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Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
In what is probably one of the bigest announcements of recent years, the original founders of Parallax Software, Volition and Outrage have come back together and launched a new studio. They are setting up their first title to be 'OVERLOAD' - Which is pretty much DESCENT with a different name. If this takes off and works, FreeSpace may just have a future too. Their website hasn't officially launched yet, but you can take a sneek peak.

http://www.playoverload.com/


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There is also a teaser-trailer up @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjpf5ztwTRw

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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
I'm going to keep clicking that Kickstarter link until it works.

EDIT: NVM, found it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010925172/overload-the-ultimate-six-degree-of-freedom-shoote?ref=nav_search
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
I've checked out the Overload website today. Kinda reminds me of Sol: Contigency and Descent Underground.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Looks a lot closer to what I was hoping Descent: Underground would turn out to be. Their ask is also refreshingly modest. Color me interested.

 

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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Aww, sweet.  <3

 

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I've checked out the Overload website today. Kinda reminds me of Sol: Contigency and Descent Underground.

It reminds me of Descent 1  :pimp:
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Their ask is also refreshingly modest.
I love that, while I am sure they have stretch goals for larger amounts in mind, they have not bothered posting them, and likely won't until and unless they are in reach. Like one project which had a $17m stretch goal and ended up with $23k short of their $250k goal.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Urgh, I'm already backing Descent Underground. So one group has the IP and the other has the original developers. Why do they have to be going head-to-head like this, couldn't they have been staggered by a few years? :sigh:
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
As much as I loved Descent as a kid, do we REALLY need two new Descent style games at the same time?
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
As much as I loved Descent as a kid, do we REALLY need two new Descent style games at the same time?

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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Three, if you count Sol Contingency. :)  That was the first of these that i started keeping an eye on.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
I thought that was killed off when Descent Underground was announced.

Regardless, I think it's problematic to have multiple games that do little to differentiate themselves from each other.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Or to differentiate themselves from Descent. I didn't play Descent when I was a child. I have no nostalgic attachment to the series. The unadorned premise of "shoot stuff in corridors" is not very interesting in 2016 and they make no effort to go beyond that.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
I thought that was killed off when Descent Underground was announced.


Nah, they just had to drop "Descent" from the name and change the assets that referenced Descent.  It slowed them down, but hasn't stopped them. 

Oh, and I forgot about Sublevel Zero.  :)  So, yeah, 6DOF fans suddenly have a lot of new choices available or on the horizon. 
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
hyped! Just backed for 130$! I'm liking this more than Descent Underground, I hope it reaches its goal
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Guess Mike is back out of retirement lol.
And a decent type game actively lead by the original guys, count me as interested
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
It does look gorgeous, moreso than Underground, though that could be that, judging by the funding goals and what they've said, they are mostly done.
They're funding a beta product rather than the usual alpha or preproduction.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
Urgh, I'm already backing Descent Underground. So one group has the IP and the other has the original developers. Why do they have to be going head-to-head like this, couldn't they have been staggered by a few years? :sigh:

They seem to be emphasizing very different things, though: DU is all about the twitchy multiplayer and trying to make a competitive game, Overload is clearly focusing on the single player experience.

Given that those goals will tend to pull the game in different directions, I'm not sad that they're split.
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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
This looks nice, but I don't think I like the fact that they're basing themselves off D1 and D2. Descent 3 (with expansion) was, IMO, the superior game. Granted, the earlier two were definitely addictive, but D3 had much more variety, both in level design and in objectives. Not to mention it actually had a story. Some of the missions were very atmospheric, too.

  

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Re: Mike Kulas & Matt Toschlog working on a new Descent-inspired title
This looks nice, but I don't think I like the fact that they're basing themselves off D1 and D2. Descent 3 (with expansion) was, IMO, the superior game. Granted, the earlier two were definitely addictive, but D3 had much more variety, both in level design and in objectives. Not to mention it actually had a story. Some of the missions were very atmospheric, too.

Hmm. I wonder what the KS page says about that.

Oh, yes, this:
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So I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that story and atmosphere are covered :P

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