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Satellite Reign

A project in Brisbane, Australia by 5 Lives Studios

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A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
Backers: 15029
Average Pledge Per Backer: £31

Funded: £461,333 of £350,000
Dates: Jun 28th -> Jul 28th (31 days)
Project By: 5 Lives Studios
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Latest News

Taking on the Big Boys in Satellite Reign

September 9th - via:
Satellite Reign is a Cyberpunk RPG where you have to take on several large corporations and hinder their operations by taking on several jobs. (Read More)

Cyberpunk Action Strategy Satellite Reign Hits Beta

July 22nd - via:
Satellite Reign is a Kickstarter funded real-time cyberpunk strategy game that's finally entered its beta stage. (Read More)

Weekenders Sunday News 8/17

August 17th - via:
Welcome back Cliqateers! If you were here last week, you already know that this is our weekly brew of all the crowdfunding news fit to print, but for those of you who missed out last time around, welcome! Here, we’ll be concocting a delicious brew or information. The ingredients? The top news stories from all of the best games now on Kickstarter and IndieGoGo! So, without further ado, let’s get started! (Read More)

QOTW – 5/4 – Most Anticipated Crowdfunded Games

May 4th - via:
What crowdfunded game are you most looking forward to? (Read More)

Satellite Reign Footage Soothes Our Souls

March 17th - via:
5 Lives Studios has finally released a gameplay video of their much anticipated Syndicate-esque cyberpunk strategy game Satellite Reign. (Read More)

Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

Crowdfund Bookie: $23 million raised in six months

December 11th - via:
The past six months have proven fruitful for crowdfunded games. In total, 186 different Indiegogo and Kickstarter video game projects earned $23,914,666 from the months of June through November. Those numbers are courtesy of 500,467 backers in the six-month period, who raised $13,173,182 beyond the combined goals of the projects to reach stretch goals that will bring games to additional platforms and grant players more content. (Read More)

The Final Countdown, duh der der duh...

July 28th - via:
Environmental Destruction Stretch Goal Reached!With PayPal bringing in pledges in the background, we've managed to bring our combined total up to £440,000! Thanks to everyone's support, you'll now be able to wreak havoc on your surroundings! That... (Read More)

Satellite Reign reaches fourth stretch goal, new video released

July 28th - via:
A new video for 5 Lives Studios' crowd-funded spiritual successor to the Syndicate series, Satellite Reign, introduces viewers to the game's technology. (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup – 28th July 2013

July 28th - via:
Two big wins this week and both are projects that I’ve been intrigued by since I first saw them. Lacuna Passage is the game about mysteries on Mars, using real topography of the Red Planet, and Satellite Reign is the Syndicate successor that promises an emergent cyberpunk city. Excellent news. (Read More)

Official Support for 7 Languages and Tek Tastic Video

July 27th - via:
Localisation Stretch Goal Met!Before we get to the cool tek video, let's all take a moment to be thankful that the Localisation stretch goal is well and truly behind us. So we now support the following languages. English, French, Italian, German,... (Read More)

PayPal Pledging Live! Russell Shaw! Gameplay Walkthrough #2

July 25th - via:
PayPalAfter a few hiccups and setbacks, we're happy to announce pledging via PayPal is now Live! You'll be able to get all the same rewards available here on Kickstarter, minus those limited quantity tiers, and all your pledges go towards reaching... (Read More)

Meet the Assassin Agent

July 25th - via:
Hidden amongst the dark recesses of any megacity street, you can find them... if you know the right person, where to meet, and what to ask, that is. When you need a target executed quietly, without evidence, witness or remorse, you need... The... (Read More)

Satellite Reign makes it over the line on Kickstarter, PayPal support coming

July 25th - via:
Upcoming real-time, class-based strategy game Satellite Reign has finally been funded on Kickstarter, after a nasty period where it looked like a close run. (Read More)

Mission Accomplished!

July 24th - via:
Great success! We've reached our initial funding goal! A huge thanks from the entire team to everyone who has backed thus far. We're still a few days out and we've got some meaty stretch goals to aim towards so we'll be continuing with our update... (Read More)

Twitch is Live!

July 23rd - via:
We're now up and running, some come along and join in, ask us questions, watch Mike play Syndicate Wars while Chris annoys him and Brent mans the chat window. Mitch is on his long journey back from PAX and Dean has crashed and burned after a long... (Read More)

90%! New Tiers! Press! Twitch! Exclamation Point!

July 22nd - via:
90%!Thanks to all our generous backers, both recent and those who've been here from the start, we just reached 90%! This update was going to celebrate reaching £300,000 but the strong push from everyone has accelerated things faster than any of us... (Read More)

Meet the Soldier Agent

July 22nd - via:
There comes a time where negotiations fail, when propaganda falls on deaf ears and when covert tactics are ineffective. At that time, when you just need something blown up, shot up or broken up, you need your heavy hitter, your front line, your... (Read More)

The Chicken and The Egg

July 21st - via:
In Engine Gameplay VisualisationWe’ve had a quite a few requests to see gameplay footage, the dilemma for us being that it’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation. To accurately portray the kind of immerse, simulated and emergent world we want to... (Read More)

Satellite Reign engine footage begs the question “Why isn’t this game funded yet?”

July 21st - via:
Futuristic, cyber-punk, Syndicate-alike Satellite Reign is one of the best game concepts to have come to Kickstarter. The concept of a living city, operating many levels of interlinked simulation to create a deep, emergent game tickles my fancy more than I’ll comfortably admit. Plus, it’s not being made by a set of complete unknowns: Mike Diskett, one of the creators of Syndicate, is behind Satellite Reign, along with a team who have worked in some of the biggest studios on the biggest games. (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup – 21st July 2013

July 21st - via:
There have been plenty of weeks with no losers and several winners, but I can’t remember compiling this column and finding losers without winners to sit above them. There are lots of projects that are readying themselves for a spot in the winners’ section though, propped on the podium, parading their plaudits. Dungeonmans and Tangiers are my current favourites, with Monochroma not far behind. It’s a busy week though and there should be something for everyone. Except sports fans. Nothing for sports fans. Probably the least Kickstarted genre actually. Licensing issues to blame? (Read More)

Propaganda Blitz and Twitch

July 20th - via:
Greetings agents! Usually the weekends are relatively quiet and since were are knuckling down preparing the coming FINAL weeks onslaught of updates for the Kickstarter we thought it might be time to have our agents do a bit of reconnaissance work for... (Read More)


July 18th - via:
Adventures at PAX - Day 01: After a marathon drive from Brisbane to Melbourne, and a whole lot of recovery sleep, my other half and I found ourselves standing out in the cold, waiting to get into the big, warm hall of gaming goodness that is PAX. ... (Read More)

Kicking It Forward

July 18th - via:
Just a quick update to say we are proud to be joining the Kicking-It-Forward Community. We are pledging to put at least 5% of our profits back into the Kickstarter Community. Check here for more details  (Read More)

Stretch Goals!, New Digital Tier!, PAX! and More!

July 18th - via:
Stretch Goals! We were hesitant to reveal our stretch goals until we met our funding target, but due to a lot of requests, we’ve let the cat out of the bag. There’s been a lot of reports lately from developers against even having stretch goals.... (Read More)

Meet The Hacker Agent

July 17th - via:
Behind the scenes is where these fringe dwellers lurk; inside networks and minds is their battlefield. They are the one who'll get you the information you need, for the right price. You'll need...The Hacker Agent. Call on them to bolster your army by... (Read More)

Syndicate Wars Lead Mike Diskett Talks Satellite Reign On Kickstarter

July 17th - via:
Mike Diskett of 5 Lives Studios talks about their Kickstarter for Satellite Reign, Cyberpunk, corporate espionage, and the state of the games industry. (Read More)

Add-ons, Strapped-on!

July 16th - via:
We are happy to announce we are opening the flood gates to add-ons. Add-Ons are available to anyone who has pledges at the "Loyal Citizen" tier or higher. To add one of these items to your pledge tier, simply add the correct amount of funds to your... (Read More)

Interviews and Support Behind the Scenes

July 15th - via:
Greetings Agents, We've been a bit behind in posting these but we've had a few interviews go live over the past week... First up the team answered some questions for our friends over at Game Zone. Mike chats to Game Star about everything and anything... (Read More)

Meet The Support Agent

July 14th - via:
In the first of our "Meet the..." features covering the 4 agents of your squad we'd like you to... The Support is the Agent who’s always got your back, there to cover your arse when you’re backed into a corner and ready to stand up for you when... (Read More)

AI for emergent gameplay

July 13th - via:
MikeD here. I thought I'd write a piece about AI and how I'm coding it up with relevance to emergent game-play. You may not want to read on if you prefer to think its all done by magic, but if you want to take a glimpse behind the curtain read on. I... (Read More)

Agent Data Entry [Mike Diskett]: Birthing Cycle Renewed

July 12th - via:
Hello Agents,Our security databases have revealed one of our very own has aged another cycle.This Agent believed he could suppress this information...he should have known better, the company has eyes everywhere.Mike, as punishment for attempting to... (Read More)

Meet the Big Boss

July 11th - via:
Just a few hours after we launched the Kickstarter for Satellite Reign, we were already the victims of a hostile takeover. The CEO “Big Boss” reward tier which grants the backer the right to become the competing CEO in Satellite Reign was... (Read More)

Kickstarter Spotlight - Projects You Should Pay Attention To 7/11

July 11th - via:
We’re back from…well nowhere, but I totally space cadet’d yesterdays deadline in lieu of other monstrous tasks. We’ve received tons of emails from Kickstarter hopefuls this week, and we’re nabbing one of the more unique picks from our inbox to share along with two other fantastic projects that have secured a combined total of nearly one million thus far. We’ll be controlling colossal mechs (not Pacific Rim), bribing executives, and spiriting away to the Old North in this weeks Kickstarter Spotlight. So, strap in, it’ll be a bumpy, steam driven ride. (Read More)

AMA is done! Now at 60%!

July 10th - via:
Thanks everyone for your questions, we had a great time chatting to you all about all things Satellite Reign. During the chat, we managed to reach 60%! Things are coming along, but we've still got a long way to go. Let's keep it going! Feel free to... (Read More)

Our AMA is Live! Come Ask Us Anything!

July 10th - via:
We're all here, ready to answer your questions. Come ask us stuff! Our username is 5LivesStudios.  (Read More)

Press Coverage and Reddit AMA Reminder

July 10th - via:
We’ve had a few articles and interviews pop up about us we thought you might appreciate. First up, Mike and Chris chat with PC Games Hardware about our choice of game engine among other topics. This interview is also available in German. Brent has... (Read More)

Game Design Chat Video #2 Classes and Death

July 9th - via:
Greetings Agents, We have another game design chat video with Mike, Dean, Chris, Mitch and Brent decided to show his ugly mug. In this episode we go over the class system and how death works in more detail as well as a cameo from our mascot, Bob.... (Read More)

Jace Hall Show Q&A

July 8th - via:
Thanks to everyone's support and a generous shout out from the Wasteland 2 team on Facebook we woke up this morning (Australian Time) to see Satellite Reign roll over to £200k! An Amazing effort on everyone's part, given it's been just a week and a... (Read More)

Signed Limited-Edition Tier Upgrade, and 5 Lives do an AMA on Reddit

July 7th - via:
Greetings Agents, Things have inevitably started slowing down, but we're not letting that slow us down. First of all, all backers in the Elite Agent tier and above will now receive their Limited-Edition boxes signed by the 5 Lives team! As requested... (Read More)

Chris is headlining the Krautfunding show in a few hours

July 5th - via:
One week in and thanks to everyone for helping us reach the 50% funded milestone. As we mentioned in the last update Chris is appearing in the Krautfunding show for an interview about Satellite Reign. Showtimes: 18:00 (UTC/GMT) 19:00 BST (London, UK)... (Read More)

Crowdfunding Friday: monsters, puppets and a Syndicate sequel

July 5th - via:
Mythical beasts. A spiritual sequel to a classic 90s game. They're two Crowdfunding Friday projects we've picked for your consideration... (Read More)

Limited-Edition Boxed Copies and an Interview with Chris' Beard.

July 4th - via:
Greetings Agents, After a lot of requests, and some late nights talking with manufacturers, we're pleased to report we're adding a new reward tier for limited-edition physical boxed copies of Satellite Reign! This limited-edition physical boxed copy... (Read More)

Rock Paper Shotgun Interviews Mike Diskett, and New Novella Reward!

July 3rd - via:
Hello again, Agents! That 50% milestone is already in sight. If this keeps up, we'll be digging into those meaty stretch-goals in no time. But, onto the news! First up, Mike Diskett has just had a great interview with Jim Rossignol over at Rock Paper... (Read More)

Game Design Chat Video #1

July 2nd - via:
Hello Agents, We've got our first video update for you, a design chat between four members of the 5 Lives team. Sorry for the delay on this one, we've had some technical issues. In this video, Dean, Mitch, Chris and Mike discuss some of the questions... (Read More)

Now live on Steam Greenlight

July 2nd - via:
Remember to go vote for Satellite Reign on Steam. Tell your friends, tell your enemies, even tell your mum.  (Read More)

Syndicate Wars creator looking to Kickstart spiritual successor

July 2nd - via:
The creator of Syndicate Wars has taken to Kickstarter to fund what looks like a spiritual successor to that game. Syndicate Wars creator and lead programmer Mike Diskett is part of indie developer 5 Lives Studios, which is seeking £350,000 (AU$576,730) for Satellite Reign, a real-time, class-based strategy game set in an open world cyberpunk city. (Read More)

Satellite Reign And Syndicate’s Simulation Legacy

July 2nd - via:
Perhaps it’s my insomnia, but I’m feeling rather emotional. There was something that made me want to well up in my interview with Satellite Reign lead, Mike Diskett. Even with the fall of Mucky Foot on his CV, it seems unfair to say that Diskett has had a tough time of it – he’s a talented programmer working on numerous successful (and not so successful) projects over many years – now living in Brisbane. But there’s something else simultaneously tragic and beautiful going on here, which is bound up with the two empty decades since Syndicate Wars. It’s something about the dreams of what games could be. (Read More)

Syndicate Wars Director Takes To Kickstarter To Fund Satellite Reign

July 1st - via:
Feature – Satellite Reign Kickstarter Launched By Syndicate Wars Creator Posted Jul 1 2013 by Dylan Zellmer with 0 Comments Satellite-Reign-Kickstarter Kickstarter is known for crowdfunding innovation, nostalgia, and in some cases – a combination of both. The team at 5 Lives Studios have worked on some very notable titles in the past. More recently their portfolio contains games like Grand Theft Auto 4, Darksiders 2, and L.A. Noire. However, if we roll back to 1996-97 you’ll see that 5 Lives Studios’ Mike Diskett Directed the much loved corporate espionage thriller - Syndicate Wars. (Read More)

48 Hours (Sorry, no Eddie Murphy)

June 30th - via:
Greetings Agents, We're 48 hours in and we're just shy of £100,000! But we've still got a long way to go.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far and an extra thanks to everyone who's been spreading the word and sharing the link to our... (Read More)

Syndicate Wars successor Satellite Reign heads to Kickstarter

June 30th - via:
As expected, real-time strategy game Satellite Reign recently began its Kickstarter project, and will need £350,000 ($532,455) by July 28 to become a reality. (Read More)

Kickstarter Katchup – June 30th 2013

June 30th - via:
Last week I was at Rezzed instead of looking at Kickstarter pages but I’ve made up for it by spending most of today browsing through projects. Thoughts of Kickstarter’s purpose have been hanging in the air (on twitter and in chatrooms that I frequent) and I have been pondering how I see the site. I have backed projects knowing that I’m essentially pre-ordering something that I assume will be released and will be as expected, based on the team’s previous work and a comfortable place in a familiar genre. But I mostly back smaller projects that I want to support and to play because they are different, risky and challenging. There’s a great deal of innovation among the nostalgia. (Read More)

Help These Guys Make A New Syndicate Game

June 30th - via:
As expected after the tease earlier this year, Satellite Reign is the name of a game that really just wants to be a new Syndicate. A proper Syndicate, not a shooter bearing the franchise's name. (Read More)

Satellite Reign Kickstarter Proposes Syndicate Spiritual Successor

June 29th - via:
As recently teased, Brisbane-based indie studio 5 Lives Studios has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Satellite Reign, a strategy game that promises to be very much a spiritual successor to Bullfrog's classic Syndicate games (thanks ivy_mike). (Read More)

24 Hours Later...

June 28th - via:
We're officially past the 24-hour mark, and thanks to your support, we're already more than 20% of the way to our goal! We can't stress enough how thrilled we are by the reaction we've seen. Help us keep this awesome momentum going, and Satellite... (Read More)

The REIGN Begins...

June 28th - via:
Hello Agents!   From the moment we hit the big "LAUNCH" button, we've been wearing down our F5 keys. We seriously didn't anticipate the response we've recieved, you've blown away our expectations! You're all amazing! Rest assured, we're reading all... (Read More)

Official: Satellite Reign To Be True Syndicate Successor

June 28th - via:
As predicted, Satellite Reign has appeared on Kickstarter, promising to make the Syndicate-style game we always wanted. Watch these chaps get a million quid in no time. Slick-as-rain pitch video below. (Read More)

Satellite Reign Brings Syndicate Successor to Kickstarter

June 28th - via:
Satellite Reign, a spiritual successor to Syndicate that looks and sounds like the real thing, is now up on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Satellite Reign hits Kickstarter as a spiritual successor to Syndicate

June 28th - via:
5 Lives Studios launched a Kickstarter campaign for Satellite Reign today, a spiritual successor to Bullfrog Productions' Syndicate series of real-time strategy games. (Read More)

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