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@Alex: No confirmation yet. We are trying to consider options to get ORION: Dino Horde (/ORION: Prelude) onto other platforms but it would require a partnership / 3rd party to handle it - such as another indie developer partnership or a publisher agreement. Once we get closer to the evolution of when it merges into the larger 'ORION: Prelude' we may have more to announce in this area.
What I can tell you is that the biggest targets would be Mac and PS4.
Hope that helps!
Will the steam version ever be for mac?
The most recent update discusses the reasoning for Dino Beatdown, why we created Dino Horde, and what's in the future.
Dino Horde is a massive game. It not only has iterations of the 3 PvP modes (CTF, TDM, DM) originally scheduled to debut inside of 'ORION: Prelude' but it has 4 cooperative modes, melee combat and more playable dinosaurs than any other game. I guarantee you can satisfy your quench with any of the modes found in Dino Horde.
The other bonus is that all original Kickstarter donors receive every game we ever release - for free - for life. This was announced back in November.
Unless you are hoping for a Steam copy of Prelude the chances of us targeting Playstation 3 / Xbox 360 are slim to none. These of course have been upgraded towards Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
If you wish to no longer participate we will refund any Kickstarter donor who wishes to do so. This would of course mean giving up access to current titles (Dino Beatdown / Horde) and not being able to participate in receiving every Spiral game free for life (Prelude, Instincts Ep 1, Instincts Ep2, Instincts Ep 3 and a game we are announcing in January 2014). If you wish to pursue this you can contact:
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I have no idea what anything in the most recent update is about. And I've pretty much given up hope that I'll ever see the game I paid for.
2/3 (free) DLC Packs have been released for 'ORION: Dino Horde'. The third (Arctic Update) is scheduled to debut just in time for the holidays (eta: December 2013).
We have a wide variety of events planned for the upcoming season which will allow you guys to earn even more free content. Once these events are over we are going to start our full migration over towards other focus areas and we cannot wait to share a few other aspects of what we are working on.
So is this going to be for Mac?
We have quite a bit to do with Dino Beatdown yet in both ensuring that it hits the quality level we intend to deliver on all titles but also adding additional content to give the supports more for their money - just as we did here by giving all donors ($1-$1,000) a free game.
The great news for you is that we are committing to a Mac version of Dino Beatdown on Steam in an upcoming release. I recently got Mac equipment for testing and will likely see you on the Mac'd version on release day.
All that being said, we have a few developers already working on ORION: Prelude. We are slowly growing and are able to encompass a few more areas than before and we have shown some recent updates relating to Prelude, albeit teasers. Check these out:
You will be seeing A LOT more of ORION: Prelude in 2013. It's shaping up to be something extremely special (and visual insanity).
*Spoiler - the ORION: Prelude Raptor (above) has lower detail than the ORION: Dino Beatdown Raptor:
Prelude = 5,000 Triangles
Dino Beatdown = 8,000 Triangles.
I funded this project because I wanted to it see succeed on the Xbox. I was told it would be available on Steam and Xbox Live. I have a Mac so I can't play the PC-only Steam version. I understand these games are extremely difficult to make, but at the very least, you should be telling me and the rest of these backers what is going on with this project. I didn't fund Dino Beatdown, a game which I cannot play, I funded Orion Prelude, so I want to know what's going on with that.
ORION: Prelude is coming AFTER ORION: Dino Beatdown, a game which ALL ($1 - $1,000) KickStarter backers received for free.
Once Dino Beatdown is fixed and more content is added Prelude will be back in full-force production.
I take back what I said earlier :)
"ORION: Dino Beatdown will be launching on both Steam and OnLive on Friday, April 20th, 2012 for $9.99 USD."
That is AWESOME
Yeah. I'm interested in where it's at now with Dino Beatdown is in dev.
I'm excited for this game :3 Do you guys have any further publicity plans for this? I had a few ideas if I may suggest them
@Anthony - no problem at all. Before some of the previous comments I just expected no one to even be visiting this page as the campaign was over. Then I quickly realized my updates are tied to backers so its a fast, easy way to communicate directly with them (you). So to everyone - my bad and expect all updates to be posted here. In fact we are going to have something incredible to show shortly after American Thanksgiving (this week) - so stay tuned ;)
Thanks for the update postings, I missed some of them :)
So this is why I suddenly got a mountain of updates in my email!
I didn't know you guys had a Twitter (though it was obvious), so now I'm following you there. Please continue posting the updates here as well. :)
@Alex Greene. I've added all updates from SpiralGameStudios.com that have not been posted here. There has been plenty of progress and things are still very much on track for 2012. We are about to hit Alpha status and new footage will be emerging shortly after Thanksgiving showing all of the final weapons, new vehicles, playable dinosaurs, new game modes, new worlds and plenty of other tidbits.
That being said, we show even smaller updates in the Spiral Community for the hardcore fans. You will see never-released footage, images and information here:
Hope to see you there ;)
I'm happy that I gave $10 unlike Max.... but I do agree this is annoying that there really aren't any updates. I remember being told the game would debut in early 2012, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore. So I'm disappointed that there is not even a single bit of release date info. For all I know it when come out until 3 years from now. And saying you just finished an internal build is not enough. You should be giving info to the people who gave you money, and more than a few pictures and skimpy video at that. Hopefully you can change my opinion.
It is unfortunate that you feel that way as we have been publishing more updates and showing more progress in these last 3 months than we ever have before.
I'm starting to think I threw 10 bucks away... No updates, a lot of crazy rumors.
Is there any more info on a launch date, or month?
ANy news on the Beta?
Jealous austin :P Well i'll be happy with the in-game stuff (since i imagine posting to austalia would be hefty) but getting closer and closer to get our hands on the beta! :D
@Victoria - we are sending them out today as well as posting the press release :)
@Austin - that was fast!
Got my T-shirt and Artwork sweet! But I still cant wait for the beta.
Have you sent out the items for the $10 level pledge? I didn't receive anything. I checked under M. Prassel's name and under Kickstarter and Orion
May the Fourth be with you, too.
We sent an email out to everyone in mid-to-late April. Unfortunately the order was already purchased for the T-Shirts (exact number to the responses). However if you email me I can see what we can do about artwork if there is any extra / left over.
The game is scheduled for an early 2012 release. But don't forget about the PC Multiplayer Beta coming this year.
Hi, I was wondering when you are planning on releasing the game. I just read the comments below, and after checking my inbox, I never received an email since update #22 on March 25th. If it's too late, I guess I don't really mind much about the personalized card, but oh well....
Ok cool, almost felt like I was being scammed good to hear that you are holding your end of the deal.
Oh and happy star wars day.
I confirmed the T-Shirt order a week or more ago. They are FINALLY going to arrive (supposedly) on May 5th. The artwork has been printed as well. So you should expect them relatively soon :)
should I have gotten some my t-shirt or other things yet? I gave my shipping info the first message I got for it.
Yeah, I replied as soon as I read it. :D
Did you receive an email from Michael Prassel? He sent one out to all KickStarter contributors to grab all info and a tally so we could make the order. Make sure to send that in asap as the cut-off for it was last night.
But to answer your question, we will be placing the orders mid day on Tuesday. Should be sent out and arrived within a week or two (as it has to come here and get sent back out).
I cannot wait to wear my t-shirt. Any ETA?
We have dispatched an email to all KickStarter contributors. Make sure you respond so we can include your order!
So excited for the game! It keeps looking better and better!
After exploring the internet and getting an email from David I really have no reason to believe its fraud, so if you are a donor stumbling upon this drama that is strung out on the internet just email them for more info.
As for the team, Its just a road bump and I am looking forward to more updates :)
*If any donators have any questions or desires to know more about the recent events - we encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ff any donators have any questions or desires to know more about the recent events - we encourage you to contact us at email@example.com
ps. very few happy employees.. despite Davids claim.. im anything but disgruntled.. this kid is just wasting people time. anyone doubt my credibility feel free to send me an email.
Hey. Make sure you all have a look at these threads to see where orion is headed.
Im afraid this project is a fraud.
We appreciate your looking out / well-being for other folk - its both respectful and noble of you.
However, the thread listed there is a complete fabrication of actual events and a violation of a corporate contract.
However, the VP of Spiral Game Studios responded to it which states the facts:
Michael Prassel, VP of Operations - Spiral Game Studios:
"I would like to address this thread and also offer myself to answer any questions about Spiral Game Studios. I'm the Vice President of the company and I take all of these issues very seriously.
Daniel had been with Spiral for 1.5 years and provided very quality work. He did this work on the understanding it was for free and that he could use it to build his portfolio to get other work. We will always credit Daniel with the work he has done and truly appreciate the stuff he has done for us.
We were featured on Kickstarter and were able to raise a good amount of money to fund a build that we could show off at GDC. We had some intense deadlines and Daniel was scheduled to receive a good amount of money for his assignments for GDC. He had other things going on in his life and could not complete them on time so we had to find others who could. We found other artists and got the assignments done on time.
As our company grows and needs to meet more deadlines we need to find people who are able to complete the work on time. If someone cannot meet the deadlines or there are external factors preventing them from doing so, we have to part ways just like any other company would do.
In regards to Javid (Sn1pe) not getting paid he was also never let go from the company. David and I just got back from GDC on March 5 and received the money from Kickstarter in early March. We are still planning on paying him (and the others who completed work for our GDC build) for his work assuming he hasn't left the company.
If anyone has any questions regarding Spiral Game Studios or any of its policies, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a reply to this.
I hope this clears up any confusion or doubt in our company. Thank you for your time."
It is simply the act of disgruntled employees. If this was the overall case of the "experience of Spiral" - I don't think I, the game, or the company would be where we are. For every outbreak like this, we have a handful of happy employees that could counter-converse all of these statements.
It's the internet - take it with a grain of salt.
But again, good looking out for peers - very respectable.
I'd look at this before you pledge any more.
We just landed from San Fransisco a few days ago for GDC which was wildly successful and beneficial for us. We are now getting ready for PAX East in Boston.
If there are any of you that are going or in the area - I'd love to show you what we have on hand (new game build).
Otherwise, we will be organizing all KickStarter gifts and sending out the week after and wrapping up through March. We apologize about the delay - but we definitely haven't forgotten. We unfortunately just timed the ending of the event with two of the biggest conferences - whoops!
For any of the $100 donors - you get to pick your platform of choice upon the games release. So if you choose Steam - we will either gift it to you personally or give you a code to redeem it. This will also apply for XBLA and PSN.