Thank You, and What's Ahead
First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has made the StarDrive kickstarter campaign a success! With this level of funding we are going to be able to really bring this game and this universe to life. We now have a number of professional artists working on the team including 2D illustrators, animators, and a professional sound designer. We're working day and night to bring StarDrive to you.
For those with access to the indev builds, please bookmark January 15th. I have the project up and approved with Desura, which is basically an indie-games version of Steam. You should go ahead and sign up with them in the mean time and get a client. I am going out of town with the in-laws for a week starting tomorrow; upon my return, I'll make sure that everyone who should have access will have a key and the ability to download StarDrive.
As the indev/alpha progresses, we'll continue to be adding features and content. When we are essentially feature complete, we'll launch into the closed beta. I'm aiming at March for this but we'll see how things go. It could be sooner, it could be later. I want to have all of the basic networking kinks ironed out so that the beta can really be about testing multiplayer and balancing the game.
By June/July, we'll be gearing up for release. Our primary target platform is going to be Steam, but we'll do direct sales through our website and also on impulse, desura, and the other leading digital distribution platforms.
If you haven't already, take a gander at our forums on stardrivegame.com. We'll be working on getting that website a little prettier and more user friendly in the future, but for now it's functional and the best way to continue to be a part of StarDrive development. As you play through the game and come up with feature requests or bug reports, I'll want you to post about them on the forums so that I can take that feedback and act on it asap.
So, with that, take a look at some of our newest ship models and racial concept art. These ships are a set of frigates and fighters for a Bulrathi/Kilrathi inspired race that we're just calling the Kulrathi for now. The Kulrathi are a race of bear-like humanoids who are ferocious warrior-poets. They value beauty and honor and battle.
I'll update again when we're ready for the Desura launch. Have a happy new year, and thanks!