Indie developer, Dark Vale Games, has launched a “Kick-Finish” campaign for their upcoming PC fantasy game, Forge. The MMO Player Vs Player game, that plays like a 3rd person shooter, promises to do away with the level grinding aspect commonly found in online multiplayers today. Instead, the game’s experience will vary depending on the class and skills that are chosen by the player. The characters themselves are as good as they will ever be from the very start. Players are able to make progress in the form of customizations instead of an increase in power.
To entice gamers to contribute to the campaign, Dark Vale Games also released a four-minute video of alpha gameplay footage from Forge along with screenshots. With everything that is present on the site it makes you wonder why they even need a campaign. Hence, the project has been dubbed a “Kick-Finish.” Dark Vale Games, along with the help of SuperGenius and Digital Confectioners, has already hit the ground running as the game is already well into development. They are relying on their fans to carry them across the finish line in an effort to eliminate influences from outside publishers.
Those who back the project with at least $15 will receive a digital copy of Forge ahead of the official release date and will earn a founders title to be displayed for all to see. Thus, supporting the developer’s goal of providing an AAA title at an indie price. Additional pledges can earn backers free DLC, beta access, gaming headsets, custom Lithographs, and much more. For all of you overachievers out there, a pledge of $10,000 or more will get your name engraved in the Forge language in the actual game, a statue of yourself in the game, yourself and your likeness in the lore of Forge and your choice of either a gaming laptop or a gaming desktop computer.
The campaign has a goal of $300,000 that must be met by September 8th of this year. As of the time of publication, the project has over 250 backers and has raised over $9,000. Any additional funding ($500,000 seems to be the magic number) will enable the developers to include features such as guild systems, ranked play, and automated tournaments within the initial release of the game instead of further on down the road.
While the goal may seem large for an indie title, it isn’t far-fetched. Upon the announcement of open sign-ups for the upcoming closed beta of Forge, the initial 10,000 spots filled up so quickly that Dark Vale Games decided to open an additional 1,000 slots to meet the growing demand. If this sort of support continues, this may be one Kickstarter that gets a “Kick-Finish.”
Click here to check out the Kickstarter page.