After successfully going through the Kickstarter rigmarole and raising over $450,000, the 50 vs 50 military shooter SQUAD will become available to everyone very soon.
The enthusiasm among some for hardcore military sims is a little akin to the interest in space epics. It's a demographic that has been around for a long time. They're passionate. They're patient. And they like to spend money.
So it wasn't a massive surprise to see Canadian studio Offworld Industries raise over $450,000 on Kickstarter earlier this year. Despite the presence and ongoing support Bohemia Interactive gives to ArmA 3, that isn't everyone's cup of tea.
And so SQUAD as a standalone product — it originally existed as a mod for Battlefield 2 called Project Reality — came to life. It's only been playable to the thousands of backers who stumped up for an early key so far, but the game will become available on Steam on December 1 according to the history listing on SteamDB.
The official Steam page doesn't have a listing yet at the time of writing, although it does say that the developers expect the game to remain in Early Access until the end of 2016.