Paranautical Activity Kickstarter Puts ‘All Our Cards on the Table’

The Kickstarter funding at the $10,000 level will give Maulbeck and partner Travis Pfenning enough money for a major content update that will add new enemies, levels, weapons and more to the game.

That money would be enough to increase content while Maulbeck adds a few things Paranautical Activity needs to be “finished,” Maulbeck said. Right now, the game is still technically a “beta” release, available on Code Avarice’s page, as well as the Humble Store and Desura.

But the content Maulbeck’s more excited about is one of the Kickstarter campaign’s stretch goals — a full cooperative mode, the goal for which is set at $30,000.

“I’ve been dreading the thought of it from a development point of view, but it’s gonna be sweet if we can fund it (co-op),” Maulbeck said. “I’d love to play co-op with some of the YouTubers who cover the game, and watching them play with each other would be really amazing.

“I could work on this game forever man. Any time i think were running out of stuff we can do, i think for a minute and come up with a dozen awesome things we could implement.”

But if the funding doesn’t come through — indeed, if the Kickstarter and Greenlight campaigns fail altogether — it will pretty much spell the conclusion of Paranautical Activity’s development. Code Avarice has struggled to keep the game financially viable through other sales platforms, Maulbeck said, and at some point the developer has to move on. There’s still some work to be done before the game will be considered finished by Maulbeck, including a progression system, that the developer will add before closing it down. But there’s a lot more Paranautical Activity could be, given time and money.

Meanwhile, Code Avarice continues to struggle to bring Paranautical Activity to more players. Maulbeck said potential customers are constantly telling him they’d love to but and play the game — once it’s on Steam.

“Every day we get emails, tweets, YouTube comments saying, ‘Can’t wait till its out on Steam so I can buy it,’ ‘I’ll buy this as soon as it comes out on Steam,’ ‘Too bad it’s not on Steam, I’d totally buy it,’ and dozens like those,” he said. “When daily emails include lots of ‘f–k yous’ and claims your game is a Minecraft clone, someone saying they would buy your game in the right circumstances isn’t the worst thing in the world. But its definitely frustrating to know that we’re literally throwing away money by not being on Steam.”

You can find Code Avarice’s Kickstarter here and its Steam Greenlight page here. Paranautical Activity’s beta version also is available for $9.99 on Code Avarice’s website, as well as Desura and GamersGate, with free updates to follow for players who purchase the game early before its full release.

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1 Comment on Paranautical Activity Kickstarter Puts ‘All Our Cards on the Table’


On August 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I’ve actually bought it on gamersgate, and it’s pretty fun. I do really recommend it, if you like roguelikes.