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Outstation

A space combat adventure inspired by Firefly, 90s shooters, and Escape Velocity. Made by a former AAA dev.

Outstation

A space combat adventure inspired by Firefly, 90s shooters, and Escape Velocity. Made by a former AAA dev.

$785
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34
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 7 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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(Rough character creation) You will adventure as your mercenary through the out taking contracts and running jobs.

A mercenary's ship is a large factor for success in the out. In Outstation, every part you purchase alters how your ship will handle. With multiple cockpits, wings, and engines your ship can be tailored to the needs of any contract.

Customize your ship in the garage to be prepared for any contract!
Each new part changes how your ship looks and handles.

Your ship can be equipped with up to three cannons all of which can be customized individually. Want a laser cannon on the front? Homing missiles on the right wing? Bombs that shoot out the back on the Left? If you can earn enough C.H.I.P.s working contracts, you can do it!

Outstation's theme and concept was solidified around the idea of the history of the American railroads while brainstorming ideas to flesh out the game. A time that gave birth to the outlaw era captured in so many different forms of entertainment. This is why I became very excited to tie in my love of the show Firefly and influences from sci-fi frontier concepts.

Outstation takes place at a time where space travel has just become common for the every day person due to a massive boom in the fuel that supports it. However, the companies over extending to grab as much of the fortune as possible have become easy targets for criminals and there is no such things as a galactic police force. So companies have taken it into their own hands to hire muscle to protect their investments.

As I move into polish and creating some of the more unique experiences in the game, I will be soaking everything in a layer of that new frontier feel that I love so much from the visuals and mechanics, to voice over and music. I'm working with a talented composer to create the Outstation OST and help bring things to life. The OST is currently standing at 4 tracks though I would like to expand upon it. Here is a short sample of the general combat music.

My goal of Outstation is to take the things I love in sci-fi and combine them all into a fun, quirky, and pleasing experience visually and thematically.

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The Kickstarter demo is a sandbox demo designed to highlight some major game mechanics such as ship customization, combat, and the Incoming Hostiles contract. Grab it from any of these locations and have fun!

My name is Brian Clarke and I've been working with games in some form since I was a teenager. The love I found in video games as a child and the expression you can achieve through them as an art form grew into a long career in AAA game development.

After around 13 years of working in various studios, I decided to leave an pursue my long term goal of creating a game studio. I have since been working in the indie game space for the past two years with two projects shipped. My first solo title "The Subject" and a joint development project: "Welcome to the Game II".

I have loved making games all my life. I've always gravitated toward creative projects of any kind and video games has been the only path that has satisfied every aspect of my drive to create. My goal is to share these feelings with you through the experiences in my games.

Outstation is about 60% complete but and I want to make sure the entire game is as fun and polished as possible which lies in that remaining 40%. There are many hurdles with creating video games alone and my goal is to always improve the quality of my work. This is why, when I can, I hire freelance developers to take on various work loads such as UI art, music, voice acting, additional art support, and more. With your help, I will be able to afford to pay freelancers and improve production time and quality of Outstation greatly.

Perhaps the most important reason for Kickstarter is time. I'm a father of two and I develop games full-time which means I am constantly working against the clock. This also means that simply being able to live in my home and work means time to develop games. Your support would mean a longer runway to put everything I have into making Outstation the absolute best it can be.

A lot of the content that will be in the launch version of Outstation will depend on the success of the Kickstarter, however, the work that is remaining for the 1.0 version mostly pertains to polish (such as VFX and sound), creating additional enemy ships, boss ships, and most importantly: additional contracts.

The bulk of production time so far has been focused on setting up systems for game play so a lot of the remaining work is simply adding assets to it and crafting the experience which takes time.

Contracts planned to be in launch are:

  • Incoming Hostiles - Defend a mining facility from waves of ships
  • Distress Signal - protect a stranded transport ship
  • Runaway Train - A transport ship has been hijacked and you must catch up to it to stop it
  •  If we reach the stretch goal of $35,000 I will be adding more contracts to the game at launch 

 With your help, I am aiming to have Outstation ready for release either late winter of 2019 or Spring of 2020 though other factors may push or pull that window such as other games launching in certain spaces that may compete with the game's success or the game needs some extra time for polish.

With your support, I will be able to plan a specific launch window where Outstation can be in its best possible state, at the best possible time.

I know $12,000 doesn’t sound very high for developing a game, and I can always use more, but this is the number I came to to pay for the various work and time needed to make the vanilla version of Outstation the best it can be. If I raise more, that’s great, the game will receive some pretty cool additional things at launch!

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge for the success of Outstation is time. I wont compromise on quality which means things like the amount of content would have to suffer to still reach the desired launch window. I currently split my time between art, programing, sound design, promotion /social presence, and more. All of these things i greatly enjoy but they do consume large chunks of time.

With your support, I will have more time and resources allowing me to focus more heavily on actual game development.

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    The mercenaries protecting our products on the gas mines salute you. You will not be forgotten.

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    You've learned to fly, so now it's time to climb into the pilot's seat and get your first contract.

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    A mercenary only has one ship. It's their baby. Decorate it and make it your own.

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    Contract accepted! It's a long trip to the mines on the outs. Better have some good music to listen to.

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    PHYSICAL REWARD - It's hard risking your life far from home. Send a postcard when you get there! (Postcard signed by Brian)

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    This one is mine

    PHYSICAL REWARD - Maybe you aren't the sentimental type. A mercenary's ship is all they have. Make it your own.

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    I'm all in

    PHYSICAL REWARD - Mercenaries are reckless and always gambling with their lives. You want it all, I get it.

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    Sky Candy

    PHYSICAL REWARD - What's the point of being one of the deadliest mercenaries in the out if you don't make sure people know it?

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    PHYSICAL REWARD - This isn't your first rodeo. It's fun to look back and remember the good times.

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