Northstar in development?

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Northstar in development?

Post by Space Voyager » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:27 am

I guess every idea an indie developer has is always "in development", however conceptual. Northstar was already in the making, though I think the latest info was that when NS is to be created, it would be started anew on a new engine. Then we had practically no news on this conceptually phenomenal game, until the hints of late. First Erinys posted:
The wrapping of both Lore Books is going to be a big weight off my shoulders, and will give me the chance to share some pretty big news for SotS fans. Tired as I am, I'm also excited. I think some of you will be really happy to see what's coming.


Which was enough to start watching really carefully.

Then Mecron added:
Hang in there zanz...the late autumn winds whisper words like "star" and "north".


This is not very subtle, as even I was able to combine the two words. It took me three tries, but I got there eventually. :D

Ideally, the two statements would have no correlation yet would both be true (greedy, I know), but you know, I'll be mightily happy if together they mean NS is coming.

So... is Northstar actually planned for development in the nearby future?! Image
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Space Voyager » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:47 am

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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Nspace » Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:28 pm

:lol:

Think of it as quiet contemplation. :)
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Space Voyager » Thu Aug 14, 2014 7:23 pm

I can do that!

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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Cpt. Awesome » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:19 am

Well they DID keep the Northstar forums up all this time... considering how byzantine Kerberos can be on these forums in general, THIS forum is perhaps the most UNSUBTLE hint ever :D

Its great news indeed. I'm still as excited for this game to be made as I was all those years ago.

P.S. OMG...years?!?...thankfully this forum doesn't keep track of how much time I've spent here like steam does. (if it does...I don't want to know :P)

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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Itharus » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:01 pm

I wonder how well Mars2 engine would work for Northstar...
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Post by zanzibar196 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:03 am

Itharus wrote:I wonder how well Mars2 engine would work for Northstar...


...and I wonder how well the Northstar engine (which is what was used for Fort Zombie) would work for Northstar? :twisted:
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by ZedF » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:28 am

Not well 'cause they've been pretty clear that time marches on and the FZ engine would not cut it for N* any more...
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Itharus » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:48 am

I think I am ignorant of some history here. Have they already done some Northstar development work in the past?
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Post by ZedF » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:37 am

They did enough work to be able to pitch the concept, but nobody nibbled. Fort Zombie was a testbed for technologies that were planned to pave the way for Northstar, should it get that far, but it never did at that time. Even back then, though, Fort Zombie was only a testbed; the engine would have needed substantial upgrades to be capable of delivering the developers' intent for Northstar.
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Itharus » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:20 pm

Right on. Thanks for the lesson.
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Post by Space Voyager » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:26 pm

There was most definitely some work done, probably not even an insignificant amount - as screenshots in an ancient interview reveal.

But Mec has stated much later that NS would be moved to Mars (now 2) engine when they chose to go on.
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Re: Northstar in development?

Post by Itharus » Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:05 pm

Surprised they haven't tried to kick start this game yet.
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Post by ZedF » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:01 pm

Probably Mec's intimations about news on this front late this year will include an update along those lines... N* is a bit bigger fish than their indie efforts to date and I imagine they had a few wrinkles to work out before tackling a project of its size.
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Northstar in development?

Post by zanzibar196 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:43 pm

Itharus wrote:Surprised they haven't tried to kick start this game yet.


How are they supposed to kickstart a $1 million project, when the average kickstarter for Kerberos gets them somewhere around $20,000?


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