Vancouver-based game developers Kerberos Productions will celebrate its first decade as an independent studio with the release of a new bundle for its first full-indie computer game, Sword of the Stars:The Pit. The new Gold Edition bundle will give players of the popular sci-fi roguelike the chance to play three new alien classes, including the insectoid Hiver Warrior, the cetacean Liir Seeker, and the avian Morrigi Striker! And of course, new playable characters will also mean new weapons, items, crafting recipes, and monsters to encounter throughout the game.
The Pit, which Destructoid says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Has that same feeling of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœokay, just one more runÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ that both Binding of Isaac or FTL: Faster Than Light haveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â was the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first self-published PC game, successfully brought to market through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Kerberos is currently working to repeat the same indie success with Sword of the Stars: Ground Pounders, a classic hex-wargame, which is also set in the Sword of the Stars universe, and will be released on mobile, and PC platforms.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It really is a time to celebrate,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Lead Designer and CEO Martin Cirulis, Ã¢â‚¬Å“and The Pit will always hold a special place in our hearts. We started this company ten years ago with a dream of true developer independence, and in February of 2013 that dream was finally achieved. The Pit was the first game that we were able to bring to market as completely free men and women, and it feels fantastic.Ã¢â‚¬Â
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming down the pipeline in the immediate future? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lots of expansion into new platforms,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Cirulis. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Up until 2012 we were a PC-only company, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be releasing a version of The Pit for the Mac and portables soon, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve worked out a system of cross-platform compatibility for Ground Pounders which should allow players to link PC and Android tablets and devices in multi-player.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Chris Stewart, the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Producer and COO, is also excited about the 10th anniversary milestone. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve come through the fire and held on to what was important: our integrity and our intellectual property. In the past ten years weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen countless other studios who were forced to compromise their values, give up their IP, or close their doors Ã¢â‚¬â€ sometimes all three. We chose Ã¢â‚¬ËœNone of the AboveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What comes next for Kerberos? Ã¢â‚¬Å“After four products in one year, the skyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the limit, really,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Stewart. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are the proud owners of one of an exclusive list of fully developed science fiction universes in gaming, complete with extensive franchise Bible and a great pool of concept art and lore. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t do with it, given enough audience support.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Besides the series bundle, experienced players will be able to pick up all the new content with the Gold Edition DLC.