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A rogue-like sci-fi strategy survival game with base building, tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling.
A retro sci-fi strategy survival game with base building, tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling.
A retro sci-fi strategy survival game with base building, tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling.
6,396 backers pledged CA$ 187,706 to help bring this project to life.

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Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander

CA$ 187,706

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Over 450% funded! Thank you to all our supporters and backers!!

We’re overwhelmed by the support and encouragement you’ve sent our way! A HUGE THANKS for all our backers for making this idea a reality. We won’t let you down.

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Website: playhalcyon6.com

In the midst of a disastrous war, you and your ragtag group of Terran officers discover an ancient, derelict space station, and attempt to harness its mysterious power to turn the war's tides in a grand, desperate campaign to save the human race from extinction. 

Halcyon 6 is a passion project inspired by our years years spent playing classic games like Star Control II, Master of Orion, X-COM, Civilization and of course, rogue-like games like FTL.

Halcyon 6 will target the PC/Mac/Linux first with other platforms later on. Early Access will be PC/Mac only.

Features:

  • A vast, merciless, uncaring universe: It's filled with bloodthirsty fauna, enigmatic aliens and mysterious ancient artifacts, in a setting reminiscent of classic sci-fi games like Star Control II and Master of Orion.
  • A motley crew with unique traits and talents: Recruit and train a crew of characters whose idiosyncrasies can mess with your plans, unlock story events, challenge your patience, or delight you with their special combat abilities.
  • Hard decisions and tough battles: Deep tactical combat for both fleet and ground combat means you'll need to use all your strategic thinking and your officers' special abilities to gain an advantage.
  • Explore, expand, exploit and exterminate (sorta!): Inspired by classic strategy mechanics straight out of your favourite 4x games: rebuild your starbase, construct facilities, research tech, explore star systems, mine resources, build ships and fight to survive.
  • Emergent storytelling: Tons and tons of storytelling embedded in the game system. Whether you want wacky, lighthearted events or intense life-or-death situations with high stakes, Halcyon 6 is going to have it all!
  • Base Building: Spend resources to build station facilities (modules) to enhance your production and technological capabilities, or build ships to help you control more territory.
  • Exploration: Assign your fleets to other locations in the galaxy, where they can handle emerging enemy threats, do missions for alien factions or secure bonus resources.
  • Crew Management: Assign crew to station facilities to greatly improve their output efficiency, or to ships where they can contribute in unique ways to combat, missions and events.
  • Combat: Engage in tactical fleet or ground combat to resolve hostile events, create a foothold in the sector and ultimately defeat the enemy mothership!
  • Story Events: Based on game criteria (station modules constructed, alien diplomacy scores, officer traits/skills, etc.), the game produces story events that lead to combat, bonuses/negatives, officer attribute changes or any number of crazy in-game scenarios.

FULL RELEASE

Halcyon 6 full release will be available for PC (Windows), Mac and Linux. The PC and Mac version will be released first with Linux following. We're aiming for a Steam release as well as DRM-free download.

EARLY ACCESS

EARLY ACCESS will be released on Steam only. Early Access will be available for PC initially and Mac will follow. Linux version will only be available at Full Release.

DRM FREE Option

When the FULL GAME releases, all backers will have the option to choose between a STEAM key or DRM-Free download. (EARLY ACCESS will be STEAM ONLY)

Other Platforms

We are considering other platforms (Xbox One, PS4, PSVita, 3DS, iOS, Android) and some will appear as stretch goals depending on the success of this campaign and interest level. 

  • Unlimited Replayability: Each playthrough has players dealing with a new randomly generated derelict station, surrounding galaxy, crew recruits, and alien factions.
  • Motley Crew: Each crew member has unlimited potential for acquiring unique behaviours, traits and abilities, for better or for worse. Making the best use of your dysfunctional crew will be one of the keys to success. Who should be your main Science Officer: the insomniac that works insane hours, but has an addictive personality or the agoraphobic mad genius?
  • Encounters of the Weird Kind: There are currently five alien factions in Halcyon 6 and they are all quite different with varying objectives and personalities. Only your wit and your crew’s skills will help you navigate the diplomatic waters to gain key allies and valuable trading partners.

 Others

Apart from the primary race factions, there will also be a collection of hostile units that are itching to tear your officers’ faces off.

Whether it’s crazed ancient robots or mindless deep space fauna, there’s going to be tons of terrifying monster encounters for the player to deal with.

 Why Are We Using Square Enix Collective?

What’s great about the Square Enix Collective program is that it gives indie developers like us a nice boost in marketing, something that is harder and harder to do as a small team these days.

To be clear, we’re not getting any money from Square Enix. They are purely helping out on the marketing and PR side of things.

The only requirement was to have a game and a team that passed their Team Assessment review.

Thankfully both our game and team passed with flying colours.

Ollie Sykes from Square Enix said this about our team:

Massive Damage are a smart and ambitious team with a proven track record not only in developing and delivering games, but in engaging with their community. With an engaging visual style and deep and rewarding gameplay, Halcyon 6 looks like it has all the ingredients to make a splash once released.

If you’re interested, you can read the entirety of the Team Assessment report here.

All of us at Massive Damage would like to give a hearty THANK YOU to the Square Enix Collective team for running such an awesome program for indie game developers!

The Halcyon 6 team is made up of six seasoned game developers (plus one LA-based film composer) at Massive Damage, a Toronto based indie game studio. We started the studio 4 years ago with a hit location-based zombie MMORPG called Please Stay Calm and have released 4 more games since.

Massive Damage's hit game, Please Stay Calm, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. Please Stay Calm has been downloaded over 2 million times and won the Editor's Choice award from 148apps.
Massive Damage's hit game, Please Stay Calm, was released to critical acclaim in 2011. Please Stay Calm has been downloaded over 2 million times and won the Editor's Choice award from 148apps.
Ken Seto’s our fearless leader, and the CEO/Co-founder of Massive Damage. In the last 7 years, he's started 2 mobile companies, designed and launched over 5 apps and 7 games.
Ken Seto’s our fearless leader, and the CEO/Co-founder of Massive Damage. In the last 7 years, he's started 2 mobile companies, designed and launched over 5 apps and 7 games.
Peter McLaren is the lead designer, producer and writer. Peter has done art direction, writing and design for over 4 games including Please Stay Calm.
Peter McLaren is the lead designer, producer and writer. Peter has done art direction, writing and design for over 4 games including Please Stay Calm.
Lucky Bremachandra is the lead developer, expert in all things Unity 3d. A veteran game developer who's worked at Koei and Gameloft, Lucky has led development on over 8 games.
Lucky Bremachandra is the lead developer, expert in all things Unity 3d. A veteran game developer who's worked at Koei and Gameloft, Lucky has led development on over 8 games.
Jeff Elliot is the chief technology officer, and assists with technological planning, problem solving, and a lot of game design. Jeff is an old school software engineer with decades of experience building large complex systems.
Jeff Elliot is the chief technology officer, and assists with technological planning, problem solving, and a lot of game design. Jeff is an old school software engineer with decades of experience building large complex systems.
Linda Tran is our UI Designer/Office Manager superstar. Part artist, part designer, part office Mom, all awesome. Linda has worked on over 7 games and led design on 3.
Linda Tran is our UI Designer/Office Manager superstar. Part artist, part designer, part office Mom, all awesome. Linda has worked on over 7 games and led design on 3.
Juan Carlos Solon is the lead artist and pixel master. You can see more of his beautiful artwork in these games: Zombie Puzzle Panic, Dragon Kingdoms and Please Stay Calm.
Juan Carlos Solon is the lead artist and pixel master. You can see more of his beautiful artwork in these games: Zombie Puzzle Panic, Dragon Kingdoms and Please Stay Calm.
Steve London is a successful film composer living in LA.
Steve London is a successful film composer living in LA.

Add Ons!

If you want a couple of extra copies for friends that can't pledge, you can do so easily by following these instructions.

During checkout, add the amounts manually to your total pledge. If you've already backed us, go to "Manage Pledge" and add the appropriate amount (or more) to your total. Be sure to keep your original pledge tier the same. 

After the Kickstarter is over, we will contact you and you can specify your desired add-ons based on the extra amount added. Extra copies of the game are treated the same as the Crewman tier.

  • Halcyon 6 T-shirt: add $40 (worldwide shipping included)
  • Design an additional officer (similar to the 'Design A Character' pledge reward from the $99 Captain tier, but for those who wish to add a family member or friend to the game): add $75
  • Add your last name to the generic officer name generation tables (we'll have highly-randomized, generated officers to fill in the gaps between backer-designed officers. With this addition you'll have the ability to add yourself to their list of names, which means there would be a small chance that your name might appear in any given playthrough): add $10

Why We Need Your Help

Our earlier success with Please Stay Calm really helped build up our company, giving us the opportunity to put together this unique, exciting game concept.

But we can't do it on our own. As you can probably tell from this campaign, we have HUGE plans for Halcyon 6, and the only way for us to get there is with YOUR HELP.

The core H6 team consists of six people, and we know we can make the main game with this team. However, with a larger group, we could start working on our big, ambitious stretch goals sooner, which would really kick the project into high gear.

Thank you again for your interest and your support. All of us at Massive Damage can't wait to collaborate with you on this one-of-a-kind project!

Risks and challenges

Beyond catastrophes on a global scale ("the internet stops working forever", "the world is consumed by a black hole" or "zombies"), our game is going to be made.

That being said, game development is hard, and unexpected setbacks can fall on your head at any minute. We've been in the business long enough to know that servers can fail, funds can fall short and 3rd party delivery mechanism changes can sideline the plans of tiny and huge developers alike.

But we're a dedicated, scrappy group. We work long hours, fueled by the passion we have for this project. We have multiple devs on staff who have spent their entire professional lives designing and implementing highly complex systems similar to the ones we're building for roster management and event generation. Our front-end team is hard at work, and our combat prototype is ahead of schedule.

Thank you again for your interest and your support. All of us at Massive Damage can't wait to collaborate with all our backers on making Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander the awesome game we all want and deserve!

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FAQ

  • Q4 2015!

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  • We're building the game on Unity, so Linux is definitely on the table. Unfortunately, the Linux release will have to come after the PC/Mac release, and it won't be possible for early access.

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  • We'll be releasing digital rights management-free copies with our full release.

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  • All backers will receive the option for a key when H6 enters Steam Early Access, but DRM-free copies will need to wait until full release.

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  • If you've already backed us, go to "Manage Pledge" and add the designated add-on extra pledge cost (or more) to your total. Be sure to keep your original pledge tier the same.

    After the Kickstarter is over, we will contact you and you can specify your desired add-ons based on the extra amount added.

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    ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + Receive an amazing Starbase Operations Manual PDF stuffed with game story background, alien lore and tips necessary for all intrepid starbase commanders + PLUS receive an exclusive hi-res wallpaper pack depicting some of the amazing pixel art from the game! + FINALLY, get acknowledged for your amazing early contribution to the project by having your name appear in the game credits FOR THE REST OF RECORDED TIME!

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    Along with all previous goodies, you’ll also receive a gorgeous hi-res PDF art book depicting the evolution of our art, from earliest concept sketches through to its final, glorious conclusion + Also, a downloadable copy of the original soundtrack, by our composer Steve London! + MOST AMAZING of all, you’ll also get early access alpha clearance! You’ll get to play the game before everyone else, (you know, except us) + Also, you’ll receive a higher degree of credit, with your name appearing in the Lt. Commander section of the game credits!

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    Along with the all previous goodies, you’ll also receive a gorgeous hi-res PDF art book depicting the evolution of our art, from earliest concept sketches through to its final, glorious conclusion + Also, a downloadable copy of the original soundtrack, by our composer Steve London! + MOST AMAZING of all, you’ll also get early access Alpha clearance! You’ll get to play the game before everyone else, (you know, except us.) + Also, you’ll receive a higher degree of credit, with your name appearing in the Lt. Commander section of the game credits!

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    In addition to all previous rewards, you’ll also be able to show off your very own limited edition HALCYON 6 T-SHIRT! + PLUS, your name will appear in the special Commander section of the game credits!
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    Get ALL the digital rewards receivable in this H6 kickstarter campaign! Perfect for backers outside of North America who don’t want to pay extra shipping costs (to recap, that’s the game, Beta access, dev poll access, Starbase Operations Manual PDF, Wallpaper Pack, PDF Art Book, downloadable Original Soundtrack, Alpha Access) + ON TOP OF THAT, you get to personalize a character to your specifications, including name, physical description and skillset. That is to say, you can PUT YOURSELF IN THE GAME! + In addition, we’ll send you a digital print of your personalized character receiving the gruesome space death of your choice! + You’ll also receive a printable papercraft model of the Halcyon 6 Station that you can assemble yourself and hang in your office! + FINALLY, your name will appear in the special Captain section of the credits.

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    EVERY PREVIOUS REWARD + In addition, you’ll also get a unique, detailed, personalized H6 portrait of you in the game style, signed by the artist, with background props of your choice. + Your portrait will also appear in the credits, alongside your name in the special Supreme Commander portion of the game credits.
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    ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS + Design a LEGENDARY in-combat ship maneuver named after you that will be a part of gameplay! + ALSO, your personalized in-game officer will also receive a special personalized backstory that will appear in their character sheet. + To achieve this, you’ll also receive a skype meeting with our lead designer and an assistant combat designer title in our game credits.
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    LEGENDARY ENGINEER

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    ALL SUPREME COMMANDER-LEVEL REWARDS + Collaborate with our team to design and write a multi-part story event (subject to thematic approval) to appear in our main campaign, as well as a unique officer trait. Includes a skype meeting with our lead designer and an assistant narrative designer title in our game credits!
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    ALL SUPREME COMMANDER REWARDS + Collaborate with our design team to create a SPACE MONSTER to your specifications (subject to thematic approval) that will appear in our main campaign! + Collaborate with our team to design a CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN ( 1 of 6 preset hard to impossible Challenge Campaigns that can be played outside of the Main Story Campaign - you can specify everything from initial station layout to the level of Chruul incursion, to the disposition of each alien faction, to the contents of each node in the explorable galaxy and more!) + ALSO, your personalized in-game officer will also receive a special personalized backstory that will appear in their character sheet. + Includes a skype meeting with our lead game designer and lead artist, a hand-drawn, completely unique, signed drawing of your monster, as well as an Assistant Game Producer credit.
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    TRANSDIMENSIONAL GODLIKE ENTITY

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    + Signed Concept Art
    + Lunch and Dinner With The Halcyon 6 Team
    + Credit (Executive Producer)

    ALL SUPREME COMMANDER-LEVEL REWARDS + Collaborate with us to design an entirely new Alien Faction (subject to thematic approval)!! + ALSO, your personalized in-game officer will also receive a special personalized backstory that will appear in their character sheet. + Invitation to an exclusive lunch and dinner with the team, along with a series of meetings with our design team and lead artist to meticulously design an entirely new alien faction. + Includes a one-of-a-kind hand-drawn portrait of your alien, and a poster of their homeworld (everything signed, of course!). + And you’ll get an executive producer title in our credits!
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