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CyanideBy Cyanide
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CyanideBy Cyanide
First created
£8,774
pledged of £100,000pledged of £100,000 goal
294
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 14 2013

About

Since Cyanide's last release of a "Pro Rugby Manager" game in 2005, the team has wanted to continue the adventure. After years of waiting, we feel that the time has come and we are looking forward to developing a game that will delight rugby fans worldwide.

"Pro Rugby Manager" puts the players in the shoes of a manager of a rugby union team. They must guarantee sporting success on the field and financial success off it, so as to secure the job for another season or to be recruited by a bigger club. Only available on PC. 

CAREER: A player can choose to take on the management of a national team, or a professional club side.  Whatever the level, the basics of the job are the same. Take care of finances and facilities; send out scouts to look at potential new players; negotiate contracts; set training programs; keep an eye on injuries and select the team for match day.

YOUR PLAYERS: There are 3 categories of players: Seniors, Under-19s and Under-17s. Apart from their personal data (age, height, weight and nationality) all are characterized by 13 attributes (passing, tackling, speed, positioning, awareness, etc.) and 9 traits (discipline, altruism, leadership, etc.).

MATCH VIEW: Matches can be viewed in 2D or in a bird's eye 3D view of the action. It is also possible to simulate a game, which produces a result and match report in about 5 seconds. Matches are played over two periods of 10 minutes, but this can be speeded up x2, x3 or x4.

MATCH GAMEPLAY: Our last official release of "Pro Rugby Manager" in 2005 was based on the sport as it stood in 2003. That's 10 years ago and things have changed immeasurably over that period. Not just in the basic rules, but also in its look and feel. Even though physical contact is still at the heart of the sport, the new set up is aimed to favour speed, movement and intelligence. Our aim is to reproduce this new ethos, giving the player collective rather than individual control over attacking/defensive phases. It will be possible to attack via the pack, through a rolling maul for example, or to specify movement out wide via the centres or wings. When attack turns to defence it will be possible to defend deep, out wide or to centre players against an opposing scrum/maul. Full gameplay details will be released soon, but training programs as well as physical and mental attributes will impact on all tactics and strategies.

DATABASE: The database consists of the main competitions, teams and players. We are yet to finalise this and are keen to discuss it with our community throughout this Kickstarter campaign.

SQUAD SELECTION: A simple drag-and-drop system is used for team selection with colour codes used to identify positions. Standard laws apply to suitably trained and experienced players as well as to the number of substitutes.

We already though of a lot of possible game’s enhancements if we reach more than our goal : An in-game editor, a more Extended Database, 3D match enhancement, Hi-level graphic rendering. Powered by in-house “CyaTech” rendering engine, new 3D models and animations...

Cyanide is a French video game studio, created in 2000, and based in Paris. Initially specialising in sport management sims, we have expanded to embrace a number of different game genres. The studio was built on the success of the "Pro Cycling Manager" series, recognised by thousands of cycling fans across the world as the definitive cycling management sim, and since 2009 we have been the developers of the official "Tour de France" console games.

As well as releasing big budget RPGs such as "Game of Thrones" and "Of Orcs and Men", we continue to address what many consider niche markets, releasing games for a limited but demanding fan base. "Blood Bowl" (Games Workshop), "Confrontation", "Aarklash: Legacy" and "Dogs of War" (Rackham) are examples of such projects where we have approached our work with the care and dedication fans demand.

We count many rugby enthusiasts in our ranks, both male and female, and this fervour will be translated into the game. We are well-acquainted with the demands of sporting sims and that experience will be priceless in order to craft a game that will meet your expectations.

Until recently, a developer sought finance for a game through a publisher, who then distributed the product through retail stores. No money meant no game. This was the case over the years as we tried to seek funding for a new release of "Pro Rugby Manager". Now, with the proliferation of download websites and the advent of crowd-funding, we have the opportunity to fund a game via a fan base and to distribute the game without having to deal with the many pitfalls of retail distribution. We can now develop the rugby game that we want to develop and that rugby fans have been waiting for. We now have direct contact with funders and players from all over the world and all can contribute to the creation and promotion of this title.

It is important to note that Cyanide has already earmarked and invested its own funds in this project. Kickstarter will provide us with the £100,000 we require to balance the budget. If you agree to go the extra mile with us, we will ensure you get the quality product you expect.

This is the planned schedule for the development of the game. It may evolve as new stretch goals are confirmed, but the main aim is for a release to coincide with the start of the 2014/2015 club season in the northern hemisphere. As an overview of the project, it may be light on detail, but it does give a good idea of the milestones that backers can expect.

November 2013 to end of May 2014: Main development phase
Early June 2014: Private Beta (Alpha)
Early July 2014: Beta
Early August 2014: Gold (release candidate)

REWARDS INFOS :

— The league matches available for "Championship Pack" and "Championship With Friends Pack" are : Top 14 - Pro D2 - Aviva Premiership - RFU Championship - Rabodirect Pro12 - Eccellenza - ITM Cup - ABSA Currie Cup - Super 15.

— Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to visit the studio.

— The Digital copy of the game might be provided as a Steam key.

This project is made with the support of ICO Partners (www.icopartners.com) based in England. ICO Partners has been working with Cyanide across different projects for some time now, and has helped us to further define this Kickstarter campaign. As a UK company, they have made it possible for us to collect funds from Kickstarter, and if you see their name appear when you back the project, it is because of this. They are a very trusted partner, and have been a renowned company in the games industry for a number of years. Your funding will be sent directly to Cyanide as soon as the campaign ends.

    

Risks and challenges

First of all, Cyanide has invested time and money in the pre-production of this game, but without your support we will not be able to take the project through to its completion. We want to prove that the market for this game does exist and that we can develop a product that satisfies that market.

Build awareness: Without the help of a publisher, we have limited means of promotion. Of course, we have built up contacts over the years, but we will need a good deal of support by word of mouth if this funding campaign (and the finished game) is to succeed. So pass the word on!

Reflect the evolution in rugby, both on and off the field: All facets of rugby have been remodelled over the past 10 years as professionalism has truly made its mark on the game. We hopefully have the knowledge, contacts and partners that will allow us to reflect these changes!

Depth of gameplay is often seen as the enemy of an open and accessible player experience. Our biggest challenge in terms of game design is to accompany the player along the learning curve without him/her sliding off or downhill.

Our objective is to make a game that appeals to new players, but which remains true to our vision of what a good sport management sim should be. That's a balancing act for which, once again, we will require your input during the beta phase.

It should be noted that we will do the maximum to deliver the project in time with our best efforts in terms of quality but to achieve this, some features may be changed or function in a slightly different way than we describe here.

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