Wildman - Update #1, DRM, Offline Mode and More
Bob points out the first Wildman update, which covers DRM, offline mode, multiplayer and more:
Greetings people of Kickstarter!
We’ve had an amazing first couple of days with Wildman, and would like to thank every one of you for supporting the project. In reading over your feedback and questions, we realize that we had a few holes in our initial pitch and need to give a few more details.
Wildman will have no DRM. Nada. Zip.
Offline and Online Mode
Wildman will have an offline and online mode. We’re focusing our initial efforts on the offline version. The offline version will not require an Internet connection to play. It will also support all mods. We may allow offline characters in private co-op, but that’s TBD.
The online version will feature a character vault that allows you to easily move the same character between machines, and will be more secure. It will be the version used in public co-op multiplayer, and will allow limited “approved” mods.
Linux and OS/X Support
These are stretch goals. Once we meet our initial funding, we will unveil the goals we need to reach to support additional platforms. We are not using a commercial engine like Unity, so each additional OS adds requires additional development and testing to our project. However, we have already started the work to make our engine support multi-platform OpenGL instead of Windows-only DirectX.
(This is the primary reason we’ve been hesitant to show gameplay; we are mid-renderer, which means the game today does not look as good as it will when we are finished.)
We are initially focused on developing the single-player version of Wildman, and after we get that version complete we will add co-op support to War Zones.
It is our belief that adding co-operative play to an already entertaining single-player game makes for a fun co-op multiplayer game. The opposite, however, isn’t always true.
In the first week of January, 2013, Microsoft announced that it was ending content development for Age of Empires Online. Unfortunately, some news sites incorrectly attributed this decision to us; the official statement came from Microsoft, and they alone could make that kind of decision.
Wildman was already in development. The basic concept was conceived of early last year, but we finally assigned a team to the project at the start of October. Everything in this Kickstarter represents the first three months of development work, which is one of the reasons why some of the details are still up-in-the-air. Every day, we come up with more specifics; we intend to share those decisions with the public, and backers will have a chance to shape those decisions.
It’s one of the reasons why we’re here, to let you take part in this game’s development. If we were further along, these decisions would already be made.