2D Space MMO is a fast paced, massively multi-player arcade-style shooter set in a player generated universe.
What is 2D Space MMO?
It's multi-player mayhem of the wire-frame variety. 2D Space MMO is fast paced, massively multi-player, team-based, 2d arcade action shooter with a player generated universe, inspired by the original arcade game Asteroids.
Quotes from players of the prototypes:
"It's like Battlestar Galactica with triangles!"
"That was great, this is what the internet was created for."
"Ok, I didn't expect much at first, but that was awesome. Great work."
Right now the game is an enjoyable prototype, with one simple level. I want to open it up to the players to allow them to actually shape the game in a direct and tangible way by creating their own levels. The next stage of development means that players will be able to:
- Fully customise the design of their level, including properties like material deadliness, shape, size, colour and bounciness
- Customise backgrounds and lay down waves of enemies to challenge players
- Insert trigger volumes to affect things like gravity, maximum speed, scale of objects, brightness of the screen
- Create monstrous AI bosses with fully customisable logic
- Set and design timed puzzles with associated leader-boards to throw down the gauntlet to other players to beat the high score
- Publish and share their levels with the community
- Play and rate other people's levels
All of this will be made possible by the logic brick system. Inspired by Little Big Planet's 'create mode', this system will allow players to design the actual underlying logic of the level right inside the game itself without ever having to type a line of code. Primitive logic brick parts like counters, timers, emitters, events, triggers and volumes can all be connected up visually to create systems with limitless complexity which define how the level actually plays.
Having personally worked on the PSP version of Little Big Planet during my time at Sony Computer Entertainment, I was in awe at the amount of creative freedom given directly to the game designers by these new tools at their disposal. In no time, designers were creating logic gates from moving parts and building systems so complex that they would be prohibitive to have been created in the usual, bespoke game-development manner. It's this level of creative freedom that I want to bring to the players of 2D Space MMO.
Who are you?
My name is Paul Firth, I'm from Cambridge in the UK and I've been working on mmoAsteroids for 6 months now as the sole developer.
Prior to 2D Space MMO, I set up my company Wildbunny and started a popular game development blog. You might have read some of my articles if you frequent the user-generated news site reddit.com, particularly the /gamedev and /programming subreddits. My most popular article is Physics Engines for Dummies, which has over 148,000 page-views.
I've always held technical roles like 'physics engine programmer', or 'rendering engine lead' which set me in good stead for tackling the challenges which 2D Space MMO throws at me.
2D Space MMO has been entirely self funded from the beginning, but I need the power of Kickstarter to allow me to take the game from an amusing prototype to the next level.
It's amazing how much difference a professional artist can make to the look of a game, which is why I'd want to work with one to better stylise the visuals. I'd also like to consult with a game designer about the finer points of the game and Kickstarter will allow me to do both of these. Because I've worked in the industry for so long I have a lot of really good contacts so finding talented people to work with won't present a problem.
The planned project length is 6 months. The funding allocation breaks down like this:
- Full-time development overhead = £12000
- Hiring an artist on part time contract = £5000
- Consulting with a professional game designer = £2000
- Server hosting and bandwidth costs = £5400
- Sub-total = £24,400
- Kickstarter 5% fee = £1220
- Credit card fees 5% = £1220
- Reward fulfilment 30% = £7000
- Grand total £35,000
Preliminary clothing designs
Here are some preliminary designs for the t-shirt and hoodie, final product may vary.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Because there is already 6 months worth of development in this project, the risks are fairly low.
Risks and challenges are primarily technical ones; how to ensure player generated levels don't consume too much band-width, how the database back-end will be altered to support user-generated content, how will moderation of content take place.
I've always been a highly technical, low-level systems designer in my previous employment so most of the technical aspects of these challenges shouldn't present too great a problem. For the non-technical aspects, such as moderation I plan to review the existing models from games already released which heavily feature user generated content such as 'Little Big Planet', 'Everybody edits' and '8 bit mmo' as a starting point and work from there onwards.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on November 29.
Oct 30, 2012 - Nov 29, 2012 (30 days)
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Digital download of the Kickstarter exclusive dedicated desktop game client for PC/MAC, an exclusive Kickstarter contributor in-game avatar, your name credited on the game's website AND a completely micro-transactions free account also an mmoAsteroids t-shirt!Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Add £15 to ship outside the UK
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Digital download of the Kickstarter exclusive dedicated desktop game client for PC/MAC, an exclusive Kickstarter contributor in-game avatar, a completely micro-transactions free account, an mmoAsteroids t-shirt AND your name credited in the game itself, also an mmoAsteroids hoodie!Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Add £20 to ship outside the UK