Described as equal parts sandbox, RPG and strategy game, Stoneheart is a blocky adventure from the two brothers responsible for one of North American’s premiere annual eSports events.
As Kickstarter fatigue sets in, its often the developer’s past credits which draw attention, so let’s read through them: Radiant Entertainment is an indie due composed of Tom and Tony Cannon. The two former mainstream software engineers went into games development full time in 2011, but before that, they spent ten years running the EVO Championship Series, and created GGPO, a network middleware solution used in Skullgirls and licensed by Capcom and Namco Bandai.
Their Kickstarter isn’t what you’d expect; Stonehearth gives players a small group of settlers, some rudimentary tools, and challenges them to explore a new world.
Its blocky graphics and sandbox style makes it seem a lot like Minecraft, but at its heart its about city-building. There’s a tech tree by which you’ll level up your people, and players must contend with regular enemy attacks on the town, including the occasional Titan, or boss, so defensive structures are super important. It’s single-player only at present but may go multiplayer if enough money is pledged.
Stonehearth is due on PC in September 2014 and depending on how its crowdfunding goes may come to Linux and Mac as well. Rewards include beta access which is expected in December this year, and the team is looking to gather $120,000.
Check out a developer snapshot and the pitch video below.