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Space is more fun with friends! Darkfield is a 4 player CO-OP PvE space shooter with support for the Oculus Rift and standard screens
Space is more fun with friends! Darkfield is a 4 player CO-OP PvE space shooter with support for the Oculus Rift and standard screens
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Be part of an elite squad with unique ships and special abilities. Team up with your wingmans, fight enemy pilots, protect civilian convoys and take down big space structures.

 Darkfield combines modern mission-based CO-OP gameplay with the flair and setting of old space operas.

Mark and Daniel recorded a video our CO-OP prototype which we will release soon:

Choose one of 4 elite fighter pilots, each with special skills and unique ships. You are hired guns, doing the dirty work for the military deep behind enemy lines.

One of the co-op missions is to blow up a space station! It is heavily enforced, has a powerful shield and is guarded by squadrons of fighters. Flying in guns blazing just wouldn't do the job. Your squad has an experimental EMP device. Use it to disable the stations shield. Fire off nuclear missiles to blast a hole into the hull of the station, fly in, destroy the core and ride the shockwave back out! This is the kind of gameplay Darkfield is all about!

Gun turrets in action
Gun turrets in action
 

Other than taking down space stations, you will be escorting civilian fleets through disputed space, holding off waves of attackers and rob military convoys.

The release version of Darkfield will also have a small explorative singleplayer experience, which will explain the history of the conflict you are fighting in.

Holodeck Singleplayer Experience
Holodeck Singleplayer Experience

In our Multiplayer TDM mode, you will be piloting 6 unique ships. Our current pre-release build includes a heavy bomber-class with slow movements and big guns, a mid-range-ship with balanced properties and a small, fast ship with direct controls. Each class has it's own advantages and the unique physics properties will provide a different experience for every ship.

AWF-06 and heavy 2 seated bomber AF-99 "Blackforest"
AWF-06 and heavy 2 seated bomber AF-99 "Blackforest"
mid-sized ACF "Pigeon" P1 and superfast scout ACF "Sparrow"
mid-sized ACF "Pigeon" P1 and superfast scout ACF "Sparrow"

We feel like games are the most fun when they can be played with your friends. Fighting together side by side, taking down enemy stations and coordinating attacks over shortwave radio creates such a strong sense of presence and achievement, it is just too good to pass up!

  • Mission-Driven Co-Operative Game Modes
  • integrated Holodeck Singleplayer Experience
  • unique Ship Types with Special Abilities and Weapons
  • Free-Roam through Space Stations and Ships
  • Online and LAN - there is no online-DRM and we also provide a dedicated Server
  • Single-band, single-channel short wave radios, basically Walkie Talkies in Space, make communicating with your friends a challenge by itself
  • Support for Windows, OSX and Linux
  • Oculus Rift Support and planned support for upcoming devices such as CastAR and Samsung's GearVR

Download the singleplayer TDM prototype for Windows, OSX and Linux. It works on standard monitors, TrackIR-setups, and the Oculus RIft DK1 and DK2.

The final game will also be released on Linux! Due current Oculus Rift SDK limitations, it does not work with the Rift DK2. This is just temporary and we will provide DK2 Linux builds as soon as possible. 

Our prototype covers the basic team deathmatch game mode, one ship and one map. Back us and receive Early Alpha Access to more ships, maps and Multiplayer.

The ACF-06 Advanced Combat Fighter, your ship in the prototype
The ACF-06 Advanced Combat Fighter, your ship in the prototype
               

EARLY ACCESS ( $15+ )

Receive a DRM-free digital copy of Darkfield when it's ready, as well as access to all pre-release versions.

SUPPORTER ( $25+ )

Your name in the game (on an object or in a log entry) and a special in-game supporter ship!

+ digital copy of the game and early pre-release access.

ENEMY CONTACT ( $35+ )

Your voice in the game! Name a NPC pilot and record a 2 second voice clip for it (all within good taste). You will also receive the soundtrack as digital download!

+ digital copy of the game, early pre-release access, your name in the game and supporter ship

BE A LEGEND ( $55+ )

Your head in the game! We will use your head in the game. You embody a NPC, a veteran bust or something else. Requires 3 high resolution pictures (front, right, left) or Kinect scan data (we will contact you and tell you more about how to send us that data).

+ digital copy of the game, early pre-release access, your name in the game, supporter ship and the Soundtrack as digital download

FOUR PACK ( $60+ )

4 times a digital copy, early pre-release access, 4 names in the game, 4 supporter ships, 4 forum badge and 4 soundtracks as digital download to surprise your friends and have great LAN parties!

Love Letter ( $90+ )

Receive a personalized Darkfield post card with an exclusive image of the game and a hand-written greeting (or would you prefer a Haiku?) and the names of every Early Access Tier Backer and higher on it.

Darkfield Post Card (image subject to change)
Darkfield Post Card (image subject to change)

MISSION BRIEFING ( $150+ )

You are part of the mission briefing! We prepare the texts and you send us your recorded audio or video which will appear on every pilots HUD before missions starts.

+ digital copy of the game, early pre-release access, your name in the game, supporter ship and the Soundtrack as digital download

HOLOGRAM ( $500+ )

Markerless Motion Capturing in Dresden
Markerless Motion Capturing in Dresden

THE ULTIMATE REWARD! Visit us in Dresden, Germany and we will record your body motions and voice with a markerless motion capture system. We will turn you into hologram projection which will appear in the game. We will also invite you for dinner and a very close, private chat about anything you'd like to talk about. Travel and accommodation not included!

+ digital copy of the game, early pre-release access, your name in the credits, supporter ship, the Soundtrack as digital download and the mission briefing

Backer-Created Content

All backer-created content has to be "within good taste". It can't be discriminating, illegal, racist or otherwise offensive. Players will have the option to turn off backer-created content in the final game.

Kickstarter Add-Ons 

We are offering Add-Ons to our Reward levels. Starting from the Early Access tier, you can add the following Add-Ons:  

  •  $10 for one additional copy of the Early Access Tier $5 for one (additional) digital download of our soundtrack (scroll down to listen to a preview of our custom trailer music)
  •  $5 for a Limited Edition Darkfield Post Card. You can also get a hand-written personalized Post Card in the Love Letter tier below Limited Edition Darkfield Post Card Limited Edition Darkfield Post Card 

Simply adjust your pledge by the required amount and if unsure drop us a message which Add-Ons you would like.

 $12.000 - New Game Mode: "Escape!"

As you guys already know, we have currently three game modes planned:

  •  CO-OP PvE Missions
  • Team Death Match
  • Holodeck Singleplayer Experience

When we reach $12.000, we will add another action-filled game mode: Escape! This game mode will feature 4 players in one ship, escaping from the enemy forces. Internally, we call it the "Trench Run" mode ;).

 Your team has to break out a maximum security prison in a heavily guarded sector but all you can find is a slow freighter class vessel. To successfully escape, one of you has to pilot this rust bucket, while the other three will use the laser cannons to try to hold of the enemy forces! How far will you make it until you are caught?

This game mode is heavily inspired by our favorite movies and TV shows. We love rail shooters, the A-Team and Star Wars and that's why we are mashing them up in an awesome game mode!

 We are working closely together with our friends from Syndrone. We will use the Kickstarter funds to create a custom fast-paced OST.

 Listen to a Darkfield trailerspecial version of "Collapsing":

 As fans of orchestrated electro beats and epic film scores, we envision an epic mix half way between Battlestar Galactica and Daft Punk which will be synchronized to the space battles.

checkyourscreen: "Darkfield VR, is the brainchild of the infinitely talented chaps in VR Bits." "[...]  I was able to live out my Star Wars dreams. DarkField VR is fantastic looking, lovingly put together and a feast for the senses."

 VR Bits is an independent German-Australian Game Studio by

Mark, Daniel and Martin
Mark, Daniel and Martin

We have quite diverse backgrounds. While Mark was working on medical applications, Daniel was into video recording and editing. Martin has been creating professional 3d models for the use in architecture visualization. We founded our studio because we love space games and we had faith in the future of new technologies such as the Oculus Rift. We have been working on VR ever since.
Today's achievement driven, linear level designed, e-sport focused, competitive gaming scene bored us, so we started working on gameplay experiences that are as easy and quick to get in to, as when we were playing with our N64's.
For us, gaming is about having fun with friends, not the skill level, the size of your wallet for in-game content or invested grinding time. 

Risks and challenges

Darkfield is in active development. We have a very clear vision, but we also listen to our community and are trying to make the game people want to play. This means that the final version of Darkfield might have slightly different game modes and might set focus on different parts of the experience.

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    ╔══╣ ENEMY CONTACT ╠═══╗ Voice in the Game! Become a NPC enemy in the game! Decide it's Name and record a 2 second Voice Clip for it*.

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    ╔════╣ BE A LEGEND ╠════╗ Head in the game! A decade long war has almost reached it’s end. Many pilots have fallen during this time, but only a few really made a difference. Be one of 50 legendary pilots whose bravery is commemorated in our game world.

    We will either include your pictures or a 3d model of your head in our game, as well as a history of your legendary pilot*.

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    ╔═══╣ LOVE LETTER ╠═══╗ Receive a hand-written personalized Darkfield post card signed by one of our developers and hold a piece of Darkfield history in your hands! + BE A LEGEND Tier

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    ╔══╣ MISSION BRIEFING ╠══╗ You will be briefing our pilots in a 20 to 30 second video before the mission starts. You can do this either as a video or voice over*.

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    ╔════╣ HOLOGRAM ╠═════╗ Appear as a life-sized hologram projection in our game. We will record you in our Motion Capture stage in Dresden, Germany. You'll also get to spent a day with Martin and Daniel and we'll invite you for dinner! (Travel and Accommodation not included)

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    ╔════╣ PRODUCER ╠═════╗ Become a producer of the game and help us making the hard decisions. You will be included in our weekly Skype sessions and we will listen to every idea and comment you have. We will include your name in the opening Credits as 'Executive Producer'. Help us make Darkfield happen!

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