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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 18 2019
$10,872
pledged of $96,000pledged of $96,000 goal
98
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 18 2019

About


Explore the ancient underworld of Cavern!

Cavern is a challenging action-packed RPG with intense combat, mysterious yet beautiful environments, and an intriguing story set in a breathtakingly deadly world...

We're a small team of game developers that has been hard at work on Cavern for almost two years. It's been an amazing journey for all of us, and we welcome you to join our campaign!

Get all the latest news & updates on Cavern: https://www.magisterian.com/ 

Dive into the vast ancient world of Cavern, in search of fabled treasures and secrets, all lost to the ages. Lost until now, that is, for you have discovered an entrance to what seems to be the forsaken kingdom of Yorath! Once a flourishing empire of wealth and prosperity, the great civilization was destroyed after a massive cataclysm shattered the land. As the years passed by, Yorath sank into the sands, reduced to little more than a myth...

Venture into the unknown, and seek the secrets of the ancients. Your journey through the underworld will take you through lustrous crystalline caverns, mysterious ruins, deadly dungeons, hidden passages, cultist-infested temples, a haunted mansion, and much more!

As you enter the cavern, you realize that, much to your disappointment, you were not the first to discover this place. The dimly-lit lanterns and other essential tools used by explorers are scattered across the ground. But if others have found this place before you, why have you not heard of such a phenomenal discovery? Perhaps none of them have actually left this mysterious land... Your thoughts are interrupted as you hear a peculiar sound in the distance, followed by monotonous chanting. You also get the feeling that you're being watched...

"Should I turn back before it's too late?" "It's already too late" says a voice behind you, followed by sardonic laughter that echos off the cavern walls. You start to feel very drowsy, and as you turn around, you see a hooded figure with a radiant crystal staff. Then you collapse and everything goes black.

When you awaken, you find yourself in an ill-lit room, mystifying symbols carved into the floor beneath you. A feeling of dread sweeps over you as you remember where you are...

Adventure!

Cavern gives players the freedom to explore the vast ancient world straightaway, as discovering secrets and obtaining new items is key to becoming more powerful. Watch out though, for foolishness will most likely lead to your demise. 

Multiplayer

Besides exploring, fighting, and looting, Cavern offers an unique multiplayer experience that is focused around cults. Cults can be found all over the land of Yorath, and can usually be joined when you have the necessary requirements for that cult. Cults allow you to obtain special multiplayer items that can be used to hunt down other players, team up with friends, join tournaments, and possibly even partake in a battle royale mode if enough people are interested!


Combat

Combat is the main focus of Cavern, and is mostly skill based, revolving around blocking or dodging attacks to avoid being slain. Players will be able to learn new attacks and skills that can be used in custom movesets for your weapons. We think that giving players the ability to choose their own attacks definitely makes battles more interesting, but it also makes predicting your opponent a bit more challenging.

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Collect magical artifacts! (Don't worry, we've got regular archery too ;D) 


PvP is undoubtedly the most exciting part of Cavern, and we think you'll love it! Players have tons of weapons, skills, spells, and tools to choose from, allowing for an endless number of builds and strategies. Want to be a stealthy assassin that can one-shot opponents with a sneak attack? How about a powerful sorcerer with the strength to summon mighty storms of destruction? Or if you're looking for inspiration, take a look at other player's builds by clicking on their profile!


Other important combat aspects include:

  •  Stamina management (Running out of stamina leaves you vulnerable, so be sure to keep any eye on your stamina bar!)
  •  Poise System (Enemies can usually be staggered by a well placed attack, but wearing heavy armor can help reduce your chances of being stunned.)
  •  Parry System (There are four main attack directions: high, low, left, and right. You can parry by pressing LT and moving the left thumbstick in the direction you want to parry. To successfully parry an attack, you must parry in the matching direction of that attack at the right time. After parrying, the attacker is stunned for a short time and you may follow up with a counter attack!)
  •  Magic (Players can learn many unique spells throughout their journey, but will only be able to use them if they have the necessary stat requirements. Spells have a limited number of uses, but they can be restored by resting at a fountain or using certain items.)
  •  Skill System (Skills can be learned from trainers found throughout the game, and you can have up to four skills equipped at once. One of those skills will be an ultimate skill, a powerful move that can turn the tides of battle! Like spells, skills have a limited number of uses, and can be restored at a fountain.
  •  Tools (Using tools in combat can prove to be quite useful in the right situations, and it also gives you a more creative way to bring down your foes. Set traps for unsuspecting players, or finish them off with a well-aimed throwing knife, and if you find yourself in a tight spot, smoke bombs and grappling hooks are perfect for escaping dangerous enemies!


What, still here? Well if you're interested, be sure to check out our stretch goals below!





Cavern is being created by Magisterian Studios, a small team of talented individuals that have been working on various games throughout the years.

My name's Jack, and I'm the lead developer for Cavern. I've always loved creating games, so having the opportunity to work with these amazing people on this project is a dream come true! This project is the first large-scale game ever to be released by us, and we are super excited to finally share it with you! 

Magisterian Studios is 100% self-funded, so we're definitely going to need some help financing Cavern, as it is quite expensive compared to other projects we've worked on. Hopefully, we can make our dream of becoming a successful game studio a reality, bringing our ideas to life and unleashing the greatest games for you to play!



Funding!

Without the proper funding, it would take us far too long to finish Cavern, so we decided to come to Kickstarter in order to get this project up and running. With your support, we can turn this project into a seriously epic game!

Developing together!

Another reason we choose Kickstarter was to be able to work together with backers and give them the chance to place some of their own ideas into the game. We can't wait to see what people come up with!

Limitless Creativity!

Kickstarter allows for endless possibilities when it comes to flex goals & rewards. The more Cavern is funded, the more awesome it will be! Full character customization, new DLCS, console ports :), BATTLE ROYALE, and tons more!

Help us spread the word, be sure to tell anyone that would be interested in Cavern in order to crush those flex goals! 




  •  Early access to exclusive multiplayer features - Gain access to unique multiplayer items, new multiplayer modes, and secret areas before the game is released!
  •  Steam Key for CAVERN - Receive a code to activate the game on Steam.
  •  Digital Wallpaper Pack - Ten impressive wallpapers with multiple resolutions! (1920×1080, 2560×1440, 3840×2160)
  •  Credits - Your name will appear in the credits under your backer tier.
  •  Original Soundtrack - Aside from programming, I will be working with some old friends to compose Cavern's soundtrack. Look forward to beautiful ambiances, epic symphonies, and intense battle themes!
  •  Beta-Access - Want to play the game before release? Find any bugs left over from alpha testing, and report them to us! We'll be sure to throw in a little reward for your efforts. :)
  •  Alpha-Access - Try the game before everyone else, it's going to be dangerous (not really) and it's going to be scary, (nah) but it'll be a lot of fun! Just imagine all the hilarious bugs and errors just waiting to be found ;D
  •  Exclusive in-game content - Acquire special in-game equipment only obtainable through this Kickstarter campaign!
  •  Create an Item! - If you've got a great idea for a new item, this is your chance! Describe your new item to us, and as long as it's appropriate, you'll be sure to see it in game!
  •  Create an enemy! - Want to create your own unique enemy (or ally) to interact with in game? Work with us and tell us every detail, and as long as it's appropriate, look forward to seeing your creation in Cavern! 
  •  Create a boss! - Yes, tell us EVERYTHING about your boss battle, as long as it's appropriate, you'll find it lurking somewhere deep within the labyrinth!




Platforms

Cavern is intended to release on Steam mid-2020, console ports will be available shortly after as long the flex goal is met!

Cavern on Steam (beta mode)
Cavern on Steam (beta mode)

Risks and challenges

We have been working on Cavern for over two years, and most of the main gameplay aspects are complete. Our team gets stuff done efficiently, and we are confident that we will be able to finish the game on time.

There are always risks that come with developing a game, but if any bugs and errors do come up, we'll be sure to fix them as fast as possible.

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    Cavern will have multiplayer features, so if you have some friends that want to team up and rule the underworld, open this chest and receive 3 steam keys!

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    Venture into the darkest, deepest, and most dangerous place of all... alpha testing! (Includes beta access & exclusive in-game rewards for your bravery!)

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    Inventor Edition

    There are lots of useful weapons and tools in the world of Cavern, and if you've got an idea for a new item, this is for you. Describe your new item to us, and as long as it's appropriate, you can expect to find it in the game!

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    Cavern is filled with many monsters and dangerous enemies. If you've got an idea for a new enemy (or ally) that you would like to see in the game, this tier is for you. Describe your idea to us, and as long as it's appropriate, you can look forward to seeing it in game!

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    For those who truly want to go the extra mile and support Cavern, you have our greatest thanks. Create your own boss battle, creature, and item. You will additionally have your name engraved into the Stone of Ancients!

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