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Status Quo: Chronicles of a Universe at War

Status Quo is a genre-bashing hybrid video game: "Battlefield meets Command & Conquer in a Mass Effect style universe"

Status Quo: Chronicles of a Universe at War

Status Quo is a genre-bashing hybrid video game: "Battlefield meets Command & Conquer in a Mass Effect style universe"

$3,587
pledged of $36,000pledged of $36,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 24 2019 3:22 AM UTC +00:00

About

 "Battlefield meets Command & Conquer in a Mass Effect style universe" 


  • Status Quo: Chronicles of a Universe at War is the story of seven alien races fighting to control a growing online universe.   

  • The game is a "Hybrid" with real-time switching between FPS, TPS, RTS, and Action-RPG modes of play on foot; with pulse pounding vehicle combat in the skies and on the ground.

  • The game begins as a Free-To-Play with 3 playable characters in single player and multiplayer modes, with over 25 more unlockable characters available; each with their own unique weapons, abilities, and playstyles.  Characters can be unlocked with in-game currency -OR- real money.  No P2W.  
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  • Every aspect of development—art, level design, music, programming, etc.—is being handled by our indie team of game development professionals with years of experience in the genre, and with science fiction in particular.   Backers will have unprecedented access to seeing this team at work through Discord, blogs, streams, videos, concept art—the works!

  • Status Quo: Chronicles is being developed for the PC with gamepad and flight stick support, and will be made available through Steam and DRM-free digital distribution methods.  Other platforms, including home consoles, Mac, and Linux, are a high priority, but only if we can afford them via stretch goals or with the help of a publisher.  Should we reach those goals, anyone funding the project will be allowed to choose which version of the game they would like to receive. The estimated release date is spring 2020 if we get full funding and support from a publisher. 

  • This project is on Kickstarter so it can involve YOU, our community and fans! Not only will your help make it possible for us to make the game exactly as we envision it, but it also allows us to bring dedicated fans of this genre together to assist the team in shaping aspects of the game’s design.  We need your help! Let’s make something amazing, and let’s do it together!   

What makes SQ unique and yet so familiar is the hybrid gameplay.    The game blends FPS, TPS, and RTS seamlessly, allowing players to develop their own strategies and playstyles.  Play Co-op or Team vs Team vs Team in 3-way massive open battles where numbers make the difference between life and death.    

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With inclusion of single-player campaigns and multiplayer modes with space combat, we want to offer a variety of gameplay options within a single framework that all connect with each other and allow for balanced competitive play between genres.  

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Each race brings to the table a variety of unique stories, Character Classes, and single-player campaigns; paving the way for deep tactical gaming with dozens of different character types in closed maps or massive open sandboxes.  Some characters will specialize in RTS command gameplay, while others will focus on FPS twitch, third person Action Role-Playing Game elements, or grant access to new vehicles as part of the character's fundamental gameplay.  

All playable characters are defined by their Style, the play-style the character is best suited for: FPS, TPS, RTS, Vehicles, or A-RPG.  All characters will have First Person Shooter and Third Person Shooter camera mechanics as part of their basic gameplay; but specialized characters will be more suited to a particular play-style through the use of special abilities tailored for each character.  As the game becomes more complete, Crafting and Construction of buildings are already planned.

  • We have spaceflight mechanics tested and working clean for single player (networking coming later this year), and are integrating networked 1st/3rd person character controllers now along with UI and animation integration.  TPS switching to RTS (Command System) is testing and we are constantly improving the "feel" of play.  We are configuring for multiplayer through Steam, which we hope to be opening to pre-Alpha testers by mid June 2019.  

  • The project, despite its size, is currently over 70% complete because we've built up to this slowly and carefully.  We already have: over 100 civilian NPCs, 30 playable characters, 35 building types, 3 completed sandbox environments (with 4 more on the way), 1 blocked out multiplayer map, hundreds of code assets, 2 hours of complete original music, dozens of written campaign missions, and multiplayer support is well underway.  

Watch the development of this game streamed 3 nights a week (with over 60 episodes and counting) at:

WWW.TWITCH.TV/EPICDESK     

This is where you come in!  As a backer to Status Quo: Chronicles you will become a member of the SQ community, and an honorary member of our dev team, where your input—along with the voices of the entire community—can help shape the game. How will we get your feedback? For starters:  


  • SURVEYS: Within the first few weeks of a successful Kickstarter campaign, members of the SQ community can take part in a survey to help judge their overall priorities: difficulty balance, length vs. replayability, favorite features of older games and what you hate from newer games—we want to know what our community wants to make our game better.

  • POLLS: From time to time, the team will ask the community to choose between ideas or characters they’ve come up with. For example, the first poll planned is to choose between several designs to pick the look for new Free Trader Characters coming next year.

  • CONTESTS: Later on in production, the team will hold two contests within the SQ community to create custom characters that look just like you!  Come up with some salty pirates or grizzled soldier ideas and a fun way to sell the team and your fellow community members on it, and who knows? You might just see yourself become a part of the game as a mission giver or supporting character!    

Starting a company involves hiring financial and legal professionals to assist us in incorporation, business forecasting, and protection of assets.  $15,000 USD of our starting fundraising goal covers the basic retainers we need to incorporate as a business and and hire an IP attorney and financial planner to help us hone our business plan.  $10,000 USD along with any stretch goals met will be dedicated to continued production and staffing, while the remainder of the fundraiser will be spent toward kickstarter fees, taxes, and travel expenses while in search for a publisher.  Stretch goals are discussed below.  

Status Quo: Chronicles of a Universe at War  /  5th Edition Roleplaying Rulebook (pdf)

Shrouded from the eyes of everyday people, a war rages across the universe to protect the innocent from an alien hunger.  Status Quo: Chronicles is a science fiction action roleplaying game where players take part in their own custom Chronicles of a Universe at War.  Includes complete rules for gameplay, compelling science fiction, stunning original art, and a fast paced original D20 System.   With rules for over 60 Character Classes, 60 Psionic Arts, 20 starting vehicles, 45 starting weapons.  These rules have been totally re-worked to support and supplement our video game project under construction.  490 pages, available only in PDF.  

Status Quo: The Chronicle of Jane Doe 

A perfect introduction to the universe of Status Quo, this novel is the story of one woman standing alone against a hostile force aboard a Coalition experimental star frigate.  
 

"Deadpool meets Under Siege with a female lead and no Gary Busey... In space."
 

Written by Chris Kuhn and Cheshire.  Recommended for mature readers due to violence and language. (PDF)


Status Quo: Chronicles Original Soundtrack 

With over two hours of original music composed by Aaron Bucklin, this amazing soundtrack serves as the backdrop for the Chronicles of a Universe at War.  Below are just a few tracks from both volumes of our original soundtrack.

Character Packs 

Common  Character Pack 

8 characters of Common rarity:

Coalition Miliari Medic. Free Trader Gik Traveler, Coalition Human Commander, Free Trader Firian Machinist, Coalition Rogga Artillery, Brood Minion, Brood Scout, Coalition Abanshi Pilot

The game will begin with 3 characters unlocked.  This pack opens all 8 common rarity characters to use immediately in single-player and multiplayer modes.

Scarce  Character Pack    

8 characters of Scarce rarity:

Free Trader Miliari Commander, Coalition Miliari Information Gatherer, Coalition Gik Marksmen, Coalition Human Pilot, Brood Contaminator, Brood Harvester, Brood Symbiot, Free Trader Abanshi Technician

Scarce characters are less common and more challenging to play.

Superior Character Pack  

6 characters of Superior rarity:

Coalition Miliari Maintenance, Free Trader Miliari Pilot, Free Trader Gik Enforcer, Coalition Firian Watchman, Brood Mutator, Brood Thirster.

These are highly specialized characters with a focus on unique skills on the battlefield.

Rare  Character Pack     

8 characters of Rare rarity:

Coalition Miliari Psionicist, Free Trader Gik Sculptor, Free Trader Human Hacker, Free Trader Firian Sentinel, Free Trader Rogga Heavy Hitter, Brood Seeker, Brood Infiltrator, Free Trader Abanshi Nomad (Medic)

These are rare characters with a powerful special abilities that turn the tide of conflict or summon powerful effects and reinforcements.

As the campaign gains momentum, our hope is to make our initial goal and start breaking stretch goals.  Here is where those will be displayed and updated through the campaign. 

Risks and challenges

Game development is inherently unpredictable; delays and unexpected costs being the two most common “known unknowns.” The SQ Project has prepared for this by doing a lot of the work on systems, characters, and gameplay mechanics already. We are already well into our prototype and Steam back-end through Google Cloud, so most of the development work from this stage forward can be dedicated to testing new gameplay elements and delivering an experience the players want to see based on community feedback. We still have a lot of work to do, but extensive experience with previous indie projects and an established track record across a variety of industries makes our team both versatile and flexible, meaning we can suit the game to our audience for a "Curated Experience", where features that don't work get ejected based entirely on community feedback: turning that unpredictability into something we plan for.

Another challenge: Localization for other languages. While we feel this is a huge plus and a big selling point for other markets as it adds appeal and makes our project unique, there’s no denying it also adds unique requirements in terms of communication and workflow. The good news here: Our team has a great deal of experience working with and marketing games for BOTH English-speaking and international audiences, and are taking extra steps in writing and pre-planning and during development to buffer and budget for things like interpretation, translation time, etc., all to ensure we stay on the same page with our backers and with each other.

Finally, what we see as our biggest challenge: properly involving the community. How exactly do we ask for and integrate fan feedback and contributions while keeping a project like this on track in terms of vision, scope, and schedule? This is still unexplored country in the game industry, as it’s only recently that any of us have had the tools to make this feasible.

We’ve been researching different projects’ approaches—and some of us even have experience from similar experiments in the past—but as far as we can tell, there’s really no one established “right way” to go about it. The up-side, in our case, is that just knowing that we don’t know all the answers up front is important: it reminds us we need to listen, to establish methods of ensuring we hear our backers’ choices and feedback, and keeps us more flexible. We are trying to work in a new way with this project that will allow us to show our work as we go, while ensuring that everyone seeing it will have the correct context to see it in, and that there will still be plenty of nice surprises in the final product.

One aspect we already know to account for is that anytime you ask a (hopefully!) large group of people to choose between options, especially when you’re asking some of the most passionate fans in all of gaming, you are going to end up with some portion of them disappointed and you’re going to hear about it. We know we’re ready for the ride and we’re excited as hell to take it. The biggest thing we believe we should all keep in mind, both as creators and as backers: we’ll be learning more and more as we go along, so let’s be patient and work together.

Find out more about our project and sign up for our quarterly newsletter at:

WWW.MIFFEDKITTYPRESS.COM

Watch the development of this game streamed 3 nights a week (with over 60 episodes and counting) at:

WWW.TWITCH.TV/EPICDESK

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    (total over a $180 value)

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    (total over a $225 value)

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    AND, we will create a character based on you that will appear as a soldier, shopkeeper, or merchant in-game.

    You will also be granted access to our closed alpha testing, where you will help us in the early stages of balance and gameplay testing.

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    At this tier, you get everything we have available now, and everything we will make in the future. Consider this an unlimited pass for all game content for Status Quo... FOREVER.

    AND, we will create a character based on you that will appear as a soldier, shopkeeper, or merchant in-game.

    You will also be granted access to our closed alpha testing, where you will help us in the early stages of balance and gameplay testing.

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    • Limited Edition T-Shirt
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    • Status Quo: The Chronicle of Jane Doe (novel, pdf)
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    Invasion

    Cheshire will hand-deliver an Admiral pass (and a chest of goodies) TO YOUR HOUSE and sit with you personally to see what you'd like in the game (and bring you a care package from Hell!)

    If you want wild and crazy we'll road trip to your place with cameras, silly string, and burritos. If you're more low key, there will still be burritos, just no audience or silly string. We're not kidding... he really will come hang out for a day, raid your fridge, and bring you burritos.

    Available for US residents only... sorry, Cheshire doesn't have his shots.

    Includes:
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    • Original Sound Track Volumes 1 & 2
    • Admiral Pass (Unlimited DLC)
    • Status Quo Tabletop Roleplaying Game (pdf)
    • Status Quo: The Chronicle of Jane Doe (novel, pdf)
    • Alpha Access
    • Beta Access
    • Common Character Pack
    • Common Weapon Pack
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    • Scarce Weapons Pack
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