The team behind the newly launched Kickstarter project Planetary Annihilation
seem aggrieved with the current state of the real time strategy genre. Who are they to judge? Well, between them they have worked on games such as Total Annihilation
, Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth
, Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour
and Supreme Commander
. Guess they know a thing or two so.
The game is being pitched as an innovative spin on what real time strategy games can and should be. At its core, the gameplay mechanics are familiar: collect resources, build army, win war. If you were a fan of Total Annihilation however and want it on a bigger level, that should be enough for you. The team has stated that the game will allow players to jump into quick games with low unit cap limits or engage in lengthy sessions with “40 of your closest friends and thousands of units.” The game will also allow you to take on the AI on your own or with a team.
It appears to be taking on its real time strategy genre enemies on the map side of things. Planetary Annihilation promises that no two maps will be exactly alike as maps can be customised or randomised, and if you enjoy one you can share it with the community. In addition, players can build on anything from small rocks up to actual planets. Plus asteroids can be harnessed as weaponry, which is always a winner.
The team is looking for $900,000 and has acquired over $330,000 so far. As with all Kickstarter projects there are a range of rewards including the game and beta access up to a statue or a unit to be named after you. If you want to see how the team sees the game, check out the pitch video. If you'd like to back the title, head on over to the Kickstarter page