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A turn-based RPG with branching dialogue, shelter management, and survival mechanics set in the zombie apocalypse.
A turn-based RPG with branching dialogue, shelter management, and survival mechanics set in the zombie apocalypse.
10,096 backers pledged $332,635 to help bring this project to life.

New Tier for Exclusive Developer Updates – The Radio

We’re announcing a new tier – for $21 (a $6 upgrade from the basic tier) – we will give you access to developer updates and videos. Everyone above $21 already – don’t worry, you’re covered. What might you find in the developer updates?

  • Exclusive first looks at game content
  • Pieces of fiction from the game before release.
  • Videos updates from the devs.

For example, upgrading to the $21 level might get you an exclusive look at concept art, such as this piece from Mazin, our GUI/concept artist:

Oh what’s that? Dogs? Hmm… Yes, there’s still time to get those pledges up to gain access to dogs. We just hit our third stretch goal this morning. There’s still time to hit the City and animals and the expansion, but we’re going to need to keep making noise all across the internet. We’re here to answer your questions and hear your feedback. We’ve got about 48 hours left - we can do this!

Comments

    1. Creator Björn Fallqvist on July 5, 2012

      Ah, what the hell...I want the splendid box! I will need to live on macaronis for a month, but it's worth it I hope!

    2. Creator Brad on July 4, 2012

      Wish I could think of a few more ways to get the word out =( only so often you can spam social networks, lol

    3. Creator Cody Orr on July 4, 2012

      Just upgrades to the $85 tier. Gotta love physical copies if you live in the country!

    4. Creator Rand Chua TL on July 4, 2012

      Need more updates here?
      http://www.deadstate.doublebearproductions.com/

      For all of us to vote! For our first stretch goal, we will be adding the top three fan-picked weapons to include in our Weapon Pack stretch goal.

      Here are the choices:

      •Crash Axe - A 1-handed piercing axe.
      •Nailgun - A 1-handed piercing ranged weapon with a limited range.
      •Taser - A 1-handed ranged weapon that causes knockdown in enemies.
      •Cattle Prod - A 1-handed stick that causes knockdown in enemies.
      •Sickle - A 1-handed melee blade that has a higher status chance.
      •Bleach Bomb - A special thrown weapon that causes dizziness to all humans in a small area.
      •Edger - A 2-handed polearm sharpened for slashing/bashing.
      •Shillelagh - A 1-handed club that's great for walking or bashing

      http://www.irontowerstudio.com/forum/index.php

    5. Creator Rand Chua TL on July 4, 2012

      New n old info of Dead State over here. click the link below ^_^
      http://www.irontowerstudio.com/forum/index.php/topic,2265.0.html
      ==========================================
      Let's all do our best we are getting closer to the CITY!
      Around $33k more to $300k - The City Area (High risk, high reward), 1 New Ally
      For people that want animal allies. we are $63k away only.
      $330k - Animals Added, Dog Allies Added
      $360k - Mini-Expansion For Backers After Release (Adds military-grade weapons and zones of control)

    6. Creator Celeir on July 4, 2012

      very good concept-arts, but game with not detailed graphic will not use them in full measure :P

    7. Creator Gnavin on July 4, 2012

      @Bryce and British: I think these are just meant to be a little added incentive for people who have already made pledges to add a tiny bit more, as per their last update where they stated... Let me check.. "The $260 tier could be reached for less than $5 per backer." So if everyone on the base pledge goes a little extra, that'll shoot them right up to the $260 tier, or thereabouts.
      You're right, it's not really anything serious, and if you're not interested in it there will be the usual updates and news reports anyway, but this gives people (like me) who only put down as much as they need to for the tier they want a reason to add a little more.
      I guess it's a matter of opinion, but I don't personally think it's a problem.

    8. Creator Devon Mullane on July 4, 2012

      I doubled my pledge. Who is next?

    9. Creator British on July 4, 2012

      I'd rather have more content for hitting (attainable) goal stretches, than... stuff that is not content.
      First looks and videos updates are nice, but they don't make the final game better, or more attractive as a whole.

    10. Creator Bryce on July 4, 2012

      The $21.00 pledge seems a little underhanded to me. I realize every dollar helps make this game better, but I anticipated quality updates anyway. I like the project, but I feel a bit hustled for more money for a "perk" that shouldn't be to the exclusion of the lowest tier in the first place imho.

    11. Creator Kilian on July 4, 2012

      I just upgraded from 15 to 21! Screw the city, I WANT THOSE DOG ALLIES!!! :D

    12. Creator Stuart on July 4, 2012

      If the Ally tier doesn't allow for any other rewards, then I'd love to see a slightly higher one that also gives access to the Radio tier. :)

    13. Creator Troels Piller-Berg on July 4, 2012

      Great Tier! Let's see some 15$ pledges upgrade their contribution =) You know you want to! And it's the only right thing to do!

    14. Creator Con on July 4, 2012

      Also in relation to upgrading the tier system a few other games have done similar things with in game content. Why not add a monument somewhere in the school or town with a list of people who assisted with the 'Founding of Splendid', notable citizens from the towns creation, its the sort of thing you'd find in a school or town centre anyway. This is kinda accurate as people how are now pledging to the game ARE helping found this fictional towns existence through your work :D and for backers it can be counted as a personal legacy to know that somewhere in a digitally zombie infested world their name stands with others proudly displayed for all undead and barely living to see.

    15. Creator Con on July 4, 2012

      Hey in the $30 or more Ally Pack, it states

      'It is a separate reward not included in the other tiers and contains no items except for 2 digital copies of the game.'

      Does this mean we won't get the Radio Tier reward? or is it just referring to the bronze forum badge and the soundtrack (MP3)

    16. Creator alebelp on July 4, 2012

      *older comment that didn't get an answer... that's what i meant ;)

    17. Creator alebelp on July 4, 2012

      Good idea for a short pick up that I'm confident might help us reach the 300k goal but I don't think it's enough to get 8000 people come up with 100k for the final goal of 360k :(

      I'll re-post here my older comment which didn't get a comment, probably because I put it few minutes before this announcement so it went unnoticed I guess...

      "@DoubleBear a couple of friendly advices maybe already said but that I think would hit the mark (repetita iuvant).
      1. I think many would chip in up to 10-15$ more for a t-shirt, even if it were to be a low-quality one so there could be an another tier for 25-30$ made it specifically for the last 48 hours... it would ensure the 300k at least, if not more! Hitting 100$ to get the t-shirt it's not a great marketing choice in my opinion;
      2. also, making a public update/statement that IF the games makes it to Steam we'll be able to reedem it will probably get you a lot more of those 2-games 30$ tier... probably you'd at least compensate for those who won't buy the game to other people because there's no multiplayer ;-)
      Best of luck!"

    18. Creator Daniel Haddon on July 3, 2012

      Great idea - I could care less about games soundtracks, which everyone seems to put at tier 2, but Dev videos, I'd love to see.

    19. Creator Alexandre Cruz Neves on July 3, 2012

      Was already thinking about upgrading my pledge a bit to help reach some of the higher stretch goals but the new tier definitely convinced me. I hope more of the lower backers upgrade their's too. Remember we're still going to have to wait a long time to actually play the game and the extended insight will help those last months pass quicker.

      @DoubleBear Touché on the new tier and cool looking concept art! Already really looking forward for the game with the content funded so far but I hope you can still get the money to make the game as awesome as you clearly intend to. Great job guys! And thanks!

    20. Creator Greg "Scorpio" Myers on July 3, 2012

      Very cool idea! I upped my pledge to get the radio content, but I was wondering, how will we get access to this special content? I'm assuming through your website? Will we receive a special password, etc.?

    21. Creator FewCode on July 3, 2012

      cool, updated my pledge. (i hope). really interested in this, so thanks!

    22. Creator Daniel Magnan on July 3, 2012

      Another 5k bidder! I salute you sir. I wish I had the spare cash to do it myself. Maybe I can win the lottery tomorrow.

    23. Creator Horza on July 3, 2012

      Sirresly, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who saw that resemblance. It's the shirt I think X3

    24. Creator Corey Schaff on July 3, 2012

      Doesn't have his trademark camera, though ;P

    25. Creator Siresly on July 3, 2012

      Guy on the left looks like he may have covered wars, you know.

    26. Creator Corey Schaff on July 3, 2012

      Ooh, this was a good idea; upping my pledge right now! :)

    27. Creator Laurent Maire on July 3, 2012

      @DoubleBear you could encourage quality creative writing by offering to feature the best examples of an epitaph/ final words/journal entry in a more prominent part of the game. Say, the player character enters a suburban home to find a family huddled together in the car, in the garage, with all the windows blocked up... A particularly poignant piece of writing could make it's way into this singular scene. I think a lot of backers would be stoked to be able to contribute some small thing creatively to the game, to leave their mark :)

    28. Creator Zawazuki on July 3, 2012

      I upgraded my 15 dollar pledge to 21 dollars. :)

    29. Creator Henrik Larsson on July 3, 2012

      Will the stretch goals that are not reached (god forbid) be released later in the form of paid DLC?

    30. Creator Laurent Maire on July 3, 2012

      @DoubleBear fair enough. I was just thinking of super low rez images anyway otherwise it'd pretty hefty memory-wise. CC place-holder images could do just as well. Either way having the possibility of having your name, maybe with a short backer-written epitaph by our loved ones would be kind of a neat little creative exercise for a lot of us (and SUPER narcissistic ;)

    31. Creator Knight PT on July 3, 2012

      Awesome new $20 tier, EXACTLY what i wanted. Its a little extra something (i can't afford much) over the minimum and i get exclusive updates on the game i've helped fund, perfect.

      Also, awesome concept artist you got there Double Bear... realy amazing stuff.

    32. Creator Rand Chua TL on July 3, 2012

      Finally i got one of my suggestion being used? Or our nos. of backers asking them?
      Still happy to finally see it but would it be enough?
      DoubleBear Productions can u guys make a few more new rewards PLEDGE? As some of the rewards got no one PLEDGING for it. (The $2K one and $800 one)

    33. Creator Georges on July 3, 2012

      Upgraded. Smart move. ;)

    34. Creator DoubleBear Productions on July 3, 2012

      @Laurent We discussed adding photos as a tier early on, but they become kind of a legal nightmare. So we had to ditch it.

    35. Creator Laurent Maire on July 3, 2012

      Nice addition guys! Something that's only going to cost you a little time every now and then but very appealing to those only able to pledge at lower tiers. I'm surprised you're only adding it in now. As a $100 backer this rounds out the package very nicely for me, thanks!

      Another suggestion I'd make for a lower end tier addition is backers' names and/or photos discoverable in-game somewhere on a memorial wall. Sort of a "lest we forget" kind of thing.

    36. Creator Jean-philippe Assié on July 3, 2012

      Upgrade done, go go go guys I want my dog ;-)

    37. Creator Joshua McCauley on July 3, 2012

      Just upgraded! Very much looking forward to this.

    38. Creator elandys on July 3, 2012

      Will you be including the editor, or are all the levels 'hand made'? Can you build an area by adding items from a palette, or are the tools not free or too difficult for the average joe to use?

    39. Creator Bryy Miller on July 3, 2012

      Just upgraded. I love insight.

    40. Creator John Post on July 3, 2012

      Wonder how having the Fourth in there will affect the final numbers?

    41. Creator Ion Flux on July 3, 2012

      Must have dog.

    42. Creator Madbrainbox on July 3, 2012

      I really love the concept art and again I will say that I want my in-game avatar to be that guy in the suit.I hope he's not a NPC though.

    43. Creator Horza on July 3, 2012

      I suspect a lot of the $21 people are going to be like me, and already were pledging at $20, still eyeing that ally pack, so might put up another $8 above current.

    44. Creator GMe5000 on July 3, 2012

      Awesome characters are awesome!

    45. Creator Justin on July 3, 2012

      @Larry, have you put these links up in the main comments section? I'm on Raptr but I didn't know about them until just now, I think more exposure could help :)

    46. Creator Justin on July 3, 2012

      @Larry, have you put these links up in the main comments section? I'm on Raptr but I didn't know about them until just now, I think more exposure could help :)

    47. Creator Justin on July 3, 2012

      @Larry, have you put these links up in the main comments section? I'm on Raptr but I didn't know about them until just now, I think more exposure could help :)

    48. Creator Icbeodragon on July 3, 2012

      $30 pledger here, is there anything stopping the developers of this game from collecting additional pledges after the time limit has ended by some other means? Personally I'd love to see 'zones of control' in the game but we can agree that 120k in 48hours is askign for alot.

    49. Creator DoubleBear Productions on July 3, 2012

      @Michael Everyone who pledged $21 or higher.

    50. Creator Michael on July 3, 2012

      Is that including people who bought the Ally Pack? Or will they have to pledge $6 more to get those rewards?