Wayward Terran Frontier Hits Kickstarter

January 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Wayward Terran Frontier is an ambitious project that spans a number of genres, but at its core, is a space trading game, reminiscent of Escape Velocity, Elite and Star Control II.

Now I love a good space trading game, and when you throw in space combat, RPG elements, exploration and resource management, I’m pretty much sold.  First thing you’ll notice from the video above, is the cool Firefly vibe with the music.  I’m pretty sure this is intentional, and I definitely approve!  If the intention is to evoke the sense of renegade, entrepreneurial, hard nosed space dudes, flying around, making a buck however they can, it works for me.

The game is set in a procedurally generated universe, populated with numerous worlds to explore and exploit for profit.  There are some core, Human worlds, that anchor the economy in the game, and provide a base for trading and upgrading your equipment and ships.  But beyond this relatively safe harbor, lie vast tracts of unexplored space, full of danger and other players, chasing the same resources as you.

Wayward Terran Frontier

Wayward Terran Frontier

Multiplayer, both cooperative and combative, is a big part of the game, with players able to form alliances, and join their ships together into a fleet, and single ships controlled and piloted by multiple players.

Other proposed features include;

  • Character progression – The game is heavy on the RPG, so character progression is a core part of the overall game.
  • Ship design  and modiffiation – Ships start as bare hulls, ready to fly, but can be completely customized.
  • Crew management – Ships are run by NPC characters that have personality.
  • Game economy – A trading based, hard goods economy underpins the entire game, providing a way to finance your progress.
  • Dynamic storytelling – Rich, persistent storylines, with key characters, and back-stories.

I did say that the scope of WTF is pretty huge and ambitious.  If the developers pull this off, the game promises to be a fantastic and rich experience for space-sim-action-trading-multiplayer game fans.

Wayward Terran Frontier

Wayward Terran Frontier

An early Alpha version of the game is available, right now to download and play, and the developer has just launched a Kickstarter campaign, trying to raise additional funds to realize some of the ambitious plans mentioned here.

Check out their Kickstarter Page and help get this game made.

Check out the Wayward Terran Frontier project page.

Check out the project Greenlight page.

Download the alpha build and play.

 

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