Voxelnauts Kickstarter melds VR, voxels, and sandbox gameplay

    
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What do you get when you stick a sandbox, voxels, and VR into a blender? You get Voxelnauts, a new voxelbox — actually, they’re calling it a “metaverse.” The studio behind the game, Retro Ronin, touts devs with Starbound and Firefall and Oculus pedigrees and launched a $200,000 Kickstarter last night. The lowest de facto preorder tier is $20. “Inspiration for Voxelnauts is drawn from the threads of the novel Ready Player One, virtual reality, and the melding of retro gaming with the games of the future,” declares the Kickstarter pitch. “Voxelnauts is an MMO Sandbox RPG that allows you to do anything, be anything, and go anywhere.”

The game is assembled from multiple planets and space stations ready for exploration for characters of persuasions ranging from smith to warrior to architect. Players will terraform each planet and determine its ruleset, including whether or not the stuff players build there is destructible. Based on the backer rewards, the studio anticipates launch by April 2016. “We have had strong financial backing from dedicated investors throughout the development process, which mitigates the chances that we will run out of money before completing our project,” say the developers.

Check out the Kickstarter video and tons of new screenshots below — including a few exclusive pics courtesy of Retro Ronin.

Source: Voxelnauts press release, Kickstarter. Thanks, Modrain!
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AlexRou
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AlexRou

Esoteric Coyote Sigbjorn Am I looking at the right picture here? I don’t see much similarities other than it being the same type of block?comment image

Drakani
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Drakani

Thanks for putting this on my radar! I like the art style, and am happy to toss a bit of money their way to see what they can do. :)

Tamanous
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Tamanous

McSleaz

………………… that looks like blocky crap.

IndigoSalma
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IndigoSalma

This is what ORT online should have been for almost a year now …

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

I think the mistake that the video game industry makes, is to take the business game of follow the leader a bit too seriously.
I could be wrong, but imho, the model to follow is “be yourself, be unique”, and of course, be fun.

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Saerain solipsis  Now cubes are virginal? Is that like Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra Virgin Cubes, untouched… honest!
:P

Saerain
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Saerain

melissamcdon I don’t know. I love what Daybreak is doing in general, but it’s hard to imagine Landmark being VR-friendly.

Saerain
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Saerain

Sigbjorn Like Vox! Except attractive. :P

Saerain
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Saerain

solipsis I mean, you can smooth out a voxel-based world Landmark-style, but it’s not inexpensive and it seems like not everyone likes the way the technique looks in comparison to the untouched, honest and virginal cubes. Not sure what else could be done, though, without PCs from 2033.

Saerain
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Saerain

PizzaDoh Sorenthaz Minecraft isn’t an MMO, for one thing. The official attention to VR and not being coded in Java are also thumbs up from me. As you say, it also looks great. More of a competitor to Landmark than Minecraft, I would think, albeit more RPG than “playable toolset”, so to speak.