NITE Team 4 Kickstarter goes live

If you’ve been following my work over at AdventureGamers.com, you know that since 2015 I’ve been reviewing a series of alternate reality games by Montreal-based developer Alice & Smith called The Black Watchmen, which casts players as an agent of the eponymous agency as they fight paranormal threats around the globe.

A few days ago, Alice & Smith launched a Kickstarter to fund a spin-off hacking-sim game called NITE Team 4. Set in the universe of The Black Watchmen, NITE (Network Intelligence and Technical Evaluation) Team 4 specializes in cyber warfare and the cracking of hardened digital security systems. When they need to get “up close and personal” with a target, NITE Team 4 strike teams are dispatched to carry out infiltration and data extraction in the field.

As you might have already guessed, it sounds a lot like titles such as Uplink and Hacknet, but with the potential for real-world ARG-style interactions and a more realistic focus, as much of the terminology is said to be based directly on NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden. TBW players are already familiar with the command-line-based STINGER hacking platform, and it looks like NT4 will flesh out STINGER while adding some arcade-style minigames into the mix, which you can read more about in my AG.com write-up following the NT4 public alpha release a while back.

Impressively, the Kickstarter received 50% of its funding in less than 24 hours, and the numbers continue to climb. If NITE Team 4 sounds interesting to you, check out the official Kickstarter page or the game’s official web page.

 

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Website progress update

‘lo all. Just wanted to give an update on the progress of my new website project, and discuss a little bit about what you’ll see when it finally goes live.

The site construction continues as planned, and I’ve completed work on a newly-designed logo that will be unveiled with the website. It’s a definite break from WriteFullCircle’s monochrome aesthetic, and has a vaguely retro feel that I’m really digging. The plan is for the new site to be a one-stop shop for all of my interests and a way to showcase my ever-growing portfolio of work.

Plans are to have a new blog attached to the new site, which will likely be updated more often than this one. However, as I said in my previous post, WriteFullCircle.com will continue to exist as my writing-centric locale, game reviews excluded. Any reviews that I publish independent of my gig at AdventureGamers.com will be available through the new site. That means I will discuss more than just adventure games, which I’m looking forward to since my gaming interests include strategy games, action-adventure (think Tomb Raider), and so on, in addition to adventure games, of course.

So, that’s all for now. More to come…