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Retrovirus is a Descent-inspired six-axis shooter by Cadenza Interactive, the team behind the 2010 XBox and PC gameSol Survivor. It features levels designed to force players to think off the ground and out of the box. Its pacing is similar to classic shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament, and agile movement is at the core of the experience. Retrovirus also features a unique arsenal of weapons that do more than just dish out damage. By scanning residual weapon effects in the world, you can create gravity wells, knock enemies around or trigger charged blasts on groups of enemies.
In Retrovirus, you are the Agent of an anti-virus program fighting against a viral army that has rapidly taken over parts of your system. Called on to respond to the crisis, you must defend the system and remove the virus before it can corrupt and destroy your world. In doing so, you'll explore a surreal software environment that pieces fragments of human reality into the fabric of its own world.
Retrovirus also features a dual narrative, bringing in the fictional people to whom this computer is important along with their personal dramas and real-world implications if the system is allowed to fall.
5 to 6 hour single player / co-op campaign
a world designed around the unique features of six degrees of freedom movement
weapons designed to give players both damage and control of space
decision-based AI for unscripted level encounters
DOTA-style FPS MOBA multiplayer
classic Domination / Deathmatch / Team Deathmatch multiplayer
If we're successful with Kickstarter, we'll be guaranteeing the release of our Paragon design tool for the community. With Paragon, you'll be able to author your own mods and levels, extending the life of the game and enriching the player community.
Paragon's basic level design tools are intuitive, based on FPS controls rather than a wholly separate set of editor controls. You'll be able to play with assets from Retrovirus, or create your own and design a wholly new experience using Paragon as your toolbox.
We look forward to seeing what the community can do with this!
Most importantly, Kickstarter will give us the extra development time we need to finish Retrovirus' single player campaign as it exists on paper. Without Kickstarter, about an hour of single player content is set to be cut. We're also pursuing professional voice acting and in-engine cinematics to help bring the Retrovirus story to life. We'd also like to have a large-scale beta to gather community feedback prior to release, and Kickstarter will give us the funds to accomplish that. A successful Kickstarter will allow us the time to polish the game to the level we know we can achieve.
Cadenza Interactive is a company with real gamers at the controls. In 2008, the company was formed with the goal of producing the sorts of games we'd want to play at LAN parties. We released our first game, Sol Survivor, on Steam in 2010 to warm critical and public reviews. We've learned a lot since Sol Survivor, and we've spent the past two years burying ourselves in the craft of making games. Retrovirus is a real thing that we've seen grow from nothing into what we're showing you here with Kickstarter. We want to continue this momentum and finish strong, with the polish and style that our players deserve!
We at Cadenza are all thrilled you took the time to read this far into our Kickstarter. The making of this game has consumed all of us. Before Retrovirus' development is through, there will have been two new weddings, four new full-time additions to the Cadenza staff, and many nights shooting at each other in a digital world we've come together to create. We can only hope that our devotion to our work shines through to you!
If we've caught your eye, toss us a pledge! We listen to our community, and we'd love to have you join us in making Retrovirus as much yours as it is ours.
-The Cadenza Interactive Team
Retrovirus Concept Images from the 'Game & Art Manual'
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Porting to other platforms is a stretch goal for us. If we are able to raise significantly above our goal or if the sales of Retrovirus provide us the opportunity, we would love to port to Mac and Linux.
It is our intention to release on Steam, however we have not officially gotten the green light from Valve yet. We have experience releasing Sol Survivor on Steam, so that should not present a problem. Assuming we are approved for release on Steam, the digital pre-order and boxed copies will include a Steam key.
Simply put, it does not make sense to provide as a reward something which you can simply purchase for yourself. If you put down $5,000 in support of our project, you had better believe that we are going to bend over backwards to make your trip awesome!
It comes down to the fact that we just can’t really think of any realistic situation where someone would want to put down that sort of dough to get treated like a king at one of our game design meetings and not be able to handle their own travel arrangements. If you find yourself in such a position, contact us and we will work with you to get you here!
BUY THE GAME: Receive a digital download copy of Retrovirus when it launches for the PC. Also, all Kickstarter backers will receive an exclusive multiplayer skin to show off their early adopter status!
CO-OP BUNDLE: Receive two copies of Retrovirus when it launches on PC. The only thing better than a new game is playing it with a friend! Also comes with the exclusive multiplayer skin for early adopters.
BETA DELUXE EDITION: Be among the first to play Retrovirus with an invite to our Kickstarter exclusive closed beta. You'll also receive a digital copy of the Retrovirus soundtrack and your backer exclusive multiplayer skin.
READ THE MANUAL: Get a printed copy of the Retrovirus game manual and your name in the credits as a Kickstarter backer. You'll also receive one copy of Retrovirus for PC with multiplayer skin, the digital soundtrack, and closed beta access.
RETRO GAME EXPERIENCE: Get a special edition box copy of Retrovirus for your gaming shelf, complete with a printed manual, game disc, and digital activation key for multiplayer and updates. This tier includes the multiplayer skin, the digital soundtrack and your name in the credits. (International shipping please add $10).
TAKE THE TOUR: Enjoy a two hour curated play session with a Retrovirus developer! We'll send you an early development build and you'll have our ear while we show you the game you've helped us to create. This comes complete with the game box, T-shirt and Agent statue.
IS THIS REAL LIFE?: We'll use a photo of your choosing (within reason!) in the game itself. Relics of the human world can be found in Retrovirus' software environment. Might you be one of them? Includes the "Take the Tour" package.
WEEKEND WARRIOR: Join the Cadenza team at our home studio in Southern California for one of our famous Testing weekends! Participate in a design meeting, test unreleased content, give your feedback, and game with us! You must be able to travel to Tustin, CA. Includes all other rewards.