Since everyone’s feeling so generous at the moment, why not check out the Kickstarter for Techpocalypse, a post-apocalyptic survival sim which uses real world map data to generate local terrain?
Techpocalypse is the debut effort of Anomaly Labs, a six-man indie from Seattle with some impressive credits to its name. Design director Devin Low was head developer of Magic: The Gathering – the original paper version, no less – and staff have worked on Super Hero Squad Online, No One Lives Forever, Forza Motorsport and F.E.A.R.
Described as “the love child of Civilization and Left 4 Dead”, Techpocalypse is a co-operative survival strategy game in which players form tribes and fight for survival in a world ravaged by sentient AI.
One of the core mechanics is that the terrain players explore is pulled from real-world map information, so when you need to find specific resources, you can use your own knowledge to locate it more easily – examples include visiting local hardware stores for tools or pharmacies for medicine.
It all sounds pretty dreamy, but Techpocalypse has gone under the radar so far. It only has a few days left to reach its $50,000 goal, so move fast – and remember, if funding fails, you won’t be charged anything. Check out the pitch video below.