Two developers are seeking to model the complex process of evolution, albeit in a fun, simplified way, using virtual reality (VR) technology and are seeking funding using popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
The independent developers, known as Cocoon, are seeking £65,000 (GBP) in funding for a title which is designed to present a fun simulation title that offers scientific accuracytitled EVOLVE. The player starts on prehistoric Earth, 3.8 billion years ago with a primitive creature that is believed to be on of the common ancestors to all life on Earth. Players will need to learn how to decipher its needs, care and feed the creature and then evolve it into its next form, changing into a new species with the player able to influence its evolutionary direction, influencing what creature it will ultimately become. Crocodile? Tiger? Bird? There are many possibilities.
Players can also shape the prehistoric world their creature inhabits, building waterfalls, jungles or even volcanoes, then using the VR headset enter and explore the prehistoric virtual world you construct.
Funding tiers range from £35 Early Bird package, which includes a copy of the completed EVOLVE videogame, plus a VR headset, controller, disk and full colour booklet. The non-Early Bird basic package is £55, with the highest funding tier running to £7,500, which will get the backer, or a school of their choice 100 copies of the EVOLVE bundle, plus dinner with the co-creators of EVOLVE and a copy of every title that Cocoon produce from now on.
The campaign will end on 10th September, and if the campaign is successful, the developers hope to be able to begin shipping EVOLVE bundles to backers as of December 2017. Further information can be found on the Kickstarter page.
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