Xulu is a new virtual world for creating, sharing and playing high-end 3D games, and socializing.
What’s the big idea?
Xulu exists to unlock the imagination and potential within all of us. Xulu is a new kind of gaming, social and creation experience developed by the very players that inhabit it. It’s a shared environment where many genres of play, from high-end racing and team-based sports to casual gaming and free exploration can seamlessly co-exist.
At our core, we're people who love creating games, and have been developing game technology, simulators, and tools for a long time. One thing our experience has taught us is that oftentimes the best ideas come from people with little or no technical experience. So we wanted to create a system to tap into that and let anybody build the kind of games they want to play.
It starts on an Earth-like resort planet named Eidolon, just a short space/time jump away. Combining community, backstory, and user-creation, it will evolve into something much more. We’re developing the core technology, tools, and an online destination to make this possible.
Who Are We?
We’re a small group with deep technical, entertainment, and social roots that has worked full-time on this project since late 2007. As pre-cursors to Xulu, we've founded software, robotics and media companies.
Together, we previously developed a pioneering pre-broadband system and story-based virtual world with environments, characters and vehicles designed by artists from Star Wars and Fifth Element. We built dynamics models for vehicles like spacecraft, hovercraft, wheeled vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, and gliders. And within this context, we designed multi-player exploration, harvesting, high-action and table games. The assets and learning from this are integral parts of Xulu.
Technology Behind Xulu
Physics simulation is at the core of our experience, so things behave naturally
and spontaneously. Not only does this make in-game interaction fun and keeps
things fresh, but it also helps you connect to the dynamics of life. We also believe that community forms a powerful
“cloud”, and have architected a unique distributed system that can harness it.
We’ve developed a Venue Builder tool, along with a starting library of dynamics models of vehicles, mechanisms, and more that you can customize and drag-n-drop into place. We’ll bundle these components into genre-specific Creator Kits so you can quickly create working games, or mix and match them to invent your own type of play.
We’re evolving a WorldBuilder tool and APIs so professional developers can import, optimize, and sell things they independently develop like 3D models, animations, control devices, and software to extend the system.
How far along are you, and where will Kickstarters take things?
We’ve just opened alpha testing, and have the core system working. With help from Kickstarters, we plan to move
to beta late this year.
We’ll release a small region in the Eidolon world with a completed seed games to get things started, along with an evolved Venue Builder tool and libraries to create and share your own games. The initial line-up of things you can play and create will include off-roading and stunt driving, racing, gladiators (ATV-based capture-the-flag), scavenger hunts, sightseeing, first avatar-based casual games, and places for socializing and group lounging.
Passage to play in Eidolon is free, and everyone will be given a playful bot to start, along with an ATV and bubblecraft (flying vehicle) to cruise around and play games. They're all customizable so you can personalize each to your liking (although early customization features are limited).
Funds will be used to complete and polish the launch infrastructure, tools and see content for our beta launch. We'll add venue (game) publishing, browsing, instancing and voting, along with in-world customization and multi-player creation. And tapping into your guidance for what's most important first, we'll add more game genres and building components, new vehicles, improved avatars, pets, and other features.
We’ll continue to expand the world and introduce new environments, game genres, vehicles, robots, creatures, human-like avatars, gameplay components, customization features, and related Creator Kits. We’re PC-based (DirectX10) to start, but have our sights on multiple platforms. Additional funds will help us get there faster.
We think we're onto something new, and hope you'll join us!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $275,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on September 20, 2012.
Aug 13, 2012 - Sep 27, 2012 (45 days)
Pledge $10 or more
Kickstarter Founder’s Club membership with profile badge. Beta version super-bundle creator kit v1.0 with components for building racing, vehicle battle and first avatar games, and scavenger hunts). Access to Inside Xulu private website starting in September.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
All previous rewards with Silver badge, plus: Kickstater exclusive avatar outfit, robo pet, and racecar with custom rims and paint scheme. Silver Club Member Wallpaper with silver medallion. Xulu mouse pad.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
All previous rewards with Gold badge and insignia, plus: Kickstarter exclusive avatar paintball gun and paint splats. New Xulu-developed creator kits parts and pre-release of new Xulu vehicles (first in world to own) for one year. Xulu Gold Club Founder’s wallpaper. Xulu T-shirt or keychain flash drive.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
All previous rewards, plus: Platinum level recognition. Virtual Plaque in Xulu Hall of Fame. Custom metallic paper poster signed by Xulu staff, or Xulu logo sweatshirt, or embossed polo shirt (your choice). Xulu Platinum Club Founder’s wallpaper. Release party invitation.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
All previous rewards, plus: Diamond level recognition Portrait of your avatar in Xulu in-world hall of fame Kinect for PC (to control your avatar with body motion). Kinect motion training session for you or your designee Release party private reception Xulu Diamond Club Founder’s wallpaperEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
All previous rewards, plus: City center (in-world welcome area) plaque and banners for launch. Huge portrait of your avatar in Xulu in-world hall of fame. A real “3d model” (using 3d printer) of your avatar or vehicle signed by Xulu founders. Session at Xulu with developers to help you create your own venue/game.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
Hand customized avatar or vehicle by Xulu staff. Virtual statue of your avatar (or your designee's) in Xulu Hall of Fame. Statue exhibited in Xulu City Center (for launch). Your avatar featured in our release trailer. Xulu-recommended Ultrabook (small-form lightweight laptop).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012