

Heh. It had to be said….

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jay

lol

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Armsbend

I just read that. The citizen of that town should already be incredibly pissed off. Tax breaks are one thing but grants? Hell no.

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Robert Mann

Tax breaks are a neverending cycle of loss… they shouldn’t even be considered either.

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Armsbend

I agree. Once the boomers are dead we can get to work on taxing churches as well. That 300 year scam has gone on long enough.

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Armsbend

Online turn based is a tough thing to pull off.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I’d trust Larian to pull it off after Divinity:OS 1&2. I can’t wait for Baldur’s Gate 3 from them.

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Johnny Quantum

Divinity Original Sin in sitting in my Steam wish list – will check it out finally!

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Johnny Quantum

I’m interested in how it will play.

Don’t know if its because I’m getting too old, but after using a keyboard and mouse all day at work, button mashing at home for my game time is becoming less appealing, and I’d enjoy a slower pace of game!