Wayward Terran Frontier is the first project of a brand new game studio Reason Generator Inc. Company founder George Hultgren has been working on a proof of concept for his game since April 2012. “I remember being inspired by Markus (Notch) Persson when he announced his plans for a similar multiplayer space adventure game 0x10c. He said ‘someone has to make this game’ and I remember thinking that maybe it would be me” says George. Indeed, the prototype for Wayward Terran Frontier shows some promise allowing players to design custom space ship, join up with a friend in multiplayer and enjoy a detailed combat system with ships breaking into pieces, catching on fire, and sometimes exploding.
This isn’t the first, or the only game that allows players to control a large battleship cooperatively, “My project is unique because on paper it started as a role playing game instead of as a simulation…” explains George, “I put down the framework of a standard loot-collecting dungeon-crawling RPG and asked myself how I could replace the 2-5 characters bashing demons with 2-5 characters commanding a battleship.” Following George’s vision, the gameplay of Wayward Terran Frontier draw equally from action role playing games, and the slower paced sci-fi role playing games of the 90s. George also mentions “Star control II and Escape Velocity were both a huge source of inspiration for this project, and I think it’s reflected in the art style.”
George is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the 2nd stage of this ambitious project, a player-run dedicated server with a persistent living world and lots of modding support. George’s Kickstarter video is somewhat awkward as he rants for a little too long about his vision, but he summarizes it well, “I have coded the framework for creating an infinitely large galaxy that is currently infinitely empty. I need the funds to fill the galaxy with artwork, sounds, and stories so it will be worth exploring” The pitch is probably better sold by the game’s trailer which features some epic slide guitar and a story of space cowboys finding a life of violence on the final frontier.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuVc8TV7rLA)
Wayward Terran Frontier is a work of passion created by a gamer trying to design the game he wants to play. The full game will retail for $15 on multiple platforms but the moddable multiplayer client will likely remain free forever.