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Actua Sports series reborn: Gremlin founder announces Actua Poker Kickstarter campaign

Hands up if you remember the Actua Sports series of games? Well it's back, courtesy of Gremlin founder and Actua creator Ian Stewart. The indie team behind the brand's resurrection has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its debut Facebook title Actua Poker.

In a release sent to VG247, Stewart explained the brand's revival, “The original Actua games were huge projects, with large development teams, which brought major sports such as football, tennis, golf and ice hockey to consoles and PC. Times have changed however and for the first new Actua title, we wanted to create something which didn't require the huge team, or huge budget, but which in our opinion has not yet been successfully created.

"I'm a serious poker fan, but all the games out there are pretty focused on extracting money from players. They're not a great deal of fun to play. Getting to the game itself, in between all the pop-ups, offers to try other games, reminders to pay more money, requests to invite friends and the cheesy pretend casino graphics, means that the real fun - the poker - gets lost.

“We're planning to change all that. Our focus is on the game mechanic and the player's skill. Novices can get the help and advice they need, while more experienced players can switch off the aids and get greater rewards for using their own strategy and judgement.”

You can check out the Actua Poker Kickstarter campaign here. The team is looking for £30,000 to make the project happen, with 29 days to go.

What do you make of the brand's comeback? Let us know below.

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