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The most ambitious game. Ever. Dinosaurs, Robots, Spaceships.

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Good morning!

My name is David Prassel and I am the Game Director at Spiral Game Studios. We are a small indie studio filled with passionate minds and extremely ambitious game titles. Because we are indie, any additional help to spread the word about what we are doing really helps us out.

You may have heard some nasty rumors back in 2012 regarding myself and Spiral. Now that 'ORION: Dino Horde' is in a very stable and enjoyable state (via the ‘Arctic Update’ - December 2013) we have put together a Video Documentary called “Into The Spiral” that discusses all of these topics and where they stemmed from. This VidDoc is based on an article of the same name that was published in December 2013.

WHAT WE DO
We have been working on our first studio title “ORION: Dino Horde” (/ORION: Dino Beatdown) for the last two years.

We have been putting out multiple updates per month (full change-log here). More importantly we have been putting out massive, consistent content updates including:

These types of updates add new game modes, achievements, weapons, dinosaurs, vehicles and an overall improved experience with each release.

HOW WE FUNCTION
We function fully on community. The first game that we built was 'ORION: Dino Horde', created from an initial $15,000 raised via the community on Kickstarter in February of 2011.

We interact with our community on a daily basis, we incorporate community feedback and suggestions on a regular basis and we involve them in as many events and opportunities as possible.

ABOUT ‘ORION: DINO HORDE’
'ORION: Dino Horde' is an indie Sci-Fi shooter (FPS/TPS) that seamlessly blends together incredible visuals and addictive combat. It puts you and your friends together into intense, cinematic battles using some of the most incredible weaponry and amazing vehicles in which you must work or compete against one another to accomplish mission objectives, explore giant worlds and survive the devastating Dinosaur Horde.

It features the best of both worlds including cooperative gameplay from 'ORION: Dino Beatdown' and competitive gameplay from 'ORION: Prelude'.

KEY FEATURES

  • Open World Gameplay
  • Cooperative & Competitive Gameplay
  • Persistence & Leveling
  • Melee Combat & Dueling
  • Stats & Leaderboards
  • 1st Person / 3rd Person Hybrid Gameplay
  • 50+ Weapons, Tech & Gear
  • 30+ Augmentations (Upgrades)
  • 10 Playable Dinosaurs
  • 40+ Massive Maps
  • 7 Vehicles
  • 12 Game Modes
  • Lobbies, Matchmaking, Quickmatch.
  • 250+ Steam Achievements
  • Spiral Rewards & Unlocks
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Spiral Store (Hats, Taunts, Character Packs, Capes, Sabre Colors)

@ORION: DINO HORDE
We are still providing free post-release updates and support to 'ORION: Dino Horde'. We are about to end Year 2 (May 2014) and begin Year 3 of post-release content and it only gets better. The Grasslands Update is next and it will come packed with Game Version 6.0.

@ORION: PRELUDE
We have news regarding 'ORION: Prelude' and we expect to release it in the next few months. (It is good news).

@ORION: INSTINCTS
This 2-player, intimate Co-Op title was shelved in favor of a much more ambitious game title which we are now announcing:

THE ORION PROJECT | ANNOUNCED!

We are currently in full production on our next major title, 'The Orion Project'. This is the most ambitious title in our library and we are going all in. Here are a few descriptive pieces:

  • · "As massive and endless as space itself".
  • · Massive Shared Experience (not an MMO).
  • · Seed Game.
  • · Modular Updates.
  • · Targeting Steam Early Access.

THE ORION PROJECT | EARLY OVERVIEW
We are getting ready to reveal this new ominous project in full detail at GDC 2014. Until then we have released the above Announcement VidDoc showcasing some of the new focal elements of this mystery title as well as this early overview:

LAUNCH (VERSION 1.0) TARGET FEATURES
Target Platform(s): Steam, Windows.
Target Pricing: TBD.

  • · Open World Gameplay.
  • · Unique Player Classes.
  • · TREK Battle Meks ("Buddy Bots").
  • · 15 Weapons & Gear @ Launch.
  • · Inventory & Crafting.
  • · Loot & Survival Aspects / Hazards.
  • · Character Customization (Armor, Colors, Gender).
  • · Spiral Squads & Faction Allegiance.
  • · Dynamic Weather & Real-time Time-Of-Day.
  • · Persistence 2.0.
  • · Spiral Store 2.0.

THE ORION PROJECT | GAMING EVOLVED

This game will be treated very much the same way 'ORION: Dino Horde' was in that it will mature, grow and evolve over time. Some of the best content came after it's initial release including Open World Gameplay, Sentry Turrets, Melee Combat, 10 Playable Dinosaurs and so much more. This same mentality will hold true for The Orion Project and it will do so in a much more expansive way.

A BRAND NEW EXPERIENCE

This is something that has been designed for nearly two decades now. This is the most epic experience that we will ever deliver. We will have other games and designs that are amazing products for amazing value but in the overall grand picture this will be our largest endeavor that we ever take upon ourselves.

All developers are fully aware that with our commitment to this project we may very likely never make another game again. This game will require literally everything we have financially and mentally and it will be our immediate and distant future.

We all understand and are willing to dedicate ourselves to this for what could be up to the next 10 years (or even more) - a period of time which eclipses the 3 years of post-release support we have already dedicated towards 'ORION: Dino Horde'. Luckily, they all didn't think I was insane and were on board for what we believe could be one of the greatest experiences of all time through any media.

This is going to be a real-time, interactive, cinematic, open-galactic adventure. This is not a locked or linear-focus experience in which you participate by simply watching unfold. This is going to be an experience that is you, involves you and is about you.

ORION: PROJECT | LAUNCH MEDIA

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IN CLOSING...

We are so proud of where we have come. It's been a long, crazy journey but it was well worth it to get the game where it is today. The game in it's current state is something that we think is extremely special and we hope you take some time to check it out.

‘ORION: Dino Horde’ is available for $14.99 USD ($44.99 USD/4pack) on Steam. We encourage that you check it out during its next Free-2-Play event / Steam Sale and see what we have been working so hard on.

Here are what fans are saying:

  • "SERIOUSLY THE MOST FUN I HAVE HAD IN A LONG TIME."
  • "AWESOME FUSION OF JURASSIC PARK, HALO AND KILLING FLOOR."
  • "IT IS JUST FUN. I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO EXPLAIN IT."
  • "I WILL PROBABLY PUT MORE HOURS INTO THIS GAME THAN I TYPICALLY DO AAA GAMES."
  • "THE MOST FANTASTIC GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED."
  • "TH DEVELOPERS STUCK WITH THEIR FIRST GAME."
  • "HAS THE CHEMISTRY FOR REPLAYABILITY."
  • "ONE OF THE BEST COOPERATIVE GAMES."
  • "IT'S NOT BUGGY ANYMORE!"
  • "THE FINEST HOUR FOR FPS."
  • "HALO + TUROK."
  • "ONE OF THE MOST JAM-PACKED, JAW_DROPPING EXPERIENCES I'VE ENCOUNTERED IN A GAME."
  • "RETRO AND FUN"
  • "ALREADY ADDICTED."
  • "SO COOL I LOVE IT."
  • "THE GAME IS LIKE A COMBINATION OF STAR WARS, UNREAL TOURNAMENT AND JURASSIC PARK."
  • "JUST GET IT AND YOU WON'T REGRET IT."
  • "THE DEVS WERE TRUE TO THEIR WORD."
  • "FOR THE MONEY, YOU SIMPLY CAN'T BEAT THIS GAME."
  • "AN EPIC GAME EXPERIENCE THAT'S NEVER THE SAME TWICE."

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP!
If you are enjoying what you see and could help us spread the word to your friends and peers we would be super appreciative:

CONNECT

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Comments
KITATUS
KITATUS - - 61 comments

Great article. I watched the video about your previous release(s) and I have to say it's very brave and commendable showing the negative comments made about the game and it's fantastic you showed how you ammened the game and completely re-vamped it due to the feedback. It was a great read and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for "The Orion Project"! Nice article!

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Kokumotsu
Kokumotsu - - 528 comments

now the only issue they have is the false metacritic score on steam which wont get fixed unless some *ahem* people rig it

just not fair how it was rated during the beginning times and was never looked back on when the updates came out

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Jonny_T
Jonny_T - - 118 comments

Watched the video - really sorry to hear that you and brother fell out, causing such distress - business and passion for developing something amazing vs ownership, ambition and pride can be extremely difficult to deal with. I personally admire you and the team for pushing through with this, it takes a huge amount of grit to see a project through to completion, and then further determination to improve it to the extent that this game has been. Amazing work guys, keep it up.

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FEARIUN
FEARIUN - - 7 comments

The Orion Project Kick-starter has launched.

Kickstarter.com

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