We've been working on PROVEN LANDS with a super small team for some months now, creating a game in you become an explorer - not just another sandbox item collector. Packed full with the real mysteries of physicsbiology and chemistry, plus tons of (hopefully) reasonable science-fiction, influenced by Star Trek, Jules Verne and Minecraft.

Starting with a backdrop of endless, procedurally generated terrain, PROVEN LANDS combines 3D, SCIENCE FICTION, SURVIVAL, SANDBOX, ROGUELIKE and RPG elements with an AI-driven META GAME - like an AI game master - and on top of all that: MODDING! Build your own sci-fi cottage with a space toilet

Your spaceship did a crash, and now you seems to be the only survivor. Shortly after the crash you experience a harsh and hostile desert environment, fear, hunger and thirst. Most of the spaceship parts are scattered all over the region. You are not a scientist nor a solider but a simple working guy with an interesting past. At the beginning you don't know how to use most of the electronic devices but you'll learn and craft new one, as you will learn about different biomes like forests and about the flora, the fauna and the aliens.

KICKSTARTER IS COMING! 9 MAR 2014

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2 comments by thesetales on Mar 10th, 2014

Hey

See below for some honest words about our goal and funding, and our first Let's plays and Steam Greenlight. Please share and tell your friends!

Kickstarter: see here

Steam Greenlight: vote here

Q: "Is your goal too high? Is it too low?" (see previous question here, among others on reddit) 
A: "Oh, those are good questions. As mentioned in the project description, we’ve been thinking about the goal for months now. We choose an honest budget. It was not an easy decision to make. You know how it feels — compared to campaigns with a small budget that get funded with 1000%. Or compared to projects which get funded with £1.8m (approx. $3m) and then still are greedy, boom! 2D games in particular, for some reason.

According to Kickstarter the average successful campaign funding is £10,547.48 (approx. $17,549.88). Games as Kingdom Come Deliverance cost £1.2-1.8m (approx. $2-3m) and more, and then they ask for £300k (approx. $499) which turns out to be £1m (approx. $1.7m) in the end. We are backers too, with our private accounts. We think, Kickstarter did changed a bit within the last year, didn’t it?

Our goal, £299k (approx. $460k), minus Kickstarter fees, taxes, social security and other business costs, equals to approx. £150k (approx. $231k), which breaks down to just £12.5k (approx. $19.2k) per month for 12 months and a whole team. Yes, with a 3D procedural game such as Proven Lands we have some advantages compared to non-procedural games, but this comes for a price: the technical side is far more complex. Lighting, texturing, AI and generation in particular. This is perhaps the reason why AAA companies prefer static level design and tech. Well, take a look at our early demo.

We do not expect to get rich here – no fancy cars, no super computers. The majority of our team has worked for very little money, some did not get paid at all and have lived from their savings, tbh. Is our goal too low? Well, it is ok and we are confident that we can make it! But, the opera ain't over until the fat lady sings, right? :D You never know. We will see soon."

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Proteus123
Proteus123 Mar 16 2014, 6:50pm says:

Fantastic idea! Tracking and will check out the Kickstarter too. :D

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shakespub Mar 12 2014, 12:53pm says:

Looks very promising...tracking for sure!

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ArtiQ
ArtiQ Mar 10 2014, 7:07am says:

Yes! Another survival sandbox game, i was looking around for some, finally found this! It is looking great, can't wait for it. Keep up the good work guys ;)

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thesetales
thesetales Mar 10 2014, 12:16pm replied:

:D hm. we probably should call it a 3d survival sandbox? hm

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Dakcenturi
Dakcenturi Mar 9 2014, 9:51pm says:

Looks pretty great! Best of luck. Glad to see yet another Unity indie dev team going up on Kickstarter!

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thesetales
thesetales Mar 10 2014, 3:50am replied:

thank you! btw, nice zombie game you have there. looking forward to

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Dakcenturi
Dakcenturi Mar 10 2014, 8:32pm replied:

Thanks! Best of luck on the Kickstarter.

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Gn0meSlice
Gn0meSlice Mar 9 2014, 8:58pm replied:

Humble Store, awesome. So you're planning to do it DRM-Free! Please consider IndieGameStand as well, they have a setup similar to humble. You can add files, platform keys, extras, whatever you like. And their portal for developers is apparently very easy to use. Indiegamestand.com

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