Take part & help bring back the spirit of the 1998 critically acclaimed PC Game: Battlezone, into the modern game world.
Everyone is mentioning the graphics--that's the reason why we're on Kickstarter, to improve the graphics to industry standards.
After continuous comments and concern towards the Multiplayer Subscription Service, we have decided to scrap it and have no Monthly Fees.
A $12 pledge will get you the full digital copy of the game on Steam.
[Update]: We achieved our funding goal and we have a studio that specializes in 3D graphics that wants to help polish the graphics. If we can raise $30,000 we can get all of our models & landscapes re-textured and the game to look like how we envision.
Welcome to our Kickstarter Page
Thanks for taking a look at our Kickstarter page! I want to say on behalf of the entire team at Platoon Studios, a heart-felt thank you to all of our fans that have supported us throughout the years. We'd like to give a special thanks to Ken Levine for the continued support he has given us. Also, a big thanks to RockPaperShotgun too!
We're all working towards a common goal, to create an open world FPS/RTS experience for PC Gamers. If you have any questions about the game, Platoon Studios, or anything on our listing, do not hesitate to send me a message or post on our comments page. Thanks! - John Grisnik.
BIONITE: Origins - The Game
BIONITE: Origins is reinventing gaming by merging two popular genres: First-Person Shooting & Real-Time Strategy.
We've been patiently waiting for another game like Battlezone '98 for a long time. Too long in fact, that we decided to take it upon ourselves! There hasn't been a game like it since and we've all been waiting for a Battlezone 3, but unfortunately Atari had to back out at the last minute when the deal was close.
What we want to do, is combine First-Person Shooting action with Real-Time Strategy the right way by taking what past games in this genre did right & wrong and build from it with new ideas.
Right now, our number one focus is finishing the Multiplayer, which will support up to 64 players. The maps online will be very large in scale and give you an open world experience of being on Venus, Mars, Europa or the Moon.
BIONITE: Origins vehicles and structures are created from refined Bionite, which has anti-gravitational and self-healing properties.
The environments in BIONITE are realistic to the planets that are in the game. We took the time needed to thoroughly research each planet.
Follow the story of Platoon Studios and some of the industry's hidden & upcoming talents working on BIONITE: Origins.
As you can see in the extended teaser trailer, we are nearing completion with the first open-beta release. The $30,000 from Kickstarter will primarily go towards finishing the game. We also need additional funding to hire texture artists and we would like to provide several dedicated servers in strategic locations around the world. We have seen a tremendous amount of interest from people around the globe and would like to provide everyone with a solid, smooth Multiplayer server.
PPP - Player Profile Page
STS - Stat Tracker System
PW - Persistent Worlds
eFPS - extended First-Person Shooter
CS - Command System
RS - Ranking System
The BIONITE: Origins Network app
We are currently developing the BIONITE: Origins Network app for the iOS and Android. You will be able to get more information on the game, connect with us on Facebook & Twitter, watch our newest videos on YouTube or take a look at our latest pictures--all in real-time.
Platoon Studios is a group of 23 people that are passionate about video games. Everyone on the Team shares an enthusiasm for PC games and their creation. We have a complete team of artists and programmers dedicated to bringing back the FPS/RTS genre for the PC. Also, one additional requirement to joining our Team is (and always will be) a humble acknowledgment of the great work done to create the original hybrid: BZ '98.
Platoon Studios had the most humble of beginnings. After about two years of development and trial by fire, we finally had a working Alpha. Now we're on our way to solid Beta Testing Phase.
The Founder, John Grisnik is just some crazy guy who spends all of his time yelling at his PC and not giving up. His attitude towards getting things done is reflected. We have an outstanding crew, especially our SSgt, Dan Rhodenizer, who has been a critical team member since the beginning.
No, we're an independent team.
If you're going at top speed and smash into a building, you're going to do some serious damage to your hovertank.
Yes, a lot better.
We're only going to be focusing on hover vehicles right now. We have thought about it though.
Similar, yes. A large amount of time has went into perfecting how the hovertanks control.
Because no one else is going to. We've been waiting for Battlezone 3 for a long time, so it was time for us to take it into our own hands. This game has so many possibilities in the modern game world.
Remember, we're a small independent team, but we're working towards more game footage and content. With the funds we raise on here we'll be able to produce more gameplay footage as our equipment can use some upgrading.
Yes, we will take all the necessary steps to ensure no players are hacking and ruining the experience for others.
Venus, the Moon, Mars and Europa.
The Unreal Development Kit isn't compatible with Linux, but there are ways around it. If the demand is high enough and we're able to do it, then we will.
Late 2012 - Early 2013
No, after continous comments and concern towards the multiplayer subsciption service, we have decided to scrap it and have the multiplayer free for everyone after purchasing the game.
pledged of $15,000 goal
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Apr 1, 2012 - May 1, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
15 backers Limited (9985 of 10000 left)
Access to the BIONITE: Origins Closed and Open Betas. At this Pledge amount, you will receive a copy of all the beta versions of the Game and access to the testing server for Multiplayer. The next Beta Release is scheduled for May 15th, so get on the list now, while there is still a chance!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $12 or more
178 backers Limited (4822 of 5000 left)
Previous Reward plus one copy of the BIONITE: Origins Single Player Mission pack and the Multiplayer Maps. Also included at this level is access to the Stat Tracker System, the Player Ranking System, the dedicated servers with the Persistant Worlds, and a Bionite Player Profile Page for one year. Plus the previous Reward.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $20 or more
57 backers Limited (943 of 1000 left)
Previous Rewards plus a digital copy of the BIONITE: Origins Soundtrack and the BIONITE: Origins Screen Saver Pack. The soundtrack includes all of the music tracks included in the game (currently there are 8 tracks), The Screen Saver Pack is a compilation of artwork done by the artists at Platoon Studios for BIONITE: Origins, including concept art, story excerpts and art made for the Screen Saver Pack offered exclusivly on Kickstarter. The Screen Saver Pack is a limited edition, available only to our Backers on Kickstarter.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $40 or more
35 backers Limited (165 of 200 left)
Previous Rewards plus the Official Platoon Studios - BIONITE: Origins Poster, signed by the Game Creators. Also included at this Backer Level is access to the STS, PPP and dedicated servers for an additional year. The Poster is a full color 3' H x 2' W printed picture dipicting the vehicles in the Game. The Poster is a limited edition printing, available only to our Backers on Kickstarter.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $80 or more
10 backers Limited (140 of 150 left)
Previous Rewards plus a custom decal for your own personalized tank! You can send us the artwork and we will turn it into a decal that will appear on your Player Profile Page as well as in-game on your tank. If you have a crew or clan, send us your clan tag and we will add it to your teams vehicles.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $160 or more
4 backers Limited (96 of 100 left)
Previous Rewards plus a special Player Rank for the multiplayer online world. It will be a Rank exclusive only to our Kickstarter Backers.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (40 of 40 left)
Previous Rewards plus a custom Avatar designed by our artists for your Bionite Online Player Profile. Also get your name in the credits as a Backer of BIONITE: Origins.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (25 of 25 left)
Previous Rewards plus a special access pass to the Multiplayer List of Restricted Vehicles. Backers for $1,000 can drive vehicles in Multiplayer that other players do not have access to!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Previous Rewards plus access to all pre-release materials and inside info about BIONITE: Origins and all future releases.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
1 backer Limited (2 of 3 left)
Previous Rewards plus if you want to meet the Team and find out all the goods about the game, past and present, for a Pledge of $10,000, you will receive an exclusive meeting and/or interview with the creators of BIONITE: Origins and become an official partner at Platoon Studios.Estimated delivery: May 2012