$500,000 Kickstarter Launched: Is Project Snowstorm the Most Ambitious Mobile RPG to Date?
- Rich, adaptable MMO storyline complete with PvP endgame
- Soundtrack by the creator who scored trailers for Ironman, Lord of the Rings, and Pirates of the Caribbean
- Slick 3D visuals (the better to admire your enemies and pets with)
- Real time battles with bosses and players alike
This isn't a leaked feature list for a game on an upcoming next gen console.
If it was, it would be less remarkable.
But it is remarkable, because this list encompasses just a few of the highlights of what might be the most ambitious mobile game to date, codenamed "Project Snowstorm."
SnowFury moves to set a higher bar for mobile games
In an ambitious move, SnowFury Studios aims to bring gamers a rich RPG experience the equal of a console or PC title, directly on their mobile phone.
"We hope to forge a new era of mobile gaming with the introduction of a real-time battle system that puts you in full control of your characters."
Team SnowFury seems determined to make the most of the small consoles we're all carrying around in our pockets, and it's about time someone did. Games like Candy Crush, Words with Friends, and Angry Birds offer extremely popular casual gaming experiences, but it's high time an engrossing RPG shatters some mobile records.
Are our phones ready?
In their Kickstarter Risks & Challenges section, the team addresses concerns about older generation phones and spotty connections, so it seems they've given some thought to the complexities that engrossing multiplayer mobile games might offer. They plan to support iOS and Android phones and tablets, but they leave open the possibility of support for with Windows phones.
"We will be supporting iOS and Android phones and tablets... Microsoft - If you want to make a big contribution, we can talk."
Are the players ready?
On the heels of my initial 'wow' reaction to their well constructed campaign and video pitch, quickly arrived concern. I've stared, bloodshot-eyed, at my screen 13 hours into a seriously good game, unable to look away.
But how will that experience translate to the small screen... Can it?
Are players ready to spend the same kind of time on their phones that they do on their Playstation, Xbox, or PC?
That's when I looked at the screen size of a 3DS, compared it to my phone and had my answer: my friends are already staring at a screen this size for hours on end while they strive to be the perfect mayor in Animal Crossing. Other players are causing themselves bodily harm because they laid playing a mobile game for hours in an ill-advised position.
So it seems the screen size won't be a hurdle for the current generation of gamers. In fact, this moment seems prime for a great mobile game to come in and change everything.
The question is, will Project Snowstorm be that game?
Is the team ready?
While SnowFury has set ambitious goals for their game and for Kickstarter, with the initial goal at a cool $500k and ultimate stretch goals clocking in at $3 million dollars to fully realize the vision of the team.
"We’ll be able to realize our goal and deliver a complete game at our target funding of $500,000. As funding increases from here, up to our maximum stretch goal of $3 million, Project Snowstorm will continue to grow in depth and size, adding new characters, additional storylines, zones and more"
That sounds like a lot.
That is a lot.
But when you consider they have a studio of 40 and the core team is made of veterans in the tech, composing, and writing space, that number becomes more understandable. Maybe a team like this one is what it will take to deliver the gaming experience mobile needs to be considered a platform for more than just puzzles and light engagement games.
Have a question about Project Snowstorm, or mobile games in general?
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Learn more about Project Snowstorm
Check out the Project Snowstorm Kickstarter and watch the video team SnowFury has put together.