[Kickstarter page] I was never a fan of Minecraft, possibly because I can’t stand nothing but blocks. Stonehearth might have taken inspirations from the game, but it just feels so much more awesome to me, especially after watching the full Kickstarter introduction video.
Under development by the Cannon brothers, Tom and Tony, these are also the dudes who founded Evolution Championship Series (EVO), an annual video game tournament that focuses exclusively on fighting games such as Street Fighter. Radical change eh?
Here is the game’s description from the Kickstarter page:
Stonehearth is a game about exploration and survival in an epic fantasy setting. Your job is to help a small group of settlers survive and carve out a place for themselves in a hostile land.
You’ll need to establish a food supply, build shelter, defend your people, and find a way to grow and expand, facing challenges at every step.
Starting from procedurally generated terrain with dynamic AI encounters, Stonehearth combines city sim and good old combat with infinite building possibilities. It’s built to be moddable at every level, from your city, to the people and creatures inhabiting the world, and will ship with the tools and documentation for you to add your own customizations to the game, and share them with friends.
Stonehearth is equal parts Sandbox, Real Time Strategy, and RPG. It will initially ship on PC, but the door is open for Mac and Linux releases down the road.
The Kickstarter campaign is to fund the single player version of the game. Cooperative multiplayer and PvP modes are planned as well, and these will appear as stretch goals.