What Game Would You Fund With Your Powerball Winnings?

What Game Would You Fund With Your Powerball Winnings?

Hello! I’m Phil, and I’ve returned to Kotaku as your guest contributor for this lovely Monday. And I’ve got a very topical icebreaker to start the day off with.

As a relatively poor human being, I enjoy fantasizing about what I would do were I to suddenly become obscenely wealthy. As the Powerball lotto’s jackpot has shot through the roof, to $US1.3 ($2) billion for this coming Wednesday’s drawing, I’ve naturally been thinking about that a lot this week.

While the overall jackpot right now is $US1.3 ($2) billion, that’s only if you choose to be paid over 30 years. An up-front lump sum payment, however, will get you $US806 ($1,159) million. Taxes will take about half that, leaving you with plenty more than enough money to pay to have the video game or movie or whatever of your dreams brought into existence.

So I’ve been talking with my friends about what we’d pay for, and last night I suggested to someone that I’d go to Konami and buy creative control of Metal Gear. Those who know me know I’m not really fond of that franchise, so why would I do that? Well, it’s because one of Kojima’s abandoned plans for Metal Gear Solid 5 sounded so incredible I would be sad if it were never brought to fruition.

That idea involves a game that focuses on the Cobras during World War II. If you played through MGS3, you know they were at Normandy on D-Day, and that The Boss was pregnant and gave birth to Revolver Ocelot on the battlefield. That plan was scrapped, obviously, but if I won Powerball I’d make it happen because that’s too amazing to not exist. And it’s exactly the sort of dumb vanity project that would be appropriate for somebody like me to blow lottery winnings on.

Now, I wanna hear what game you’d make happen if you suddenly had all that money. You can do anything you want! Go wild.


  • Depends what mood I was in.

    Atm I’ve been researching Phantasy Star & I wash they’d localise Online 2 & Nova, but I’d also like to see a return to its turn based roots.

    So that.

    I’d also love to see a new game play like Resident Evil 2, doesn’t even need to be horror, just fixed views, tank controls & puzzles with fun back tracking.

  • Im trying to think of a joke answer, but coming up dry.

    Real answer: that 1st person Avengers game that was cancelled. That game looked dope!

  • F-Zero, Unirally 2, Stunt Race FX 2, F-Zero, Metroid II: Zero Mission, Elite Beat Agents 2.

    And maybe another F-Zero game.

    • I was going to mention Unirally but I figured no one would have any idea what I was talking about. F-Zero and Metroid would be ace but I figure they will happen and Nintendo can fund it themselves 🙂

      But, I would also get on board with a new Snake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll, Contra or Ghost’s ‘n’ Goblins.

      • Crap, I didn’t even think of that.

        Scrap everything. I am relieving Konami of Contra, Castlevania and Bomberman. At the very minimum. May see about visiting Capcom for a few other rescue missions too.

  • My own. coz fuck you i’m a millionaire billionaire.

    Edit: ok. elaboration. i’ve had ideas for games, but i have no development skills or money to hire them.

    an RPG set in a silent world where you fight enemies by composing music at them (bit more to it than that, but whatever)

    a Dark Souls-ish like game where you body-swap with the enemies who kill you to use their skills / equipment.

      • i vaguely remember that game. though my idea is less choosing to possess & more mandatory.
        like, you cant level up to increase your stats, so you’ve gotta strategically die to get better.
        it’d make mobs of weak enemies really dangerous coz if one of em gets you, you’re stuck in their body until you get killed by something more powerful.

        I’m also imagining that the more powerful an enemy is, the less useful outside of combat they are. like, a tank might be hard to kill, but they cant open doors or use magic etc. i imagine you’d wanna hang onto the body of a creature that is balanced more than just going for pure OP in one area.

  • Well since its a US lotto, no chance of winning. But! I would totally fund Half Life 3! And some kind of ARG that would lead up to its release.

  • Among other things, but the first one would definitely be some sort of Dark Souls Star Wars game. Essentially you wake up in a tomb on Korriban and don’t know who(or what) you are and what you’re doing there. Proceeding that there would be vast network of interconnecting tombs and hidden enclaves to explore. Game would be epic!

  • Oh, Battalion Wars 3!

    And HotD Overkill 2. Or at least bring the extended edition over to Wii U.

  • id resurrect Treasure and get them to bang out another game like Gunstar Heroes or Guardian Heroes.

    • The humans behind those games made Code of Princess, a spiritual successor to Guardian Heroes, for 3DS a few years back.

      I’m a massive Mischief Makers fan :3

      • holy shit! i didnt even know about Code of Princess. i just checked out the screen shots, looks like the reused A LOT of the Guardian Heroes levels and textures.
        i never played Mischief Makers, but yes, looks very similar art style to Gunstar and Guardian Heroes.

        • Yeah, same artist on Mischief Makers completely different gameplay though.

          Code of Princess is digital only in pal regions 🙁

          • yeah noticed there are a lot being sold from the US and Japan, then couldnt remember if 3ds was region locked or not. but if its digital i may grab it for the right price. cheers.

          • Sadly the 3DS is region locked so if you want a retail copy you’d need to import a US 3DS to play it. Don’t do this. It’s a pain in the ass to own two – speaking from experience.

            Code of Princess is okay. I had a lot of issues with the 3D on it though, it felt like it halved the framerate.

          • sweet. cheers. i have a new 3ds, but dont give it a lot of love, so i dont really keep track of what i can and cant do with it. ive used the 3d feature a few times, but it starts to hurt after a short while. i probably wouldnt even bother with the 3d to be honest.

  • I’d pay a competent company to make a game like DayZ properly.

    Waiting for the day someone does it right.

  • Get Silicon Knights to revamp Eternal Darkness and develop a sequel.

    Persuade Nintendo to stop making Wii’s because motion controls are a gimmick that has worn too thin (we all wanted to wield our sword and shield as Link such that he would mimic our exact movements; you gave us Skyward Sword; you failed; it’s time to return to gamepad controllers like everyone else and produce a console with the power to rival everyone else).

  • Destiny with some Mass Effect style story-telling and characters and an open world with some actual persistence (an actual one – not a 4-player lobby with some static near-instant mob spawns in it).

  • Shower With Your Friend’s Mum Simulator… in VR… With an awesome character creator that will let you actually recreate your friend’s mum. Then when your friend comes over to check out your sweet Oculus Rift, BAM! He’s showering with his mum. Best multimillion dollar prank ever.

    • Playing the long game, I like the idea. MILF Online could work… Ashley Maddison for the Occulus Rift.

  • Build a working fusion reactor, and then use the funds raised from that to buy out apple, microsoft, hollywood, disney and EA. and make whatever the F**K I want.

      • I wouldn’t mind another Mercenaries but with some kind of never-ending co-op campaign.

        The only issue I have with MechWarrior is that AI allies don’t fulfil their roles. They just follow you, point and shoot.

        It’s why games like Chromehounds were great, people replaced AI.

  • I’d buy Obsidian, integrate them with a developer who has figured out gameplay systems. and hook them up with an enormous QA department… then I’d get them working on Alpha Protocol 2.

    Either that or a single player AAA Mount and Blade style game… possibly set in the Warcraft universe. Maybe with Blizzard or Blur doing the cinematics. I could maybe have the combat from For Honour, but it’d include horses and jousting too…

  • So many games.

    A BSG esque prequel to xenoblade chronicals X
    An Avatar the last airbender action RPG made by platinum games and studio ninja think tekken with wonderful 101’s combat system for powers)
    A mass effect style RPG about dick greysons journey from teenage superhero to professional baseball player to U.S. senator
    A surfing / snowboarding title built for vr
    An almost famous game based on the movie ( think until dawn meets guitar hero live)
    An assassins creed style game of thrones game.
    A better funded don Bradman cricket title.
    A full modern engine remake of ocarina of time
    A modern 3d shooter with environmental hazards and death pits like platformers of old

  • I would buy up old IPs and bring in people who want to make them. Case in point: Impossible Creations. I feel that if it was re-done well, in a new engine, it might just get people interested in RTS again.

  • other than a bunch of my own ideas, I wonder if it would ever be possible to see a revival of Faith and a .45…

    ultimately I’d want to build a team composed of devs from Avalanche, Pandemic, Realtime Worlds, Deadline Games, Volition and Techland (with some assistance from CD Projekt) to build an utterly insane open world game which involved dimension hopping and cross-world bleed as emergent instead of scripted game capabilities – like after messing around in a low-magic steampunk approach to GTA you could get followed by an angry dragon through a rift to modern earth and whilst swerving your weaponised sports car (which can transform into a giant robot) between flame jets have to call for assistance from the speculative cyberpunk future – resulting in a battle between arcane monsters and laser-blasting VTOL fighters over a contemporary suburbia barricaded by the military after a zombie outbreak… only the downed dragon could get bitten by one of the zombies and you can kind of see where this is going – wouldn’t even need a proper story for the thing if it allowed for multiplayer! (though a proper story would be great to follow the cross-pollination of tech and magic utterly disrupting all of the realms)
    …in other words; what if GTAV was Saints Row 3-ed all the way up to SuckerPunch, with a detour via Darksiders and Dragon’s Dogma :3

    • Holy carp, I didn’t think anyone else in the world remembered the old Faith and a .45 trailer. That game looked great.

      I had a lot of hope for Deadline Games. “Total Overdose” was fun but bloated. “Chilli Con Carnage” really pared it down to a great experience. “Watchmen” had great combat. I was bummed when they went out of business.

  • VR Rollcage.
    A Chao raising game ala Nintendogs.
    More Panzer Dragoon (New title and Saga remake)
    New Streets of Rage/Golden Axe/Altered Beast (that are actually good)
    Too Human 2: Norse Boogaloo

    And most importantly; Rehire everyone from Climax to re make Dark Savior and give me THE EXTRA GOD DAMM PARALLEL THAT CLOSES THE TIME LOOP AND LETS GARIAN REST!!

    • VR Rollcage is sort-of happening though – GRIP is the spiritual successor by some of the old RC devs, and skimming the forum I think it has basic VR capabilities already in the pre-alpha demo

      • I knew of GRIPs existence, but didn’t know they were doing VR with it. Even more pumped now.

  • Secret of Mana : Revival
    3D ARPG That ticks all the boxes, mana sword, fairies, rabbites, crystals, god beasts, beastmen, the class change system of SD3.
    Bundled with a HD release of FF Adventure/Adventures of Mana, Secret of Mana SNES and Seiken Densetsu 3 (now SoM 2 with an english localisation)

  • It’s simple.
    1) call Platinum games
    2) tell them I thought their transformers game was pretty freaking dope
    3) tell them I will throw stacks of money at their beautiful faces if they
    4) make a longer transformers game that recreates the entire eighties animated film
    5) pause here to laugh with platinum how most ppl don’t even realise that bays films are a pale, soul less imitation of the one REAL transformers movie
    6) continue by ordering them to rework the naff weapons system
    7) then explain they should really add in a proper combo meter
    8) discuss the addition of more playable autobots, and of course decepticons, putting emphasis on galvatron having to look like the bullshit awesome
    9) abruptly play “the touch” really really loud from my smart phone, scaring the shit out of them but cleverly highlighting just how faithfully they must follow the movies soundtrack
    10) Play

  • So guys… the company that runs this lotto… They just got permeation to sell tickets in Aus… Witch means we could all be Very rich…

  • No question – it’d be Battlezone3 (or Combat Commander 2 if we really couldn’t get the Battlezone name license off Atari).
    I say the world needs BZ3 – an up to date FPS+RTS crossover where an RTS “commander” player can manage, build and issue hover-tanks (or whatever) to their real-life FPS “thug” teammate players who then go off and do battle against an enemy together as a team instead of relying on the same old brain-dead AI that every RTS has. (As in 1999’s BZ2, the enemy team can be AI or another team of real players).
    I don’t care if the overlapping market between RTS and FPS is too small – I want it!

    BTW: Here’s the lead dev of BZ2 saying why it couldn’t happen (back in 2012):
    But I think these here Powerball winnings could make it work out.

  • Big O Season 3 and Shin Great Mazinger first (yes I know those are anime >_>), followed by offering to pay for the localization of all previous Tales games for release on PC and consoles.

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