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Civilization V Designer Jon Shafer Launches New Studio

Jordan Haygood

If you're familiar with Sid Meier's Civilization V, you may also be familiar with the game's lead designer Jon Shafer. Well, it appears that this same man has just announced the creation of his own Michigan-based independent game studio Conifer Games. The company's first title is known as "Jon Shafer's At the Gates," and is currently trying to gain $40,000 on Kickstarter by March 8.


Much like the game he worked on before, At the Gates is a turn-based strategy game. The game is set during the final days of the Roman Empire, and players will play the role of a barbarian leader as they lead their tribe in an attempt to seize power. But not only will players be fighting whole nations, but the environment itself is also an obstacle to overcome.


Shafer said in his Kickstarter video, "I really believe that At the Gates is pretty important for the future of strategy gaming. Not because it's going to be a humongous title that sells millions of copies, but because it shows that smaller titles can still have the same amount of depth as much bigger and more expensive games."


Conifer Games will release At the Gates on PC sometime next year, given that the Kickstarter can raise its $40,000 milestone by March 8. Does this game sound interesting? Why not help out?


Did you play Civilization V? Are you interested in playing At the Gates?


Source: GameSpot

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