With intelligent enemies that react to changing environmental conditions, Dark Matter is a dynamic world of darkness, where light is not always the safest place to hide.
The game aims to craft its own niche in the pantheon of side-scrolling exploration and combat games (yes, we’re really trying to not say ‘Metroidvania’), by combining the visual impact and gameplay implications of real-time lighting across the board, a deeply upgradable weapons system, and a limited crafting system in a world where there are few ‘magical drops’. Your enemies will drop resources, you will mostly craft your ammo and health packs from those resources.
Long gone are the days of enemies suddenly gushing out gold coins and serviceable weapons, as are gone the days of dumb, repeating movement patterns. We’re taking a dynamic AI approach to controlling enemies in Dark Matter, which makes for some unique combat. Some creatures will shy from the light, others will be attracted to it. Warrior drones will rush you while support fighters will hang back and pelt you from a distance with powerful acid bolts. Wounded enemies will retreat, to bring you in harm’s way as you pursue them, and larger enemies will require some precise tactics, if you’re planning to do anything but get eaten by them.
Prioritizing your targets, using the right weapon for the job, picking the best ammo for each enemy, those are the things that will get you through the game, if we don’t manage to scare you to death first, of course. Which we’ll also be trying to do.
Dark Matter is InterWave’s second full-fledged title. No release date is set, but the developers aim to complete the main adventure in 2013.
So, Kickstarter did not go well. It happens.
While backer support was exceptional, and media reviews encouraging, the game failed to gain the critical mass required to gather the kind of funding we needed to complete it.
We can blame it on the post-E3 next gen frenzy, or on the summer slump, or on a lack of experience with sales, but we'd rather put the blame down, and move on instead!
Since we won't be able to complete the full game as we'd hoped, we are instead going to release the first half of Dark Matter as Episode 1, with the intention of completing the story with Episode 2 as soon as possible.
It's not our preferred way of moving forward, but better to hobble with one leg than not to hobble at all.
In the meanwhile we have uploaded all our gameplay videos, and the Companion's story intro, to the IndieDB gallery, and will be around to talk a bit more about the game later on in the month!