First off, would like to apologize for the sparseness of updates lately.
But allow me to disperse doubts first; Yes, we are on time for delivery for the beta state. We're taking the last 2 weeks of this month to polish off the engine, and presenting it live at PAX Dev.
We don't want to spoil the show, so we might as well put on a big one, instead of getting distracted from our intensive workload.
Yes, there are bigger shows on the horizon, namely Steam Greenlight, and the IGF. And yes, we are promising you more visibility into the project at the end of the month.
and now to the big question; hardware.
For PC, we are rigging the engine to have a minimum of 2 processor cores. Would this be a problem for *any of our patrons*? If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can add you to a specialized build geared for a single core processor.
There's no comforting way to put this, nor will we try to sugar coat the inevitable.
This is *not* going to be an easy game.
This ain't no crunch and grind, there ain't no "build orders".
We do not expect you to survive, much?
You will be surrounded, and outnumbered.
And, you'll have to defend planets, at the *smallest* scale battles.
There's a reason we give you beams that cross over between units. This arsenal is the *bare minimum* you will need to fight.
Expect us. Uploading the stable build to Desura soon :)
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[ MULTIPASS ] This is the package we wanna offer the most; 1. You, and a fellow commander of your choosing, will get access to a playable public beta beginning August 2012. You will all also get a copy of the game when it is released to a platform distributor on PC. You will all receive ported versions of the game in ANY system the engine supports. 2. You, and a fellow commander of your choosing, will get expansions, upgrades, "DLC", and every edition of this game, forever. That's right folks, if we are successfully funded here at KickStarter, with the MULTIPASS, we will give you and a friend the entire game, and all its expansions and editions, in every system we port!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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