ABOUT THE GAME Precinct takes players on a police adventure as officer Maxwell Jones in the corrupt town of Fraser Canyon, CA. Starting out as a rookie and then moving up the ranks, players face adrenaline charged scenarios and conduct real police procedures while solving crimes and arresting perpetrators.
Written by Jim Walls and some of today's brightest Hollywood talent, Precinct features a gripping crime story based on true accounts of real police cases. As players clean up the crime ridden streets, the plot thickens with corrupt cops, greedy public officials, and a deadly struggle for control of Fraser Canyon's criminal underground.
Playing in the first person perspective, Precinct's real-time 3D environments and gameplay deliver significant realism to the classic police adventure style Jim is famous for creating. Along with staple elements such as adventure and puzzles, players also encounter intense fast action gameplay sequences that include shootouts, high speed car chases, investigations, foot pursuits, hand-to-hand combat, and more.
Jim is leading an effort to successfully combine original Sierra-style adventure with modern video game technology. The Precinct team is poised to redefine the cop-game genre by making a game that both classic and modern gamers can enjoy.
Precinct will be released as a DRM-free digital download for PC and Mac with distribution across platforms such as Steam and our own website. If our stretch goals are met, we will be able to release Precinct on additional platforms (more about stretch goals below).
OUR CAMPAIGN Every Kickstarter dollar you give goes directly towards developing Precinct. We want to skip the traditional publishing model to make the best game possible for the fans of the original adventure Police Quest series.
We put considerable effort into creating an exclusive suite of rewards for our backers (see the right of this page) including a high quality Precinct badge, a visit with Jim, police whistle, Special Operating Procedures Manual, a visit to the game studio, and more. These rewards are completely unique to Precinct and can't be found anywhere else. We hope you like them!
We can't make this game without you. Please pledge whatever you can to make this game a reality. We GREATLY appreciate all that have backed us so far. Thank you so very much!
Throughout this Kickstarter campaign we will be posting lots of new content; we will publish new videos that detail the Sierra days as well as show you some behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Precinct. We will also give you an in-depth look at Jim Walls, Police Quest and Sierra.
STRETCH GOALS If we are successful with our Kickstarter we are going to be able to make a great game. However, the more money we get, the better the game will be. Every dime we receive goes directly towards building Precinct!
$600,000(Awesomer) - At this level, we will be able to provide a more immersive gameplay experience. We will be able to produce hours of additional content and achieve a higher level of detail and beauty throughout the game.
$700,000 (Mega Awesome) - If we get to this level, we will be able to include more locations, more characters, a deeper story, and deliver a very high level of polish. We expect to release a Linux version at this level as well -- if we hit this goal we will dedicate an engineer, tester and art person to Linux.
$800,000 (Badonk) - This level allows us to pretty much do everything we want to do for Precinct. In addition to more gameplay, more characters, more story, more polish, we expect to bring Precinct to iOS, Android, XBLA and PSN as well. You can also expect subtitled versions for the French, Italian, German and Spanish markets at this level too.
ABOUT SIERRA Located in the small mountain town of Oakhurst, CA, Sierra On-line was founded in 1979 by husband and wife team Ken and Roberta Williams. Through Ken and Roberta’s hard work, vision, and talent, Sierra became a pioneering force that was instrumental in shaping the video game industry and bringing home computer games to mainstream culture. Since the 1990’s, several mergers, acquisitions, layoffs, liquidations, and the departure of Ken and Roberta effectively rendered Sierra defunct. The company’s brand and remaining assets were last owned by Activision.
"There are few more storied franchises in adventure gaming than Sierra's Police Quest series." - Kotaku
CREATING POLICE QUEST Jim is a retired California Highway Patrol officer who left the force in 1984 after being traumatized in a violent shootout. During his recovery from the incident, Jim serendipitously met video game pioneer Ken Williams who was in the early days of growing Sierra On-line with his wife and company co-founder Roberta Williams. Ken asked Jim to design gameplay and write a story for a realistic police adventure series Ken wanted to make. Police Quest was born.
Upon its release, Police Quest was an instant hit, wowing early gamers with a unique point-and-click adventure style and unprecedented realism for the time. Police Quest went on to have five sequels, selling millions of copies.
Most games fade to black in the game industry but the interest in Police Quest still burns brightly almost thirty years later. Possibly because of its deep storyline and the dedication it takes to play Police Quest successfully, the series has amassed a legion of fans from all over the world.
JIM WALLS Jim has been in the video game business for almost 20 years and is considered one of the original pioneers of the adventure game genre. His game titles include Police Quest 1, 2 and 3, Codename Iceman, Blue Force, Blade Runner, Pirates – Legend of Black Kat, and Earth and Beyond.
ROBERT LINDSLEY Robert began working at Sierra On-line at just fifteen years old. Although already precociously well versed in programming, Ken and Roberta Williams brought Robert into the company to help box games and copy floppy discs. Robert was eventually given a shot at programming and it wasn't wasted on him. Robert soon began coding professionally and eventually began producing. At Sierra, Robert worked on several classic Sierra titles including King's Quest V & VI, Laura Bow 2, Mixed Up Mother Goose, and Phantasmagoria 2. After Sierra, Robert worked for Microsoft Games where he wound up on Microsoft's Xbox launch team. Robert has also led development at Atari and Harmonix, shipping over 80 games in his career. Most recently, Robert's credits include Rock Band, Ghostbusters, and Dance Central. Robert is currently Jim's partner for this project.
SCOTT BUTLER An early employee of the pioneering game studio Argonaut Software, Scott has worked in the video games business for over 24 years. 11 of those years were spent at Sony Computer Entertainment as a senior artist and art director. Scott has shipped over 50 games in his career, including Kingsley's Adventure (PS1), Croc: Legend of the Gobbos (PS1 & Sega Saturn), Neopets: The Wand of Wishing (PSP), Eyetoy: Play (PS2), and Ren & Stimpy (SNES). At just 17 years old in 1989, Scott began his career making games for the Amiga and Timex Sinclair computers. Over the years, as game technology, tools, and business models have evolved, so has Scott. He has worked on virtually every game platform possible, Scott holds a US patent for a game engine technology he invented in 2009.
JASON CRAWFORD Jason has spent nearly two decades as an entrepreneur and creative professional in technology. The last 12 years of his career have been in the video game industry. Jason has launched multiple companies, including a game development studio in 2001 with Precinct's Executive Producer, Robert Lindsley. Jason has played influential roles in shaping the vision and logistics for several games and interactive initiatives with clients such as Acclaim, Hasbro, IAC, Atari, Sony, Samsung, Sesame Workshop, and Walt Disney Imagineering. Jason is currently the founder and studio director of Tiny Castle Studios, a new Unity3D focused game development studio located in Glendale, CA. Jason and his team were instrumental in creating this Kickstarter campaign.
T-Shirt Design Contest
We are looking for YOUR help with the T-Shirt design. We will choose one backer's design for our Kickstarter T-Shirt. If you would like to participate, send your design (in vector format) to email@example.com. Your design will be considered and if it's chosen it will be used for the Kickstarter reward T-Shirt!
Each day of the Kickstarter campaign will feature a brand new exclusive video in this section! Check back daily for a new bit of history you've never heard before, including; visits to the old Sierra buildings in Oakhurst, a visit Ken and Roberta's old house, and several fascinating stories from Robert and Jim as they reminisce about the old days at Sierra.
Day Eleven: Working with Al Lowe on Police Quest I
Day Ten: Jim talks about real life high speed pursuits
Day Nine: Why do people still love Police Quest?
Day Eight: Oakhurst was a strange place for a video game company
Day Seven: Why are we so excited about Precinct?
You will see at the end Jim mentions we need to get a team together. At the time of filming we did not have a team in place, but now we do.
Day Six: Jim and Robert talk about Billy Vukovich III and how they almost worked together
Day Five: Jim and Robert talk about where Police Quest I was made.
Day Four: Jim talks about the transition from being a cop to game designer.
Day Three: Jim makes a new game for his fans
Day Two: What was crunch time like at Sierra?
Day One: Why Kickstarter?
Thanks for all your support on the project!!
Risks and challenges
The biggest issue in development is keeping the game within scope and making sure the project never goes over-budget. Our entire team is intensely aware of this issue and know we must be vigilant in managing it responsibly. Leading this effort is Precinct's Executive Producer, Robert Lindsley, who has over 20 years experience producing video games. Working on small games up to hundred-million dollar AAA titles, Robert has a proven and unbeatable track record for shipping products on-time and on-budget. As with any game development project, Precinct will undoubtedly throw out its own unique challenges but those challenges will be met by a team of seasoned video game industry veterans that know how to solve problems effectively and responsibly.
TECH & PRODUCTION DESIGN
It's going to be an enormous undertaking building a lot of our own tech and tools above the already robust Unity3D platform. We created a game prototype of the world that not only shows off the art style, it was as an exercise to vet if Unity3D and our proprietary game editor will be possible given our minimum budget range.
Although upgraded to modern gameplay standards, we believe audiences will enjoy the fun of a realistic police adventure because of Jim's past success with Police Quest. "If you've played Police Quest, you know exactly what Jim Walls is like, because that game is Jim Walls." - Al Lowe, creator of Leisure Suit Larry and programmer on Police Quest.
No. Precinct is planned as a series to be released over the coming years, but each game is a full product. The Kickstarter funds enable our team to create a game engine and game editor that makes subsequent releases possible within the scope of our resources.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive a digital copy of Precinct with exclusive "VIP Backer Status". As a VIP Backer, you will be sent a unique passkey which grants you access to all "VIP Backer Only" areas of www.precinctgame.com. VIP Backers also enjoy exclusive content in the final release of Precinct.
"VIP Backer Only" Website Areas Include:
- Sneak peeks of the game (screenshots and video clips)
- Private VIP Backer Message Board
- Exclusive webcasts and chats with Jim and his team during development
- Help develop Precinct by voting on critical design and production decisions.
This tier is meant to replace the following $30 tier and all $30 tier backers (and above) will receive everything in this $29 tier. We apologize for any confusion but the the $30 tier cannot be removed because it has been backed. We hope you enjoy the added value!
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive exclusive VIP access to the beta version of the game. You will see the game progress being made, bugs and all! By this time the game will be mostly done, although there may be some glitches. But it still will be super-fun to play!
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive a physical piece of artwork from the game, signed by the artist and shipped to you. Suitable for framing. This piece of artwork has been created exclusively for Kickstarter backers.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive an exclusive Precinct t-shirt. As a backer on the project we are looking for YOUR ideas for the t-shirt. For your design to be considered, please see the main page for guidance.
Including all previous rewards, Jim will record a custom answering machine/voice mail message for you. You get to write the script (up to 30 seconds long), and as long as it's tasteful Jim will record it and send you an MP3.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive an official Fraser Canyon PD police whistle with logo. This is an awesome whistle and will prove to be a collector's item. This whistle comes in it's own presentation box.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive a Fraser Canyon PD Special Operating Procedures Manual. This is a hard copy book detailing the Special Operations in Precinct. It's a terrific collector's item!
Including all previous rewards, Jim will also sign your collectibles. Send Jim anything you want (please keep it tasteful) and he will sign it and send back to you. This is a great way to get your original shrink-wrapped copy of Police Quest signed, for example.
If you want Jim to sign anything super-heavy, we may need to charge additional shipping.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive an Official Fraser Canyon Police Badge. This is a high-quality police badge made by the same company who makes badges for police departments across the entire US.
Including all previous rewards, you will also receive concept artwork signed by Jim Walls and the artist and shipped to you. We will number each piece of artwork for each backer, so your piece will be completely unique.
In the game we are creating a "Founder's Room" where your photograph will appear! Including all previous rewards, everybody will see your picture as they play the game and will know your contribution to the project.
Including all previous rewards, we will also name a significant location in the game after you. Examples of locations are: subway station, baseball stadium, freeway, etc. We will make sure it is featured prominently in the product.
Including all previous rewards, you also get a one-hour personal Skype session with Jim Walls, Robert Lindsley and the Development Team. Ask any questions you want! We'll be happy to share our experiences (or war stories as the case may be) with you. Each donor at this level will receive their own Skype session.
Including all previous rewards, you will also be listed as a Producer in the game and your name will be in the opening credits of the game. This is a great way to support the project and be listed in the opening credits of an awesome game.
Please note we can only have one in-game credit per person (so you won't be listed as a Producer and Tester).
Including all previous rewards, your name will also be used as a character in the game! We will give you a few options of which character you'd like to be, and from those you can choose which character will have your name!
Including all previous rewards, you will also meet with Jim and the Precinct development team in Los Angeles, CA! While at the game studio, you will participate in a design meeting and have lunch with Jim and the development leads. We will work with you on the specific timing for travel. Travel costs are not included.
Including all previous rewards, your face will also be used on the character named after you in the game! We will give you a few options of which character you'd like to be, and from those you can choose which character will have your name AND face!
Including all previous rewards, you will also be flown round trip to Coarsegold (domestic airfare included) to meet Jim Walls and Robert Lindsley. You will be picked up in a limo at the airport and provided a hotel room for two nights. Jim and Robert will give you a tour of Oakhurst, lunch on Bass Lake and a four hour boat ride. We will work with participants on a date that works for everybody when the weather is nice.
Please note that International airfare is not covered. However, if you are international, we would still love to see you!