To say Kickstarter enjoyed 2012 would be an understatement; the top ten list of the creativity crowd funding site’s all-time earners includes nine projects that secured cash last year — to the degree of millions. Eight closed in the later-half of 2012, and the only thing precluding a clean sweep is a project that spent four days in 2013.
And so considering the site is intrinsically tied to the gaming industry — seven out of the aforementioned ten projects are video game-related — it’s not surprising to see a rather accomplished developer begin the year with a Kickstarter fundraiser/new-game announcement.
Gas Powered Games, creators and developers of PC strategy titles like Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod, has launched a fundraiser for a new action-RPG/real-time strategy hybrid named Wildman. The Kickstarter stretches for 30 days until February 15 and seeks to raise $1,100,000. The game revolves around the concept of early man — prehistoric caveman-early — as he forges his path through a brutal and unbridled open world, discovering new weapons and technologies along the way.
A wealth of information — gameplay detail, artwork, scene narrating — is included with the Kickstarter; clearly development has been underway for some time. For now, though, here’s the condensed, what-Wildman-is-all-about synopsis which accompanied Gas Powered’s announcement video in the header above:
Going to War: Build your army and fight against opposing champions armies for great rewards in hand-crafted War Zones.
Exploring the World: Go on RPG Adventures in amazing and epic environments; discover secret dungeons; fight battles against rampaging hordes of monsters; find and equip new weapons and armor.
Evolving or Dying: Steal technology from your defeated opponents and use it against them in future battles.
Smashing and Destroying: Advanced physics and destructible environments deliver highly visceral (and bloody) combat.
Eponymously named after its protagonist, Wildman, according to the posting, is the culmination of everything Gas Powered Games has learned from its past creations: action-RPG elements from Dungeon Siege, RTS trappings from Supreme Commander, and allied-wave mechanics from Demigod. But it’s not set in stone (well, figuratively anyway). Undecided donors may desire some justification for the game’s Kickstarter presence — Gas Powered seems to have a solid foundation in place already, after all — and the studio says that it’s keeping several aspects of Wildman’s design “wide open,” subject to fan feedback as the process proceeds.
Which design aspects and how much leverage fans have is a bit unclear, but Gas Powered also promises that the funds will go towards building a bigger world, accommodating more languages, and integrating mod support — “a little something… extra from you to make Wildman an even better experience.” Furthermore, rewards are on hand to entice the more generous donors: Pledging $45, for instance, will net you the Limited Collector’s Edition of the game while the $10,000 Executive Edition grants prizes like an Executive Producer credit and a launch party invitation.
Are you interested in funding Wildman? How well do you think Gas Powered Games can merge its past development tropes with the game’s action-RPG/RTS hybrid concept?
Currently Wildman’s only platform is the Windows OS, but Gas Powered is working to develop Linux and Mac support. No release date has been announced.
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