Survival-Horror Game Deathground Shifts Into Production After Wildly Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Deathground is like Dino Crisis mixed in with Left 4 Dead and Dead by Daylight

While most AAA game developers on focusing their efforts on preparing for the launch of the next-gen Xbox Series X and PS5, indie game developers are quietly killing it. There are some pretty awesome games coming in the near future and now that we’ve told you about the Silent hill-Resident Evil mashup known as Tormented Souls, now it’s time to tell you about Deathground – a game inspired by Dino Crisis with twist reminiscent of games like Left 4 Dead, Alien Isolation, and Dead by Daylight. After a successful Kickstarter Campaign, Jaw Drop Games Studio Head – Dan Da Rocha – sat down with FragHero to talk more about the game.

Deathground hit Kickstarter only recently with a goal of £80,000 (about $104,691) but in no time it garnered 3,650 backers and nearly £119,000 (almost $156,000) in pledges. Speaking of that awesome success, Da Rocha expressed just how exciting it really is:

“We did think there would be an audience for it, but we weren’t really expecting such a response so quickly. We’re really humbled and excited about where things can go now.”

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The success, however, isn’t all the surprising when you consider where Jaw Drop Games looked for inspiration, the most importance glance being Dino Crisis and Jurassic Park.

“Dino Crisis and Jurassic Park are huge inspirations of course, but you can also see that non-dinosaur titles like Alien Isolation, Left 4 Dead and Dead by Daylight also come into the mix and help keep the gameplay fresh too. The game is designed in a way where there’ll be different types of challenges and terrors For example, the scale of the T-Rex is terrifying and the chance to simulate what that feels like with modern graphics, AI and animation, is incredibly exciting.”

As of now, there’s no definitive release date, but all of the pledge packages on Kickstarter list an estimated deliver of September 2021. Some of the pledge packages are downright huge as well with 5 people pledging £500 or more, 7 people pledging £750 or more, and 6 pledging £1,000 or more. These packages and those above them get a lot of cool goodies at launch, including beta access, some cool collectibles, and plenty of in-game content.

The real good news is that the estimated delivery date is looking promising as Da Rocha has made it clear that his team is all set to head straight into full development:

“We’re really blown away by how quickly a community has come together around the game and are super grateful for everyone’s support. We’re very excited to be working on the project and can’t wait to hunker down into full development.”

I don’t know about you, but a mashup between Dino Crisis, Left for Dead, and Alien Isolation sounds like a winner to me. I can’t wait to see more of this game – it’s definitely one we need to keep our eye on.


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Simon Carpenter
Simon Carpenter works as an indie game programmer by day and pro gamer by night. He joined the Addicted to Play Team in October of 2019 and has found his home away from home. His favorite games include The Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime, and Call of Duty.

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