Tethys Interactive opens up pre-orders to help fund Astral Terra's development leading up to Early Access
Astral Terra is an ambitious open world sandbox Indie game being developed by Tethys Interactive and recently Greenlit by Valve and the community at Steam. Astral Terra has been described as “Minecraft meets Morrowind” since it offers world building and editing tools similar to Minecraft yet visually more like Morrowind in style and utilizing the Unity Game Engine and Terrain Engine for a smooth voxel experience. According to the games website, each player will have a unique experience, “From character progression with experience points, level and skills, to the terrain and environments, every inch of the game is procedural and editable. Shape your world and your character the way that YOU want.”
Besides the overall “off rails” vision for the game with players controlling their own experience, the developer has been very open about how community involvement is an important part of shaping the final experience. According to a recent update, Tethys noted “We have already learned so much from the community and even taken direction from them. An example is the most recent character race (dwarf) which was not originally planned in the same order, but based on feedback, we rolled with it. The community also contributed thousands of votes to get us Greenlit and able to sell Early Access via Steam. Its a huge opportunity for us as a small Indie studio.“ The Founders program allows direct dialogue between founders and the developers.
The final release of Astral Terra is slated to arrive on Steam later this year(Q4 2014), Steam Early Access is to open in Summer 2014 and Head Start keys will start being sent in April. According to the Founders FAQ “Founders Packs are essentially a way to pre-order the game, receive Priority Head Start Access to obtain a key before Steam Early Access officially opens to the public, and pick up other special limited edition items such as the posters, t-shirt, art book and more. We are offering 3 different options from $15-$45. Purchasing a Founders Pack via our website is also a huge help in funding the project. More funding means a faster development cycle, earlier release and more content.”
You can check out the 3 different founders packs, read the FAQ, see the latest Dev video and more at http://astralterra.com/founders.