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CA$ 2,083
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 25 2016 12:01 PM UTC +00:00
CA$ 2,083
pledged of CA$ 25,000pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal
66
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 25 2016 12:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

Inspired by great shoot ‘em ups of the past such as Asteroids and Space Wars, we’ve set out to make QUASAR a bullet-tastic, top-down multiplayer game for our generation. The mechanics are simple, but the action takes place in procedurally generated areas for a unique and frenetic play experience that tests your skills every time. The game can be played with up to 10 players (5 vs. 5), and we like to say it is easy to learn, fast to play and hard to master.

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Fun fact, Quasar is short for "quasi-stellar radio source," and are discovered in young galaxies. 

Quasars are believed to be a supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disk (a torus or donut-shaped disk) made up of gas, that rapidly spirals around it creating a collision of matter that causes an explosive output of radioactive energy, and light similar to a flare.

An artist's rendering of the most distant quasar. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
An artist's rendering of the most distant quasar. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
  • Compete in intense squad vs. squad space dogfights either by yourself or with a team.
    Modes include:
          - Free-For-All (FFA) - Currently in the Game
          - Team Deathmatch (TDM) - Currently in the Game
          - Onslaught (TON) - Currently in the Game
          - More planned for the future of QUASAR!
  • Battle over arcade-like power-ups - every 20 seconds a new random power-up appears into the arena.
  • Never play the same arena twice! The map/area is regenerated every round keeping the game fresh every time you play
  • Create unique ship configurations and different gameplay strategies by customizing ships and equipping a multitude of weapons, engines, armour and abilities.
  • Dominate squadron or solo seasonal ladders – leaderboards are important, and we’re giving them a lot of love!
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In QUASAR, there are three classes of fighters with different strategic advantages: Light, Medium, and Heavy.

Sample Tactical Advantage: Agile and fast.
Strategic Use: Ideal for quick shoot-and-run style gameplay to quick acceleration but little armour. However, when combined with specialized equipment, such as Cloak, these can be extremely hard to destroy.
Play Style: Designed for fast reflexes and twitch junkies.

Here are a couple up-coming Light-class ships that were originally designed as pixel art for the original version of Quasar that will be making an appearance as 3D models.

Corsair
Corsair
Sidewinder
Sidewinder

Sample Tactical Advantage: Good defense combined with the ability to disable other fighters in range of their EMP blasts .
Strategic Use: True workhorse of any squadron with defensive armour to survive a dogfight.
Play Style: Designed for strategic-minded pilots.

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Here are a couple up-coming Medium-class ships that were originally designed as pixel art for the original version of Quasar that will be making an appearance as 3D models.

Damocles
Damocles
Reliant
Reliant

Sample Tactical Advantage: Robust defense and only class of fighters able to equip Tractor-beam generators to stop any fighter in its track Strategic Use: Known to survive the longest in sustained combat engagement due to heavy armour and firepower
Play Style: Designed for defensive pilots.

Here are a couple up-coming Heavy-class ships that were originally designed as pixel art for the original version of Quasar that will be making an appearance as 3D models.

Archon
Archon
Genom
Genom

Featuring original sound design and music composition to amp up the grittiness of space combat and match the on-screen heart-thumping action! We believe music enhances the gameplay experience and we’re dedicating resources to make sure this is done right!

Backers will receive an exclusive high-resolution set of QUASAR wallpapers for mobile and desktop in addition to appearing in the credits as a Kickstarter Backer!

Backers will receive a single serial key for the platform of their choice.

Backers will receive a single serial key for the platform of their choice and access to the digital soundtrack!

Find your Wingman, backers will receive a single serial key for the platform of their choice for themselves and one (1) extra key to give away or keep for a secondary platform of their choice!

Backers of the Squadron Edition will receive a single serial key for the platform of their choice for themselves and three (3) more keys to give away to their friends.

In addition to all of the above rewards*, the Lifetime Edition will provide backers with the following exclusive items:

  • Early access to the ALPHA digital edition of the game.
  • Receive a Kickstarter exclusive set three (3) new ships for each class (one Light, one Medium, and one Heavy fighter) designed with Kickstarter decals.
  • Lifetime Season Pass to receive all upcoming planned ships.
  • Receive an exclusive Kickstarter-only limited-edition QUASAR t-shirt!

In addition to all of the above rewards*, Ten (10) Backers will have the opportunity to work with the design team and create a star-fighter for QUASAR to have exclusively for their hangar collection.

They will also be exclusively listed in the credits as Kickstarter Backer - Ship Designer. 

Finally the cadre known as The Last Starfighters. Four (4) backers at this level will receive all of the above rewards* with the following exclusive items:

  • Exclusive listing in the credits as Kickstarter Backer - The Last Starfighters
  • In addition to a digital serial key of their choice for any platform, they will receive five (5) extra copies of the game to give away or keep for themselves.
  • Receive the exclusive Kickstarter-Edition QUASAR t-shirt, but also the QUASAR hoodie to keep them warm in the cold blackness of space!
  • Exclusive invitation for two to our launch party at PAX Prime in Seattle (September 2016) to meet with the team!

    Accommodations for two will be provided, travel not included.
* All rewards that offer multiple serial keys will only receive the specific number of keys associated with the reward teir. They do not add up.

To purchase an add-on:

  • Click "Manage Your Pledge"
  • Click "Change Your Pledge"
  • Add the costs of the add-ons to your pledge amount but maintaining your current tier.

We'll follow up with a backer survey after the campaign to square away all the details!

Add-On details coming soon!

We want you guys to help us set these! 

For QUASAR, it will include:

  • new gameplay features
  • new ships
  • new weapons
  • new environments

All chosen by you! Keep your eyes open on this section during the campaign for more information on how you can affect the future of QUASAR!

We’re an indie game studio proudly based out of Toronto, Canada (Go Maple Leafs!). Founded in 2012 by “Us”, Franklin Barrientos and Ryan Luck, we’re a mix of industry insiders and passionate newcomers. What sets us apart is we place everyone on an equal footing with each other in the development process. This allows everybody to be equally invested in how a game turns out and our studio’s success - regardless of titles or tenure.

We're new, we're small, we're indie and we hope to make games forever for you!

                         
 

If successfully funded, our goal is to finish development of QUASAR and release it to the world on PC, Mac OSX, Linux, and next-gen consoles: Xbox One and Playstation 4. We will create extra ships and further develop the customization features and game-play modes. Funding will allow us to build the best possible art, effects, sounds and music to create an amazing experience. Most of all, Kickstarter funding will provide the money to promote the game, fully test and balance the game over the next few months, and ensure that the game is as fun as it can possibly be on release.

Kickstarter allows us to share this project with you before it is complete and we think that’s too good an opportunity to pass up. Bringing a select group of passionate people along for the ride is something we’ve talked about for a while as we’re such a small team. We’re aware that more voices would be really valuable – especially when they’re from people invested in seeing QUASAR come to life. We love what we’re making but we’re not beyond moments of doubt, so having a team of supporters to keep us on track would be pretty awesome.

On a practical level, the money will allow us to get more help to deliver on time the version of QUASAR we’ve always hoped to make. We’ve self-funded the prototype and PC development to date from our savings and day jobs and there is no risk of the PC version not coming out. The PS4 and Xbox One SKUs will be subject to Sony and Microsoft’s ultimate approval (as they make on all games on their respective platforms) but we’ve passed concept approval and we are confident of the development plan and up to the challenge.

Risks and challenges

The game is built using Unreal 4, an engine that we’ve been working with since the very beginning and our versatile team is committed to finding a solution to any task that we think will make QUASAR better game. On that note, we have a great support structure both personally in our friends and family but also professionally with many friends in other development studios to call upon for advice and favors if we have to!

So, the biggest challenges really deals with game-tuning and meeting the high standards we have for QUASAR:

• Balancing all of the data and tuning the gameplay. It is a big task when ship customization is involved but we’re tracking well from our last round of testing.

• Ensuring that the game runs smoothly on all platforms. We want to release with cross-platform play so we’re double and triple checking everything so there are no lingering areas that will break the game.

• Making sure the multiplayer works correctly. Latency can kill a match so we have to do everything we can to ensure that our networking code deals with it as best as it can. This is even more important because of our ambitions to turn QUASAR into an eSport game. Multiplayer has to be flawless.

• Protecting the game-play from cheating. We take cheating very seriously. Cheaters can ruin the game for everybody, and making the game secure is at the top of our priority list.

Overall, we believe we have the development chops, dedication, passion and infrastructure to power through these challenges. We pledge to be transparent about everything that's happening through weekly updates (or even daily updates) right up until it’s time to release the game that we have envisioned and promised you.

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    THANK YOU!

    - A set of backer exclusive high-resolution QUASAR wallpapers for desktop exclusively for Kickstarter backers!
    - Appear in the credits of the game as Kickstarter Backer.

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    DIGITAL EDITION (ANY PLATFORM)

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    DIGITAL SPECIAL EDITION
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    - Receive access to the digital soundtrack.

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    WINGMAN EDITION - 2-PACK
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    - Receive two (2) copies of the game. One to keep for yourself and another to give to your friend!

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    SQUADRON EDITION - 4-PACK
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    - Receive three (3) extra copies of the game to give to your friends.

    (50% off the retail price of four copies!)

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    LIFETIME EDITION (EARLY BIRD)

    - Exclusive ALPHA access to the DIGITAL EDITION of the game and future updates!
    - Receive a Kickstarter exclusive set of three (3) class flghters.
    - Receive access to the digital soundtrack.
    - Receive three (3) extra copies of the game to give to your friends.
    - Lifetime Season Pass to receive new ships and other custom content.
    - Receive an exclusive Kickstarter-only limited-edition QUASAR t-shirt. *

    * Free shipping for all physical rewards. Rewards will be shipped after the game release.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $751

    SHIP DESIGNER

    Work with the design team and create a star-fighter for QUASAR to be released as part of the first Expansion.

    - Appear in the credits of the game as a Kickstarter Backer - Ship Designer
    - Exclusive ALPHA access to the DIGITAL EDITION of the game and future updates!
    - Receive a Kickstarter exclusive set of three (3) class flghters.
    - Receive three (3) extra copies of the game to give to your friends.
    - Receive an exclusive Kickstarter-only limited-edition QUASAR t-shirt! *
    - Lifetime Season Pass to receive new ships and other custom content.

    * Free shipping for all physical rewards. Rewards will be shipped after the game release.

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    Pledge CA$ 3,000 or more About $2,252

    THE LAST STARFIGHTERS

    - Your name in the credits as a Kickstarter Backer - The Last Starfighters
    - Exclusive ALPHA access to the DIGITAL EDITION of the game and future updates!
    - Receive a Kickstarter exclusive set of three (3) class fighters.
    - Opportunity to design a ship! Work with the design team and create an exclusive star-fighter!
    - Receive five (5) extra copies of the game to give to your friends.
    - Lifetime Season Pass to receive upcoming new ships and other custom content.
    - Receive an exclusive Kickstarter-only limited Edition QUASAR T-Shirt and Hoodie! *
    - Exclusive invitation for two to our launch party at PAX Prime in Seattle (September 2016) to meet with the team (Accommodations for two provided, travel not included).**

    * Free shipping for all physical rewards. Rewards will be shipped after the game release.
    ** PAX details to be arranged after Kickstarter campaign ends.

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