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A 3D platform game set in a fantasy environment with a twist of bending gravity. A pleasant cocktail of Planescape, Portal and Thief. Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on September 27, 2013.

A 3D platform game set in a fantasy environment with a twist of bending gravity. A pleasant cocktail of Planescape, Portal and Thief.

About this project

What is Aterra?

Aterra is a 3D platform game set in the Elemental Plane of Air, which can be imagined most easily like an infinite sky in every direction, with floating chunks of material from other elemental planes.

Our long term goal is to create a rich role-playing experience and Aterra is the first step towards it by setting a unique environment and control system. 

Here's the scoop:

Aterra is a single-player, first-person, puzzle-platform video game.
You will play a single, specific character.
The story-driven game will have a rich monologue system.The game will be developed with the Unreal Developement Kit for PC (Windows) platform.The game will be distributed DRM-free. (You’ll be able to get it from Steam, and other DRM-free download options will be made available.)

Here’s a brief summary of our story:

You are Nelor “Ninefingers”, a young and foolhardy master thief, rich beyond imagination and now seeking fame above everything else. Taking any task that seems impossible, stealing unstealable things, one night you break in to the Caliph's palace, disarming magical traps and evading the most skilled guardsmen in the Thirteen Kingdoms. Then, out of the blue everything goes south: just seconds before you, someone takes the mysterious Hand of Munga’ and escapes through an unusual portal. As the alarm is raised, the whole place getting all stirred up like a beehive, with guards swarming in the room you are in. You see no escape route other than the closing portal, so you jump in after your competitor, hoping to catch a break, just to find yourself on a different Plane of existence, where gravity seems to bend to someone’s will. This is where your story starts, in a building built by some unearthly logic which might contain some clues that can reveal the identity of the one who ruined your reputation.

Aterra is an adventure that reaches back to pen and paper RPG-s, and has great emphasis on realism. You'll play the role of a specific individual. You have specific skills as a master thief, and your abilities to interact with your environment and others will change if you put your hands on special equipment or items with magical capabilities. This is one way to customize your abilities and skills, but farther in your adventure you might find others. We’re taking the approach of having you play a specific individual so that we can focus on telling your personal tale.

Aterra is being developed by VVVaVe, a mid-sized independent game developer team located in the United Kingdom and in Hungary. We believe that good games are made, when developers working directly with the players, not publishers. The player’s feedback is our Bible, we embrace it and live by it to fine-tune the core game to your taste.

Why Kickstarter, why now?

Our experience with crowd funding has been wonderfully positive for us and has opened our eyes to the power of a direct relationship with the gamers. We want to create games in a fashion and style that helped to make the true classics. And along these lines we've abandoned the typical developer/publisher model and placed our future in the hands of gamers who don’t want their game’s design filtered through financial decisions. We've embraced the crowd in every aspect. YOU are our publisher...and you are the best publisher we've ever worked with!

This process allows us to create the games exactly the way you want to see them. There is a purity of development when we can spend 100% of our efforts making the game with an open dialogue throughout the process. We'll start with a strong vision document that details our sensibilities, and from there we'll stay in sync with you, from concept through the execution of the ideas.

We're grateful for all the support and look forward to bringing you the kind of games that we all would love to play.

This product is participating in Brian Fargo’s Kicking It Forward initiative, promising to pledge 5% of its post-release profit to other Kickstarter projects. We are proud to join the over 300 successfully funded Kickstarter projects whose founders share Brian’s vision of supporting the independent efforts of others.

We already love this game and we think it's easily going to be worth your money - at the very least it’ll have 10 unique locations, 20 loot/magic items, and will give you hours of enjoyment. But it could be so much more. And it's up to you to make that happen!

Risks and challenges

As you all know, video games are complex projects. Aterra is a small project which is designed to be highly scalable, and it is the first chapter of a longer adventure. We clearly understand what makes this game fun, and focus on those elements. The rest is up to the gamer community - if they find it entertaining, they will decide if they want us to expand the story and the length of the gameplay. We leave it to the wisdom of the crowd how big the game is gonna be. If we don’t get any support, we will still finish the game for fun, but without your support it would take us more time. Waaay more.

This is our first project together as a team. We have great helpers, strong community support and hard working team members. Most importantly, we have a working prototype of the core gameplay mechanics of the game - that was the hardest part and couldn’t be done without our talented lead programmer, who will follow the game through to the finish line. We are confident in our ability to provide our backers with a quality game they deserve.

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    KICKSTARTER

    Every £1 raises the number of backers, so the campaign will be more visible, and with every 1000 backer we will extend the number of locations in the game. A "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks. Every pledger reinforces that hardcore fantasy games are not dead and nor are PC Gamers!

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    A free full version digital copy of Aterra upon its release, a "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks. This low price only available for those who help fund.

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    A free full version digital copy of Aterra upon its release, a "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area, plus early access to the Beta version of Aterra and Beta forum access. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks.

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    A free full version digital copy of Aterra upon its release, a "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area, plus early access to the Alpha and Beta version of Aterra, plus Alpha and Beta forum access. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks.

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    A free full version digital copy of Aterra upon its release, a "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks, plus we will send a free full version digital copy of Aterra in your name to the Child's Play Charity or a charity of your choice.

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    ALL DIGITAL

    A free full version digital copy of Aterra upon its release, a "Kickstarter Backer" forum title and access to the "Backers Only" forum area, plus early access to the Alpha and Beta version of Aterra, plus Alpha and Beta forum access. Your name will appear in the game credits with our special thanks. Participation in the making of the "Aterra: Ask Me Anything" video, a digital wallpaper, a PDF art book, digital soundtrack and PDF strategy guide.

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    As SUPPORTER above, plus a handwritten, archaic style letter of thanks from the team, signed by the team members.

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    As SUPPORTER above, plus a unique, hand drawn WIP concept art, signed by the artist. Every piece is one-of-a-kind, never to be reprinted, so it is literally a unique memorabilia. You can pick yours from a tableau, first come, first served.

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    ITEM DESIGNER

    As SUPPORTER above, plus following guidelines from the Aterra team, design a rare loot or magic item to the game. You will have our full support during the process, and you will get the unique, hand drawn concept art - based on your design ideas - signed by the artist as well. Your name will be included in a special section of the game credits along with the development team, under "Additional Design", that notes the item you designed.

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    As SUPPORTER above, plus following guidelines from the Aterra team, design a unique level to the game. You will have our full support during the process, and you will get the unique, hand drawn concept art - based on your design ideas - signed by the artist as well. Your name will be included in a special section of the game credits along with the development team, under "Additional Design", that notes the location you designed.

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    THE NAME OF THE GAME

    As SUPPORTER above, plus choose a tasteful name that is consistent with our game’s lore for a magic item or unique loot of your choice. You can include a variation on your real name or your nickname if you wish; we’ll work with you to come up with an appropriate and fitting idea.

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    ONE OF US

    As SUPPORTER above, plus design a unique level and two rare loots or magic items to the game. You will have our full support during the process, and you will get the three unique, hand drawn concept arts - based on your design ideas - signed by the artist as well. Your name will be included in a special section of the game credits along with the development team, under "Additional Design", that notes the items and level you designed. Including an hour long Skype conversation with the lead designer, or any other team member of your choice, when you can ask us anything.

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    As SUPPORTER above, plus design the protagonist's trademark symbol. It can be drawn by you, or our graphic designer will draw it based on your suggestions and concepts. You will have our full support during the process, and you will get the unique concept art - based on your design ideas - signed by the artist as well. Your name will be included in a special section of the game credits along with the development team, under "Additional Design", that notes that the trademark was designed by you.

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    BECAUSE IT IS EVIL

    As SUPPORTER above, plus choose a name that is consistent with our game’s lore for the antagonist of the game. Everything about the antagonist background, looks and motivations and his role in the recent, current and future events will be revealed for you to make the best choice. If you wish, you can name the boss in the game after yourself; we can use a variation on your real name or your nickname. We’ll work with you to come up with an appropriate and fitting idea. You cannot reveal the name until we say so.

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    PRODUCER

    Become the producer of the game. As SUPPORTER above, plus you can take a look at the work progress, chat with us, call us on Skype and eat our desserts any time. You can meet with us if you can manage to travel to Budapest, Hungary. Including a fun weekend with free meals and a video game session with the games of your choice in which you can try to kick our ass. You will have a special place in our heart and in the credits as well. In addition, you are an Honorary member of the team and will be credited as such.

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Funding period

- (30 days)