Gas Powered Games going Kickstarter

#1 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

Link.

According to Gamasutra, they are betting the company on the Kickstarter's success. The game, Wildman, is a "action RPG/real-time strategy game/MOBA hybird", whatever that means:

Very broadly, Taylor says Wildman brings the RTS into the RPG, and the game also incorporates MOBA aspects. It has players taking control of a caveman-esque "wildman" or "wildwoman" who is subjected to the surrounding evolving technology and culture, and who is pushing to dominate the surrounding environment. As that push for geographic expansion continues, players will encounter enemies, and conflict will ensue.

Sounds interesting at least. 2013, year of the rts?

#2 Edited by Subjugation (4720 posts) -

Sounds to me like it might be an RTS that has hero units. That's the only way I can think of incorporating "action RPG/MOBA" elements.

Edit: Nevermind, after watching that video it looks to be much more action RPG centered than RTS centered. I was more excited for an RTS tbh.

#3 Posted by Kidavenger (3556 posts) -

I'm starting to think that the cost of developing games is a lot less than the industry would have us believe; it doesn't make sense that this many established developers would go the Kickstarter route if it wasn't more profitable than a traditional developer / publisher agreement.

I guess we'll see when these games start coming out whether they end up being garbage or not.

#4 Edited by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

I watched the video and it just looked like a typical action RPG where you only get to play as a barbarian. Maybe I'm missing something, but that's all I took away from the video. Didn't do anything to excite me.

#5 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

@Kidavenger said:

I'm starting to think that the cost of developing games is a lot less than the industry would have us believe; it doesn't make sense that this many established developers would go the Kickstarter route if it wasn't more profitable than a traditional developer / publisher agreement.

I guess we'll see when these games start coming out whether they end up being garbage or not.

Well, an RTS/RPG is different than a open world, 3d shooter/stealth game.

#6 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

I don't really have anything to add other than saying "Wildman" seems like a dumb name for something.

#7 Posted by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

So basically they want us to Kickstart Demigod 2 after making Demigod 1 resoundingly mediocre? This sounds like a sound plan that couldn't possibly go wrong.

#8 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

I don't really have anything to add other than saying "Wildman" seems like a dumb name for something.

#9 Posted by granderojo (1788 posts) -

Krater got panned by critics but I rather enjoyed it for the time I spent with it despite it being unfinished and full of problems. The core idea of taking Diablo & adding MOBA style mechanics seems like exactly the sort of thing I wish Torchlight 2 had done. Also Gas Powered is a good developer but I think it's a good idea they're taking on a smaller project, they seem better when their ambition is reserved to the quality of the product and not overall quantity of it.

Also I really hope the bombcrew doesn't get snarky about this like they did with Molyneux's project, Godus was a game that would have never got funding but is exactly the sort of thing kickstarter is meant for just like this. Small projects that wouldn't get funding otherwise. It's when the big players start coming in and start asking for 4-6 million is when we should worry.

#10 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@McGhee said:

@Ravenlight said:

I don't really have anything to add other than saying "Wildman" seems like a dumb name for something.

I take it back. Wildman is the perfect name for that sort of thing.

#11 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

You had me up until "MOBA".

#12 Posted by Subjugation (4720 posts) -

@McGhee: If the game is half as good as that, we will have a true gem on our hands.

#13 Posted by granderojo (1788 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

You had me up until "MOBA".

MOBA's have a very specific set of RTS mechanics, it's a good shorthand. When you just say RTS people think huge armies and base building which this most certainly isn't going to have from the sounds of it.

#14 Posted by JayEH (533 posts) -

Seems like they're asking for quite a lot of money, not sure if they'll make it

#15 Posted by Giantstalker (1653 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

You had me up until "MOBA".

This sums up my opinion of the whole thing perfectly.

Sorry GPG, but after Demigod, you'll have to go on without me on this one.

#16 Posted by Zebracal (74 posts) -

This looks interesting. The art reminded me of orcs must die and torchlight 1

#17 Posted by StealthRaptor (529 posts) -

If anyone is still interested In learning more about this, there is an excellent Three Moves Ahead podcast with Chris Taylor: http://www.idlethumbs.net/3ma/

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#18 Posted by project343 (2827 posts) -

Established game company asking for money for one of the most popular genres out there.

IS THIS REALLY NECESSARY?

Rabble.

#19 Posted by StealthRaptor (529 posts) -

@project343 If you check out the kickstarter or listen to the podcast I just linked you'll see they already tried and failed to get a publisher and crowd funding is the only way that they can possibly make another game.

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#20 Posted by project343 (2827 posts) -

@StealthRaptor said:

@project343 If you check out the kickstarter or listen to the podcast I just linked you'll see they already tried and failed to get a publisher and crowd funding is the only way that they can possibly make another game.

Well then my question simply extends to really dumb publishers. Why would they not support this sort of thing? Rabble.

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