On crowdfunding for STRANGE ALLIES
We're currently considering running a crowdfunding campaign aimed at extending and expanding the scope of STRANGE ALLIES.
To date, our plan has been that, once Episode 1 was in a reasonable state, we would release STRANGE ALLIES on Steam (we're already Steamworks developers, so we're hopeful STRANGE ALLIES will get a straight shot onto the Steam store), and then start working on continuing the series with Episode 2. But if a crowd funding campaign succeeded, or even exceeded the base funding goal, it could enable us to expand the game's scope beyond the current targets (with a bit of luck, maybe even well beyond) and possibly even enable us to make the all-singing, all-dancing version of STRANGE ALLIES described on the Future Plans page.
We've outlined the direction in which we're hoping to take STRANGE ALLIES on the Future Plans page, but here are a few specific examples of how we might extend and expand STRANGE ALLIES' scope if we ran a crowdfunding campaign—if it was successful, of course.
Examples of expanded goals
Here are some examles of things we would like to do:
Introduce exploration and trade
Expand the current scope to offer even greater variety of gameplay, such as jobs and missions to perform — We also want to offer a more extensive roster of weapons and other ship load-out options.
Enable you to roam the spacestations you visit, doing trades and talking to non-player characters (NPCs) to pick up jobs and missions
Expand the art assets — Our current budget allows for just one ship interior and one space station concourse, so we'd be hoping crowdfunding success would enable us to stretch to including a several spacestation concourses at varying wealth and technology levels; however, if a campaign performed very well, we might even have the opportunity to also offer several different ship layouts (both variants for your ship and enemy ship interiors to explore) and even more spacestation interiors, and perhaps even complete spacestations to explore.
Include more NPCs — A successful crowdfunding campaign might enable us to add many more NPCs than we currently have planned, both human and alien, to spacestations or other ships.
You already know we have an epic story for you to enjoy, but while we only have six episodes currently planned, we actually have a Series Bible that covers two full seasons, as well as a prologue episode that will enable you to explore the events leading up to the first episode where you take control of your ship.
At the moment, we don't have the budget to do any of those additional episodes...but if a crowdfunding campaign was successful enough, we could possibly bring these additional stories into the game as well.
We're hoping a crowdfunding campaign might help us achieve all this and more, so we're looking at the option very seriously. The universe of STRANGE ALLIES is vast, and we want to show you as much of it as we can.
Please help us spread the word!
A crowdfunding campaign is a ways off at this point, assuming we run one at all. In the interim, though, we hope you will help us spread the word about STRANGE ALLIES as we make it. Being a small-budget indie team, telling your friends about us is always a huge help—whether we do eventually run a crowdfunding campaign or not.
The more people who know about STRANGE ALLIES, the better!