Indie developer Norwind Interactive has launched both a Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight campaign for its upcoming town building simulation title, Astraea. The former is hoping to raise $10,000 CAD before 24th Mary 2014 to fund development while the latter aims to secure enough positive votes to be sold on Valve’s digital store come release. The title is set to release with full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset.
Astraea is described as an open-ended multiplayer sandbox experience in which players build a town through farming and gathering resources. It’s a third-person title that starts on an empty plot of land, with players mining stones and gathering wood to start building up their own settlement and populate it with villagers. From there, players must supply food by carrying out tasks such as planting crops and fishing and then sell it on to villagers.
As players progress their town will grow with marketplaces where they can sell items for resources and gold. They can even open up their settlements for friends to come in and help build. Guest players will be able to make their own homes and marketplaces as well as farm crops and trade gold and other resources.
“Currently Norwind Interactive possess the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1,” the developer said of VR support. “We have already pre-ordered the Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2. We are very excited to be showcasing Astraea as our first game to utilize the Oculus Rift!”
Astraea is aiming to launch on PC, Mac and Linux, with iOS, Android and OUYA versions also in the works. Should the Kickstarter campaign pass a stretch goal of $75,000 then it will also come to next generation consoles. Those interested in the title can pledge $15 to secure a digital copy of the title when it releases in February 2015. Rewards go all the way up to $5,000, where Canadian backers can have the developers fly out to meet them for the day.
VRFocus will continue to follow Astraea and report back with any news and developments.