(Latest footage from level one of Fathom - see progress report at the bottom)
All Aboard the
Yes, that’s right, here at Ironsun we love
all things Steampunk and we feel that this most elegant and arresting of visual
styles has been underused in the game industry, something we hope to set to
rights with our latest game.
We bring to your
attention Fathom, a 2.5D action adventure game that combines puzzle solving
with combat and exploration in a beautiful Steampunk themed adventure. Journey
through ancient ruins and beautiful caverns as you delve deeper into the dark
waters of the Caribbean Sea, battling long-submerged foes with fiendish intent!
To master the
Bathysphere and wield the ultimate powers of Atlantis you need a sharp mind, a
happy trigger finger and a hunger to explore. Repair the Atlanteans broken
machines, solve their ancient puzzles and be rewarded with their hidden relics
of destruction to wreak havoc on their mechanical defences. Wandering blindly
into a fire fight could be the end of you; exploration will yield secret
pathways, a clever way to dispatch of the threat or the means to reduce them to
Fathom has a strong
focus on puzzle solving, from pick up and drop offs to brain teasing riddles.
The idea is that you get to enjoy drifting through a beautiful environment,
solving puzzles ranging from child’s-play to hair pullers.
You play as Nathaniel Lockhart, a Victorian adventurer, who is shipwrecked in the Caribbean Sea during the late 1870’s. Your memories of events surrounding the shipwreck are hazy, but since your rescue violent dreams of a mysterious craft attacking the Cruise Liner dominate your every thought.
In the midst of his nightmares, Nathaniel sees designs for a craft unlike any built by man before. Now obsessed with the idea that this is the only way he can find answers, he pools all his resources to build the machine from his visions, and mounts an expedition back to the murky waters that haunt his every thought.
We at Ironsun Studios are primarily based in England but with people in Russia
and Romania too, all committed to the cause of a special genre; the Undersea
Neo-Gothic Steampunk Adventure.
We’ve had many compliments on the music; so
here’s a snippet from one of the Ambient tracks.
The idea of Fathom
came to us back in 2010, as we were thinking about our next game after Ionball.
We had the idea of making a game based
on Luna Lander (old school!) and the conversation generally merged into the
concept for Fathom. The original idea
was to have a 2d game only, but as we took on Unity3D we decided to up it to
Fathom has passed the prototype stage, and we have now got the ball rolling. We
have completed the first true in-game level as shown in the video. We’re hoping
that those of you who know Unity will be able to appreciate that for the
resources we have Fathom really is a stunning looking game. And find it a
testament to what you can do with bone-grinding commitment, a small group and
Unity at your fingertips. All of us on the team have put many long nights and
early mornings into the game, because to us it’s a labour of love.
We are a really small
team, and desperately want to publish Fathom ourselves. It’s taken us until now
to produce the first building blocks of a game which we are rightly proud of,
but we really want to finish it. Except finishing it isn’t quite enough for us,
if it means not being able to stay independent. So this is where you come in.
With the help of the Kickstarter community, we hope to get enough funds to make
Fathom great, and make it as Ironsun Studios.
It’s also a very easy
game to add to which also works well with Kickstarter, there’s no limits to
puzzle ideas, enemy looks, weapon ideas it’s all down to funding so the more we
get the more we can make.
It will also be great to get feedback from the
community and take on advice to help mould Fathom into something great.
Hitting our £120K
milestone will make Fathom reach its full potential, we will be able to use all
the features we wish to make this game unique and maybe more, surpassing the
required funding will only help to expand what we already hope to achieve.
Currently, the main focus for the game to be released on Windows 7/8. As the game is currently still in development, it is too early to specify hardware requirements, but it will definitely require a dedicated Directx 9 capable video card. Our target is to support a variety of hardware, but we will announce the full system requirements at a later date. The intended ESRB/PEGI rating should be E/7.
Backers will be
rewarded with goods ranging from digital gifts such as an exclusive in-game
relic and even your face integrated into the game by our artists as an ancient
head stone, to limited edition T-shirts and hoodies designed by the Fathom
creators and perfected by our artists for a truly unique steam punk look.
If, with the kind help of the Kickstarter community, we reach our goal we
intend to include additional features to the game depending on the amount we go
above it. There’s loads of ideas in our collective heads for Fathom, but we
decided the following would be great to have if we had time and money.
are just completing our second level (which is the first level in the game just
to confuse everyone ;-) ) and starting work on the third level. Also, the story
elements of the game are starting to take shape and we will be able to show
more of both the story and the first level soon. We’re really excited about how
it looks and can’t wait to share! Until then, here's a sneak preview of some of the new stuff coming!
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges after we are funded is recruiting the extra resource that has the talent and skills to not just complete the work in the timescales required but also improve the game as well. We have a very talented team, but we will need to add to it to complete the game to the standard and timescales that we want to.
One of the other risks is on the technical side - keeping the performance of the game within the constraints of the hardware base we are aiming at. If we do have enough funding to port the game to other platforms than PC, then we will have technical challenges in making Fathom work on less powerful platforms, such as Ipad and other tablets.
Fathom is built using Unity, so support for both Mac and Linux is out of the box, but there are caveats with Linux, which are documented here http://blogs.unity3d.com/2012/11/22/linux-publishing-in-unity-4-0/ So both are definitely in our plans, as Unity (the engine for Fathom) supports them; it’s one of our Stretch Goals. We can’t promise for them to be ported straight away though – our focus for Kickstarter is Windows 7/8.
·The gameplay we have shown is effectively from the trainer level, so is easier than later levels and has a fair amount of “hand holding”. So expect the game to get much more challenging as you go along!
• DIGITAL ONLY TIER. Digital Download copy of Fathom + Wallpapers for Multiple Monitors + Exclusive immediate access to the playable demo + HD digital download of the game soundtrack + Digital Collector’s Book in PDF Format. The book will contain concept art, information on the history behind Fathom’s world and exclusive background to the settings and characters + Exclusive Kickstarter forum access.
A HD digital download of the game soundtrack
+ Digital Collector’s Book in PDF Format. The book will contain concept art, information on the history behind Fathom’s world and exclusive background to the settings and characters
+ Fathom Explorer Mouse Mat + All previous rewards
DIGITAL ONLY TIER. PDF version of the Fathom comic book + Listing with “special thanks” in the credits + Digital Download copy of Fathom + Wallpapers for Multiple Monitors + Exclusive immediate access to the playable demo + HD digital download of the game soundtrack + Digital Collector’s Book in PDF Format. The book will contain concept art, information on the history behind Fathom’s world and exclusive background to the settings and characters + Exclusive Kickstarter forum access.
Unique Fathom Poker Set including 100 Themed Poker Chips, Mahogany Case with Engraved Brass Plaque, 2 x Pack of Fathom Poker Cards and a high quality Gaming Cloth.
+Upgraded to "Associate Producer" in credits
+Guaranteed place as a Beta Tester for Fathom
+ All previous rewards
Receive a limited edition replica of Nathaniel Lockhart’s jacket made by renowned tailor Hilary Wili who has made costumed and clothing for shows such as “The mighty Boosh” and the movie “Stardust”.
+ Upgraded to “Producer” in credits
+ All previous rewards