This project's funding goal was not reached on December 12, 2013.
About this project
*RISKS AND CHALLENGES UPDATED 14/11
Australia is world renowned for having the deadliest collection of creatures on the planet on the best of days. Add an apocalypse and an accelerated rate of evolution, and you have yourself Huntsmen, a game concept currently driving two artists turned aspiring game designers.
Huntsmen is a single player FPS - RPG hybrid focusing on exploration, combat, and the manipulation of the evolving ecosystem inhabiting the game world. You will have to navigate the challenges posed by the animals, environment, and human NPCs in an ever changing ecosystem that reacts to your presence directly.
Set in a post apocalyptic vision of the remnants of a coastal Australian inspired city, it will include densely packed urban areas scattered around a mixture of bushland, desert, beach and underwater landscapes. The human population has decreased to a crisis point with the collapse of civil society, pitching the remainder of humanity in a constant battle for resources against the elements and each other. With this decline in human activity, previously assumed extinct animals have once again flourished and now roam the landscape at will.
Our vision of Huntsmen's gameplay is -
-A diverse simulated ecosystem that reacts to your presence in the game world by changing spawn levels, animal NPC behaviour and visuals according to your actions, and randomly places landmarks with every new playthrough
-exploration of the game world and mysterious backstory including unlocking new areas via puzzles,
-combat ranging from brutal melee to intense firefights,
-gathering and utilizing resources by crafting weapons, armour and shelters to defensive structures,
-cultivation of crops for survival,
-acquiring 'pets' and 'companion' NPCs
A central mechanic of Huntsmen is the simulated ecosystem / evolution system we are proposing. It will enable the mutation of all animals through prolonged gameplay, and is dependent on player choices and actions. Players will have the choice of whether to kill an animal they encounter or leave it, thereby affecting the population levels and by extension the likeliness of encountering a particular variant of the animal again.
The system would allow you to essentially control the direction of an animal's evolution through the direct application of bullets to NPCs. That is to say, you control what features become dominant in a species by killing the rest.
Dynamic Systems as a core feature
We want players to develop their own stories through the use of numerous dynamic systems such as the evolution system previously explained. Another system we want to implement is a randomiser that ensures all human NPCs encountered have a goal they are working towards, along with a random assortment of clothing and items. All NPCs will have a random distribution of personality and behavioural traits, which will also be indirectly subject to manipulation via the evolution system in the case of animals. If you want to stalk an NPC across the map and wait for them to go to sleep before making your move, that will be an option.
We also want to have a diverse weather system that includes extreme weather conditions common to the Australian continent such as floods, dust storms, fire and hail, along with other situations that requires the player to seek adequate shelter. We want to essentially simulate the Australian landscape whilst providing an immersive and dynamic game experience for you to get lost in.
The current concept level has been built around Unity 4, however we hope to utilise CryEngine 3 in the event of funding, and if proves to be the best fit.
We are two indie game designers operating under the name of Hermit Mode. We are based in Sydney and have been working on Huntsmen for over 8 months conceptualising all the systems that will make up the game, modelling and acquiring assets. At this point, we are in need of funds to hire programmers and professional artists to bring our vision to life. We are grateful for the opportunities Kickstarter has enabled and are hoping that the idea is attractive to you.
In the event that we are successful beyond our expectations, we have some plans that have been presently excluded. We will define them if we are able to surpass our funding goal.
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$???? - Huntsmen turns into a persistent online game world where all the systems described are scaled up to a 50 player map, with the ability to play as some animals.
Risks and challenges
UPDATE - 14/11
Hi everyone, we would first like to thank you for all the support and interest we have received so far. Thank you especially to all the backers, your faith in our idea is very much appreciated.
We just wanted to clarify some things for you -
We are two designers by trade with no programming experience beyond our ability to set up the scene shown in the media on this page. We are self taught modellers that have an idea that we have been working on for almost a year, creating and purchasing assets out of our own pocket. Our plan is to utilise existing engines such as Unity, which has a wealth of plugins that contain core features which eliminate the need to build from the ground up whilst using the library of models we have created and acquired. We believe that our goal is achievable when taking this into consideration, and thank you for your interest.
We have been working on getting this project off the ground for 8 months now, and have invested a lot of time, effort and money into it. We believe it is an innovative idea that carries its own risks due to the nature of the dynamic systems we want to utilise. The amount of time we have spent planning the limits of the systems and game gives us the confidence that we will deliver a fun, new take on the survival FPS genre. We have set the goal at 200k because we want to be able to hire quality programmers and artists to ensure that standards of quality are not only met but exceeded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
At the moment it's for PC so we can focus on creating the best game possible. We are aiming on using Unity, which has multiplatform capabilities and therefore hope to be able to expand onto other platforms.
Either! You will be able to choose whether it is placed on an NPC within the gameworld, OR to play with it as your character (visible in third person)
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