Upstart indie developer Radiant Entertainment has raised the curtain on their debut project: Stonehearth. Stonehearth is a real-time sandbox strategy title with RPG elements being developed for the PC. The game focuses on exploration and survival, as well as creation. Players will be persuaded to create their own cities, peoples, monsters and scripted events known as “modules” using a comprehensive set of customization tools the developers have laid out.
The game features a pixelated graphical style similar to Minecraft or 3D Dot Game Heroes. Development of the game is being headed by Inkblot and Ponder (also known as Tom and Tony Cannon), two prominent members of the fighting game community who are probably best known as the founders of EVO, the world’s largest and oldest fighting game tournament. To help get development of the game in full swing, Radiant has launched a Kickstarter. This Kickstarter launched earlier today and has already cleared $14,000 in donations. It will run for the next 30 days.
While the Kickstarter will be used to fund a single-player, PC version of the game, the developers have expressed hopes of developing a multi-player (both PVP and co-op) version of the game compatible with the PC, Mac and Linux. One of the focuses of the game will be the sharing of modules between players, allowing for a fully customizable and expandable gaming experience. While I’m not immediately enamored by the game’s visuals, it appears to offer a fresh, exciting perspective.
Learn much more about the game from Tom and Tony and see early game-play footage in the video below. We’ve also pasted a few screens of the title. If the game tickles your fancy, pledge your support at the Kickstarter page here. We’ll keep you posted on Stonehearth‘s progress here on DualShockers.