Okay, this definitely caught my attention. In the latest press release for his indie title, Spark Rising, John Lee, founder of Wicked Loot, revealed that he had sold his house in order to fund the development of it. With the rise of Kickstarter, Lee has also launched a campaign in the hopes of getting some more help in order to finish it. And even though this campaign is close to hitting its initial goal, there are only 57 hours left to it.
As John Lee claimed:
“I founded Wicked Loot to ensure that I follow through on my dream of making games. I originally had planned to form the indie studio with my best friend Vic, who passed away from cancer before it became a reality. Ultimately I decided that I was going to do it for the both of us, and to help get the dream off the ground, I sold my home to fund development. But I need everyone’s help to make Spark Rising the amazing game I know it can be. The game is unique because it requires player input and feedback to shape its development, and the Kickstarter campaign is designed to encourage that.”
Wicked Loot also revealed the new ‘Conquest Mode,’ which adds a strategic layer to the game, opening up the whole galaxy to be conquered. Inspired by Star Wars Battlefront 2’s Galactic Conquest Mode, the new mode plays like a 4X game – eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate – but players must be careful of becoming too powerful as the game’s multiplayer acts as an equalizer where other players can gang up against the ‘big dogs’ and coordinate to take them down.
Furthermore, a new reward tier was revealed that aims to provide the first 100 supporters at the $45+ donation level with a free copy of the popular voxel-creation tool, Qubicle Constructor, which costs $40 on its own.
Last but not least, all supporters of the Kickstarter, even at the minimum donation of $10, will receive Alpha access to Spark Rising when it becomes available.
Wicket Loot has released a new trailer for Spark Rising that can be viewed below.