Mercenary Dark is a space action/RPG video game inspired by games like Diablo, Torchlight, and Borderlands.
As you can see our Kickstarter for Mercenary Dark has not gained the popularity that we had hoped. We are committed to doing Mercenary Dark as a project. We are going to take some time to reevaluate how we want to proceed. Please stay tuned for another Kickstarter in the future.
In the mean time you can look forward to at least one smaller video game set in the Mercenary Dark universe. We will post more information about that in the future.
Thank you for your support.
The creation of Mercenary Dark was inspired by such games as Diablo, Torchlight, and Borderlands. Our dream for Mercenary Dark is to create a unique space action/RPG experience, a new universe to explore and conquer. With the unique randomization system that is in place, players will experience new solar systems, quests, and even randomized weapons every time they start a new game.
Mercenary Dark will feature fast-paced space combat, character customization, starship customization, random universes, inventory systems, mining and crafting elements, an extensive loot-system, character leveling with skill progression, and multiplayer gameplay.
- Fast-paced Sci-Fi Space Combat
The space combat in Mercenary Dark is face-paced and action oriented. There is a tremendous amount of focus put on the starship's turrets and the weapons the players, or AI, have mounted on them. From laser beams to particle cannons, the weapons in Mercenary Dark will bring a new life to each encounter the player faces. There will be class specific weaponry as well, for example wormhole cannons and trans-dimensional torpedoes.
- Character Customization, Unique Leveling System, and Skill Trees
In Mercenary Dark the players take on the role of a mercenary starship captain. They will be able to choose a class and level their character up as the game progresses. As the players level up, they will unlock new skills to enhance everything from their starship's speed to the distance their sensors can see into space.
- Inventory System
Loot, loot, and more loot is the name of the game... We love collecting loot and Mercenary Dark will have plenty of it. From randomized starship weapons to new crafting materials, the players will find no end to collecting new items to trade with friends or sell for credits along their journey through the Mercenary Dark universe.
- Mining and Crafting System
Who doesn't love to mine ore? We do... collecting resources to build things has always been one of our favorite gameplay elements... so we put it in Mercenary Dark. It is not essential to gameplay, but adds a different feel for players who want to hunt down those rare asteroids to collect the materials to build that unique starship cannon. Mercenary Dark will feature crafting... collect stuff to build stuff.
- Randomization, Randomization, Randomization...
Ever play a game for 10 hours and completed it? Well our goal with Mercenary Dark is to have as much randomization in place in the game systems so it never feels like the same game twice. Tired of the universe you are in?... No problem... Take your character to a whole new randomly-generated universe.
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For the first six months of development on Mercenary Dark our team faced many, many challenges but we overcame each one, either by solving the problem or finding a new solution that worked well. The main game systems in Mercenary Dark are complete and the graphics are well on their way. The story is coming along nicely. The ground work has been laid and now with your help we will be able to polish and complete the game by adding the vast array of content that still needs to be created.
We are looking forward to creating a great community around Mercenary Dark and looking forward to the feedback of our supporters and fans to help us polish, refine, and build a great action/RPG.
"Every game project is a journey, with every step towards completion a new discovery, either by rediscovering something old again or stumbling on something totally new and unexpected. We are so excited to give you a chance to come on that journey with us." - Daniel Kole, Designer/Programmer
The short answer is that initially we will support computers running Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.
The long answer is that we are using the Unity 3D engine for Mercenary Dark. This game engine supports a whole lot more platforms than just those mentioned above. Unity 3D supports iOS (iPhone, iPod, etc), Android, Wii and even Streaming Web.
The reasons we are not supporting those other platforms out of the gate is because Mercenary Dark is currently targeted towards a mouse and keyboard style of input.
We fully plan on supporting touch input at some point in the future. If we meet our funding and it looks like we will be able to do stretch goals, support for iOS, Android and others platforms will probably be high on the list of stretch goals to add. Supporting them will boil down to finding ways to deal with smaller screens and touch as the only method of input.
pledged of $156,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 15, 2012.
Oct 22, 2012 - Nov 21, 2012 (30 days)
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A Heart Felt Thank You from the Mercenary Dark Team.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A Digital Newsletter with information on the creation and status of the Mercenary Dark Game creation process.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A digital copy of Mercenary Dark delivered to you when the game is completed.Estimated delivery: Oct 2014
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You will get access to the closed Beta Testing Phase due to start in Fall 2013, and be one of the first to play Mercenary Dark. Also receive a digital copy of the game when it is completed.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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A limited edition wall poster featuring artwork from the Mercenary Dark universe. You will also receive the $25 reward. You will get access to the closed Alpha Testing Phase due to start in Summer 2013, and be one of the first to play Mercenary Dark.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013
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A limited release Mercenary Dark T-Shirt.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A limited edition wall poster featuring artwork from the Mercenary Dark universe and also receive a limited edition Mercenary Dark T-Shirt.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A Limited-Print Hard-Cover Art Book containing artwork from the Mercenary Dark universe showcasing the game's starships, weapons, and items. Each of these Mercenary Dark Art Books will be signed by the design team and numbered making them unique collectibles.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Name a Planet in Mercenary Dark. You decide what a planet's name will be in the game. Choose the planet's type, name, coloring, etc. When the game is complete your planet will randomly appear in the game for players to visit. We will provide you with the guidelines for planets and you can choose the name and pick the various design schemes for it.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Name a Unique Starship in Mercenary Dark. You decide what a starship's designation will be in the game. Choose the starship's type, name, coloring, race it belongs to, etc. When the game is complete your starship will appear in-game. We will provide you with the guidelines for a starship and you can choose the name and pick the various design options for it.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Name a Unique Solar System in Mercenary Dark. You decide what a solar system's name will be in the game. Choose the solar system's name, coloring, race it belongs to, etc. When the game is complete your solar system will appear randomly in-game. We will provide you with the guidelines for a solar system and you can choose the name and pick the various design options for your solar system.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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Help design a NPC (Non-Player Character) in the game. Choose the character's name, race, temperament, and other design options for your unique NPC. Will they be a rough trader? A rogue mercenary that is out to see the end of the player? You choose.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013