Escape from the clutches of the evil Free to Play overlords and free Cyberstream once and for all.
**** UPDATE ****
A massive thanks to everybody who has backed this project. You are all amazing and I feel really humbled that you chose to place your trust in me.
However, I feel it's time to face up to reality that the chances of hitting the target are rapidly diminishing. This means I am moving into plan B mode and I have just updated my website that includes the ability to instantly buy the Alpha version of Cyberstream Fugitive for $20 as well as the OST. You can find it here http://xiotex-studios.com
I still have people who believe that the target will be met so I am not going to cancel it right now.
What is Cyberstream Fugitive?
Cyberstream Fugitive is a game I’ve been working on since last September. It’s the kind of game I’ve always wanted to work on and was massively inspired by my all time favorite arcade game - Space Harrier. Since I wanted to be able to play this game on my iPhone I’ve deliberately kept the game-play and controls as simple as possible in order to produce an adrenalin-pumping thrill of a ride. It currently runs on iPhone, iPad, Windows and Mac.
The story of the game is that you've been kept prisoner for a long time by the evil free to play overlords of Cyberstream and you've been broken out by the resistance force as the last hope to stand up to them and free Cyberstream once and for all. Evading capture isn't going to be easy though, there are a lot of obstacles between you and freedom!
In order to spend more time on the game I’m going to need more funds, I had put aside enough money to allow me to work on the game up until the end of February but I would really like to work on it for a few months more.
I don't just want your help with funds though - I would like to build a community so that this also becomes your game and you have a say in how it progresses.
What are the goals?
At the moment the game consists of one long level, I would like to break that up into multiple levels, with difficulty getting progressively harder - as well as the visual style changing to show progression. As you get closer to that goal of freeing Cyberstream the world should change to reflect that. It should become more colourful, more inviting.
I would also like to add more enemy types into the game that are fully 3D and animated. At the moment I am using pixel art given to me by the talented artist Dugan Jackson. I want these enemy to be introduced along with the new levels and make it tougher to proceed.
I would also like to add a lot more variety in the weapon pickups so there's an element of strategy - do you risk collision and death in order to pick up a weapon that might help you complete the level? The visual form of those pickups is the hardest thing for me - I need an art director who can design something that looks like it is a pickup. This game should be easy to just grab and play without having to go through a lengthy tutorial and great art direction helps with that enormously.
But more importantly I need help finishing the game because of this:
Art - all the art in the game is currently coder art. I really need to hire an artist to give all the art a beauty pass to make it a lot better than anything I could possibly produce on my own and to also provide some much needed art-direction as well as add more variety to the visual style of the game.
Music and sound effects - the amazingly talented composer Gavin Harrison (of GavinHarrisonSounds.com – if you are making a game you really should hire him) has kindly written the music for this game and is doing the sound effects and he's allowing me to pay later for this once the game is out. He's done this because in his view, having played the game, it's worth it and will add to his portfolio of game music in a significant way. If this game gets funded I will be paying him for his music and asking him to do a lot more since his work is phenomenal and really adds to the atmosphere of the game.
How am I going to reward your help and support?
I don’t want to just give you something trivial in return for your support and help in finishing this game, I want to give you something that means a lot to me, something of great personal value – the source code to the game.
My name is Byron Atkinson-Jones and I've been working in the games industry for something like 15 years now. I’ve worked for companies like EA, Lionhead studios, Sega Sports Interactive as well as indie legends PomPom and Introversion. The list of games I’ve worked on is:
- Mutant Storm Empire
- Hungry Shark Evolution
- Bliss island
- Football manager
- Robot Unicorn Evolution
- Miami Vice
- Wonderworld amusement park
- Comfort Zone
I’ve also helped on these games:
- Harry Potter
Thank you for your support!
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I'm lucky in that I've been working on this game full time since September and it's fully playable now, it's not a concept I am trying to bring to life - there's a fully formed basic game already here just waiting to be expanded into a lot more and have a lot of polish applied to it to make it the game worthy of your attention.
I'm very focused and know what needs to be done to get this game to the level that it's worthy if your attention and if this campaign succeeds and is fully funded then I will be working full time on it still.
I am open to porting the game to Linux but as I am a complete Linux noob I would need to be hand held in which version to go for - or I will be on the look-out for somebody to handle the Linux port for me. It really depends on how well the project gets funded.
Android would be an easy port for me and depending upon how well the project gets funded I will be looking into doing an Android port.
Everybody who pledges on this campaign will get their name in the credits regardless of what tier they go for - it's the least I can do for your support and trust. It's an oversight that this wasn't added into the text of each reward and once a reward has been backed you can't edit the text. So, my bad.
I've added a reward that allows 10 people to get access to the development version of the game as it's being worked on. It's limited because each of those 10 people takes up a coveted device slot in the development portal and you can't recover those slots for a year. That limits my ability to test the game hence why it's set at £15 for an iOS title.
So far it's been tested on iPhone 4s upwards and iPad2 upwards and works fine. iPad1 won't be supported because of the iOS version (6) but it may work on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 - it just hasn't been tested yet. The best experience by far is the iPhone 5 - it really suits the widescreen experience.
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BACKER - get our thanks and your name into the credits of the game.Estimated delivery:
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1 - THE GIVE ME THE GAME REWARD! Receive a copy of Cyberstream Fugitive when it is released later this year on Windows or Mac, DRM-free.Estimated delivery:
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2 - THE GIVE ME THE GAME NOW REWARD! Same as the first reward except you get access to a Windows or Mac build of the game during the development as and when you want.Estimated delivery:
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5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)
THE IOS VERSION! get the development version of the game that runs on iPhone and iPad. It's only been tested on iPhone 4s upwards so far and on iOS 6. You'll also get the final version once it's released.Estimated delivery:
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THE CREATIVE SHADER BOOK REWARD! I keep getting asked to write a book on making shaders so if you back this reward then I will write that book and you will get a copy of it while I write it as well as the final copy when it is finished. It will be an eBook. You will also get a copy of the game for Windows or Mac when it's released.Estimated delivery:
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3 - THE OST REWARD! You get the same as reward #2 but you also get the soundtrack of the game as it currently stands and updates when new music is created.Estimated delivery:
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4 - LIMITED EDITION CODER ART POSTER! You get the same as reward #2 but you also get a limited edition poster made by me and signed! You also get your name in the credits of the game.Estimated delivery:
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5 - THE DESIGN A BADDIE REWARD Want to get something you designed into the game? If so, this is the reward for you. As well as your design being turned into a 3D baddie for the game you will get the same rewards as 4 but featuring your Baddie!Estimated delivery:
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THE GAVIN HARRISON SOUNDS MUSIC REWARD Gavin Harrison, the amazingly talented artist who is composing all the music and sound effects for Cyberstream Fugitive has agreed that for the £55 reward tier, not only do you get the OST for Cyberstream Fugitive but he will compose a unique 1 minute track for you or for your game. This is an amazing offer from an amazingly talented artist. Gavin's music is used on Films, TV and games and you would never see this kind of offer anywhere else. Gavin's work is worth at least 100 times £55 but he has kindly volunteered to do this to help my campaign. Don't miss this opportunity. You can find more about Gavin on his site: http://gavinharrisonsounds.com If you want him to write more than a minutes worth of music then pledge more than £55 but select the "Gavin Harrison Sounds music reward" tier. Once this project is backed with the full amount you will be put in touch with Gavin and he will go over the specification for the track and take it from there. Gavin is an highly sought after artist though so the amount of time he can spend on each track will be limited, especially if all 20 of this reward get taken.Estimated delivery:
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7 - THE STUDENT SOURCE CODE REWARD! You get the same as reward #2 but you also get a copy of the source code to the game when I get proof you are a student and you sign a non-disclosure agreement saying you will not distribute the code or release a game made from it. Please only select this reward if you are a Student!Estimated delivery:
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8 - THE SOURCE CODE REWARD! You get the same as reward #2 but you also get a copy of the source code to the game when you sign a non-disclosure agreement saying you will not distribute the code or release a game made from it. If you are a student, go for reward #7 instead!Estimated delivery:
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9 - THE SOURCE CODE AND SKYPE REWARD! You get the same as reward #7 but you also get my Skype address so you can ask me any questions about the game, the code or just want to chat.Estimated delivery:
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THE MAIN BAD GUY - I need the main bad guy for the game. This is the antagonist that will taunt you and monologue at you during the game and appears as an avatar over the world. This is your chance to be that antagonist. Choose this reward and not only do you get a copy of the game, the source code and your name in the credits but you also get to appear in the game, your face there, immortalised forever. You don't have to look evil to but it would help!Estimated delivery:
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10 - THE SOURCE CODE, SKYPE AND NANDOS REWARD! You get the same as reward #8 You'll also get to come with me to a Nando's in London for a meal - I love the Nando's! Of course the meal will be on me.Estimated delivery:Ships within the UK only
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11 - THE ULTIMATE REWARD! You get all of the rewards including the source code (on signing a non-disclosure agreement) and you also get me working on your game for a month from my studio, or yours if it's in commutable distance from mine. If you want me to give you all my knowledge of Unity or simply want me to work on the code for your game during that month then this is the tier for you.Estimated delivery:Ships within the UK only
- (30 days)