A project in Seattle, WA by Subutai Corporation

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Neal Stephenson wants to revolutionize sword fighting video games.
Backers: 9022
Average Pledge Per Backer: $58

Funded: $526,115 of $500,000
Dates: Jun 9th -> Jul 9th (30 days)
Project By: Subutai Corporation
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Editorial – What Went Wrong With CLANG

February 9th - via:
I want a lightsaber. I want one so bad, guys. In fact, I can say that’s probably true of almost every single person born between 1977 and ever, and while lightsabers are apparently “impossible,” says those egghead scientists, what’s the single closest thing we can realistically expect in this day and age? A badass, motion-controlled swordfighting game that we could then modify to have lightsabers. Just think about it! Aside from the obvious hurdles, like all current motion control being absolute garbage, this could really revolutionize the way we play, and one man, author Neil Stephenson, set out to do just that. Unfortunately, it was a failure, and we’re pretty sure it was their own fault. (Read More)

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October 18th - via:
Greetings CLANG donors, We would like to congratulate the Sixense team on their successful Kickstarter for the STEM system and share with you a video showing how a third controller improves calibration in CLANG.  regards, The Subutai Team  (Read More)

Neal Stephenson Says His Dream of Making a Video Game Isn’t Dead

September 27th - via:
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September 20th - via:
Subutai Corporation is a Seattle-based firm founded to “create stories, games, graphic novels and filmed entertainment in an integrated style.” One interesting factoid that likely helped draw backers into their Kickstarter campaign: famed American author and game designer Neal Stephenson is a co-founder. (Read More)

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September 19th - via:
We've hit the pause button on further CLANG development while we get the financing situation sorted out. We stretched the Kickstarter money farther than we had expected to, but securing the next round, along with constructing improvised shelters and... (Read More)

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September 19th - via:
Subutai Corporation has announced via a public update that its Kickstarted title Clang has run out of funding and has reverted to an "evenings and weekends" project until new investors can be found. (Read More)

Author Neal Stephenson 'Hits The Pause Button' On Successful $500,000 Swordfighting Kickstarter

September 19th - via:
Author Neal Stephenson wanted to make a swordfighting game with motion controls, raised $500,000 on Kickstarter, and now suggests that the project is on hold. (Read More)

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CLANG demo ready for download!

April 27th - via:
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Aaron Leiby (our lead programmer) discusses fighting in CLANG

April 7th - via:
This is not your Soul Calibur .. or Street Fighter or Mortal Combat for that matter. I came into this project with a pretty strong notion of what a fighting gameshould be. I’m used to having two characters facing off playing idle animationswith... (Read More)

Razer Hydra on Sale

April 4th - via:
One of our donors just sent us this tidbit about a sale Razer is having on the Hydra and we thought you might be interested! cheers, Subutai... (Read More)

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April 2nd - via:
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CLANG on Steam Greenlight

April 1st - via:
We have just pushed the "Publish" button to submit CLANG to Greenlight on Steam. Enough votes and CLANG will be approved for publishing on Steam, so please log on and vote for CLANG! We will be adding additional video and screenshots over the next... (Read More)

New Address?

March 27th - via:
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CLANG and Rewards Shipping at the End of April

March 27th - via:
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Mister Whiskers goes to Mocap-town

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