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569
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 11 2015

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Build robots. Punch monsters.
Build robots. Punch monsters.

“Best Sandbox Title of E3 2015” – MMOHuts

“Goliath sounds enormously ambitious” - Destructoid 

“A fresh take on RPGs” – Game Revolution 

“Goliath looks to take familiar elements from other games in the genre and cleverly mixes them with a narrative and actual combat.” – CinemaBlend 

“We can’t wait to see more about what promises to be one of the best games of its kind.” – Gamers FTW 

“Goliath is a fun idea that has potential to stand out in a crowded market” – The Koalition 

“The art design is wonderful” – Comic Bastards 

“It’s a game you need to keep your eye on.” – Slug Magazine 

“After a half hour gameplay demo, we knew we had something special on our hands.” – OnRPG

Goliath is an open-world action-adventure video game for PC, Mac and Linux with survival and role-playing elements and, most importantly, the ability to craft giant robots! Goliath drops you into a world where massive monsters roam. Fortunately, you can build giants of your own! Scavenge for resources and materials to create giant robots called Goliaths. Starting with simple wooden versions, you’ll learn to create dozens of Goliaths from a variety of materials: wood, stone, metal, crystal and more. The Goliaths can be customized and outfitted with weapons for various situations and your battle preferences. But giant robots won’t solve every problem. You will also need to craft items and tools for basic survival, build shelters and fortresses, and choose which factions to support in the war that’s sweeping across the land. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest development on Goliath or take a look at our Blog on the official site!

We love survival games like Don’t Starve, robot games like MechWarrior and co-op games like Borderlands, so we decided to mash up a bunch of our influences and give them our own twist! 

Our goal with Goliath is to create a massive adventure with survival and crafting elements with fast-paced mech combat action in a procedurally generated open world that feels alive. The creatures that populate the world feel alive, with their own family groups and hunting habits. The environment, weather and day/night cycle actually affect gameplay – let your wooden Goliath get too hot and it will start on fire. Stone Goliaths gain an extra layer of icy armor in extreme cold. More dangerous creatures come out at night, and heavier Goliaths will slow down in environments like swamps. 

You can command three Goliaths at a time. Each one can be customized however you like.
You can command three Goliaths at a time. Each one can be customized however you like.

Your Goliaths can be customized with new parts and weapons based on how you like to play – there are hundreds of possible combinations for you to discover! Each piece has its own statistics that affect how your Goliaths perform: damage, defense, armor, fire resistance, etc. 

Like other open-world RPGs, Goliath features a story-driven campaign, complete with main quests, side quests, procedurally generated missions, and multiple endings. As you explore, you'll level up your character and Goliaths with new skills, improved statistics and unlockable special attacks. 

Up to four players can tackle the campaign cooperatively, or you can take on your friends in our competitive arena combat multiplayer mode! We want to offer a ton of value and content and a great gaming experience for a fraction of the price most big publishers charge. 

Build and customize dozens of Goliath robots!
Build and customize dozens of Goliath robots!

Build A ‘Bot Factory: Learn how to create dozens of robotic Goliath suits from a variety of materials, including wood, stone, metal and more. Each Goliath can be customized and equipped with a variety of weapons – after players have learned how to craft them, of course.

To survive, you'll have to scavenge what you can from the wreckage of a ruined world.
To survive, you'll have to scavenge what you can from the wreckage of a ruined world.

Survive A Savage Land: Gather materials to build the tools needed to survive, including healing salves, protective fortresses and more. As players explore the world, they’ll learn more complex recipes for better tools and weapons.Even in a Goliath, you are far from the biggest and baddest around!

Everything in the world, from weather to terrain, has an effect on how your Goliath performs.
Everything in the world, from weather to terrain, has an effect on how your Goliath performs.

A Living World: Explore rolling prairies, dense forests, eerie swamps, frozen tundras and more, all with a complete day/night cycle and dynamic weather. Weather and terrain will affect how each of the robots performs, so players will need to make sure they have the right machine for the job!

Choose which factions you will work with, but remember that all choices have consequences.
Choose which factions you will work with, but remember that all choices have consequences.

Choose A Side: Several factions vie for control of resources and territory in the world of Goliath. These factions include humans, the sentient robotic beings The Created, the demon-like Daemonari, and the elusive Forest Brotherhood. Each faction can offer different strategic advantages in unique weapon and robot plans, and players must carefully choose with which factions to align themselves. Players can attempt to broker peace or rally their faction to accelerate the war!

What features will the world have this time? It's a roll of the dice!
What features will the world have this time? It's a roll of the dice!

Procedurally Generated World: Every new game of Goliath is different, thanks to a procedurally generated world. Not only will the world look different each time you start a new game, it will be filled with new procedurally generated quests!

Play with your friends, or punch them in the face with a giant robotic fist!
Play with your friends, or punch them in the face with a giant robotic fist!

Co-Op and Competitive Multiplayer: Players can play through Goliath’s campaign with a friend in cooperative gameplay or go head-to-head in arena combat!

Take on your friends in PvP!
Take on your friends in PvP!

In co-op mode, players drop into the host player's version of the world. They can work together on the main quest, or tackle the game's procedurally generated side quests. Since every player's game world is different, you'll encounter new quests that don't exist in your version of the game world every time you join another player's game. Of course, any rewards you earn you get to bring back to your own game!

Over the course of the game, you will learn how to make Goliath robots from several different materials, including wood, metal, stone and crystal. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Wooden Goliaths are the fastest, but can catch fire in extreme heat. Stone Goliaths gain a layer of icy armor in the cold, but can sink in swampy environments. Over the course of the game, you will find new materials to improve each of your Goliath types - different types of wood, metal, stone and crystal - and there are dozens of variations to unlock for each basic Goliath. Some variants are rewards for quests, others are unlocked through gameplay. Use explosive weapons enough and you can unlock and exploding variant. Use distance weapons and you can unlock a sniper variant. Mix and match pieces from the sniper set and the explosive set for an all-new Goliath variant! With all the options, there are hundreds of Goliaths to build, customize and fight with in the game!

The Iron Goliath gets ready to teach some fools a lesson.
The Iron Goliath gets ready to teach some fools a lesson.

You can have three different Goliaths equipped at once, with additional Goliaths stored in your home base. Each Goliath has a set of special attacks that can be assigned to hotkeys, and you can switch between your three equipped Goliaths on the fly. You can even jump out of your Goliath and have it fight autonomously alongside you!

In Goliath, you have the choice to play as multiple characters. There will be at least two to choose from, one male and one female. We would like to add additional playable characters if this campaign is successful!

Builder of robots. Friend of rabbits.
Builder of robots. Friend of rabbits.

No matter which character you choose, you are a relatively normal person from some point in history that has stumbled through a portal into a mysterious world filled with giant monsters, strange warring factions and hostile wildlife. You and only you can learn how to build Goliaths, and over the course of the game you will discover why!

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The world is populated by a living ecosystem of creatures that eat, sleep, hunt, and fight. Some will ignore you while some view humans as the perfect tasty snack. To survive among the strange creatures, you need to build Goliaths so you can go toe-to-toe with the giant beasts. Outside of a Goliath, you aren't much of a threat. Inside a Goliath, you're a force to be reckoned with. 

Fight!
Fight!

 But the various creatures all react differently to your Goliaths. Some see your Goliaths as a threat and will attack. Stone Golems will attack a wooden or metal Goliath, but will leave you alone if you're in a stone suit. You'll have to learn how and when to use each of your Goliath types, and when to simply explore in your unprotected human form. Sometimes being small has an advantage - you're too small to attract the attention of some huge creatures, which means they won't notice when you set deadly explosive traps at their feet!

The world of Goliath consists of the fragments of dozens of other dead civilizations from the past, present and future and all across the universe. Wrecked pirate ships are embedded in the ground, trees grow through the remains of crashed spaceships from a far-off future, and the remains of buildings from 1930's America stand in the middle of vast deserts. Something has jumbled these dead worlds together, and it's up to you to both figure out why and find your way back home.  

The world of Goliath is a living one with a complete day/night cycle and various weather conditions. Some animals sleep during the night, others sleep during the day. Some animals get more aggressive at night, and the creatures in the world react realistically to one another. Some fight each other. Some hunt each other. The animals don't just exist for the player to fight. They're part of a living ecosystem.

The world is populated by various factions, each of which has unique quests to bestow upon you. The outcome of the story will change based on which factions you work with. Quests for one faction may put you in conflict with another faction, and ultimately you will be drawn into an all-out war between them. It will be up to you and your Goliaths to determine who comes out on top! We estimate that this main storyline will offer up around 20 hours of gameplay!

Three primary factions populate the world. Each one will give you quests, but certain quests may put you in conflict with other factions!
Three primary factions populate the world. Each one will give you quests, but certain quests may put you in conflict with other factions!

As you explore the world, you will discover main story quests, side quests and randomly generated quests. Of course, many of these quests end with boss fights. While in a Goliath, you're pretty big, but far from the biggest. Some of the bosses will make you look as small and helpless as the little rabbits that hop around the world!

Did we mention that some of the bosses in the game are absolutely huge? Look how tiny your giant Goliath looks next to this guy!
Did we mention that some of the bosses in the game are absolutely huge? Look how tiny your giant Goliath looks next to this guy!

The world of Goliath is procedurally generated, so you'll never experience the same game world twice. With each new game, around 50 unique open-world areas are generated, and you will travel between these different "shards" of the world via portals. It is a massive world full of secrets, side missions, randomly generated quests, legendary loot, and much more!

Run, robot, run!
Run, robot, run!
The Whalebox Studio team.
The Whalebox Studio team.

We are Whalebox Studio, a team of experienced video game developers formed in Siberia in 2012. We currently have 13 team members and collectively we have decades of experience working on strongly reviewed, best-selling independent casual games. We were drawn together by the idea of creating innovative core games. We began working on our dream project, Goliath, in the summer of 2014. We are super passionate about games and we can’t wait to share our team’s first project with the world!

We are going to make a bold promise that you don’t often see in Kickstarter campaigns: We guarantee that Goliath will release in the first half of 2016. We have been hard at work on Goliath for over a year already and we have the funding to complete the game based on the original design. But as we’ve worked on the game and shown it to players, we’ve had new ideas to make the game even better. That’s why we’re asking for a relatively small amount of money – we’re confident that we can make a great game, but with your help we can make it better. Kickstarter funding will allow us to bring on more staff to add more features and polish others. These features include more Goliath variations, more weather interactions, more playable characters and additional multiplayer modes. Some of the items we plan to add to the game with your help include: 

  • More Goliaths! We have several great ideas for more versions of our giant robots, but in order to get them created in time we need to bring on a few more developers.
  • New Playable Characters: We will launch with at least two playable characters, with plans to add more if this campaign is successful. We would like everyone to have a playable character that feels right for them!
  • New Multiplayer Modes: We would love to have some of our crazy multiplayer modes ready to go right at launch. We want to have a wide variety of multiplayer modes set to go right at launch!
  • Original Score: We are talking with the composer of the music for a very critically acclaimed indie game, and we would love to officially add him to the project!
  • Original Script: An award-winning comic book writer is excited to write the story for Goliath, and we’d like to offer him fair payment for his work.
  • Much more: With your help, we can polish many of the features in the game. We’ll share more information about what we plan to use the Kickstarter funds for as part of the campaign. 

Without Kickstarter, much of this great additional content will not make it in the game. We will have to cut back on the scope of multiplayer, we won't be able to implement as many quests, there will be less variety to the dialogue, etc.

Most importantly, this Kickstarter allows us to connect with you the fans. We want to hear from you about what you’d like to see in the game, and several rewards give you a chance to participate directly in the development process. We want you to feel like you have a stake in Goliath, so please tell us what you think about what we’re doing!

 For helping us make our game, we want to reward you with some really great stuff!

 EARLY ROBOT REWARD

 BETA ROBOT REWARD

 FANCY ROBOT REWARD

 FANCY CO-OP ROBOTS REWARD

 THANK YOU ROBOT REWARD

 WELL-DRESSED ROBOT REWARD

 WEAPONIZED REWARD

 CHARACTERIZED REWARD

 BOX OF ROBOTS REWARD

 BOT BUILDER REWARD

 REVERED BOT BUILDER REWARD

THE CREATOR REWARD

BIG BOSS REWARD

 GAME DESIGNER AWARD

Frequently Asked Questions

What platforms will the game be available for?

PC, Mac and Linux via Steam for now. We are very interested in consoles, but nothing is officially planned yet.

Can I send you my Voice Acting/Sound/Music demo reel?

Sure! There's no guarantee that we'll need your services, but we promise we'll listen and consider you.

How deep is Goliath customization?

Customization is pretty deep! There will be roughly 15 different versions of each basic Goliath type (Wood, Metal, etc.), and each version is made up of 4 different parts: Head, Torso, Arms, and Legs. Each part has different unique attributes. Different leg types can affect movement and speed, heads can add special abilities like night vision and increased range, torsos can add more armor and bonuses like fire resistance, and so on. The parts from the various versions can be mixed and matched, so there are hundreds of possible combinations. The customization gets even deeper with weapons and items. Each Goliath has different weapon slots, such as one on each arm and shoulder-mounted guns. You can also add items to the torso and legs for even more added abilities. There are dozens of weapons to choose from, and weapons can be improved with better materials as well. Finally, you can also customize special attacks. Each Goliath has three special attacks that can be equipped at a time, but you'll have far more to choose from. So all together, you'll be able to customize your Goliaths for power, armor, resistances, speed, weight, weapon loadout, special attacks and abilities. And you'll be able to custom paint them as well! You can have up to three Goliaths available at once, and you can switch between them on the fly, so you really have a ton of options for customization!

Risks and challenges

All game projects carry some risk, but we’re confident that we can deliver the game we’ve promised in the timeframe we’ve discussed. Every member of our team has years of experience in the game industry, and we have a network of talented developers who can help us out if we discover a challenge we can’t overcome on our own. We are working with a publisher who is helping us test and bugfix the game so we can deliver the best possible product. But you never know when disaster may strike. Who knows, maybe our offices will be hit by a meteor!

This Kickstarter will help ensure that we have the financial means and community resources to overcome any challenges that arise. We’re committed to the best possible game we can, and we’ve talked to many press outlets to help make sure our game finds an audience within the gaming community.

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    THANK YOU ROBOT

    Be remembered as part of the Goliath Development program in-game! Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    WELL-DRESSED ROBOT

    Get a limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    WEAPONIZED

    Create a unique in-game weapon! Choose the name and write a description that will appear on the weapon schematics and the inventory description. Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    CHARACTERIZED

    Name an NPC and create their backstory! Your created character’s story will be told in in-game text and dialogue. You’ll also receive the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    BOX OF ROBOTS

    Get a physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    BOT BUILDER

    Create a unique wooden, stone or iron Goliath design and description and get a wall decal of the Goliath you design! Also includes the physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 2 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    REVERED BOT BUILDER

    Create a unique wooden, stone or iron Goliath design and description and get a wall decal of the Goliath you design! An in-game location will also be named in your honor! Also includes a limited edition numbered Goliath art print, the physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 4 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    THE CREATOR

    Create a quest with the design team! Work with the developers to create a quest, including goals, dialogue and plot! Also includes a limited edition numbered Goliath art print signed by the dev team, a physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 4 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    BIG BOSS

    Name a Boss Monster, choose a special movement and create a Battle Cry for him. You’ll also receive a 3D model of the monster and a six-foot-tall wall decal! You’ll also receive executive producer credit and a limited edition numbered Goliath art print signed by the dev team, a physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 10 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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    GAME DESIGNER

    Create a major character! Create the name, story and visual look or a major NPC! There is no limit to what kind of character it can be, like a prehistoric biker or a crazy half-robot wizard. You’ll receive a 3D model of the character you created + six foot wall decal. You’ll also be immortalized in the game with a statue in your honor! In addition, you will receive executive producer and design credit and a limited edition numbered Goliath art print signed by the dev team, a physical version of the game + exclusive stickers, postcards and drink coasters! Also includes the limited edition Kickstarter-only Goliath T-Shirt + Your name will appear on the in-game “backer wall.” You’ll also get a special Kickstarter jacket for the hero and unique Goliath skin + Digital Collector’s Edition, 10 Steam copies of Goliath for PC/Mac, Backer-only Beta Access, Kickstarter-exclusive wallpapers, original soundtrack and a digital art book!

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