Swap Fire is a multiplayer FPS for the Nintendo Wii U. Shooting your opponent rips spacetime and swaps your positions. After all the love and encouragement from fans, the team is now pushing to build Swap Fire: Season 2 for Nintendo Switch.
This Kickstarter represents the opening salvo in our attempt to fund this sequel. If we are successful, we plan to raise the rest of the money necessary to deliver the game from private investors who have expressed interested in seeing the Swap Fire series succeed.
If you haven't played or heard of the original Swap Fire, take a quick look at this let's play by On the Links Gaming. They give a pretty good explanation of what the Swap Fire universe is all about. [note - there is some mature language]
You can also check out this creative review from Nintendo Reviewer. We absolutely loved his use of the swapping mechanic at the start of the video!
Swap Fire was originally created for the first 7 Day FPS Challenge during June 2012. The swapping mechanic came to Jeremy Alessi as soon as he heard about a game jam dedicated to innovation in the FPS space. Within 7 days Jeremy had created an online networked game with all the trappings including the originally conceived mechanic and better still, it worked! One aspect of the game jam prototype still bothered Jeremy though. It had taken a rather dark turn with the assets used for the jam game containing lots of spikes and some medieval gore. Jeremy ceased to move forward on the game until 3 years later when he met Henry Meredith.
Both Jeremy and Henry are huge Nintendo fans and, since 2014, Jeremy had been a Nintendo approved indie developer. He just didn’t know what to make. As they went through several of the prototypes Jeremy had created, it was obvious that Swap Fire was the most interesting and fun. The rest was history.
Midnight Status officially delivered Swap Fire for the Nintendo Wii U November 17th, 2016. The game features the same great mechanics from the original 7DFPS jam game, but with an all new narrative and aesthetic.
Unfortunately, it was around that time Nintendo announced the Switch. While Swap Fire for Wii U has received some decent reviews, YouTube coverage, and endless love from fans, sales were underwhelming. This was particularly difficult for the team as Jeremy has a family with many mouths to feed and had risked so much to develop the first Swap Fire.
Regardless, the team pushes on, driven by the support of fans and the desire to make awesome games.
The original Swap Fire included 9 different multiplayer modes revolving around the swapping mechanic. Check out this video highlighting a few of them:
If you really want an in-depth look at the finer details of this Kickstarter campaign, listen to this recent podcast interview with PSVG.
Every day we hear from someone else that they'll surely buy the title when it comes out for the Switch.There's no denying it. Nintendo fans have moved on to the Switch and now so must we. Season 2 will deliver higher quality visuals, online multiplayer, and more!
The goal of this Kickstarter is to act as market validation to the private investors who have already expressed interested in supporting the series. If for some reason this Kickstarter is more successful than we anticipate, we'll just make the game with no middlemen. We did it for Wii U and we will do it again for the Switch. This time we just need your help!
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of developing Swap Fire include the following:
- Small development team, Midnight Status is an indie game developer. If something happens to one of our team members then the project could be delayed or fail to be completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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