As promised, the folks at Novaquark have launched the Kickstarter for Dual Universe this morning. They seek $557,818 to bring what they are calling “the most innovative sci-fi MMO game of the decade” to life. It’s a voxel sci-fi sandbox with a builders-first mindset, single shard gameplay, economy, politics, and yes, FFA PvP to a degree.
“We are an independent studio, and so far we’ve got support from visionary investors, including the studio founder, JC Baillie,” says Novaquark. “But this was just the first step.To complete the vision, we need your support. We want Dual Universe to be community driven, and not driven by some investors or publishers agenda. The more backing we will have, the stronger we will be, and the more independent we can remain: either by having the game entirely funded by the community, or simply by making us stronger in negotiations with third parties.” The studio promises “absolute transparency about the development progress” and says that “100% of the funding will go to the development of Dual Universe, more specifically to pay the developers & artists. The whole point of Novaquark is Dual Universe, and we are not doing anything else.”