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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 25 2015 7:03 PM UTC +00:00
$294
pledged of 5 000 $pledged of 5 000 $ goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 25 2015 7:03 PM UTC +00:00

About

PROBE: Top Down Shooter Adventure

PROBE is a game coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux created by Michael Withers and Daniel Marshall. It will feature some of the classic mechanics of arcade shooters, but without the usual rails.

The Game

The Demo: You can try our game in its current state at http://darkturn.com/try-probe.html

The Greenlight: Please help us get on steam by voting for us on greenlight HERE!

Here is some footage of our game in its current state:

We've been inspired by traditional arcade shooters that do some things very right. The feel of upgrading, and of outperforming your enemies is something we definitely wanted to preserve. However arcade shooters tend to fall short of a full game, with fairly repetitive gameplay  and little long term progression. This is where PROBE will be different.

Adventure through the unknown

PROBE will have a campaign story revolving around the collection of the Prized resource: Dark Matter. This material powers everything from weapons to engines for star ships, and it is running out. Large corporations have mined out all the easy sources and it is up to you to explore new regions of space, fighting new species and other corporations to claim your stake.

Skill Based Combat

Probe isn't just about having the bigger guns, if you want to survive in the wild west of space, you'll need to learn to dodge incoming fire, and pick the wings off a fly at 10,000 yards.

The Galaxy is yours

There's a whole lot of space out there and it's yours to explore. Travel from system to system via Warp Gates in your search for the resource that anyone would kill for.

The Combat

Probe to Probe combat is the key focus of the game, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it feels(and looks) smooth a silk.

The Complete Game

Current Probe Parts
Current Probe Parts

We have a lot of work already done, and many mechanics are already working, but we have so much more that we want to add. Here are just some of the things we want to add for the full release

  • A story to remember: We have an epic story in mind, with you as the driving force of change in a galaxy of corporate interests and espionage.
  • The Galaxy Map: If you want to explore the Galaxy, you need to be able to get around.
  • Progression and Balance: In the Demo you are currently not very limited in part choice or wealth. The game will receive much needed balancing both in terms of part balance and balance of costs.
  • Custom Audio: Right now the audio for the game is all either created by us, or acquired from free sources. For the full release we will be purchasing audio that fit our game to a tee(especially music)
  • More Weapons: We have endless sheets of ideas for weapons and we want to implement as many of them as we can

Why KickStarter

You might have seen the demo and wondered, "You look like you guys are handling things pretty well already, why do you need my money?". The answer is that we've been working hard on this game for a while now for free(which is fine), but very soon we are going to have to cut back to do other things so that we can support ourselves financially unless we can make enough to get us by while we work on PROBE. Your Generous pledges will be used for:

  • Business costs: To start selling our game we need to officially set up our company: Dark Turn Entertainment
  • Professional Software: We've developed PROBE so far with free and limited versions of software, to properly optimize and further develop the game, we will need to purchase a few key pieces of software
  • Acquire new people: We like to think we are pretty awesome at what we do, but to achieve our vision for PROBE, we are going to need more people to work on the project. We already have some in mind, but we need to be able to pay them.
  • Sound Engineer: We do pretty well, but we aren't trained in audio production, we need to buy the time of a quality audio engineer to make sure the sounds for PROBE are spot on.
  • Polish: We don't intend to settle for anything less than the best we can do. That means spending a lot of time spent going over everything with a fine tooth comb, polishing everything up to near perfection.

Access to the Game

Pledging $10 or more(or $1, $3, $5 if you found us early on) will get you access to a copy of the game upon release. We will definitely be distributing our game through the Humble Store, but we will be doing our best to make it onto Steam a well. If we make it onto Steam, all backers will receive steam keys a well.

The Game will be releasing on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Beta Access: If your pledge rewards included Beta Access, you will be sent weekly links to a site where you can download the current version. If we make it onto steam, we will also run the Beta through Steam using the Early Access system.

Thank You

Helping us make our Game a reality means more to us than you can imagine. Please make sure to check out the demo at http://darkturn.com/try-probe.html

Please follow us at @DarkTurnEnt and www.facebook.com/DarkTurnEntertainment

We would also appreciate it immensely if you helped spread the word by telling anyone who you think would be interested(and maybe a few who aren't) all about our game. 

Risks and challenges

Completing our project will be a great deal of work for us, however we are more than confident that we can tackle it. That said, if we are funded up to the point of some of the stretch goal we have in mind, delivering the complete project by our delivery date may become more challenging.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Recieve a DRM free copy of Probe when it is released later this year — Early Bird gets the game. Thank you for supporting us when we needed it most

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    Recieve a DRM free copy of Probe when it is released later this year — Early Bird gets the game. Thank you for supporting us when we needed it most

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    Recieve a DRM free copy of Probe when it is released later this year — Early Bird gets the game. Thank you for supporting us when we needed it most

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    Access the Probe beta which will start as soon a the Kickstarter ends(weekly updates) + Recieve a DRM free copy of Probe when it is released later this year.

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    Previous Rewards + A Limited Edition Probe Tee Shirt + A Limited Edition Probe Poster + A thank you in the Probe credits

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    Previous Rewards + A 3D printed Plastic Probe of your own, just as it appears in game

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    Previous Rewards + A 3D printed Metal Probe of your own, just as it appears in game

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    Previous Rewards + Design a Weapon. Come up with an idea for a weapon to attach to your probe, and work with us to put it into the game

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    Previous Rewards + Come hang out with us in Riverside California for the weekend. You'll need to arrange travel, but once here we'll chat and play some board games, as well as show you everything about the development of our game!

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    Previous Rewards + A Very special thank you in game + Name the Villain.

    Name the Villain: Name and describe the game's villain's appearance(It Could be You!) and we will bring him into all his evilness

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Funding period

- (30 days)