< Back to Press Releases


Indie Developer Sells House and Turns to Kickstarter to Fund Sandbox Robot Game

Redwood Shores, CA – October 25, 2013 – Indie developer Wicked Loot revealed today a slew of new information for its newly announced game,  Spark Rising , currently in development for PC and Mac.  

An all-new trailer is available, which showcases details about the battle scenes, a primary focus for the game.

Wicked Loot also revealed the new ‘Conquest Mode,’ which adds a strategic layer to the game, opening up the whole galaxy to be conquered. Inspired by  Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Galactic Conquest Mode, the new mode plays like a 4X game – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate –  but players must be careful of becoming too powerful as the game's multiplayer acts as an equalizer where other players can gang up against the ‘big dogs’ and coordinate to take them down.

A new reward tier provides the first 100 supporters at the $45+ donation level with a free copy of the popular voxel-creation tool, Qubicle Constructor, which costs $40 on its own. All supporters of the Kickstarter, even at the minimum donation of $10, will receive Alpha access to  Spark Rising  when it becomes available.

Donate on Kickstarter  HERE www.kickstarter.com/projects/johnmasterlee/spark-rising-a-build-battle-sandbox-game?ref=live

“I founded Wicked Loot to ensure that I follow through on my dream of making games,” said John Lee, founder of Wicked Loot, Inc. “I originally had planned to form the indie studio with my best friend Vic, who passed away from cancer before it became a reality. Ultimately I decided that I was going to do it for the both of us, and to help get the dream off the ground, I sold my home to fund development. But I need everyone's help to make Spark Rising the amazing game I know it can be.  The game is unique because it requires player input and feedback to shape its development, and the Kickstarter campaign is designed to encourage that.”

Spark Rising  is a third-person action game, infused with strategy and sandbox creation. Players take the role of a Spark Bot whose prime directive is to build and conquer fortresses, then engage in massive battles, all in an attempt to protect rare resources. During the build phase, strongholds can be fortified with all sorts of nasty stuff -- turrets, traps, barricades and troops. Players can even create their own creatures and weapons. Once the battle begins, gamers jump into unique class-based exo-suits to take down whole armies. The galaxy is for the taking, as the game expands into a 4X strategy game, where other players now enter the fray.  Spark Rising  is planned for release in 2014.

For more information on  Spark Rising  and Wicked Loot, visit  www.SparkRising.com and ‘ Like’ the game on Facebook.

Games Press

Games Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com