Another week, another successfully crowdfunded video game heading to Xbox One. Overload
, a sci-fi shooter from Revival Productions, is the latest Kickstarted title, and you'll learn the studio's name is quite appropriate. Overload
is a six-degree-of-freedom first-person shooter. If you're like me, you have no idea what that means. It was a popular subgenre in the 1990s, but the last several years has seen them all but disappear entirely. Need a crash course on what a 6-DOF shooter does differently? Say no more.
Many 3D action games have four to five degrees of freedom in their motion controls. Space combat games allow 3 axes of rotation, but usually only 1 axis of movement, while first person shooters generally allow 2 axes of rotation and 2.5--if you count jump as half an axis--axes of movement. A six-degree-of-freedom shooter gives you controls for all 3 axes of rotation and all 3 axes of movement. While this creates complexity for moving and controlling the player’s character, the reward is an experience unlike any other. Combat and movement are more dynamic, as you are able to interact in 3 full dimensions.Overload
hearkens back to the genre's most prominent era and is meant to introduce the complex controls and fast-paced action of the games of yesteryear to a brand new audience who may have never seen such a thing, while also enticing genre veterans to dive back into it all.
Their funding goal of $300,000 was met with just two hours to go after an impressive final day's push put them over their target. The title is now expected to arrive in March of 2017, according to their Kickstarter
page. Head there if you're interested in learning a whole lot more about the game.