Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mars Tycoon, The "Sandbox World" Strategy Game

extollIT Enterprises is developing a new kind of innovative video game. We call this genre the Sandbox World game. There are three other games I know of that are similar to our concept, but only one can be credited with its inspiration:
  • Dwarf Fortress
  • Infiniminer
  • Minecraft
  • Roblox
If you haven't heard of these games, I suggest trying Minecraft or Roblox. Dwarf Fortress has inspired Mars Tycoon, but it is very difficult to get into if you are a novice gamer.

Our small team of three has been developing this game since the fall of 2008. You are a space-pioneer in the year 2492 and desire to escape the chaotic political climate of Earth to investigate a strange new mineral on Mars (and beyond) first discovered on a small asteroid that impacted Earth. Scientists have dubbed it with the name Loganite and although it's chemical signature has long been familiar to scientists it has never been found in nature let alone in vast quantities.

Loganite has significant commercial value as a nuclear fuel as well as having other peculiar benefits. Scientists are only just beginning to discover Loganite's value to mankind.

Your job is to establish a mining base on Mars, extract the Loganite, and compete against other nations scrambling for the mineral. You will have to defend your mining base from saboteurs, natural disasters, and skirmish attacks.

Launch of Mars Tycoon is scheduled for 2015. If you posses any of the following skills / experience / knowledge and would be interested in joining our team, please contact us using the About -> Contact Us menu at the top of the page:
  • 3D Modeling / Animation
  • 3D Programming Experience
  • Programming for CG, CUDA, PhysX
  • AI Programming Experience
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Horticulture
  • Astrobiology
  • Genetic Engineering
"Wait a sec! These are pretty steep qualifications!"
Actually not really. Although some of these "qualifications" demand post-doctoral work, you don't even need to have a post-secondary degree here. Self-directed study is very acceptable. For example, we are interested in people with Chemical Engineering knowledge to help us design a realistic Asimovian Sci-Fi experience.

We have a rich and comprehensive vision for Mars Tycoon in terms of both storyline and gameplay mechanics, so Mars Tycoon will be an introductory game into this universe. If it is successful, we plan to release sequels and prequels each sporting both an expanded storyline and new gameplay mechanics.