UPDATE #1: PROTOTYPE DEMO!
Genre: Action Defense
Platforms: iOS (iPod Touch, iPhone 3+, iPads HD), Android (2.1 and above, phones and tablets), Grade A PC/Mac Browsers
Projected launch date: June 2012
Business Model: Freemium (Free to download and play) with a Microtransaction Store
We are an independent mobile development studio of 6 incredibly devoted nerds. We finished our first game Chin Up and partnered with a great publisher to bring it to market. Dragons VS Unicorns is our baby; otherwise known as our second title. We’re the toughest critics of our work and strive to self-publish DVU in order to remain independent and accountable to each other.
Digital Harmony Games may be small, but our individual expertise and skills are complementary to the success of our products and the team. Like all bootstrapped startups, we each wear several hats.
We’ve been working on Dragons VS Unicorns for about 2.5 months. During this time, we’ve exhaustively brainstormed a solid game design, completed 70% of the art assets, built the framework, and designed all the menus, user interface, and micro-game smidgens.
Our next step is to complete a vertical slice of the game. This is essentially all parts of the game (mechanics, strategy, art, menus, sound, user interface, music, flow, and etc) in one playable level. The vertical slice is crucial for our project, as it determines the allocation of our resources—do we need more art? Sound? Do the mechanics need tweaking? It also gives us a jumping off point to design an effective marketing campaign.
After the vertical slice comes the Alpha build. At this stage in development, Dragons VS Unicorns is completely feature locked, where no new features are added in the game. The game will be 90% complete and the first phase of balancing will begin.
Following the Alpha stage will be the Betas. We will invite our Kickstarter backers to play the game and give us feedback. In the Beta phase, our goal is to ensure that all core game mechanics, currency earnings, and store items are balanced, making for an entertaining (yet challenging) experience.
Finally, we will kiss the game for good luck and submit to Apple and Android Marketplace. Now that the game is complete, we will reward ourselves with a beer and plan for the game’s expansion.
None of this is possible without your support and generous contributions. We will update regularly with the official designs of our swag rewards. Please check back and let us know your thoughts!
In addition, all backers will receive an invitation to join our exclusive DVU development forums to take a look at our full production process! Getting a fresh perspective for suggestions and feedback is incredibly crucial to the success of the game, and we'd love to hear them!
Unicornling and Pimp Turtle Pack Backers! In addition to rewards listed, you'll receive a special role in the development forums. Your voice will be heard in our polls for art & game decisions throughout the course of production.
Unicorn and Dragon Pack Backers! In addition to rewards listed, you'll receive poll access in the forums, and participation in our weekly production update meetings via skype! In these weekly Pow-Wow's, we discuss progress and design plans for all the intricate mechanics that go into the game. We'd love for you to provide us with your creative ideas and be a part of the process!
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