Stretch Goals - Zombie Animals & Physical Guests Cards
by Sebastian Haley, Creative Director
Hey everyone! A quick post about stretch goals. And you probably know by now that when I say "quick" I mean I'm going to type 50 paragraphs before getting to the point. :)
Any additional funding that goes into Z. will help with a few specific things, including localizing the game for as many countries and languages as possible, and also providing more engineering behind-the-scenes to provide a smooth, stable, and secure cross-platform experience.
But we can also take this opportunity to provide a few very common requests that we hadn't quite planned for. Before I mention those, I want to say that I kind of jumped the gun and already "unlocked" two of our original stretch goals weeks ago:
All six starter decks in the boxed edition (instead of two)
Originally the Rare Collector tier included a boxed set with two starter decks. You would choose which zombie deck and which survivor deck you wanted when we sent out our survey. But when I started to see the admittedly unexpected demand for the boxed set, I figured people would want them all, especially at that tier, so I upgraded the bundle to have all six.
Keep in mind this bumps our reward fulfillment costs by three times the original amount, but I want Downward Viral to be known for always delivering the best possible end product.
The Depths (aka "RPG Mode")
This mode is extremely ambitious, but there's no way I'm making Z. without it. So whatever it takes, it will end up in the game, stretch goals or not. :)
Without further ado....
REMAINING STRETCH GOALS
$125K - Animals....
I'd love to explore the idea of infected animals, but you know that anything in Z. has to look the part. We're not going to jump in a lion cage and try to put horror prosthetics on them (at least, I'm not...), so that means an extra bit of post-processing to make them look appropriately cool and gruesome. All you zombie players should really be rooting for this addition. :)
"Lion Hunting in the Rain" via GSSafaris (NOT official Z. art)
$150K - Guest Cards added to the boxed set
Currently Guest Cards are exclusive to the digital version for numerous reasons, but we have gotten some requests for a physical versions. Unfortunately, especially with the boxed set already being upgraded to six decks instead of two, we can't add anything extra to the boxed set without endangering production of the entire game.
But if we reach $150K, that should be enough to help offset the added Tim Schafers and everyone else in every box.
Okay, I have the FAQ update and a couple important videos coming still, so I'm getting back to work on those now. Cheers!
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