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Whuk Games is proud to announce the up-and-coming Space Action title, Cassiopeia Drift. This multiplayer game will be released in Q1 2014, and focuses on a post-apocalyptic human society, decimated and driven from their home under mysterious circumstances. Players will fly through space, harvesting resources to build ships, command space stations, manage shops, and more! Donate now to help it become shiny!
In this game, you play a citizen of humanity, exiled from our galaxy. Choose to ally with any of a number of factions or remain independent. Fly solo or team up to explore this strange new galaxy. Rebuild your forces and prepare to exact revenge! Experience the free flight style of Freelancer, the fleet management style of Homeworld, the space station management style of Far Gate, and if we reach those stretch goals, look forward to the space station interior style of Battlefront 2 and the level editing style of Evil Genius.
How are you different from Eve Online?
Besides being Free to Play? Our game will allow you to actually pilot and customize your own ship. Switch colors, add decals, adjust weapon mount points. Our missions will have better, more interesting rewards, and you can solo them. You don't have to join a faction. Our game will have an ongoing inspirational storyline. We will allow you to fly from planet to planet, from star to star without 'warping to a grid'. Mining will be automated, and you can even leave the asteroid or planet and get notifications from homing beacons to come back when your mining drones are full. You will be able to interact with asteroids and planets; exploit the resources, make stations on the surface, and employ the services of the native populations!
What if you don't make your goal?
We are releasing Cassiopeia Drift in Q1 2014, but we would like to make it the best game it can be. For that, we need your help!
Why do you need all this money? Where will it go?
We are putting the money toward the cost of software licenses, hiring extra talent, acquiring software to get a better quality of work done, and feeding our faces to keep the development going.
How much will the game cost?
The game will be free-to-play, so you can still play the game with your friends. The DVD will be available in the Whuk Games store for the cost of $24.99 before shipping. The DVD with Soundtrack will be available for $39.99. The game also can be purchased digitally for $10, which allows you to pilot Carrier motherships and operate Slipstream engines! The signed Collectors Editions are only available through this campaign!
What can I do in this game? What's your vision?
Fly and interact with a variety of space vessels of varying sizes from tiny Scout ships to huge Carriers and the Ark Ship. Take on missions and hire red-shirts to expedite your progress, as well as to repair your ship, manufacture new items, research new technologies. Capitalize on the curious effects of spatial anomalies and ancient alien artifacts. You can even start your own space station to control systems, currencies, and governments!
Design a portion of the game? What's that mean?
At the Admiral contributor level, you get to design or redesign a major portion of the game, for a limited time! We will make you an honorary member of Whuk Games. You will have creative control over a portion of game lore, the history and appearance of a default faction, the default designs for a class of starships, the ultimate fate of one of the five arks, or a minigame of your own design. The choice is completely up to you.
Escape Pod: Most players who play the game will be subject to penalties if their ship is destroyed. With a "Hidesaver" escape pod on your side, however, you have no need to worry. All crew and cargo will be buffered in the escape pod's teleporter array, while the Superstring Conduit engines minimize travel time.
Whuk: While exploring the stars of the Milky Way galaxy, Humankind stumbled upon these small cute creatures. Like a dog or a pig without a snout or a tail, cooing Whuks are said to have a calming and cathartic effect upon the weary starship captain. Jr. Lt. Donors start the game with a Whuk!
Alien Race: Andromeda's satellite galaxy 'Cassiopeia' is host to a variety of alien life forms. With your donation, you will work with our game artist to design your own awesome space-faring alien creature, and see it come to life within the game!
Ark Captain: Five arks left Sol to escape the impending doom offered by the threat. Each of the arks was captained by an elite naval fleet officer of the old Order of Humankind. With your donation, you will become that fleet officer! Your image will be immortalized in the historical records!
A Unity3d Compatible OS; Windows XP or later; and a 3d card.
Alpha Stage: Functionality Video
Each tier includes the rewards from the tiers above it.
Old Sea Dog - 1$
Free Beer [in-game item]
Name in the Credits!
Exclusive Dev Forums!
Cadet - 10$
FTL Pilot's License.
"HideSaver" escape pod for life!
Preregister in April!
Jr. Lieutenant - 25$
Fully equipped Transport or Fighter.
Two in-game defense ships.
Free in-game pet Whuk!
Chief Petty Officer - 33$
Design your character's own outfit and appearance.
Work with Whuk Games designers.
Start the game with it!
Lieutenant - 50$
Fully equipped Frigate/Heavy Fighter.
DVD/box art PDFs/ISO!
Space Outpost kit!
Lt. Commander - 100$
Cassiopeia Drift T-Shirt.
Fully equipped Frigate or battleship.
Space Station kit! One(1) BETA Key.
Captain - 250$
Signed Game Disc in a DVD case!
Art Book PDF!
Starbase kit! Three(3) total BETA Keys.
Commodore - 500$
Design your own alien race!
Soundtrack CD! Unlimited BETA Keys.
Carrier ship and a Plush Whuk!
Admiral of the Fleet - 5000$
Your likeness as an Ark Captain!
Join the Whuk Games team and help design the game!
Dine with Whuk Games and get a Huge Plush Whuk!
Rocky Asteroid - $10,000
When this goal is reached, all pledge levels will receive one (1) FREE BETA KEY (in addition to however many beta keys you already have), and the 'Minesprayer' weapons pack. Since this will let us release this multiplayer game without the need for huge patches, we'll include physical Cloth patches of the Game Logo to every supporter who gives us their mailing address. The game will also be supported on Mac OS X 10.5+ and Ubuntu 10.10+ in addition to Windows.
Iron Comet - $30,000
At this level, Whuk Games will be able to hire more talent in order to finish the game's basics sooner, and start working on more advanced modules. This means we'll be able to put space station interiors and hand-to-claw combat into the game and every pledge gets a fundraiser-exclusive ray-gun. The game will also be released for Ouya.
$100k, $300k, $1m
More ships, aliens, missions, and minigames! Posters for everyone? IOS or Android? Space station level editors? Contribute and vote today!
Whuk Games is:
Steve Mattison, former Activision Game Tester for the Call of Duty series, creator of the acclaimed "Aperture Science" FuturePinball Table, programmer of many clones (Urban Dead was an awesome challenge to recreate) and winner of many "Game-in-a-Day" contests. (Lavana Online was fun while it lasted!)
Meidel Hirabayashi, legendary artist extraordinaire.
Kris Wood, texture artist for Fable 2, 3d modeller of badassery for Empire Earth 3 and Silent Hill 5...