One of the most exciting things I had the opportunity to cover in my Diygames days was Julian Gollop forming Codo Technologies with his brother. Big name developers going indie just wasn’t terribly common back in the early 2000’s. Eventually the team released the fantastic turn based strategy game Laser Squad Nemesis, a game that still has its hardcore fans to this day. Julian eventually moved on to other things, leaving Codo and LSN behind; but now he’s back, this time on Kickstarter.
The man responsible for Laser Squad Nemesis, as well as a little something called X-Com, is back in the game world; this time to bring his classic ZX Spectrum strategy game “Chaos” up to current standards. Chaos Reborn hits Kickstarter today and it looks like its staying faithful to the original; players still control a wizard who must cast spells and summon a Monstrous Compendiums’ worth of creatures in attempt to defeat enemy wizards. As wizards progress through single player, or multiplayer, matches players will be able to customize them through leveling up, appearance changing equipment, new spells, and even items and equipment obtained from other players. Some of the other feature highlights from Chaos Reborn includes:
- 80 unique spells, including 24 creatures – from dragons to goblins – fully animated in the 3D Unity Engine.
- Classic spells from the original Chaos – including the Gooey Blob, Raise Dead, and Magic Wood.
- Bluff and deception – summon creatures as illusions for 100% success, and use Disbelieve spell on suspected enemy illusions.
- Procedurally generated 3D battle arenas with various types of terrain, and different levels of elevation.
- Multiplayer online matches – asynchronous or live
- Online rankings and league system
- Guild system with guild rankings and guild tournaments
- New realms to explore each day – procedural generation system can create a near infinite variety of adventures
- Player generated realms – if you are a Wizard King you can design your own realm for other players to explore
The feature lists go on and on, with a heavy focus on multiplayer modes and match matching.
Head over to the Chaos Reborn Kickstarter page for a ton of information on the game, including release date details, and some pretty nice backer rewards. The campaign runs until April 17th and has a funding goal of $180,000.