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Pilot your fighter to take down the most dangerous game: a giant human who can move however they wish in a motion capture suit! Read more

Seattle, WA Video Games
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Pilot your fighter to take down the most dangerous game: a giant human who can move however they wish in a motion capture suit!

Seattle, WA Video Games
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Home Edition:

Anyone who pledges at the $42 level or higher will receive a copy of the game that allows them to host their own matches.

Giants will need either the PrioVR (Core or higher) system or the Sixense STEM controllers (plus trackers) plus an Oculus Rift.

We will be releasing the home edition of the game DRM free, so you can share and invite your friends to join in the experience. It will support Mac, Windows, and Linux.

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Giant vs Horde is an event-based online gaming experience where hundreds of players face off against one giant, controlled live in real-time at our studio using full-body motion capture technology. Battle against someone in Virtual Reality along with hundreds of other players during 12 live events.


Unprecedented control, immersion, and precision

The Giant is a player in a full body motion capture suit and Oculus Rift Headset giving total control all the way down to the fingers.  

The Giant activates special moves with gestures and an on-body UI, which eliminates the need for a HUD and gives the Horde a chance to see what’s coming.

Check out some of our Giants!

Here are just a few of the Giants you will get to fight against!

Tell us who else you want to see as a Giant.

Fly into battle against the biggest, smartest, most powerful boss ever seen

Welcome to the next generation of boss battles! There are no pre-determined patterns to learn. To beat this giant, it will take skill, cunning, and teamwork. 

Fight

  • Control your fighter in third-person (or newly added Oculus Rift View!) for a boss battle of truly epic proportions
  • Sacrifice yourself for the greater good, or for the greater fun

Oculus Rift support for the Horde!

That's right! You asked for it, and here it is. Those with an Oculus Rift will be able to play from a first-person perspective inside the cockpit of their Horde ship. Take a look at our tech demo:



Collaborate

  • Hundreds of players from around the world will combine to take down the Giant
  • Work together to protect your motherships, gather resources, and coordinate attacks

Upgrade

  • Upgrade weapons, shields, engineering, and appearance.  Improve the Horde with blastier blasters, shieldier shields, or sick rad racing stripes.
  • Upgrade choices are decided by group vote. Lobby your friends to give everyone obnoxious rainbow contrails.

Fight Night

When released, there will be 12 main events that take place on a bi-weekly basis (once every two weeks, that is). Each event will be on a weekend and contain multiple different matches with different giants lasting several hours.

Mid-level tiers will get early access to test events during development and the chance to give direct feedback on gameplay to the developers.

As launch day approaches, events will become more and more consistent, building up to once every other week at release. In future seasons, events may be even more frequent.

 More than just a game

Like gladiators in ancient Rome, the combatants will be on display for a cheering crowd. Each event will have several fights building up to a headline clash.

The whole night will be live streamed, both in the game client and on twitch, with interviews, analysis, and commentary. For those that can’t make it online for the big show, recaps and highlights will be available.

Know somebody who you think would be a great Giant? Let us know!

We’re excited to have Abducted by Sharks putting together a cyberpunk/industrial soundtrack that matches our art direction perfectly. Seriously, take a listen on their site and tell us you’re not pumped up and ready to take on a Giant. http://abductedbysharks.com/

Unity

We use Unity, a cross platform gaming engine that offers a superb player experience and supports incredibly natural animation through its Mecanim system.  

Oculus Rift

Our tech demo was built using the Oculus DK1. Our DK2 is on its way and will be used to develop the full game.

 Optitrack and Motive

We use Optitrack cameras Motive software to provide the raw motion capture data. 

ShadowVR

We use ShadowVR to connect the streamed motion tracking data from Motive into Unity. 

Myo by Thalmic Labs

 We’re integrating the MYO gesture control armband to allow the Giant to cast spells and use powerful abilities with simple hand and arm gestures

-Ulink by Much Different 

We've partnered with Much Different to provide networking capable of handling all of our Horde players. Their Pikkotech servers are the current world record holders for most players in a single FPS map. Check it out {HERE}.

Cinesaurus played a vital role in the creation of our logo, game trailer, and Kickstarter page. We can't thank them enough! If you need help making an awesome video, these are the guys to talk to! http://cinesaurus.com/

We'd also like to thank:

Virtual Reality and Full-Body motion controlled gaming is in its infancy. We want to build a community of people passionate about building and defining this brand new type of gaming. Backing this project means being a part of video game history. 

We have made a lot of progress on Giant vs Horde already, but to get to a final product we need your support. Please take a look at our different pledge levels and help out, however you can!

Risks and challenges

Developing any game comes with its own challenges. We’ve already solved many of the big technical problems of live motion capture, VR integration, and networking. There’s still a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a skilled team with experience developing and shipping games.

We’re venturing into a brand new world of game/entertainment hybrids. The live nature of our matches means that there’s always a chance for things to fail. That’s why we are using the same tools, practices, and procedures already used for producing other live shows like theater and concerts.

We understand the challenges associated with running and delivering on Kickstarter projects. Members of our team have been involved in large projects like the ARKYD Space Telescope and the PicoBrew Zymatic.

For the unexpected issues that we’ll encounter, we’ve built up a network of industry leaders who will advise and guide us through them. No matter how much you think you know, there are always others who know more. We will gladly ask for their help.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

  • Yes! There are two ways:

    If you pledge at the $42 level or higher you can get the Home Edition of the game which supports the PrioVR (Core system and better) and STEM (with additional trackers). You'll also need your own Oculus Rift.

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    You can pledge $1,000 or more to come to our studio or meet us at a conference to play as the Giant.

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  • No.

    You can play as part of the Horde with any PC, Mac, or Linux Computer. You control your ship with the keyboard and mouse, gamepad, or joystick.

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  • We have not yet scheduled the exact dates, but expect them to happen on the weekend, once every other week. Our first season of events is set to begin early 2015.

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    15 backers

    |--VR and Motion Gaming Supporter--| Be a part of VR gaming history. Your name will be listed in the special thanks section of our website and in the game itself.

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    Pledge $24 or more
    About $24 USD

    5 backers

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    Season Pass

    | Fight in the Horde against the Giant in all 12 events of the first season. Each event includes warm up rounds, opening Giants matches, and our headlining Giant.

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    Pledge $29 or more
    About $29 USD

    18 backers Limited (82 left of 100)

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    Early Bird!

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    Beta Access

    | Thanks for being an early supporter! You get access to 6 bonus pre-season events before Season Pass holders. Digital download of the game soundtrack. Access to our private community + Season Pass

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    Pledge $35 or more
    About $35 USD

    4 backers

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    Beta Access

    | Access to 6 bonus pre-season events before Season Pass holders. Digital download of the game soundtrack. Access to our private community + Season Pass

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    Pledge $42 or more
    About $42 USD

    26 backers Limited (74 left of 100)

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    Early Bird!

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    Instant Access

    | Get access to the game a few short weeks after the Kickstarter ends. We are still in the early alpha stage, but we need people to play-test with us. You will be invited to private battles and post-game Google Hangout sessions to give feedback and participate in the development of the game. Includes Game Soundtrack + All pre-season events + Access to our private community + Season Pass

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    1 backer

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    Instant Access

    | Get access to the game a few short weeks after the Kickstarter ends. We are still in the early alpha stage, but we need people to play-test with us. You will be invited to private battles and post-game Google Hangout sessions to give feedback and participate in the development of the game. Includes Game Soundtrack + All pre-season events + Access to our private community + Season Pass

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    Pledge $60 or more
    About $60 USD

    9 backers Limited (1015 left of 1024)

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    Special Edition + Avatar

    | Stand out in the horde with a special ship and avatar limited to our Kickstarter backers. Instant Access + Game Soundtrack + All pre-season events + Access to our private community + Season Pass

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    5 backers Limited (507 left of 512)

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    The VIP T-Shirt Experience

    | Get a special, Kickstarter exclusive Giant vs Horde T-Shirt. When wearing this shirt you will receive VIP treatment from us. This Includes: Special line access for our demos at conferences/conventions, Invitations to our private parties/event and a high-five and thank you WHENEVER we see you. Includes Special Edition Ship and Avatar + Instant Access + All pre-season events + Game Soundtrack + Access to our private community + Season Pass.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

    3 backers Limited (253 left of 256)

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    3D Printed Model

    | Get a 3D printed model of your special Kickstarter edition ship! Includes VIP T-Shirt Experience + Instant Access + All pre-season events + Game Soundtrack + Access to our private community + Season Pass.

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    Pledge $400 or more
    About $400 USD

    0 backers Limited (128 left of 128)

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    Custom ship

    | You will get a custom ship made just for you. You will be the only person in the game with this fancy ship, and you will get a 3D printed version of it (Replaces previous level's 3D model). Includes VIP T-Shirt Experience + Instant Access + All pre-season events + Game Soundtrack + Access to our private community + Season Pass.

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    Pledge $750 or more
    About $750 USD

    1 backer Limited (63 left of 64)

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    Custom avatar

    | You will get a custom made avatar for your character. You will be truly unique among the horde. Includes Custom 3D printed ship + VIP T-Shirt Experience + Instant Access + All pre-season events + Game Soundtrack + Access to our private community + Season Pass.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    2 backers Limited (30 left of 32)

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    Backstage Access

    | Be one of the few who get to see how the sausage is made. Come by, meet the team, and play as the giant in a pre-season match. Includes all previous levels. (Travel not included)

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
    About $2,500 USD

    0 backers Limited (16 left of 16)

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    Official Match

    | Do you have what it takes to defeat the Horde in battle? Either at a convention or in our studio, you will play as the giant in an official match against the Horde! Includes all previous levels. (Travel not included)

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

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    Bonus Event

    | Through your generous support we are able to add an additional event to our season for everyone to enjoy! You can headline the event, or recommend who you want and we will try to get them! Your friends will also be able to play as the giant in the warm-up matches! Includes all previous tiers.

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    Pledge $10,000
    About $10,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

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    Private Event

    | We will bring the Giant vs Horde experience to you for a private event! This is great for corporate parties, LAN parties, and conventions. Does not include travel expenses. Includes all previous levels.

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Funding period

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