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DJAMACAT GamesportsBy DJAMACAT Gamesports
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DJAMACAT GamesportsBy DJAMACAT Gamesports
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About

In the distant future, when climate change, tectonic activity and human experiments have caused the sea level to rise beyond all expectations and continents on earth have ceased to exit - humanity has learned to live underwater...

Ship indoor (mp4/50 sec)
Ship indoor (mp4/50 sec)

 ...in the shallow regions of the one global ocean.


What do we mean by "more"?     

We don't mean a game that is strategy and RPG, tetris-like and business simulation, point-and-click adventure and MOBA, all at the same time. No. We don't.  

We wouldn't want to play such a game. You wouldn't.

We mean several games of different genres that share the same world data!

What if you could let your RPG character stroll right through the department block that you've built in your business simulation this very morning?

Construct department from 2 perspectives (mp4/10 sec)
Construct department from 2 perspectives (mp4/10 sec)

What if your 5-minute arcade games in the bus could boost the productivity of the factories in your business simulation?

What if the war that your alliance started changed the Aquaryouns point-and-click adventures all over the world – forever?

What if you fought this war yourself in a MOBA game, affecting the outcome of a battle in the main strategy game?

Attack department from 2 perspectives (mp4/8 sec)
Attack department from 2 perspectives (mp4/8 sec)

This principle of many games sharing the same world is one of the core features of Aquaryouns!

We are only human, though. Creating the best possible MMO-experience with a low-budget development process (and hopefully an active community of players and fans to guide the way) requires compromises.

One of these compromises will be that we won't release all these games all at the same time. We'll start with Aquaryouns World, the MMORTS that will help us build and populate the world.

Aquaryouns World is a 3D massive multiplayer online real-time strategy and business simulation game. 

You're a big sci-fi fan but seek something different than just another galaxy colonization strategy game?

You want to start playing immediately without spending hours and hours on boring tutorials?

You want to play the same game on your PC, your tablet, your phone or console?

You want to be part of something bigger than you, more epic than you, and actually affect the world around you in more ways than you can now imagine?

Aquaryouns World truly is everything you love about the timeless genre of MMORTS!

The underwater world on planet Earth is divided into Zones with different environmental conditions, such as average temparature, current, algae growth, ...

In each zone, humanity has marked hexagonal Plateaus for colonization.

Neighboring Plateaus are grouped in Clusters, and each Plateau is subdivided into 61 hexagonal Claims, which serve as basic cells for department construction.

You start with a single control center on one single Claim in the corner of a Plateau, steadily building up your economy, spreading your influence on other Claims and trying to dominate the entire Plateau. Beware of the other players and the NPC enemy that is already strengthening its economy in the same Plateau!

As soon as you hold control of your Plateau, you will probably start wondering where to go next…

Our digital representation of this far-future science-fiction vision is built with Unity3D (frontend) / JEE (backend) and will run smoothly on all devices: desktop PC, smartphone, tablet, games console.

In Aquaryouns World you can… 

... take control of a second-wave pioneer family and built up an entire underwater civilization!

 ... mine for iron ore and quartz at the bottom of the sea.

... build smelters to process the ores.

 ... construct harbors and shipyards.

... build ships and travel to other Plateaus, distant Clusters or even a complete different Zone. Land there and start working on another control center to spread your people and your influence.

 ... construct quarters for your people to live in.

... run fish and seaweed farms to feed them. 

... build geothermal, hydroelectric and electrolysis plants to sustain them with power, food, oxygen and hydrogen.

 ... perform research in your labs and even discover new and unknown raw materials by combining resources with different attributes.

... name any material that you were the first to discover! 

... create generic factories to process these new resources with our extensive blueprint factory system.

(comes with Stretch Goal "Research System")

  ... become a billionaire! Create a mighty trade empire by exchanging goods on the stock market for the universal in-game currency "Prions" (not to be confused with "Qurons" which are used to buy customization and individualization - see section "Free-2-Play without Pay-2-Win").  
(comes with Stretch Goal "Stock Exchange System")

 ... become a member of the diplomatic network of Aquaryouns: Spin a web of contracts and treaties of different types with the other players.
(comes with Stretch Goal "Diplomatic System") 

 ... found or join a powerful alliance that can stand against every threat. (comes with Stretch Goal "Alliance")

... make war with other players and beat your enemy to the seabed with a mighty submarine army.  

... train special ground units and troops to infiltrate your opponents' vessels and departments.  

(comes with Stretch Goal "Combat System")

 ... look up anything and everything in Aquaryouns' vast and detailed encyclopedia.  

(comes with Stretch Goal "Research System")

  ... discover secrets and explore unknown territory. First come, first serve!

Aquaryouns comes with a minimalistic HUD interface, so that nothing will stop you from getting lost in its underwater world.

Our Global Identification, Selection & Moving Object, short "GISMO"...

Our GISMO (mp4/21 sec)
Our GISMO (mp4/21 sec)

...is a single button that presents you with an arc-shaped context menu. The possible options vary with the selected elements (department, unit, terrain, …).

Aquaryouns' intelligent placement algorithm aligns the in-game spatial distances with the real-world geography.

In other words, you will naturally meet your neighbors on your Plateau and other players from your city in your Cluster.

In combination with a location-based day/night-cycle, this will help you experience Aquaryouns as a future version of our Earth instead of some random ocean planet.

(Not available in EarlyAcess version!)

Once Aquaryouns World has hatched from its EarlyAccess phase, we plan to launch Aquaryouns Arena soon after.

Aquaryouns Arena is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game, featuring 1-vs-1 and group-vs-group battles. A single Plateau serves as the arena for epic and action-packed battles that determine the outcome of the wars in Aquaryouns World.

A tetris-like / casual / arcade game for your 5-minutes-waiting-for-the-bus or the 15 minutes before you really turn off the PC and go to bed. Each game directly impacts the productivity of a factory in Aquaryouns World.

Compare your scores in local, regional and global leaderboards and become the best factory manager on earth!

A collection of exciting point-and-click adventures, set in the Aquaryouns underwater stage.

Visit your own Claim from Aquaryouns World or travel the entire ocean! Take on quests, gather items, and discover the secrets of Aquaryouns' history.

Aquaryouns World will initially be published in English and German with further languages to come as the game spreads around the globe.

You will be able to play Aquaryouns anytime, anywhere. Simply open https://aquaryouns.games in your browser, desktop or mobile, and dive under! 

Or download our apps from Google Play or the Apple App Store, which provide you with the best game performance and a high resolution game-play on your mobile device!

We are also going to develop game clients for consoles, Steam and Windows Store as soon as possible. 

We believe that everybody should be able to play without having to pay! 

We think it's a real pity that the free-2-play genre has developed the way it has: More and more free-2-play games ultimately require players to spend huge amounts of money in order to be able to compete (get better weapons, etc)! 

We wish to help restore the reputation of the free-2-play feature by presenting you a guaranteed No-Pay-2-Win game!

Naturally, you will be able to spend money in Aquaryouns (we do have to live from something, don't we?). But not a single buy-able item will give you any advantage in the competitive aspects of the strategy game.

Instead, Aquaryouns' in-game-purchases will allow you to individualize the appearance of your avatar and civilization:

Custom colors, textures for your departments, non-standard naming, your own logo on your Claim, modifications to the 3D models, … let your imagination run wild!

Do you prefer classical AAA game titles over Free-2-Play?

Don't worry, be patient! High-quality game clients (e.g. on Steam) with better graphics and sound that will provide you with the ultimate Aquaryouns experience are high on our list for after-Early-Access-Development.

Our greatest wish is to gather an active and strong community of players!
(One of the reasons for launching this Kickstarter campaign in the first place, see below.)

That's why we've equipped Aquaryouns with two modules that will allow you to participate in making it the best game possible:  

Aquaryouns will come with an intuitive and easy-to-use Bug Report System, with simple rating, free text fields and the option to draw on screenshots for showing us exactly what went wrong:

Furthermore, an extensive Feedback Module will let you make proposals for new game features or any other fancy ideas that you believe will enhance the Aquaryouns games.  
These suggestions can then be reviewed and discussed by the entire community and as soon as a relevant percentage of active player supports a proposal, we will look into it and integrate the idea into the game.   

Of course, you don't have to wait with sharing your ideas! Any Kickstarter backer is an invaluable source of creativity - so, please,

and leave a comment on this campaign and let us know what you think!

Until now  

  • We've already invested hundreds and hundreds or working hours in game design and development. 
  • The core game mechanics are defined, and the world is set up and designed, lacking only a finishing polish.

Kickstarter campaign

  • The campaign will run until 10 September 2018. 
  • It will provide us with enough funding to finish setting up the server infrastructure, correcting plenty of bugs beforehand, and hopefully allow us to go even further and include more content and features earlier – see the "Stretch Goals" section. 

Alpha

  • Pledge on the "Pioneer" tier or above in order to be one of Aquaryouns "First Pioneers" that prepare the ocean floor for human civilization! 
  • We plan to launch Aquaryouns World as a Kickstarter-exclusive ClosedAlpha version in the forth quarter 2018.
  • The Alpha version will include:
    - browser game, iOS and Android app
    - 21 different departments (some lacking part of their functionality)
    - 11 different resources
    - first ships (e.g. Pioneer Ship)
    - blueprint system
    - buff system
    - GISMO HUD
    - civilization profile with 2D avatar (Aquaryoun)
    - messaging system
    - bug report system
    - feedback module 
  • During the Alpha phase, very regular (up to daily) updates will be deployed that may affect all game aspects (game-play, UI and design, infrastructure,...). 
  • This is when we need your feedback and constructive ideas most! 

Beta

  • Pledge on the "Explorer" level or apply on our Website https://www.aquaryouns.com for access to the ClosedBeta! 
  • As soon as the ClosedAlpha passes the first tests and everything runs smoothly, we'll proceed to the ClosedBeta phase, probably at some point in the first quarter of the next year. 
  • Throughout the entire Beta phase, we'll provide regular major and minor updates with new features and bugfixes. At the same time, we'll slowly start the development of the AAA-clients and the next Aquaryouns game: Aquaryouns Arena
  • All unlocked Stretch Goals will be integrated during the Beta phase. Towards the middle of the next year, we'll open up access to the entire world (OpenBeta). 

Release Candidate

  • We don't want to make any promises for when Aquaryouns World will be released for good, since it strongly depends on the scope of the game, which in turn depends on how many Stretch Goals we'll achieve and how many new features will be requested by the community during the Alpha and Beta phases. 
  • There is no end to development: Aquaryouns won't ever be a one-shot-finished-title, but a living and evolving world!

Naturally, a Massive Multiplayer Online Game like Aquaryouns needs massively many players to be fun. This makes Kickstarter the perfect platform both for collecting the funding needed for the final development spurt and for gathering a great initial player community!  

The more of you sign up for EarlyAcces and the more of you spread the word, the better a gaming experience Aquaryouns will become!  

You can help. Now.

Please register on our website https://www.aquaryouns.com#token=ks2018 as well: you'll receive this amazing artwork as an (Ultra-)HD-wallpaper for free!

 After sign-up, you'll also get a unique sharing link to refer your friends to - and for every friend that signs up using this link, you earn points which translate to in-game Qurons!

Here is a graphical display of our current estimation of how the future will develop:

Most of the Stretch Goals represent additional modules that give variety and depth to the game and thus will enhance your gaming experience, ultimately increasing your fun with Aquaryouns!  

We do plan to include all of these modules sooner or later into Aquaryouns World, regardless of whether the corresponding Stretch Goal has been achieved or not. But, needless to say, unlocking a Stretch Goal will make it happen much sooner rather than later.   

So, here's what you can help to unlock:

WE are five Game Geeks, who want nothing less than to break the current rules of the known gaming world.  

WE are the first independent Gamestudio in the “City of Four Gates” Neubrandenburg, Germany, founded on 1 July 2017.  

WE are a team of veteran developers for PC, tablet and mobile in JAVA and Unity.

WE were gathered by Tommy Müller, founder of DJAMACAT GmbH and creator of the original idea behind the Aquaryouns game setting.  

WE combine over 20 years development experience with an extensive gaming practice.  

                               
 

We are extremely excited about this project. We hope that you are, too.

So, go ahead and support this Kickstarter campaign! Or don't. It's up to you.

Risks and challenges

As with any megaproject, be it an airport construction or an MMO, the highest risk that we're all facing is that of a delay. We have some milestone-dates planned out, but really, really try to avoid being overconfident about them.

In other words: the dates for Alpha, Beta or EarlyAccess release of Aquaryouns World are estimations. This applies even stronger to release dates for the other Aquaryouns games or AAA-clients.

We don't feel too bad about that: Rather than pushing a not-yet-ready game to the next phase, we much prefer to work with you, the Alpha and Beta testers, until the game fulfills or exceeds all your and our expectations. And development takes as long as it takes.

That being said, we are as certain as a small indie developer team can be that we will successfully release Aquaryouns! This is not just a try-and-see campaign. This is our vision, our project, our enthusiasm, that we'll carry through, no matter what!

Of course, there is the risk of failing to fund the game. Frankly, this won't happen to us:

We're a small team with great dreams but little expenses (except our work and time).

We've also got several private investors on board who can back us - they wouldn't let us go down, as much as we'd like to jump off the boat, dive down to the bottom of the sea and start building Aquaryouns' colonies for real.

The additional Kickstarter funding will give us the means for a clean finish in the development and the momentum for a perfect submarine maiden voyage - so come aboard and join us in this great adventure!

The other big risk is one inherent to the genre of MMOs: a potential lack of players! We're keenly aware that a shortage of players might diminish the fun for those that do play.

MMOs need - in the very sense of the word - to be kickstarted! Every single player counts!

Help us spread the (Aquaryouns) Wor(l)d, and play! Just don't get seasick. :-)

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    Show your fashion, underwater and ashore alike!
    Get a premium round-neck t-shirt in the color of your choice with the Aquaryouns logo and art.

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    You are a true architect of Aquaryouns!
    This very special reward will be an eye-catcher on your living-room wall:
    Get a blueprint design of the department of your choice on a 4x5.6'' (10x14.2cm) vintage metal plate.

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    This very real and physical wallpaper on canvas simply looks good!
    Get the Aquaryouns artwork of your choice on a 18.9x10.6'' (48x27cm) canvas

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    As a stonemason you'll be able to build an impressive KS-exclusive monument on your claims.
    You citizens will love it, your rivals will envy you!

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    "The frame makes the art" - a truth only a Royal truly grasps.
    Get the Aquaryouns artwork of your choice on a 18.9x10.6'' (48x27cm) canvas - with a noble black frame.

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    As a painter, you'll be able to apply the very special KS-exclusive texture to your buildings: Every department that you build will show the world your support and commitment to Aquaryouns.

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Funding period

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