We decided to cancel our Kickstarter campaign because it will be impossible to reach the funding goal in the remaining time. However, the development of Empyrion will NOT stop! We have a vision and we want to realize it! We made good progress with the game in the last weeks and we are confident that we will be able to release the Alpha of Empyrion in spring 2015.
We would like to thank all backers for their support! You were very active during the campaign with numerous comments and suggestions, which will provide an inspiring source for the further development of Empyrion!
We did not anticipate that nowadays a Kickstarter campaign without a demo is almost impossible – and our demo came out definitely too late. In addition, we truly believe that a lack of exposure was the other main problem that the campaign did not succeed - not the game itself.
We will keep you posted with further updates and possibilities how you can support the development of Empyrion in the near future.
As far as we know the demo is only been given out to the press and that being large channels with large amount of viewers. Will keep you updated if we end up getting a copy and will share some screenshots and footage.
Please note this is not even Alpha but a Demo and should be considered a internal dev alpha quality at most. So expect anything and everything to change overtime for the good.
First off the big news starting this week is it looks like the demo is getting very close. Eleon Game Studios via Kickstarter has stated "Hi everyone! We had a busy weekend with a lot of work to polish up the demo." This is really good news and sounds like we might be seeing a demo in the hand of youtubers soon and hopefully will also be getting a copy to cover as well, so we can post a lot of footage and maybe even some live streaming!
Another Snip from Kickstarter: "We will release the demo in time so that it can help boost the campaign in the last 2 weeks."
Today we hit £12,000 so we are getting one step closer to hitting the goal but we need you guys and girls to help spread the word even further.
Here are some wonderful Q&A's from around the Internet.
Q: How will Planet to Space or Space to Planet transitioning work?
Currently, we are testing different approaches. In the first built, there will probably be a brief loading sequence from space to planet and vice versa but our aim is to make the transition relatively smooth. Between star systems there will probably be also a brief loading sequence.
Q: Will we be able to repair tools and will there be things like axes and shovels?
We will probably add the possibility to repair your stuff. Given that we are in the year 2473, we might not add axes and shovels but more advanced equipment.
Q: Is that an automated drill that can move completely within the parameters of the square made for it? or is it a planned feature just being a static object at the moment?
The automatic mining robot from the trailer is still only a placeholder but it will be functional in the released game.
Q: Will there be aerodynamics in the atmospheres of the planets?
Yes, aerodynamics would be a very cool feature (however, not yet implemented). Currently, we are testing different approaches to add realism to the atmospheric flights.
Q: Will we get Steam keys if we Back?
Absolutely. Given that Empyrion has been Greenlit, you will get Steam keys after the Kickstarter.
Q: Will you be able to fly in one direction from point A ( while on a planet ) and at some point arrive at the same point A ( Fly around the whole planet )
And that leads to another one.
Yes, absolutely. The planets are round which means...
Some great news today. We are almost at the 20% mark on Kickstarter and at the same time Empyrion has been successful Greenlit.
The amazing part is 73% of the community voted yes. This is actually a pretty big victory with so many players miss trusting Greenlight these days this means people see Empyrion being successful and that is a really good thing and one heck of a morality boost for the developers.
Empyrion Developers being so transparent have also included a screenshot of the Greenlight admin panel stats for us to view:
Today was another nice surprise on Kickstarter. We now have a Soundtrack, New Screenshot, and 92% of the way of being Greenlight and as posting this we hit 500 backers!
So Congratulations to the community. It's you who will make this game successful and it is you who keep bugging your favorite streamers and Youtubers and friends to help advertise and back and push this game further to success!
Big day today boys and girls! Empyrion just hit 10% of its Kickstarter goal bring the grand total to £5,000! This is really good news since the Last Stand Gamers posted yesterday the Kickstarter has been flying. It really shows you the power of one voice and how important it is that you spread the word of Empyrion.
Don't forget on top of that their is still a planned Press Demo where we and many other Youtubers and Streamers will be able to give you a tour of this beautiful game.
There is no ETA on the Press Demo but their working hard on it.
Today BackerClub.co is featuring our project. Backer Club is an exclusive club for Kickstarter members who have backed 50+ projects. We expect to get a boost from this exposure so we're excited. If you have backed 50+ projects you should go check it out as you can get discounts on a bunch of great Kickstarter projects.
Even more exciting...we were able to get a special promo code for our backers from BackerClub.co. Any of you who have backed 25+ projects (instead of the standard entrance requirement of 50+) can join. You will need to enter a promo code of Join25 when you signup to take advantage of this.
This kind of exposure is really exciting so we wanted to share it with you!