The Next Step!
What a crazy ride but we finally made it! I am still in shock from how amazing the experience has been, from connecting with community to hearing all the fantastic ideas about Nekro the journey has been nothing short of incredible. But, what now?
We had a little meeting here at darkForge to discuss what comes next (and maybe drink a bit of celebration wine =D) and here's what we came up with.
We want Nekro customization. You wanted a female Nekro option and we want to be able to give that to you. However character customization is tricky, and requires a fair amount of planning, assets and code. So we've set our sights on $120,000 for character customization, which will include an option for gender.
The next thing we want (and oh how do we want this) is multiplayer. Now, I don't want to promise anything we can't deliver on, and I will never sacrifice a solid, polished single player gaming experience just to shoehorn in a multiplayer mode. So after a lot of discussion we decided that a versus mode is just not possible for Nekro. The amount of work required to balance spells, items and units is just too great, not to mention the massive amount of network code that needs to be added. So we would like to propose this to you, our community: If we can reach $150,000 we will add a LAN/P2P co-op mode to the game. This can come in one of two flavors.
Option one: One person controls the Nekro, and everyone else permanently possesses the Nekro's summons and controls them in a 'action game' sort of way. They move around in the form of a invisible ghost unit and can take over any of summons on the board. This does create a difference in power dynamic; one player would obviously always be strongest, but in a co-op situation this isn't too bad. This can potentially allow for more than two players in a co-op session without causing the game to lose its challenge.
Option two: There are two necromancers, each person controlling one but sharing a mana pool. Each Nekro is given different 'load out' of summons. Both players have to use teamwork to help each other create the right summons for the situation, combining their strengths and masking their weaknesses.
I think both of these modes can be a ton of fun, and I know I would LOVE to play Nekro with you guys over the internet, so let's make this happen!
We will be adding a new townie to our game. The Total Biscuit townie mayor. He strolls around the highest-tier towns as a rare spawn in a top hat and monocle. Killing this unit will drop the Total Biscuit, an item that when equipped, makes your Nekro appear much, much more dapper. ;)
For all of those that didn't see our new reward tiers we are now offering a $40 tier, and a $60 tier. The $40 tier includes a demonic pig pet that follows around your character and excretes hell poop. And for those of you whose mailbox is just too far away from your house the $60 tier offers all "just digital" rewards including the pig, soundtrack and beta access but no physical items. Check out the FAQ (at the bottom of the main page) to see exactly what's included.
All of the community-based rewards will be going online within the next few weeks (after the KS ends). The live development stream and the community and VIP forums.
For all other rewards, we will be delivering them when applicable. For those of you asking about a beta date I'm sorry I cannot give you a more accurate answer right now. It's just simply too soon to know. But know that we will give a date as soon as we have one.
We will now be accepting applications for a character artist, environmental artist, programmer (lua based) and composer. Many of you have already sent me applications - to those I have not responded to I will look at your stuff, promise!
We will be very picky about whom we take on so please don't be offended if you're not chosen. Also, please keep in mind we're not staffing up a studio. We already have artists, animators and programmers. These positions will be used to offset our massive workload. As such the positions will be part-time and freelance based. Please have previous industry experience or an absolutely stellar portfolio. I'm looking forward to hearing from you guys! Send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Forget to Spread the Love
Nekro had slow start because so many other great projects were going on at the same time, all competing for attention and money. Now that we hit our funding, we want people to consider helping other projects in addition to Nekro. As much as we would love to get that multiplayer in there, we don't feel right asking for more money without also giving something back to this wonderful community. Please consider helping out these other awesome games running a Kickstarter right now:
Legends of Eisenwald: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1684781151/legends-of-eisenwald
Kickstarter Games Yearbook (Not a game but very cool): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/750354130/2012-yearbook-vol-1-gamers
Thanks again everyone for your amazing support! We're so excited to start making Nekro!!!
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