This project's funding goal was not reached on March 25, 2013.
About this project
We are also supporting the Kicking It Forward campaign, meaning that 5% of the revenue made from Cosmic Highway will be donated to future projects on KickStarter. We will be giving this to future game projects we want to see! http://kickingitforward.org
Cosmic Highway is a new game for the Nintendo Wii U being developed by Maestro Interactive Games, the same developers bringing Notion Games Super Ubi Land to the Wii U.
Cosmic Highway is a visually stunning, racing game blessed with some great music - perfect for after a long day.
Time Trial Work In Progress Cartoon Maps
Below is a bunch of gameplay prototypes from last year. We will be uploading current gameplay next week.
Below are some various screenshots of Races In the Game
We have built five unique racers for players to choose from, each with their own musical style and abilities.
1. The Steampunk Racer as seen in the video, has the ability to create a smokescreen blinding the other players. It features a victorian and classical musical style.
2. The Modern Racer has the ability to create a shield around itself protecting the player from objects both on the track and from other players. The musical style of this racer is Rock/Electronic
3. The Cartoon Racer has the ability to drop bananas on the course causing players that collide with them to swerve into the walls. The musical style of this racer is Jazz.
4. The Dark Racer has the ability to cause spirits to stun its enemies for a short period of time. The musical styling of the Dark Racer is Orchestral.
5. The Glitch Racer has the special ability of CopyCat. It can steal any of the other players abilities, but there is a catch. The ship has the chance to end up glitching, teleporting itself to a random place in the race. I.E (1st to 5th, 2nd to 4th, etc) The musical style of the Glitch Racer is Chiptunes.
The cool thing about the musical styles of the game is that on any given race, the music will adapt based on who is in first place. We have created songs for each race, however certain characteristics will be altered to fit the racing style of the person in the lead. We feel that this is something that can create a new racing experience for players.
So far we have developed 15 unique levels for the player to experience, each with its own music composed in house. And we plan to have 30 levels total by the end of development.
Maestro Interactive Games was founded to focus on the audio aspect of game design. We felt that gamers have gotten tired of the same old experiences that have come out lately. Everyone has become accustomed to Halo, Call of Duty and the rest. At the time, those were NEW experiences and they were amazing. We've had beautiful experiences from games like Limbo, Super Meat Boy, and acoustic experiences like Journey, and we've had new adventures from games like LA Noire, but we wanted to let players explore something new. We wanted players to re-experience audio in games.
This is a game designed to be fun, to be engaging, and to push the boundaries of what players expect video games to be. Most of all, it is meant to be a new experience for gamers.
Maestro Interactive Games is a team of developers with experience in the "AAA" and "Indie" game space. Our teams developers individually have some impressive titles such as Donkey Kong Country Returns, and companies like Microsoft and Nintendo under their belts.
The answer is no - this is a game for everyone, the primary objective of the game is to create a fun gaming experience for all gamers and enjoy the audio as they go. We hope that gamers will feel that the acoustic merits of games is something that should not be discounted when they play Cosmic Highway.
We've put a lot of effort into the stereo mode so we hope you will experiment with the way audio plays in your own gaming environment with this title. On the Wii U, you will use the Wii U GamePad to move left and right, as well as select everything using either the touch screen or the diagonal pad. We anticipate a second screen experience as well, as well as the TV off option that the GamePad supports. We are also developing extra features in the multiplayer splitscreen component for the player using the GamePad.
We hope to raise money on Kickstarter to complete the last 15 levels and finish development for the Wii U. We plan to launch the title in late spring of 2013 on the Wii U.
We have an aggressive schedule in order to keep our costs down and get our backers the most value out of their donations. However, even though Cosmic Highway is currently going to be only available for the Wii U, we are developing it using cross platform practices, so do not rule out future platforms. We would like the game to be an exclusive on the Wii U, but if we get enough support we may bring it to other platforms. In fact, look at our stretch goals for details on that.
We are currently finishing up work on Cosmic Highway as well as work on Super Ubi Land for the Wii U from Notion Games, as well as starting "pre-pre"-production work on our next Wii U title after Cosmic Highway, Fade Into Darkness, an exploratory audio experience. We are offering backers of Cosmic Highway a unique opportunity to get a copy of the short story our team has put together for Fade Into Darkness before it becomes available for sale.
The following Music is in MP3 Format for KIckStarter. (Not Representative of Final Audio Quality)
SteamPunk Boss Theme
Cartoon Character Select Jingle
Glitch Character Select Jingle
Modern Character Select Jingle
SteamPunk Character Select Jingle
We will continue to release more songs during the Campaign as well.
We have a great selection of rewards for you to choose from. Let us go into them in detail here.
Digital Access-For $1, get added to our upcoming developer mailing list. Also, receive one free song from the game. This mailing list is different than the one on our website currently. We will also create a special KickStarter Forum on our site for you all to interact with us and each other. The song will be in FLAC, AIF, and MP3.
Digital Support-For $5, we will be putting your name in the KickStarter Supporter section of the credits on the game, we will also add you to the mailing list, give you access to the forum and give you the free song. (What a steal of a deal!)
Digital Music-For $15, get a digital download of the Cosmic Highway Soundtrack. We are releasing 6 different soundtracks, 5 Digital and 1 Physical Soundtrack. We will be sending you a questionnaire asking which of the soundtracks you want. You will also get the lower rewards.
The choices are:
The Scientist Edition (Rock/Electronic)
The Dark One Edition (Orchestral)
The Glitcher Edition (8Bit/Chiptunes)
The Inventor Edition (Classical/Victorian)
The Comic Edition (Jazz)
Digital Art Book- For $20, get a copy of the Maestro Interactive Games Digital Art Book. It will feature Cosmic Highway, Alien Drop, Alien Revenge, Alien Labyrinth, Fade Into Darkness, Percy Penguin's World, Maestro Mini Golf and more. (We will try to get as much content in it as possible for you) You will also get all of the lower levels.
Bonus Digital Tier-For $21, we are rewarding our backers with a unique gift. Get exclusive access to the story of our next title Fade Into Darkness, months before the short story and game become available for sale. We will also create a unique Forum for the backers for this game, to discuss it with us. Also you will get the lower tiers.
The Game On Time-For $25, we are rewarding our backers with a copy of Cosmic Highway Wii U the day it is released on the Nintendo eShop. Plus for those that have access to an iOS device, we will give you a copy of one of our previous iOS releases, Maestro Mini Golf to download. (If you do not have an iOS device, we can provide you a PC/Mac version) You will also get the previous rewards.
These three prizes are all different and all very rare opportunities for our backers. Unfortunately, we can not provide backers with all three items in one donation however, so choose wisely.
Physical Music- Limited to 100 People -For $40, we are providing the physical soundtrack. This is the last of the 6 soundtracks for Cosmic Highway. This will be the only way to get this soundtrack, each album cover will be signed by the developers and will contain the special world music. We will also be giving you one of the digital soundtracks of your choice. You will get every reward in Tier 1. ($10 extra for shipping for non-US)
The Game Early: Limited to 5 People - At $40,get the game ahead of the rest. We will be giving you the game early (a week-2weeks) You will also get two digital soundtracks and the other rewards in Tier 1.
Signed Poster: Limited to 50 People- For $60, we are rewarding our backers a limited print run poster of Cosmic Highway. This poster will also be signed by the developers. You will also get every reward in Tier 1. ($25 extra for shipping for non-US)
Below is a very rough and tentative sample of the Poster (We will submit an updated image of this during the KickStarter in an update)
Almost High Score-Limited to 10 People-For $100, we will add a song inspired by a game of your choice in the game. You will also receive credit in the game in the audio section. You will also receive the Physical Soundtrack from the Tier 2 rewards, as well as all of the rewards in Tier 1.
The Associate Producer- Limited to 2 People-For $250, we are giving two donators the chance to become Associate Producers on a Nintendo Wii U eShop title. You will also get the Physical Soundtrack from Tier 2 and you will get all the rewards in Tier 1.
The Party-Limited to 5 People For $500, come by Maestro Interactive Games studio and have a fun night with some of the developers. We will hook up the Wii U and play Cosmic Highway, and much more. We will be recording the night as well to show off on our website and YouTube, if you all allow us to do so. Dinner will be included and you will also leave with tons of autographed gifts and prizes. You will also get the game at Launch obviously. You will also have a unique credit listed in the game as well.
*Please be able to get to Austin on your own*
$8,000 - Five Extra Levels featuring music inspired from different video games! Some music will come from George "The Fat Man" Sanger, if we reach this point! George Sanger worked on some great games including the following: Ultima Underworld, The 7th Guest, Wing Commander, NASCAR Racing and more.
$10,000 - iOS and Android Release
$15,000 - Mac App Store/Steam and 40 levels in the game including 10 video game music inspired levels.
$30,000 - Hard copies of the game will become a reward tier and for sale via the website. Currently available for PC/Mac (We will try to make them for the Wii U provided Nintendo approves this)
We wanted to share some articles about our studio in the KickStarter as well.
*Disclaimer* Video Capture lowers our quality in the video to compress it for web, we will upload a WebBuild of the Racer so backers can check it out in 720p for themselves this week.
*Disclaimer 2* Nintendo Logo's used in the video are available under Fair Use, distributed as marketing materials.
Risks and challenges
Cosmic Highway has an aggressive schedule and healthy ambitions. As with any other game project, the greatest risk is that deadlines might get missed and at worst the game might fail to finish.
Thanks to previous experience in the game industry shipping games of all sizes, we've insulated Cosmic Highway against this regrettably common risk. Our core strategy is focusing on complex audio design, which means that we focus heavily on tools and being able to test changes quickly. This also allows us to develop the game at a much faster pace without compromising the quality of the title.
Additionally, Cosmic Highway core mechanics "scale" well, which means that they can be represented very simply but also with high levels of polish. We can also develop new levels quickly, while still retaining the high quality should the stretch goals be met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Kickstarter doesnt allow PayPal, but we set up one here http://maestrointeractivegames.com/Wii_U_Kickstarter.html
Let us know which reward you want as well with your donation
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