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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 12 2013
$3,357
pledged of $550,000pledged of $550,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 12 2013

About

Virtual Media Systems has assembled seasoned game designers and engineers to create a new approach to the world of role-playing and first-person-shooter games for the PC. Cold Rush is going to break into a higher level of game character interaction, communication and immersive gaming experience that the gaming world has yet to see. Our team members come fresh from the advanced world of robotics and Expert System Design, coupled with those who helped bring you HALO and State of Decay. We’re breaking away from tradition to truly create a new experience.

Cold Rush is a completely new organism of creative and dedicated dreamers, not bound by prior game styles or philosophies. We’re not trying to recapture old glories or continue in the paths of those of who march to the loud beating corporate drums. We’re not here to merely create a game, but an interactive, delightfully unpredictable and potentially scary cool WORLD.This won’t be easy and that’s why we’re here. 

Our story begins in the near future. A revolutionary new form of clean fusion power is discovered that is fueled by a rare form of helium. This vastly improved energy source forever transforms our presence on the moon. Helium 3, known as Blue Gold, is found in huge deposits up on the moon and ignites history’s biggest gold rush. While international corporations and world governments race to build large mining and military installations, the rush for Blue Gold is ON.

Our game takes place in the year 2020 where extreme competition is causing friction between governments, corporations and mining consortiums. As the instability grows, rumors the discovery of ancient Alien remnants and technology bring on the increased presence of military and private armed forces. Ego’s and mistrust spark secret wars and a covert race for this alien tech.

Premise:
You are part of a professional reconnaissance team of corporate, scientific and military personal in search of this technology. You will navigate an immersive environment of mining sites, outposts, space stations, and moon caverns where all details matter… then to the lost ruins of an underground world.  You can choose from certain roles in the reconnaissance team, for example; the tech specialist might have to figure out how to use Russian, Chinese and alien tech successfully, perhaps very quickly… or military escorts charged with protection and recon. More roles could be added.

         Anzhey Jastremsky feat. Stream Change - Cold Rush.

We are a group of software engineers, artists and designers that have come together with a common goal to bring in an exciting new look and feel to gaming, to build the games we would love to play and share… The kind of games we wish to see. We are starting this new crew with veterans that helped bring you HALO and 'State of Decay'.

In the past, Virtual Media Systems created simulation engines for robotic vehicles that have competed in DARPA's "Grand Challenge" robotic competitions. We received honors from Anthony Tether, Director of the Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) for our expertise and ingenuity during the competition.

Together we have deep practical experience in realistic real world simulations, artificial intelligence, character animation, game strategies as well as art and graphic design. Together, we’re like chocolate and peanut butter.

Even though each of us has a wealth of experience and talent, together, we are a new project.  Our desired approach may be difficult for venture capitalists and publishers to understand as we are a new team with a no team track record. Together, the Team has passion.
We have passion for the goals, dreams and the growing experience a project like this brings with it. The experiences we wish to offer might not guaranty a profit, but evolved and creative game play may lead to the next level of fun and emersion.
With Kickstarter, the people are free to dream, create and come together. Here dreams power creation, not profits. Here backers and creators are free to be in the sun instead of the shadows of others.

We’re so excited that we have the opportunity to work with you and Kickstarter. We’re going to have fun showing you how it all starts to where it all finishes. You get to watch the process of creation with pod casts and behind the scenes day-to-day stuff with our designers, artists and developers. You’ll get access to blogs and forums and chat with our staff and MORE!

Our goal is to raise $550,000 to fund our project. We need to raise a larger amount than the average Kickstarter projects usually needs. We have a big task in front of us and we are humbly aware of the projects magnitude and scope. We’re not just creating a game or a world but a new process and experience. This entails a new game engine, design infrastructure, character automation and animation, as well as new art and more.

 All funds are going to this end and if by grace, we exceed our funding goals, we have a dynamic plan to increase the scope and size of our world. Hey, the moon is a big place!

Risks and challenges

Even the Greatest of Plans will never go as planned. Since we are a group with some differing technologies and experiences, our greatest challenge will be in integrating these diverse assets into a well formed and cohesive team.
There are enumerable tasks and strategies that have great importance for dealing with risk, for now, we will just keep it simple.

Humility. We are able to do this project because of YOU. We won’t ever forget this.

Include you with status and reports. Complete transparency to our progress and challenges.

Allow you to actively participate. Through our forum or web chat, you can be a part of our team. Sometimes we may be too close to the trees to see the forest. You can help keep us on track, exchange ideas, influence or encourage us through this project.

With any project at the beginning, 90% is unknown. Only as the journey unfolds and each challenge is found and overcome, can the rest be known. Thank you very much for your support!!!

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Thank you so much for you pledge! Everything counts and you count to us. Every backer at this level will receive a Cold Rush forum membership. We invite you to members to interact with our team; encourage, add suggestions or comments, experience the creative process and be a part of our community. Also you receive access to download digital wallpapers and high resolution artist images for your PC.

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    All backers at this level with receive the previous level offering plus a digital download of the finished Cold Rush game. The FUN STARTS HERE!

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    For this level, you will receive the previous reward tier plus a digital download of the Cold Rush sound track and access to a streaming documentary “Creating the Cold Rush”.

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    For this backing level you will receive the previous offering tier plus high resolution digital downloads of; Wall papers for your pc, Game Concept art and Game Maps.

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    And there’s MORE! You receive the previous offering tier plus a limited edition Cold Rush-KickStarter T-Shirt, digital Game Players Guide, a 3D viewer to view game artifacts and a signed thank you Card. Oh, also a MOON ROCK with your name or short inscription on it placed somewhere in the game.

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    For this Offering level, you’ll receive the previous offering tier. Added to this, special thanks in the games credits, VIP forum membership, Game Poster and team cloth patch.

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    Pledge US$ 150 or more About US$ 150

    Previous offering tier, plus Boxed version of the game with DVD and printed manual and materials, printed book of our game art, mouse pad and DVD copy of “The making of a Cold Rush” documentary.

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    Back this level and you'll not only receive the previous offering tier, BUT you'll be able to customize your active game character with your own voice over. Now we're having FUN.

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    Even more FUN. Back this offering, you'll get the previous offering, team hat with patch, and you'll be able to customize your active game character with not only your voice but your face as well. Now we're talking!

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    Now your face on your active character is COOL, but back this offering and you’ll be able to have your face installed on a permanent game character, your name immortalized on a mountain or crater and a trading card with the character with your likeness. Back this offer, you’ll of course get the previous tier offering, in addition, you’ll receive an autographed game poster with your character with your likeness, an autographed art print and 5 extra game licenses to give to your friends or family.

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    Help us design the GAME. With this offering tier, exclusive access to game development materials, be able to chat with team members, submit your thoughts and ideas, Special Golden Thank You in game credits, an exceptional wood plague thanking you and everything included in the 9th level offering tier.

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    Be immortalized with a moon base, space station or space ship with your NAME on it. Back this offer and we'll let you name one of the above mentioned, a full size space helmet replica with your name, a portrait with your likeness in the games hall of warriors as well as everything included in the tier 8 offering.

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    Pledge US$ 5,000 or more About US$ 5,000

    This is our ULIMATE pledge pack. With this offering you’ll be invited to our Cold Rush Release party. Spend a day behind the scenes, meet the team, challenge us in the Cold Rush world, be our guest of honor at our release dinner. You will also receive everything in the tier 12 offer. You will have to pay for travel and accommodations to our office in Lynnwood, Washington for the party and game day. We very much thank everyone for their generous support.

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Funding period

- (30 days)