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Article in the Vancouver Sun

Post by Erinys » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:57 pm

East Vancouver Indie Video Game Developer Takes a Run at Solo Distribution

Vancouver Sun wrote:VANCOUVER — It’s been a tough few years out there in Van City for video game developers. Some big names have bit the dust and, with them, a lot of smaller studios that supply said big names with support and specialized services have found life hard.

Mount Pleasant-based Kerberos Productions, traditionally a third-party dev shop, have decided to get on the front foot by forging their own path with a new indie game, Sword of the Stars: The Pit, which they’ve developed themselves and are distributing online.

From their site:

A deadly plague ravages your world. Your last hope: a legendary alien facility dug deep into the Feldspar Mountains…a massive Pit, built by the ancient Suul’ka.

If ‘The Pit’ really exists, there might be something left. Something that will give your doctors a fighting chance at the cure.

All you know for sure is that every expedition into those mountains has failed to return…

And nothing sows death like the Suul’ka.

The game, which is PC-based and being offered for just $8.95 as a special launch price, features 30 levels and over 50 different weapon types, with 100 different kinds of in-game tech to discover and use to create new items.

The shift to self-propulsion comes at an interesting time in the local game scene, as Electronic Arts have begun to tool up for their upcoming UFC release and the indie scene has started finding new outlet possibilities in iOS games, Facebook apps and console marketplaces, while Sony has just announced their upcoming Playstation 4.

Chris Stewart, one of the Kerberos family, says the shift to self-propulsion has been a tough but exciting one.

“It meant a relatively short period of typically hard work,” he says, “and a new learning curve as we became our own publishers, essentially… But it’s worked.”

Stewart describes the game as “a Roguelike set in our own, previously established sci-fi IP,” describing a Roguelike as, “basically it’s you crawling deeper and deeper into a dungeon, exploring and scavenging in order to stave off starvation or death by monster.”

The digital release has yet to be rated, but Stewart says he plonked a 10-year-old in front of it and he “instantly understood it, proclaimed it fun and addictive, and he has thus far been mentally unscarred by the experience.”

To try out Sword of the Stars: The Pit, you can get a free playable download at GamersGate.
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