The lengths that some developers will go to to see their vision realized amazes me, and with Guns of Icarus Online that was certainly true. They were almost bankrupted putting out the initial game, and have had a previous Kickstarter campaign to complete that effort. But they envisioned much more, including a Skirmish mode and a full Adventure. Skirmish was released as a separate game, but get ready as Guns of Icarus Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Adventure Mode!
Project Title: Guns of Icarus Online—Adventure Mode (PC/Mac/Linux)
Closing Date for Funding: May 21, 2013
URL of the Project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/musegames/guns-of-icarus-onlineadventure-mode
From the developer:
So what is Guns of Icarus Online Adventure Mode all about?
* A persistent online post-apocalyptic steam & dieselpunk world
* Crew or captain your own ship and experience airship combat taken to new levels
* Explore towns and take on missions to help them develop and grow…or bring them to ruin
* Politics and intrigue with six player-run factions, each vying to stake its claim in the world
* Robust and accessible economic and political systems that drive the action
Why I think you should back this effort:
Guns of Icarus Online is a game we have covered since before the initial launch, and while I have never done a full review (I tend to be bad at giving online games the time they deserve) I have enjoyed playing the game. The developers have taken a conservative approach to funding the game chunk by chunk (after getting burned by their initial publisher), which means they have been very focused and results-oriented. The Kickstarter has already hit the $100,000 goal, with more money meaning an even larger and full-featured adventure!
Setting & Gameplay
A huge chunk of Adventure Mode has already been completed: for Skirmish Mode, we’ve developed and honed the core team-focused PvP combat system that is the heart of the game. Adventure Mode will build on top of that foundation and bring greater context and impact to the aerial battles. You’ll still join a crew, fly in an airship, and do battle with enemy vessels, but you’ll be doing it to complete trade runs, execute strategic raids, carry out political missions, and more. Fly the colors of a faction or strike out as a mercenary, come to the aid of allied towns or fly forth to smite your enemies, and make a visible impact on a world that develops day by day.
Here is an updated look at the game:
For more info and to keep up-to-date on Guns of Icarus Online’s progress:
‘Guns of Icarus Online—Adventure Mode’ main site
‘Guns of Icarus Online—Adventure Mode’ Facebook Page
‘Guns of Icarus Online—Adventure Mode’ Twitter Page
And of course head to the Kickstarter page to get more information about how you can support the game!