Headset included! Evolve prehistoric creatures and build epic worlds in both augmented and virtual reality. Scientifically accurate!
Headset included! Evolve prehistoric creatures and build epic worlds in both augmented and virtual reality. Scientifically accurate!
EVOLVE - Dinosaurs in your living room!
Welcome to a journey that started 3.8 billion years ago...
EVOLVE is the world’s first game for your mobile that harnesses both augmented reality and virtual reality to transport you from your living room back to prehistoric times. EVOLVE has been produced in London by two friends in their 20's, with the help of world leading scientists and evolutionary biologists.
The premise of EVOLVE is simple - you begin 3.8 billion years ago, with a prehistoric creature that resembles an early common ancestor of all life on earth. You must learn about its needs and then proceed to feed, care and nurture this creature and build its environment and climate in order to evolve it. You do this all in breath-taking real time augmented reality. Each time it evolves into a new species and you progress through earth's dynamic and exciting geological history, you must choose how it evolves. Depending on your choices, your animal will evolve down different lineages - and all of these lineages are true evolution pathways that actually happened!
At every stage of the game, you can customise your animal's prehistoric world - build lush jungles, add waterfalls, volcanoes, landmarks and more! You can then put the virtual reality headset on (included), and enter and explore your magical world (using the included controller). In EVOLVE, you'll get the chance to interact with your creature in life size stunning virtual reality!
We set out to create this game to bring science into peoples' homes in a fun, engaging way. We loved dinosaurs as children and wanted people to have the experience of seeing them in the flesh. By working alongside world-leading evolutionary biologists, we've mapped out key evolutionary lineages and as a result EVOLVE will allow you to experience your animal evolving into a multitude of real, exciting prehistoric creatures!
EVOLVE comes as a box which includes the full mobile game, a virtual reality headset and controller, an augmented reality launch disc and a full colour booklet with over 130 pages of fascinating information on prehistoric animals and key events in their time.
We love variety and a feeling of exploration and so we designed EVOLVE as a multi-level experience. In this game you are a creator, an owner, a learner and an explorer in one seamlessly connected package!
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How does EVOLVE work?
We saw the current moves in augmented reality and virtual reality as the perfect opportunity to provide the most fascinating insight into Earth’s past. We wanted the great animals of history to truly burst into life, and with EVOLVE’s mobile game and included physical elements you can now actually stand amongst the animals that have filled all of our imaginations for decades.
You truly take the reigns in the Devonian period. Using your mobile or tablet device, you can scan the purpose-designed launch disc included in the EVOLVE box, and an early prehistoric creature that lurked in the swamps of this ancient time will be presented to you in amazing augmented reality.
By accessing the exciting fact-file brimming with a wealth of information about the creature, you can then proceed to care for it according to its behavioural habits and environmental predilections. All the information is true to the latest scientific knowledge!
Caring for your animal will entail a myriad of exciting interactions! Feed your creature and optimise its environment! Customise the habitat with foliage, fauna and climate changes to produce a remarkable depiction of a dynamic, prehistoric ecosystem.
We wanted to provide the magic, freedom and sense of ownership that comes with creation and so in EVOLVE, you are the architect of your creature's very own habitat.
Design the augmented reality environments in real time using hundreds of customisables, creating epic jungles, forests, deserts or arctic landscapes. Let your imagination run wild.
How well you care for your prehistoric creature will determine its health which is shown on the red health bar. If this bar isn’t full, then its a sign that something isn’t quite right! Find out which aspect of your care is sub-optimal and fix it to ensure your creature gets back to full health! If your animal isnt looked after properly for a prolonged amount of time, you’ll notice its health deteriorate, leading to sickness and even death!
We believe that the act of caring for and promoting the optimal existence of a creature is highly engaging and has great carry-over to learning about how it truly lived all those millenia ago.
EVOLVING YOUR CREATURE
In EVOLVE you won't just care for your extinct creature, you'll also get the chance to evolve it too.
We mentioned that you will begin your game with a primitive creature in the Devonian period, a common ancestor of the majority of species alive today. The better you care for this ancestor, the faster it will evolve.
There are numerous exciting evolutionary pathways that your creature could evolve down and at each stage YOU make the choice of what it shall become next. In EVOLVE, you are the arbiter of your creature’s destiny.
In Earth's history, different animal lineages have branched off according to natural selection and to chance. In the EVOLVE game, the choice of evolution you make will determine which animals become available for selection at the next evolution checkpoint. Continuing this process ultimately determines the lineage you will end up following!
Who knows what your creature will ultimately become? A tiger? A rhinoceros? Or even a human....? Only time will tell.
All of the evolution pathways are accurate to the latest science. With multiple evolution checkpoints and over 100 different species, EVOLVE is truly an expansive game.
Stepping into your creature's world with Virtual Reality
So you've finished building your world? Now its time to enter it. Reach for the EVOLVE controller, don the EVOLVE headset, and step into the world you've created!
At any point during your game you can select the VR immersion mode button and be transported back in time to witness your creation and your creature in action as if you were really there.
Walk beneath the towering desert arch you had placed moments before, hear the volcano you positioned rumbling in the distance and watch in amazement as your pterosaur screeches and lands by your side in breath-taking life size.
Throughout Earth's history, fascinating beasts of epic proportions have roamed the ancient continents and cataclysmic events have shaken the planet. In immersion mode, you can witness them yourself.
If you have reached the Cretaceous period on your evolutionary journey, you can witness the mass extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. If you are occupying the Pleistocene epoch, you can stand alongside the great sabre-toothed cat of the americas, Smilodon. If you are in the Devonian you can experience the very first creatures to make steps onto dry land!
All of these incredible events and creatures are open to you to explore in the EVOLVE game.
We wanted to include a virtual reality mode because we’ve always dreamed to walk amongst dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts. These magnificent creatures have been lost to extinction, and as children we would lay awake at night and imagine what a world would be like with these animals.
In EVOLVE, we endeavoured to make sure everything you need to experience the amazing virtual reality is included to ensure that the captivating lost worlds of the past are no longer confined to the imagination but can be brought to life for adults, children and families to truly experience.
EVOLVE has an Earth mode that can be accessed simply by clicking on the icon of the globe! Earth mode presents a stunning image of Planet Earth which freely rotates in space above your launch disc .
Imagine if you could stand on a faraway planet and look down on Earth as it changed through time. EVOLVE brings this experience to you by allowing you to observe the Earth and how it looked during each of the major periods of the planet's history.
Using the chronology bar, you can slide your finger across and witness continental drift as the powerful forces of nature moulded the shape of Earth's different land masses over millions of years.
Take a moment to pause on a particular period and move in closer to see the fascinating events at work that changed the Earth as we know it for ever.
Witness the cataclysmic impact of the asteroid that spelt disaster for dinosaurs at the end of the spectacular Cretaceous period. Marvel at the ice age of the Pleistocene and move your phone inches closer in real time to unveil the creatures that not only overcame the challenging conditions of the time, but thrived within them.
Visually learn about all the major and exciting geological and natural events that have occurred through Earth's time in an amazing and fun experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Cladogram mode and the science behind EVOLVE
In cladogram mode you access a branching, interactive diagram that encompasses the full selection of species available within Evolve (over 100 species are featured in the game!).
Species will be connected together by lines that indicate the evolutionary pathways you can take on your journey through the various time periods.
Species left to be discovered will be silhouetted to add to the mystery and excitement on your voyage.
So what is a cladogram? WARNING: a little bit of science coming up!
A cladogram is the name given to the type of branching diagram that illustrates the phylogenetic relationships between different species. The name cladogram is derived from the word clade which simply means a group of organisms that have been placed together as they are all thought to share a last common ancestor. A last common ancestor refers to the most recent individual species from which all of the species in the group are thought to be descended from!
How we selected the species for EVOLVE
Selecting the various species seen in Evolve was a complex process, and one that required much more digging than one might expect. Extinct species are found through a fossil record of some kind but fossilisation is a remarkably rare event, requiring very specific geologic conditions that favour the process. This means that the creatures we are aware of having existed are only a tiny proportion of the complexity of life. Indeed, it is thought that we only know a fraction of the current living species on Earth, let alone those that have long gone extinct!
In light of this, when one looks at a tree of life diagram, there are many gaps and unknowns. Scientists now use comparisons of morphology and computer programs to generate vast cladograms using large data sets of characteristics and genetic features. With Evolve, we sat alongside established professors here in the UK and used their cutting edge research to present you with the most exciting scientifically accurate game ever produced.
We have endeavoured to select fascinating species representative of different lineages through time. Working alongside the top scientists in evolutionary biology, we have carefully selected species that marked key evolution points such as Tiktaalik, a lobe finned fish which shared many features of tetrapods and is thus considered to be a key intermediary species in the transition of fish to lizards.
Species were also selected for their proximity in time to a common ancestor, so best represented what that common ancestor may have looked like and therefore can be a visual idea of key precursor points along the tree of life. Other species have been selected for their sheer scale, remarkable features or notable fame in prehistory and amongst scientists of the field.
Read about it!
As kids we would be mesmerised by the dinosaur books our parents had bought us, pouring over the facts and illustrations, using our minds to envisage the giant beasts roaming the exotic worlds of Earth’s prehistoric times. In our Evolve box we wanted to offer our own tribute to these memories that we hold so close. To this end, we have endeavoured to produce a beautifully illustrated 100+ page booklet that comes alongside your evolve disc, headset and controller in the Evolve box.
The booklet will take you on a scientific journey of exploration from the very beginnings of time through to more modern times, while simultaneously explaining features of the Evolve game, supplying hints of how to care for your animals as you progress along your chosen evolutionary pathway.
Given that our game is based on nature and and the periods of Earth’s history, the game information will be displayed seamlessly amongst the factual prehistory.
We imagine that the booklet will feel equally at home by the bedside for a spot of nighttime reading as it would by your side as you enter the virtual worlds of Evolve.
Scales or feathers?
There's been emerging research in the past decades about feathered dinosaurs, with some debate as to whether dinosaurs were primarily scaled or feathered. In the prototype of the game, we created all dinosaurs with scales - however in the final product some dinosaurs will have scales and some will be feathered based on the most accurate research to hand. Where contention and debate still remains, we will conceptualise the appearance of the animal based on our consideration of the closest approximation but include in the accompanying information fact file that this is open to debate. A fascinating yet unfortunate truth is that for many species no accurate visual understanding is complete, and so artistic and close approximations is necessary to represent many of these magnificent creatures.
The future of EVOLVE
We designed EVOLVE as one complete package with the game running on your mobile as we felt that this was the best option to get the experience out to as many people as possible. While VR technology has been out for a while, the options are either very expensive or the games available to the average mobile user not very impressive, expansive or enticing. We wanted to change that.
When creating Evolve one of the key experiences we wanted our users to feel was that they were experiencing something magical. Our love of science, and fascination with the natural world and earth’s history was something we wanted to encapsulate in the product. It really will be a joy to develop this game in full and we intend on adding new material, modes and features to Evolve as we progress.
The tree of life of species is so expansive and the millions of years of Earth's past so full of exciting material that the options for new ideas really are endless. While what has been described on this page is set for the initial release, we already have some exciting new concepts in the pipeline which could be seamlessly downloaded onto your mobile device upon their completion for no extra cost.
One aspect of nature that has always captivated the attention and imagination of us humans is fighting. The energy, the aggression, the clash of jaws and claws.
When discussing Evolve with kids and adults alike, this fascination was repeatedly shared as something people would love to see incorporated in the game. We would love to fulfill these desires and, having listened intently, we came up with Fight Mode for Evolve. Through this mode we intend to enable you to bring back to life the most magnificent extinct creatures and pit them against each other in an epic multiplayer experience.
Take your creature into the online world and select your opponent from the Evolve network. Use points gained in the main Evolve game to unlock moves, health points, special abilities and more! Then, select your offensive and defensive moves strategically as you battle for supremacy in different environments of your choosing!
In immersive virtual reality, stand alongside your velociraptor as it unleashes a flurry of swift attacks on your rival’s triceratops. Watch out for the mammoth’s ferocious charge as you stand alongside your human ancestor in a terrifying duel on the snowy plains of ancient Asia. All of these scenarios and more will be made possible through Evolve’s unique fight mode.
At this point in time, Fight Mode is only at the concept stage and will require further rigorous planning. Animation and adaptation of our existing assets would need to take place, as would extensive video game development and setup of our online capabilities.
If EVOLVE becomes a reality through this kickstarter we would dive headfirst into ensuring fight mode is a feature of everyone's Evolve game for NO extra cost. Throw down your Evolve disc, trigger the AR and let the battles commence!
Improved interactivity with your animal
We have dreams of producing levels of interactivity with your extinct pet creature that rivals the experience had with an animal in the real world.
In future updates we intend to develop and incorporate advanced software technology that will seamlessly sync to your device and product. These updates will allow you to bond with your "prehistoric pet" with staggering levels of reality - taming your creature from a wild animal to a curious creature, and then an obedient and loyal friend which you can play with, feed, train to hunt and much more.
Imagine standing within a Jurassic Jungle, your pet T-rex rampaging angrily towards you. It is up to you to escape, and then configure a way to win the animals trust. Before long your T-rex no longer views you as a threat, and as you spend more time taming, bonding and training your animal, you are able to form a unique connection with it - albeit an unorthodox and risky one.
We envision the use of motion technology in VR - so you can use physical movements to play games with your pet creature, and voice commands that it responds to. In AR, we intend to use holograms and virtual touch points so you can have your augmented reality pet respond to your hand and fingers in frighteningly realistic ways!
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Cocoon Creativity was founded by two friends that have a passion for science, prehistory and technology. We love creating products, services and experiences that give users a wonderful experience and lasting memories. We’ve worked alongside world leading evolutionary biologists, developers and artists to create EVOLVE.
A special thanks to Professor John Allen, a global expert on evolutionary biology, cell biology and molecular biology and Professor Anjali Goswami, a pioneer in mammalian evolution, professor of paleobiology at University College London and the co-chair of the Scientific Program Committee, whose help and assistance has been indispensable.
We also would like to thank the staff at the Grant Museum of Zoology.
Why we need Kickstarter
Our journey began with the vision of creating a fun, entertaining product that would teach people simultaneously. We began with mapping out concepts and carrying out extensive research on evolutionary biology (with the aid of top researchers, professors and lecturers) for our game.
We then worked with game developers to create the rules, logic and dynamics of the game and put it to the test. Next we spent rigorous amounts of time creating the look, design and feel of the game and testing ways to bring the animals to life and ways to utilise cutting edge AR and VR technology to really bring the user into the game.
Once this stage was complete we were able to build a prototype for both the physical products in the game and the game itself. We intend to raise funds in order to bring our finished product into completion. With the funds, we will continue the implementation of the game design and rules to produce the finished, polished game. In addition, we will use the funds to complete the mass manufacturing of the physical products (headset, controller, etc) in order to complete the product to the highest quality, with the intention of having the final product shipped and delivered to our backers and customers by the end of the year.
Breakdown of where the funds would be going:
The funding we raise from kickstarter will contribute towards the following costs:
- Developing, designing, manufacturing and producing the final physical product (Evolve VR headset, Evolve VR controller, Evolve AR disc, 100+ page full colour booklet, Evolve batteries, Evolve packaging). This includes the cost for all artwork and design elements.
- Warehousing and storage of final product. This includes the cost for all clearance, taxes, customs and duties.
- Asset design, modelling, rigging, texturing and animation. This includes the incorporation of SFX, music and other elements to bring the product to life.
- Coding, "game-ification", core logic of game, development, implementation and testing of final product game rules and dynamics. Plus includes cost of research investment for scientific elements of the game and conversion to both AR and VR compatibility.
- Kickstarter + stripe fees which are deducted from the total funding target.
This is a mobile game. Both the augmented and virtual reality functions with be through your mobile phone. For augmented reality, hold your phone and scan the AR launch disc (included) for the projection to work.
For virtual reality, insert your phone into the front of the VR headset provided.
Software compatibility: EVOLVE requires Android 5.0 or later on Android devices and iOS 8.0 or later on apple devices.
Hardware compatibility: Smart phones with a screen size between 3.6 and 6 inches will fit into the headset.
We have endeavoured to make EVOLVE as expansive as possible and we estimate the final game to require approximately 1GB of RAM. However we will do our best to bring this value down and will provide lower graphics versions as alternative downloads whilst still retaining a great visual game experience.
Note: While tablets can be used for the game in augmented reality mode they are not supported by the VR headset.
How we intend to ship. What happens if you are an international backer outside of the UK?
For our backers in the UK and US, delivery to you is free.
For our backers in the EU (Central and West) standard delivery will only be £11.50.
For our international backers outside of these regions, shipping and delivery will be calculated according to your country zone and will be added to your backer pledge in order to deliver you the product.
We’ve been able to provide free delivery to the US and UK (and lower rate delivery for our EU customers) by organising strategic placement and stocking of our product in warehouses close to these localities/regions, thus reducing the cost of delivery from the warehouse to the backer.
Risks and challenges
The project being undertaken is ambitious and there are certain risks and challenges we may face. Our greatest challenge is rigorously ensuring that all components of the product - both hardware and software are completed to the highest degree of quality and within the timeframe we expect.
We also face the challenge of having all the species and foliage and data in the product being scientifically accurate.
We have offset the risks in both challenges significantly - we have already worked with our team to develop a fully working and extensive prototype - both hardware and software. The next step is simply a matter of scaling what we have done for 20 species into the full species within the game - a process which is already going smoothly and as planned. We also have organised our manufacturing, shipping, warehousing, inventory management, development and worldwide co-ordination elements months in advance, with all elements in place and responsive to our needs should any changes arise.
Our science has already been rigorously researched for the game in conjunction with top professors from world leading universities. These evolutionary biologists and palaeontologists will be on hand to lend their support and expertise whenever we need it as we move forward.
We are confident we will meet this deadline and deliver this product into our backers hands and will be sure to keep everyone updated every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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