About this project
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Zodiac Wars is a Next-Generation one-on-one Fantasy Fighting Game, where all its main characters are inspired by the 12 signs of the zodiac (in this Kickstarter campaign we reveal 2 of the 12 characters). The Fighters will compete against each other in an Arcade-style fantasy one-on-one arrangement. The game's fighting system will be something new, but will also take into consideration current popular fighting game styles like Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Dead or Alive, Marvel vs Capcom, etc. All characters will have unique fighting moves, combined with AMAZING Special and Magic attacks. Each character will resemble and include specific traits from each respective zodiac sign.
Our team tossed around a few ideas on the type of game we wanted to create & the platform where it was going to be launched initially, and finally decided to work on the genre we are most passionate about, which is also a genre where there are not many developers, Fighting Games.
We wanted to create a fighting game where players would identify themselves immediately with a character before actually playing the game. The idea of creating a character for each zodiac sign was a total WIN. Our gamer friends' feedback was tremendous and everyone got really excited about the concept.
VS Fighting games have always been fun to play and master, and there's a lot of room for innovation in the genre. Zodiac Wars will combine popular fighting game styles with new industry-leading technology.
The Game will initially be launched for the PC/Windows/Steam platform, and if specific stretch goals are reached, on other platforms like Xbox360, Sony PS3, Mac OSX and Linux.
• 12 playable characters to choose from, plus hidden characters to unlock
• Play Modes: Arcade Mode,Player vs Player Mode (LAN and Online), Multiplayer Tournament Mode (LAN and Online)
• Attacks: Special moves, magic attacks, hit combos, finishing moves, etc.
• Graphics: HD Stunning visuals, interactive scenery and vivid atmospheres (many stages to play in). Zodiac Wars will be powered by the Unity 4 Engine.
• Sound: Zodiac Wars will feature digitally mastered HQ music from international orchestras and music producers.
• Controller support (We'll be supporting Xbox 360™ controllers, pc/mac/linux compatible controllers / arcade-style joysticks, etc.)
• Platform: The game will be launched initially to the PC/Windows/Steam platform, and if specific stretch goals are achieved, on Xbox 360™, Sony PS3™, Mac OS X and Linux.
The Finished Digital Game
Digital copy of the final game on PC (Windows/Steam) when released. If specific stretch goals are met, more platforms will become available to play the game.
The Pre-ALPHA, ALPHA & BETA Versions
Everyone who backs the project ($5 tier for Alpha, $30 tier for Pre-Alpha & Alpha, and $35 tier for all) will get to play these versions of the game when they become available. These versions will provide an overall look of the game but will still be work under development. As Pre-Alpha, Alpha and Beta versions get released, you will get the opportunity to provide your feedback and suggestions for the final game. The more you pledge, the earlier you can play the Pre-Alpha, Alpha and Beta versions.
Everyone who backs the project (1st tier and up) will get their name in the list of contributors on our website (in descending order, the more you pledge, the higher your name will appear).
ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!
$500 tier backers will get their names in the actual finished game credits. $8K and $10K tier backers will help make important decisions about the game with our team (as Associate and Co-Producers).
see an example:
Digital Art / Wallpapers
Our artists and designers will keep working day and night to ensure the feeling of the game and its characters meet everyone's expectations of the Zodiac Wars experience. Along the way, we will share with you special wallpapers, concept and digital art from behind the scenes, gameplay and other screenshots. All the insider art will be available exclusively to our $75 tier or higher backers.
Everyone who backs the project ($55 tier and higher) will receive the downloadable screensaver (Windows/Mac) of Zodiac Wars. Exclusive for Kickstarter backers.
Receive the Official Zodiac Wars 24x36 Poster (several designs to choose from). High Quality unframed print. Exclusive for Kickstarter backers ($100 tier).
*image does not depict actual poster dimensions
There's no better way to show your support, than with the official Zodiac Wars t-shirt. This stylish pre-shrunk black t-shirt features the Zodiac Wars logo on the front. Exclusive for Kickstarter backers ($150 & $250 tier).
The Official high-quality embroidered Zodiac Wars Cap ($250 tier). Exclusive for Kickstarter backers.
The Special Edition physical Game & Polo shirt
Backers who consider themselves serious gamers and back the project
($500 tier) will receive the Special Edition of the finished game
(physical box) plus the Official High Quality embroidered Polo shirt,
tshirt, cap and poster. Your name will appear in the game credits and website! Exclusive for Kickstarter backers.
*actual box design may differ from above rendering.
*Zodiac Wars Chess (currently locked)
*The Zodiac Wars fantasy Chess game Reward will be unlocked when a certain (?Mystery?) stretch goal is achieved! Zodiac Wars Chess will be compatible with Windows/Mac, Android, Mac iOS and Linux platforms.
We're using Kickstarter because we see it as an amazing opportunity to get players involved in the development of the game and offer their feedback while the game is being developed; to be able to deliver, meet and go beyond the player's expectations of the game. With Kickstarter, players become part of the game.
Each one of us at Black Monks Studios have a full-time job and families to take care of. We have spent countless off-work hours creating the concept of this game. Zodiac Wars is our dream, it really is what we are passionate about. We are getting ready to move our Studio to the next level by developing this game, and we need the financial support to continue it's development Full time. We need to hire more talents to join our team, we need to expand our working space, obtain more hardware and acquire essential software licenses (which can add up very quickly).
The initial budget of $100,000 may not seem like enough to make a game like this, but we have the experience to keep costs minimal (we'll do our best at it). If we're able to surpass our initial goal, we'll use all the excess funding to polish the game even further to the last detail and also aim at launching it to console gaming platforms like Xbox360™ and Sony PS3™. Also, we have a few stretch goals that will definitely get the game to the next level and add a few extras to the Zodiac Wars experience. We need your support to make it happen!
Risks and challenges
Currently we are a small team trying to make a very complex and extensive fighting game (many characters, many unique moves, skills, special attacks, traits, physics, etc.) Highly-skilled programmers, designers and industry professionals are required to create such an amazing game like this one. Our team will have to hire a few additional talents to be able to reach our goal of delivering a polished AAA fighting game experience. Our accumulated wealth of knowledge over the years has taught us that you don't need a 50+ man team to make an awesome game.
Financial support is crucial for us to be able to finish the game and release it. Our team members have extensive experience in each field and are confident we can make it work with your support. Our past experiences will help us oversee future problems and keep delays at a minimum, but naturally, we are not exempt from them. Like any other game or software, testing is very time-consuming and is one of the most important phases in the development of the game. Our vast knowledge, combined with your help, will keep the project moving forward.
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