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Divine Space – Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux

In the works at Dodo Games, Divine Space is a science fiction space game with a third-person view, free camera, casual click-n-go controls and arcade action in real time. The platform for the first version of the game is iOS; later versions are for Android, PC, Mac, Linux and likely Ouya. Later – a big massively multiplayer online game (MMO).

Here is the Kickstarter campaign. Behold… it covers alot of detail. ALOT!!!

Early gameplay video – alpha version

Divine Space is a 3D space adventure/quest and action-RPG focused precisely on science fiction, with third person view and click-n-go controls. The platform for the first version of the game is iOS; later versions are for Android, PC, Mac, Linux and likely Ouya. Later – a big massively multiplayer online game (MMO).

Visual concept. In-game base in a game that we see in the future

 

Using our unique system, we are able to create thousands of stars and planets.

All of them are as in the real world. The plot of the game begins at one of those stars – Gliese 581, which is very important for modern research programs: scientists have discovered exoplanets there where alien life is possible.

Divine Space full 3D map that is built on real astronomical dataa
Universe map: full 3D map that is built on real astronomical data

DARPA, NASA, ESA, Roscosmos – all are looking for ways to colonize such planets. We anticipate that by 2045 the solution will be found, since now, in the world where we live, the rate of technological change doubles every decade.

Steel Moon base: first colonial starbase in history of human expansion

In order not to spoil your fun, we are not talking here about the plot too much (although we really want to share with you all its wonders and mysteries). Suffice it to say, together we will look at how humanity might evolve after the establishment of the US colonial base near the exoplanet Gliese 581 g.

Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux

You will participate in the dramatic events that will develop from the very first minutes of the game, first around nearby planets and stars, then later – on the borders of the settled part of the universe, and even farther. You will explore unknown stars and planets, experience unexpected plot twists, and influence the entire political situation in the game. You will participate, one way or another, in intrigues between the three majorfactions and five minor ones that link them. You will find a great many different bases, secret settlements, abandoned remains of unknown spaceships; you’ll encounter pirates and smugglers, traders and miners, rangers and diplomats. And then you will come up with… but… no more – not a word!

The rest you will find out yourself!

Steel Moon by Gliese 581 g (named Liberia by Skywalkers)

So what exactly can you do in the game?

You can explore new planets and stars, destroy asteroids and gather resources from them. You can interact with unique bases, planets and satellites, where you can pursue quests and missions or buy and sell goods and resources.

Rusty Belt location. Dangerous place, rich for resources… and pirates

You can become a merciless pirate and rob other ships, or an honorable ranger and defend traders and harvesters from bandits. You can affect world politics by participating in quests and the global storyline, learn the history of the universe from other characters or forgotten artifacts…

A few concept-art pieces combined. More will be in Artbook, spiced with stories

You can construct a ship of your own design!

And then equip it with different weapons, devices, and engines, researching the best balance and combat tactics.

In-game Fardwellers constructor: one of millions of ways that they can be assembled into a ship
Fardwellers ship assembled. Design your own ship in Divine Space!

You can participate in global rating, unlock achievements… and a lot other things.

We believe gamers are intelligent and we respect them. We believe profound games are necessary. Those games where the plot, characters and their relations, and the game world are not only a mere adjunct to special effects and graphics.

Our mission is to create a game whose plot and universe are its essence.

We believe that only in this way the game comes into being and only in this case you will say, having finished its first part: “Wow! That’s awesome!” We want you to keep coming back to ‘Divine Space‘ as to a magnificent film or book. We would like you to return, more than once, to the solution of its mystery and the difficult decision that lies ahead. We wish to astound you, and the plot that is written will completely favor this task.

Route Gate. Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux
Route Gate. With them, you won’t get lost in space… and time

Our goal is to create first-rate hard science fiction on the basis of the real world we live in. This is a game about us, about our probable future, and about what is very likely to happen after the beginning of space travels. We look forward and ask a question: “What will humanity become after several centuries?” It’s a game of choice, about questioning what is good and what is evil. Is this so unambiguous as may seem? Creating ‘Divine Space’ we create a game with sense.

Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux

The scientific character of the game is particularly displayed in the fact that the stars are located in accordance with real astronomical data; they have spectral classes and other parameters corresponding to the real ones. While traveling over the game universe you (and perhaps your children) will get acquainted with some peculiarities of our part of the Galaxy. You will remember forever the location of the Sun, the names of the stars surrounding us, and which of them are the nearest, types of planets, and a great deal of other information.

Black Hole. Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux
Black Hole. They might be ways to other dimensions, but you don’t want to check if it’s true

We remember, love, and respect such old games as ‘Star Control‘, ‘Elite‘, ‘Master of Orion‘, ‘Homeworld‘, ‘Space Rangers‘. These games were made in the era of lack of complicated special effects or impressive graphics, but they are at least as entertaining as the most up-to-date ones.

Why do we nostalgically remember our “old favorites” and constantly become disenchanted with the new games?

Because then, at the time when there was no opportunity to make magnificent graphics, emphasis was put on the gameplay and fun.

Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux

‘Divine Space’ revives the spirit of the good old games and yet it doesn’t clone any of them.

This is an absolutely new explosive mixture of former games and modern technologies. But we understand: though a breathtaking plot and an endless, detailed game world must complement each other, they must not replace the art of visual effects. For this reason, we work together with brilliant artists and designers who create a stunning universe.

And last but not least, ‘Divine Space’ is a free game. 

No downloads, nor any updates, nor any version will be chargeable. It’s possible to complete the game from start to finish without spending a dime.

This means that absolutely everyone, even those who are not able to afford games (children or people from those countries and regions where it is impossible to use bank cards) can play it.

For those who wish, we have prepared premium-content and premium-account (that will never become something necessary and obligatory, imposed on the players). We make a game entertaining to play for everybody, and the acquisition of premium-content is an expression of gratitude and support for the developers.

What is a “Rare Money”?

This is the in-game currency, which you can buy for $, as usual in free-to-pay games. It is needed to maintain the atmosphere of a game; Those money are called Gal (Galactic Money). The amounts shown in the award of$, backers will get Gals in their in-game accounts in the appropriate amounts.

Backers, depending on their investments into our project, will have sums deposited into their game accounts exceeding their initial contribution and some other bonuses – up to life premium-account for all versions (exclusive only for backers!).

  • This game will be distributed free of charge and will never have any hidden payments or subscription fees. This is one the main advantages of our game and part of our mission.
  • Originality. We are making a completely new, modern game where gameplay and storyline are the kings, in a rare hard sci-fi genre, and it’s adventure quest-ARPG. It’s not just an impressive short-lived image – we create a game that will be played for years, with gusto. Tired of elves and cabbage? Support us!
  • Constructing the ships. There is another great project at the Kickstarter now where you can create your own ships from parts. For fans of space simulators – it’s what you need. However, we focus on a simpler and more general audience, as well as an easier gameplay. So, everything we offer is simple, casual, and besides very interesting and exciting.
  • We educate. During the game you (or your children) will learn more about our universe in a simple, enjoyable way and won’t even notice that.
  • For the iPad and Android there are no similar space games of the same quality. For both PC and Mac, we know only two somewhat similar games, one of which has long been morally and technically obsolete. We have heard repeated wishes and expectations of their gamers to see something fresh. This is your chance!
  • For the multiplayer online version, we plan to release great faction and clan wars for control of planets and even whole star systems via building custom starbases from parts and destroying them. Have you dreamed about such a game?
  • Controls so simple that even a child of five can easily play. This was one of our main goals at the stage of development of the concept of the game. The results of play-tests have shown that no one, regardless of gender or age, has had any problems with it.

We are amazed at the opportunities Kickstarter opens for small talented teams. We have our own investments up to the alpha version (which is almost ready), after which we thought to look for a publisher and go the usual way.

Then we came across Kickstarter and realized: this is a chance for us to stay independent and make a game of the sort that we originally designed. Working with the publisher usually changes the game – not necessarily for the worse, often – for the better, but it does change. But now, thanks to you, terrific backers, things have changed.

Divine Space - Sci-Fi Space ARPG coming to Linux

Another important reason why we have chosen Kickstarter, and not other similar portals, is that your contribution goes to the developer only after the campaign has finished. If it does not collect the necessary funds your money does not even leave your account.

Many good projects at Kickstarter.com don’t collect the necessary funds simply because their authors are unknown indie teams. They have no long-standing community that can immediately form a crowd of supporters of their favorite authors or a well-known brand. Therefore, the most important help you can provide for us is spreading the word about our project.

Simply pressing like, sharing on Facebook or tweeting, you will render invaluable assistance.

Tell your friends about ‘Divine Space’ over a cup of coffee, or at break between lectures or lessons; send a link to your colleagues – and you will greatly increase our chances of success.

We believe in your support and thank you in advance for it, whether you are a backer, or simply have shared the news of our game with your friends. Together we will make a game that many players have long dreamed to create. Such a one that you, having torn yourself from it, could look around and ask: “What the hell system am I in now?!”

We highly appreciate that you are here! We will do our best, and even more, so that you will be satisfied and will be able to proudly say: “This game is there because of me!

Dodo Games team thanks you for your contribution
Dodo Games team thanks you for your contribution and <3 you!

We welcome your comments, fan-art, discussions, questions and anything else you wish to share!

Links – join our community!

Check out our site at www.divinespace.org
Join and like our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/divinespacegame
Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AntiDanilevski
Join discussions at our forum: www.forum.divinespace.org

Source: Kickstarter, Dodo Games

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