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WE WILL BE SENDING OUT A SURVEY AT THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN TO SEE WHAT VERSION YOU WOULD LIKE. IF YOU WANT THE CONSOLE VERSION OF THE GAME - REGARDLESS IF WE REACH THE STRETCH GOAL - IT WILL JUST TAKE LONGER IF WE DON'T REACH IT, THEN PLEASE SELECT THAT OPTION IN THE SURVEY
THE £150 PHYSICAL PACK WILL CONTAIN A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE GAME FOR PC. CONSOLE OWNERS WILL GET A CODE FOR THEIR SELECTED CONSOLE
Pledges Notice: We have listened to feedback and have corrected the Pledges accordingly. Please refer to the pledge image near the bottom of this campaign for the definitive version of the pledges.
Shots from the prototype track.
Formula Fusion is a near-future anti-gravity racing game that brings fast, frantic, adrenaline-fuelled racing together with the raw sound of a thumping dance soundtrack and psychedelic visual effects. Set in the dystopian year of 2075 in the redeveloped ruins of New York State, Formula Fusion’s stunning atmospheric environments complement the dirty-urban visual design of The Designers Republic that truly set the stage for the Formula Fusion W.A.R Leagues – a dog-eat-dog racing competition born on the back of F1 racing.
Begin your career, upgrade your craft, advance through the classes, and earn your place as champion.
- Coming soon to PC Windows! - Mac OS, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita Stretch Goals!
- Features 21 tracks across seven stunningly themed environments plus a final battle arena, 'Main Stadium'
- Single-player, multiplayer, split-screen and competitive esports
- Custom music, skin creator and team builder.
- Immersive soundtrack featuring Dub FX, CoLD SToRAGE and to-be-announced artists.
- No pay-to-win or subscriptions.
- Real world sponsors, plus a rich in-game universe created by The Designers Republic and VFX/Concept Artist Cenay Oekman (credited on titles such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Inception).
The year is 2075. The events of the Great Energy War of 2025 still resonate in the new capital, New York City. A ravaged wasteland now fringes the great New York metropolis, Time's Square is under water, and riots, starvation and corruption are rampant in the city. Redevelopment on a vast scale has all but papered over the cracks, with many districts almost unrecognizable. The division between rich and poor is the greatest it has ever been: Favela-style slums and make-shift buildings form poverty-stricken rings around the affluent commercial districts and neon neighbourhoods of New York City.
After the global energy reserves were emptied in 2031 following an all-out-war that tore apart the world, scientists endeavoured to find an alternative form of energy. The field of anti-gravity quantum levitation excelled, surpassing all other alternatives and quickly gained momentum both industrially and commercially. The automotive industry blossomed once again, and petroleum-based cars were quickly replaced with anti-gravity vehicles and large suspended superconductor tracks were built above the city. Vehicles were then suspended within artificially created gravity fields above superconductor highways. Along with general transportation, this technology became embedded in the remnants of motorsport racing and exploded in popularity: what was once known as Formula 1 evolved to become the Formula Fusion W.A.R Leagues.
- Fast-paced, high-adrenaline immersive gameplay:
Potentially limitless speed! Have you ever seen camera footage from the nose-cone of a bullet train? Well, multiply that by a factor of three and that's the sort of speed we want to emulate - all in stunning 60 frames per second! Travel at break-neck speeds around tight corners, twists and corkscrews, through inversions, X-sections, field switches and over jumps as you compete for the title of Champion. Break the speed of sound and watch the environment come alive around you. Not for the faint-hearted!
- 21 white-knuckle tracks spanning seven unique and visually-stunning themed environments with the potential for VR integration..
Set in a dynamic environment shaped by BAFTA-award winning artist Andrew Walker and VFX/Concept Artist Cenay Oekman (credited on titles such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Inception, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Captain America), pilots can navigate through the desolate shanty-towns that fringe the affluent and thriving metropolis of Inner City New York City, zip under bridges, over inhospitable countryside and through the abandoned warehouses of an industry long-forgotten as you traverse the landscape of a dystopian 2075.
Conclude your ascent to glory in the final battle arena - Main Stadium. Features seven themed environments including Inner City, Metro, Skyscraper, Urban, Industrial and River Run.
- Advanced craft behaviour, physics and post-race analytics.
Your craft is everything - it's more than just a cosmetic shell. Your craft is the accumulation of dozens of technological variables spec'd to fit your specific playing style. Each variable feeds the player experience - after each race, feedback systems relay analytical data back to your garage, allowing you to fine tune your craft to shave off those extra seconds
- Technological research, class progression and craft customisation.
Gameplay includes a layer of technology research and craft customisation through the team garage facility. Includes five craft classes to progress through and master, from amateur to the slick Hyper Class. After hitting key research milestones within each class, additional crafts with greater performance capabilities are unlocked and form the basis of the next class of research upgrades. The physical geometry of your craft changes, but the underlying technology will remain. The final class unlocked - ExperimentalTECH - representing the pinnacle craft of each research institute and demonstrating excellence in engineering, are capable of travelling at speeds well beyond the speed of sound and are regarded as scientific breakthroughs.
- Single-player campaign, local split-screen and synchronous multiplayer.
Start your career as a pilot and progress through the campaign to advance your craft technology and increase your pilot standing in the online leagues. Generate sponsorship, gain research points and accumulate race rewards for pilot progression. Track your progress and compare yourself to friends and the rest of the world through the integrated online leaderboards.
- Ten research institutes/racing teams.
Features ten official in-game teams, each with team-specific research specialities unlockable in the final class. Don't want to join the official teams? That's okay - we're including a team builder, too!
- Dog-eat-dog competitive multiplayer.
Show off your skills to the world and aim for champion in our competitive esports leagues - utilising matchmaking systems created by world-leading esports provider, ESL. Race your way through the tournaments and battle for real-world prizes and glory each season. Expect race seasons, real-world sponsors and featured drivers galore!
- Graphic art and in-game branding created by The Designers Republic.
The division between the rich and poor is at its greatest - Favela-style slums and make-shift buildings form poverty-stricken rings around affluent commercial districts and neon neighbourhoods. Government propaganda and anti-establishment posters litter the streets. The universe comes alive thanks to branding and graphic design elements from the influential, iconic and award-winning designers, 'The Designers Republic'!
- New weapon features, new game modes and meta games.
Unleash deadly attacks on your opponents. Watch as spider drones tear apart your opponents craft and viruses infect your technology. Enjoy new game modes such as 'Hunted', 'Hunter', 'Time Out', 'Survivor' and the anticipated 'Ghost Zone' - an abstract ultra-fast mode that renders the world as blurred lines and lights.
- Accompanying electronic, dance and techno soundtrack featuring Dub FX and CoLD SToRAGE.
Pledge Rewards Note:
Please refer to this image for the comprehensive and definitive list of Pledges. If you have any further questions please contact us.
NOTE: All tiers above £60 include the game as standard. For tiers below this, an add-on of the game can be added for £20 and requires a base pledge of £5.
NOTE 2: In the pledge rewards we have said that the £100 & £150 does not include the game, however we have seen that as a small oversight on our part and changed changed that to include the game. The pledge on KS cannot be changed as people have pledge towards it therefore locking it but rest assured you will receive a physical cope of the game if you pledge £150.
23.04.2015 - A Note to our Community: Firstly - we want to say a huge thank you to all of you who have supported this game so far, whether that is financially, emotionally or physically.
Your continued support is what pushes us to keep going and to make this dream come true for all of us. We love you all so very much and it is truely humbling to see how dedicated and enthusiastic our fans and the AG community really is.
Thank you so much for everything you have done for us - we couldn't have gotten to where we are without you.
Just want to clarify with you that all pledges above £60 come with a digital copy of the game as standard unless otherwise stated (such as a physical edition). The game will also include ALPHA and BETA access through Steam Early Access. Sorry for the confusion - we're listening closely to your feedback and making changes where appropriate/possible.
Need more personlisation to your tier? You can add extra rewards to your current tier by simply adding an “Add-On” to your package! Note: Add-ons require a base pledge of £5 or more.
You can include Add-Ons to your pledge by simply pledging more than the tier amount – you can do this by following the instructions below! All Add-Ons required a base pledge of the £5 tier and above.
Go to the Formula Fusion Kickstarter Page and press ‘Manage Your Pledge’ button. If you have yet to pledge, this button will say ‘Back This Project’.
Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount Box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. There is no need to change the tier you are currently pledged at unless you also wish to change that – you can do this on this screen.
After the Kickstarter campaign has concluded, we will send you an electronic survey to the e-mail you pledged with that will let you allocate the extra funds to the Add-On items! An alternative PayPal option will also be available through our website: www.R8Games.com/crowdfund
- £5 - Digital download of Kickstarter Backer Craft Skin
- £10 - Digital download of Elite Class Backer Craft Skin
- £7 - Digital download of Kickstarter Speed Test Track, 'Oval' (dressed with backer names)
- £15 - Physical A4 Limited Edtion tDR poster (limited availability)
- £10 -- Physical A4 Formula Fusion Poster (your choice of 10 available)
- £10 -- Physical A3 Formula Fusion Poster (your choice of # available)
- £10 -- Physical A3 tDR Vinyls
- £15 -- Physical A2 Formula Fusion Poster (your choice of # available)
- £10 -- Physical A4 sheet of stickers of all 10 team logos
- £7 -- Digital download of the soundtrack, produced by Dub FX ft. CoLD SToRAGE.
- £15 -- Jewel case version of the soundtrack, produced by Dub FX ft. CoLD SToRAGE.
- £7 -- ‘The Art of Formula Fusion’ PDF digital download: Features concepts, pixel art, early sketches, technical drawings and a world map. 8.5”x12”
- £10 -- ‘The Art of Formula Fusion’ Softback book: Features concepts, pixel art, early sketches, technical drawings and a world map. 8.5”x12”
- £30 -- ‘The Art of Formula Fusion’ hardback book download: Features concepts, pixel art, early sketches, technical drawings and a world map. 8.5”x12”
- £20 -- Formula Fusion T-shirt (choice of # available) – sizes XS-XXXL
- £30 -- Formula Fusion Hoodie (choice of # available) – sizes XS-XXXL
- £30 - Digital download of THE DESIGNERS REPUBLIC ADD-ON
- £30 - Digital download of THE R8 GAMES ADD-ON
- £20 - Get a digital copy of the game for your PC/CONSOLE!
- £60 – Boxed Special Edition version of the game with bonus art from The Designers Republic
- £100 -- 3D Printed Model of the FF4000 craft (limited availability)
Shipping and Handling
No additional S/H is required for backers in the UK. Non-UK backers should pledge £5 (approx $7.44) for Europe or £10 (approx $14.88) for rest of the world.
The survey will be sent out approximately two weeks after the campaign has finished. It can take between 2-4 weeks to process the information gained during this period, and a further 1-2 weeks to send out PayPal invoices, so please be patient with us during this time.
With the high cost of development - particularly console and premium content, unless you are a very established studio, publishers tend to look at safer in-house options. If it doesn't scream AAA or fit into a ready-made mould, it's very hard to get the support. We are a new and relatively unknown company but our veterans have over 50 years’ experience in the game industry – credited on shipped titles such as Grand Theft Auto, WipEout, Auto Club Revolution, the Colin McRae series, Carmageddon and Midnight Club. Racing games are at our heart. What we are hoping to do, with your help, is to take the pure high-speed racing aspect of AG juggernauts such as WipEout and F-Zero, and add in a whole new boat-load of features that you were gagging for back then, for an up-to-date treatment of this classic genre! The game will represent not only a next generation reboot of the classic AG Racing genre, but also a drive to bring back the core elements from the most successful and cherished AG racing titles ever made.
We believe that past AG offerings only took the concept so far and ended up become a little tired by the end, but don't think we want to hack away at the genre it with a sledgehammer - that's not the goal. We want to use our experience and familiarity with the Wipeout brand and other racers to do what we felt was missing in the original titles. And we want to engage the community (YOU) to help create the perfect balance. We're aiming for Formula Fusion to stand on its own merit.
After deliberating many times with traditional publishers, investors, attempting to acquire loans and fighting tooth-and-nail to keep our IP, we decided to attempt to make this dream come true by ourselves - through our sheer determination, hard work, the sweat of our brows and the support of our amazing community. Unfortunately, the reality of that is that money doesn't grow on trees, so whilst being independent gives us the opportunity to truly make the game that we envision, we need your support more than ever to make Formula Fusion a reality. We need your help!
Your support determines whether or not Formula Fusion reaches its full potential. The more money raised, the more money we can invest directly back into development and production, and the better the player experience! We want Formula Fusion to be a product of our community - fine-tuned, moulded and sculpted to perfection by our players, and that means getting you involved as early as possible. Kickstarter gives us a medium to both receive and give back to our supporters right from the starting line. We are looking to secure funding to launch our dreams as developers for this once very popular and iconic genre and we want you all on-board along the way.
We have a clear vision of where we want this project to go and a boat-load of talent to back it up!
We have the determination to do WHATEVER it takes to get this done - even guerrilla style bedroom development, if it's needed, and racing games are at the heart of our team. A real winning combination!
It's no great secret that we are prepared to see this through to the end - whatever the personal cost and commitment (our pockets are now empty), and most of us have worked for free so far. As a minimum guarentee, we are prepared to work on reduced wages - as a commitment to you, until we can leverage this commercially in order to sustain and grow a premium studio with premium talent.
The low target of £35,000 is a statement to our determination and commitment to make this succeed. £35,000 represents a base line plan to start gathering momentum - this will allow us to create the "base game", which will feature eight tracks created by the WipEout 3 track team and an early-access version featuring one fully developed track. After this, with each "stretch goal" we hit, we will commit to fully developing those specific features outlined in each stretch by the dates given underneath, BUT... let us be clear on this: the plan isn't to completely get rid of these features if we DON'T hit our stretches, but rather we would need to reassess how we are going approach those targets and reschedule accordingly. The truth is though - nobody wants to work guerilla-style, snatching development time when possible, working remotely and calling in favours; we have been through all that and now we need to push forward with a feasible plan.
£35,000 will see the development staff being paid a low cost salary whilst the directors of the company continue to work for free. It will also enable us to bring in a couple of contract workers to continue with the great work we have done so far. In addition, it will protect us for a couple of months from the financial pressures of running a business, with all the usual costs associated with that. It will also allow us to go through Greenlight on Steam and to release a stable and commercially ready Early Access version of one track. We aren't talking about the usual stuck-in-alpha-never-finished kind of games that are becoming more common on Early Access - ours will be a statement of where we want to take the game, a version you can play and get a good feel of the finished product. Finally, £35,000 will allow us to effectively sell 'pre-orders' in accordance to the build plan right up to release in March 2016. It will be an extension of the Test Pilot Program we already have - but be made available without the exclusive content we have already promised to early TPP adopters. This money will be pumped directly back into the continued development of the game and all it's versions.
Not only are you helping to fund development, but you'll also have a voice in how the game is made and what features we implement. We will have TPP and Kickstarter backer-exclusive forums set-up where you can discuss your ideas and thoughts with other fans but more details to come on this as we push forward.
Risks and challenges
The project fails to meet it’s target
We have done our homework and we understand the risks. If we fail to meet our target we will have to re-evaluate our ambitions on how to sustain a studio from this. We will still be committed to getting this done but it will have to become more of a hobby rather than a business and the deadlines will have to be revised.
We fail to get Greenlight through steam
Although we feel that this is highly unlikely, considering the stats we have from the concept submission we have on STEAM right now (we are #30 out of 4200 concepts), if we fail to go through Greenlight and the STEAM community suddenly all vote NO (we currently have 1% so far) – then we will sell the game through our website and explore all other methods, including a boxed release.
Synchronous Multiplayer and Matchmaking
We have chosen UR4 as our development environment because it’s architecture is very much created around multiplayer experiences. We have also teamed up with ESL to ensure we have the very best technology available to support online play.
Unrealistic targets and slippage
We have chosen to develop this game because we understand the development requirements. We have already done a great deal of preparation work to ensure we have a plan in place to deliver according to the deadlines we have set ourselves. We have experience of Wipeout and the things that went wrong and right during development – this coupled with our long history of commercial releases means we have a very solid plan.
Console stretch goals
There is always a risk of not gaining acceptance through the submission process for Microsoft or Sony, and one of the first steps is to become an approved developer. But we will pursue all options available to us to allow us to reach out to as many platforms as possible. We are going to build up the framework for the game around steam at the moment and we will build the feature set around that too – there may be a few slight adjustments based on platform restrictions but we will make sure we remain faithful to the core concept.
Competition in the market place
Of course there are a few AG Racing Games out there and it’s a great family to be amongst – but there can be only ‘one’ spiritual successor to wipeout and we think we can offer that. However - we are developing ‘OUR’ own version of the genre and as such we may make a few changes; our core talent comes from what we regard as the pivotal versions; Wipeout 1, Wipeout 2097 and Wipeout 3 and with the ingredients we have we hope to reignite the flame under the banner of Formula Fusion.
Catering for Music Fans
Music is a HUGE part of the experience we want to offer, and, because genres are so diverse, we want to try and cater for the wider market. Not everyone wants to listen to DubStep, or DnB or Jungle; there is a risk that some music fans might feel excluded. So, with the help of Ben Stanford and Tim Wright, we want to create a more generic and cinematic tone to the soundtrack – something that will provide a sort of ambience. In addition to that, we want to offer artists the chance to create artist ‘skins’ so people can pick and choose what music styles to listen to. On the PC* this will also include being able to plug in your own music.
*We will need to check out the technology for consoles and issues of rights..Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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