Square Enix have begun offering some of their Eidos I.P. to indie developers as part of the Square Enix Collective crowdfunding program, the publisher announced this morning. The three properties currently being offered are Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox.
The Square Enix Collective is an initiative through which Square Enix will help indie developers get their games crowdfunded, and will also offer marketing and development advice along the way. Since Gex, Fear Effect, and Anachronox are now available to indies, developers will be able to submit new ideas for projects using those franchises.
“We first announced we’d be opening up Eidos IPs for developers to pitch on, with our initial announcement of Collective in November 2013,” said Phil Elliott, project lead on the Collective.
“Since then we’ve worked hard to establish the Collective platform as a viable place for small teams to build awareness for their ideas, and then for the community to feedback – and vote on those projects they’d potentially back through crowdfunding.”
Developers looking to submit ideas using the three Eidos properties can find more details in this blog post. Square say they have plans to make I.P. available to developers in the future as well, but they’re waiting to see what the response to this initial lot is first.