Perihelion Interactive reveals Kickstarter stretch goals for its epic sci-fi RPG | issues new developer log video | confirms Kicking It Forward initiative support | http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate
5 November 2013 - California, USA/… With The Mandate Kickstarter campaign reaching the half-way mark and already raising $215k, Perihelion Interactive has today responded to backer demands for information on stretch goals. The following elements will be incorporated into the game if the applicable funding targets are achieved:
$600k - Away Missions on Planets.
Perihelion has a long list of possible away missions planned, with both combat and non-combat options that can switch depending upon the scenario. The developer is inviting fans to visit The Mandate forums to suggest their favourite style of away missions and planet-side encounters.
$700k - Starbase Boarding Operations.
At this stretch goal Perihelion will model starbase interiors to allow for boarding operations to take place. The developer will also make it possible for the player to walk around on and interact with his/her starbase outside of combat.
$800k - Mod Support.
Perihelion is a huge fan of the mod communities that have sprung up for the likes of Total War, Mount & Blade and The Elder Scrolls series. At this stretch goal it will be in a position to allocate more programmer and designer time to plan the code and data structures to greatly simplify the process of creating total conversions for The Mandate. Developer tools will receive extra polish and documentation so they can be used both by the devs and by the mod community. Start planning your mod or total conversion project today!
Perihelion Interactive has also released a new The Mandate developer log video, where Character Artist James Condliffe delves into the character design process and demonstrates the wealth of customisable options that will be available to players in the Tsarist space opera RPG.
In response to requests, Perihelion has revealed that it has reached out to both Good Old Games www.gog.com and Humble Bundle so that it can provide DRM alternatives for backers who for various reasons cannot use the Steam service.
Ole Herbjørnsen, Executive Producer, Perihelion Interactive said:
“As well as our first stretch goals, Perihelion is delighted to be embracing the Kicking It Forward initiative pioneered by Brian Fargo, and we will commit ourselves to allocate 5% of the profits from The Mandate to fund new and interesting Kickstarter projects. We feel that the crowdfunding experience so far has been amazing, and it’s vital that this alternate avenue for developers is maintained to get games funded that players actually want. Sadly, some of these games would otherwise never see the light of day due to lack of publisher interest.”
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About The Mandate
The Mandate is a six-player, cooperative, sandbox sci-fi RPG, planned for release Q1 2015 on Windows, Mac and Linux. Set in a dystopian future controlled by a Russian Empire inspired by the Tsars of history, you take on the role of a captain at the helm of an evolving, dynamic ship that a crew of hundreds call home. As captain, you’ll command a crew of officers selected and honed by you, taking them into epic space battles, boarding operations and galaxy exploration. Whilst epic in scale, The Mandate takes the concept of sci-fi RPGs to the next level by rooting the drama in your relationship with the crew – they and the galaxy map will adapt and react to the strategic choices you make, the battles you win… and those that you lose.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of X-Com, Fallout, Mount & Blade, Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Star Trek Online, The Mandate was in the top 3 games on Steam Greenlight before being successfully Greenlit on 29 October 2013, and has already raised over $215,000 in its Kickstarter campaign, due to end on 1st December 2013. The Perihelion team is comprised of industry veterans, who have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Mafia II, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.
The game is planned for a Q1 2015 release and can either be played solo, or with five other friends for additional strategic and tactical challenges. Perihelion has designed the game to be a no-compromise experience for multiplayer and single-player, and players should not notice a difference in enjoyment level or depth playing either alone or with friends.
Title: The Mandate
Developer: Perihelion Interactive
Genre: Sci-fi RPG
Launch Platforms: [Windows, Linux, Mac + TBD]
Release date: [Q1 2015]
About Perihelion Interactive
Founded in 2013 by a team of internationally based veteran game developers, Perihelion Interactive’s first project is the science fiction RPG The Mandate. Members of the Perihelion team have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, Mafia 2, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.
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