John Smedley, formerly of SOE and Daybreak, went public with his new company and their first project. The company name is Pixelmage (according to the trademark application), which is “Pixel Mage” and not “Pixe Image,” something that could be sorted out with a space or a capital “M” in the middle. Or, just look at their logo.
And, in announcing this he has also pointed at the company’s first project which will, of course, be financed via a Kickstarter Campaign. Pixelmage wants $800,000 minimum for their game Hero’s Song which is described as follows:
Basically a 2D retro-pixellated multiplayer action adventure RPG game thing… for the hardcore!
Hardcore action RPG for Hardcore Gamers!
It is a sign of my age I suppose that my brain always links the word “hardcore” with the word “porn,” which always makes this sort of discussion just that much more amusing.
Missing from the Kickstarter page at the moment is the platform it will run on, but I guess we can all assume Windows 64-bit will be required, though maybe it will run on the Nintendo 3DS. It certainly looks like it could.
There are all the usual hallmarks of such a Kickstarter campaign, including dev bios, stretch goals, a range of backer options, some grand sweeping statements, and an overly optimistic time line.
Give the standard Kickstarter multiplier for multiplayer software video game projects, this ought to launch in late 2017 or early 2018.
Anyway, Smed and his new company are off to the races. You can see the Kickstarter campaign here. We shall see how things develop. Pledge now ($25 minimum) or wait until it comes out and get it for $20.
The press embargo appears to have lifted so deeper coverage is available at:
Addendum: And a statement on supported platforms at last:
Addendum: Sanity kicked in and you can now pledge $15 and get a copy of the game when it is done, and if you pledge more you get a second copy now.