Day 21: Magic Window
What an incredible month it's been so far, things have slowed down a bit the past week or so, but it has given some time to work on some of the finer details of the campaign. I also have a couple *huge* announcements to make!
I've been in touch with Nintendo of America and am now an approved Nintendo WiiU developer! I have been looking at the process and I am confident to say that the technicalities of getting Cosmochoria on the WiiU is a lot more doable than I originally thought. So much so that I am moving the WiiU stretch goal up to $25,000. I am also going to ensure that PC Gamepad support is now available at launch time... so it is now already included in the base goal!
This is huge and it basically means if we hit $25,000 in the campaign, I am fast tracking a Nintendo WiiU version of Cosmochoria as my development priority after the fall Steam Launch.
Details of the Nintendo WiiU version will start to come in over the summer once I receive the dev kit and begin testing, but Im already confident I can come up with some cool implementations for the WiiU Gamepad controller. Potentially stuff like easy to access action items (planting, bases, etc) but also perhaps more involved activities so planting a seed isn't just 'holding the plant button down'. :)
Big things on the horizon! If you know someone who has a WiiU or who might be interested in playing Cosmochoria, spread the word - the sooner we get to $25,000 the sooner we can lock down that WiiU support. :D
Play As..... The Yogscast's Simon!
As a special thanks to Simon & Lewis @ Yogscast for playing the game on their channel, we have created a new Kickstarter reward tier. I have been working with the Yogscast crew to develop a very special playable character for Cosmochoria: Simon!
Upgrade your Pledge to the $15 “Yogsnaught” Tier (or anything above) to receive the super secret un-lockable “Simon” character to play as in-game. Secret unlock code will be shared exclusively with members of the Kickstarter (it wont be officially published anywhere, so if you want to keep it a secret, keep it a secret).
Here we go! I've gone to the ends of the earth and back to make sure we can have some of the coolest shirts known to woman or man. The shirts are printed via direct-to-garment methods, so it's not silkscreen, but the end results are truly breathtaking. Here's a video showing an example of the process & results (this isn't the company we're going through but they use similar methods).
Backers of the $60 reward tier will get a Cosmochoria shirt in their choice of colour. (I'll send a survey at the end of the campaign getting your size & colour). I'll be using 7.2oz 100% Ringspun Cotton Fine Jersey from American Apparel. Check this page for the shirt colour options and size specs to make sure you match up your body measurements to your preferred size.
If you want to add a shirt onto your pledge, you can either change your pledge to the $60 tier, or just increase your pledge by $50 (includes shipping to Canada, add $20 otherwise) and leave the reward tier the same. I'll send a survey at the end to determine what kind of shirt you want, your shipping address, etc.
This shirt design will be available to Kickstarter backers only, so once the campaign is done, you wont be able to get them again!
Click here to view specific info on the style of shirts themselves.
Become a Character!
For pledging at the brand new 'Cartoon Me' tier ($40), or adding $30 to your existing pledge, I will draw a customized Cosmonaut for you in the same style as the game. I'll provide you the high resolution artwork ready for printing or any other purpose you desire as you have full rights to use it for whatever you like (company logo, twitter avatar, etc). The character will look similar to the style I used for Cosmo and Simon, but with features personalized for YOU!
I've also changed the price of the 'Narcissism Runs Deep' tier from $1000 to $400. For the first 10 pledgers of $400, you have a chance to work with me to develop a special "Cosmochoria" character of yourself that will appear in the actual game, similar to what I did with the Simon character above! It will be findable / unlockable via a means we decide together (cheat code, discoverable in the galaxy, purchasable as a costume, etc.) You will also be able to choose a small super power that your character has (within reason and my coding capabilities).
That's it for this update. Wow, that was a lot of stuff. :) Thanks for everything, buds!