The Big Blue is a big game and attempts to be unique and break new ground on multiple fronts. It’s an ambitious design and as a result requires a big budget to develop the right way.
One of the problems we have is it is hard to get people to see how compelling a game like the Big Blue will be. If it is not clear in your mind’s eye you will less likely back it. This is totally understandable.
On the other hand I am absolutely certain that if you could try the game and see how beautiful and unique it will be, most people would not hesitate to back it, and will want to be involved in it’s creation. Time travel is not possible (yet) so I can’t go into the future, bring the game back and let you take it for a spin. But if i could... The Big Blue will get the support it needs, I am sure.
Plan B attempts to do this without the need for time travel. Here’s how it will work:
The Little Blue Stepping Stone
We will make a slice of the whole game based as a new Kickstarter campaign with a much lower $$ goal. The new campaign will include the following:
- Clarity of gameplay (better prototype, written descriptions, and examples)
- Better rewards at a finer granularity
- A less ambitious scope but a fully playable game
Then we will use the Little Blue and it’s success to leverage the rest of the budget to build the Big Blue at full scope.
If you can play Little Blue and feel it you will have much less doubts about the Big Blue.
More detail is pending but here is what the Little Blue will feature:
- Fully controllable Dolphin and one other creature (TBD)
- Song mechanics
- 2 very large environments to explore
- Private ocean environments (home base)
- 10 or more significant creatures, including at least one Leviathan (giant sea-creature)
- Quests (Story and goal based gameplay)
This game will be made available for FREE. There will be NO monetization in the game other than a direct link to the NEXT kickstarter campaign: The Big Blue, Part 2.
gotta start somewhere...
We have just received our development kit for the Oculus vr. We will research how best to support VR. I have a few ideas that we have to try out. We are all excited about the potential. If my ideas work (that is are fun and satisfying) I believe the Big Blue will be the de facto underwater title for Oculus Rift. More on this later.
The Big Blue Community & Forums
I am committed to two things:
- Creating the Big Blue one way or another
- Building a community around the game from the beginning
How the Big Blue gets funded may change but the community building will start now.
I’ve set up a forum for the Big Blue. If you are interested in participating in the creative process I would welcome you. If you are reading and posting that means you care about the game and the development process so therefore you are welcome. Please come and sign up.
The Big Blue Facebook page is here:
And it is VERY important that you all follow me on twitter: