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Last updated March 21, 2018

Coregrounds

A competitive cross-platform online strategy game. Tower defense gameplay meets the strategic diversity of a MOBA.

Coregrounds

A competitive cross-platform online strategy game. Tower defense gameplay meets the strategic diversity of a MOBA.

€4,413
pledged of €7,500pledged of €7,500 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 30 2016 6:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 21, 2018

About

 

 

Coregrounds is a competitive online strategy game. It's free-2-play and cross-platform and will be coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. It's already playable in browsers, but is currently undergoing a massive overhaul and redesign for the release version – and that's what we need your help for!

You'll get a sneak peak at the new graphics further down below. First we want to show you how the game actually works:

Every match starts with the draft phase, both players take turns to choose their units.
Every match starts with the draft phase, both players take turns to choose their units.

 

Once in game, you'll build walls and towers and send your first minions.
Once in game, you'll build walls and towers and send your first minions.

 

You'll find your opponent soon enough, and the fight is on!
You'll find your opponent soon enough, and the fight is on!

 

And after roughly 15 minutes, we usually have a winner!
And after roughly 15 minutes, we usually have a winner!

If you want to know more about the gameplay, we also have a gameplay trailer which sums the game up nicely:

Coregrounds has been greenlit and will probably be coming to Steam Early Access in Q1 / 2017, right after the direct download version for PC / Mac / Linux is done.

 

Coregrounds was born from two thoughts: The tower defense genre doesn't have enough good multiplayer titles – and there are far too few head-to-head MOBA games. Coregrounds takes tower defense multiplayer to the next level and adopts the best of MOBAs: the tactical diversity and replayability; but it doesn't have the social pressure and stress of a game where you have to have five friends online or play with a community that's saltier than the dead sea.

Together with an awesome little community we've spent the last year polishing the gameplay, adding more content and making sure that the game is fun to play even after hundreds of matches. We've also made sure it is balanced well and viable for eSports, which we proved with a tiny little championship last autumn, check out the highlights below:

Once Coregrounds is released, we'll be having tournaments regularly, and who knows, maybe we'll even have an official Coregrounds league one day!

Coregrounds is already playable in browsers and the gameplay is exactly where we want it to be. But Coregrounds isn't as appealing visually as it could be, and it could use improvements concerning the user interface and the onboarding process for new players.

That's exactly what we're working on right now: we're currently building the release version of the game which will not only bring massively improved controls and UX, an ingame tutorial, new music and and a powerful new game server; and while we're at it, we're also working on completely new graphics and animations for the game. And these new graphics are mainly what we need your help for!

Below you see the first unit we've redesigned, the Repeater tower – note the colors to the right; in Coregrounds you can unlock colors and give the game your personal touch. There also are exclusive rewards in that regard, so check those out, too!

And here's a few more units in all their redesigned glory:

The graphical redesign will make Coregrounds visually more appealing, while still staying true to the minimalist style, so casual players get charmed by all the new eye candy and hardcore competitive players can still read the map in milliseconds.

 

While we mostly need help for the new graphics now, we have enough cool things we could add to the game – especially thanks to our awesome community who has been posting their ideas to the Devgrounds, our own community feedback platform.

 More stretch goals will be added once the first is close to being unlocked!

Apart from the rewards you can see in the sidebar, there's a bunch of rewards we've added to ALL tiers since the beginning of the campaign:

  • New reward "Kickstarter exclusive player icon", added to EVERY reward tier.  
  • "Kickstarter exclusive emote" added to WOOD SUPPORTER tier. 
  • "Player icon of your choice, EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU!" added to the SILVER SUPPORTER tier. 
  • "Emote of your choice, EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU!" added to the GOLD SUPPORTER tier. 
  • "Player color of your choice, EXCLUSIVE FOR YOU!" added to the PLATINUM SUPPORTER tier. 
  • New reward "DESIGN A COMPLETE UNIT OR ABILITY WITH US" added to the LEGENDARY SUPPORTER tier.

Players and Backers unite! We've created the first set of community achievements, which will grant every player on the Coregrounds double ingame income for seven days after it is unlocked. And the special Youtube challenge will grant this global bonus for up to a whole month!

Once an achievement is unlocked, we'll activate the global double income for seven days. Should another one be unlocked during this bonus, the additional days will be added to its duration.

A whole month of this bonus will be added once there is a Let's Play of someone getting the "Unbeatable" Achievement (20 Wins in a row) in the first 20 matches with a new account.

UPDATE: The YouTube challenge has been completed! Global bonus has been unlocked for everyone, check out the videos here.

UPDATE: We'll make this a little more exciting now - if this project gets funded, we'll repeat the entire bonus you guys unlock now one more time once Coregrounds is officially released. Go grab these achievements and get Coregrounds funded! <3

UPDATE: You've unlocked another achievement! Seven days of income bonus have been added to the total duration! To make this even more exciting, we've added another achievement "Play 500 Matches".

UPDATE: And yet another one! Seven days of income bonus have been added to the total duration!

Coregrounds is being built by an international team from Berlin, Neede, London and Vancouver.

John Walters – London –  Graphics & Animations
Michael Champion – Vancouver – Music
Lyrebird Studio – Berlin – Sound FX
Dominic Koepke – Neede – Server Programming
Simon Bäse – Berlin – Game Design & Programming
Mario Kaiser – Berlin – Game Design & Programming

We also have to mention Coregrounds' amazing community here – without you guys we wouldn't be here today! We didn't really plan the community-driven approach beforehand, but we're very glad you've all pushed us in this direction and helped us unlock Coregrounds' potential!

Risks and challenges

Basically there's just one major challenge Coregrounds has to overcome: it needs enough players for people to find opponents of their skill level at the time they want to play.

This challenge is the main reason why we're doing all the development and design work we need your support for: to make Coregrounds appeal to a wider audience and to make it more accessible.

Apart from this challenge there are of course risks due to working in a dedicated, but small team. Rest assured that any illnesses or other unexpected disruptions of our planned progress would just slow us down and wouldn't stop us from completing Coregrounds!

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