When it comes to game creation, Fusty Game, a French studio founded in 2011, talks a big game. Throwing around somewhat clichéd phrases like "pushing the limits" and "innovative ways of interacting", the three-person studio believes that unexplored ways to immerse gamers in fun environments still exists. Citing games like Mirror’s Edge
, and even movies like Star Wars
as inspirations, the upstart studio desires to explore new ways to immerse gamers and the ability to bring new sensations to the gaming experience.
How do they plan on delivering on all the hyperbole? Take a heavy helping of the artistic styling from Jet Set Radio
(Dreamcast's inline skating game, re-released on XBLA), mix in a handful of the interactive, parkour elements from Mirror’s Edge
, and throw in a dash of Tony Hawk
style scoring. ABRACADABRA!...Hover: Revolt of Gamers
Fusty Game, whose only other title was a puzzle platformer designed primarily for mobile devices (The Secret of Space Octopuses
), has started a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Hover: Revolt of Gamers
promises to be a futuristic, parkour game set in an open-world, 3D environment. Because the creators were often frustrated with games that provided simplified backgrounds that lacked interactivity, they set out to create a vast, 100% explorable city.
The game is set in Hover City. Conflict is created due to the fact that Hover City is under the oppressive control of a Mayor who hates video games and has implemented a strict anti-leisure policy. Citizens of this extra terrestrial metropolis who are caught gaming are condemned to labor camps for their crimes against society. As the main character, the gamer's role is to lead a band of revolutionaries, who fight against the Mayor and his security drones who patrol the city. It is your job to help fellow citizens dodge arrest, escape the labor camps and enlist them into your posse to help you bring freedom to gamers everywhere. However, the Mayor and his drones are not your only foe. The Breakers, a rival gang, will also have to be dealt with. Although they are also in favor of gamer’s rights, they use violence and other unseemly methods to fight for the cause.
Gamers can recruit a multitude of playable characters into their merry band, each with their own skill trees and leveling abilities. Playing as these characters will unlock new tricks and combos that can be performed to earn XP and currency. Items unique to each character can be purchased at various shops around the city using the game’s currency system. This high-tech equipment can be used to help you move with crazy speed so that you can slide, grind and bounce off a variety of surfaces, enabling you to explore the vertical and dimensional limits of the city.
The game's creators want to give gamers the ability to choose how they experience Hover
. The story is presented in non-linear fashion, so you can pursue the main storyline or explore the city at a more relaxed pace. You can also seamlessly jump into multiplayer at anytime and help others, or for the more sinister, you can also prevent them from reaching their goals. Play in either first or third person modes....the choice is yours.
The game will also have a multiplayer element in which gamers can either continue to play as the Resistance in order to further build their team and characters, or join the Mayor and his police force to put a stop to the revolution. As a member of the security force, gamers will have access to weapons, including grenades, that will aide them in crushing the revolt.
Below is a video showing some gameplay from the alpha version, as well as an interview with the members of Fusty Game.
The Kickstarter campaign is active until May 23rd, 2014. The pledged goal of $38,000 has nearly been doubled but more characters and content are promised as donations continue to climb. So if your inclined to financially back this project or want even more information, you can do so by going here
This ambitious title will be available for Xbox One, however, no release date has been announced.