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Hand Cannon Games LLCBy Hand Cannon Games LLC
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Hand Cannon Games LLCBy Hand Cannon Games LLC
First created
$1,604
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
29
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 5 2017 4:11 AM UTC +00:00

About

About Us:

Hand Cannon Games, the indie team behind Never Not Shooting, is a two-developer team. We are both professional software developers in the business IT space, but this is our first commercial video game project.    

We've both been playing games since the Commodore 64 and Atari 400. It was back in those days that we really solidified our love of games. Between the two of us, we have played countless titles from almost every genre, but one aesthetic we keep coming back to is the space shooter. From classics like Star Raiders, Defender, and R-Type, all the way through to Rebel Galaxy, FTL, and the upcoming Dreadnought, it doesn't really matter what the game play is, they all have a special place in our hearts. Based on this, it wasn't surprising that when we sat down and brainstormed what our first game should be as a studio, we both were thinking "space shooter".  

Never Not Shooting is a PC cooperative multiplayer game with a focus on high score leaderboards. Up to four players can choose a set of customizable weapons and battle it out against procedurally generated enemy waves as they protect the central core. Players will select between three different weapon behavior groups, and in each of those groups, there are three options of weapon selection for 27 different weapon combinations. In this top-down, twin stick shooter, players survive as long as they can against an ever-increasing onslaught while maximizing their score for a place among the top in our global leaderboards.  


Where We're At, and Why Kickstarter:  

We've been working on this game for two years already and are on the home stretch. Aside from more enemy types, leaderboards, and some cool player customization, the game is feature complete. The benefit of an all developer team is that we have been able to tackle all the difficult logistical problems ahead of time, without having to spend through our budget. The downside to an all developer team is that all the OTHER elements of a game not directly related to code, user experience, sound design, music, graphic design, and effects, need to be contracted out. The limited budget that we've had for this game so far has been spent entirely on these elements and now that budget has been allocated and depleted.  

We want to prove that this game has merit by letting any of you try out a demo. It supports up to four players and supports many controller types. For those of you without dedicated PC controllers, you can use your controllers from your current or last generation of consoles with the possible help of a driver. Please, give the game a try, and if you can get some other players together, it really is more fun with more people. You can download it from itch.io here:  https://handcannongames.itch.io/never-not-shooting-demo.  

As the first commercial release of our studio, we want to give this game the love and attention it needs to hit the finish line. The new enemies that we add need sound and visual effects, as well as art. The UI needs a redesign and to transform it from something that the two of us can use to a clean and intuitive experience. Finally, we need to give the game the polish that will take it to the next level. We have calculated that we can hit our feature and polish goals with  $7,500.

Rewards:

Access to the expanded GDEX demo of Never Not Shooting:

Play the Never Not Shooting demo in style with 3 additional weapons to choose from in addition to several customization options not available on the public demo. 

Your very own copy of Never Not Shooting:

Be one of the first to play the completed version of Never Not Shooting. We will email your key once the game is released. 

Access to the closed Beta of Never Not Shooting:

Get in on the action early and play the closed beta version of Never Not Shooting. Get a chance to give feedback and help us shape the final version of the game.

Your very own copy of Never Not Shooting (x2) :

Get an additional key for the game to share with a friend.

A spot on the Never Not Shooting Voting Board:

We have a lot of decisions to make about some of the new weapons and enemies. You can help us make those decisions by getting a spot on our voting board. Until the game is complete we will allow you to vote on upcoming enemies, weapons, and modes. The more stretch goals we reach the more decisions will need to be made.

Official Never Not Shooting T-Shirt:

Show your love for the game with the Never Not Shooting T-Shirt. Sizes YS – 3XL.

Wired Xbox 360 Controller (x2):

Never Not Shooting is best played with controllers and what better way for you and your friend to play than to get 2 Xbox 360 controllers with your copy of the game. Controllers will ship to you when the closed beta is launched.

You get to name one of the Player Weapons:

You get the opportunity to name a weapon! We have 9 weapons that need cool sci-fi names. We will give you the opportunity to name the weapon of your choosing. First come, first served on this reward. Names must be sci-fi themed and safe for work. 

Help us design a Boss:

Never Not Shooting needs some bosses to really give the players something to overcome. You get to talk to us about what you would like to see in a boss and help us design the boss. Work with the devs throughout the process and be the first to try to topple the boss you helped create!

Stretch Goals:  

We would be ecstatic to hit our goal of $7,500, but here's what we'll do if we overachieve: 

  • $10,000: We'll create a 4th weapon for each of the three behavior categories. That raises the possible combinations 64! 
  • $15,000: We'll add a 5th weapon selection to each of the categories. That's 125 variations! At this level, we'll also add additional enemy types to throw in the mix. 
  • $20,000: Currently we've got a great custom chiptune dubstep background track, but at this level we'll add two additional custom tracks as well as additional enemy types. 
  • $30,000: This is an exciting goal for us. At this level, we'll be able to get online multiplayer into the game. Never Not Shooting is better with more people, and this will really make it easy to get a maxed-out game together! 
  • $50,000: Cooperative play not your style? We'll add a competitive mode with all new mechanics at this level. 
  • $75,000: Taking it to the big screen. At this level, we'll do everything we can to get the game on consoles, so you can show off in style!

Risks and challenges

As we mentioned above, the development of the base game is largely complete. Weapon customization and global leaderboards are not in the demo, but those are well within our abilities to complete even without funding. The true risk is the look and polish of the game. Without additional funding, this project will retain its current look and feel. We'd really like to bring this first game ours to a higher level that will entice new players and set an expectation for our games in the future. Finally, reaching higher tiers of stretch goals will add time to the project, potentially pushing our Q1 2017 release into late 2017.

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