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StarDrive Alpha Funding Starts at Desura

By on January 24th, 2012 9:22 am

StarDrive is now available for everyone who’s interested in pre-ordering the game, play the game’s alpha versions, and did not pledged the $45 bucks required to have access to all the game’s dev builds in StarDrive’s successful Kickstarter campaign by the end of last year.

StarDrive is a 4X space strategy game with a little bit more action to it then usual in 4X games, because although you may select fleets and manage your empire in the traditional 4X strategy way, you are also allowed to control your flag ship manually in a traditional WASD fashion with your keyboard.

Daniel DiCicco, StarDrive’s main developer, recently asked for support to help fund the remaining parts of his game through a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Dan didn’t get the $7.500 he asked for. He got $17,676!!

So, after today everybody interested in trying, supporting or just playing the preliminary versions of StarDrive may do so by pre-purchasing the game in its alpha version in Desura. Cheers Indie Magazine. Good luck on sales Dan!

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  1. Zeraan says:

    I’m one of the backers, and I tried finding out how to activate the game, but no luck. Where do I go to to link my email address I donated with to the desura version? Asking here because I’m sure a lot of other backers came from here as well.

  2. BiggTedd says:

    Great news, will DL it as soon as I get home. Way to go Dan! Be really interested to find out about how the choice for Desura came about, and how it is working with them.

  3. Adam Solo says:

    Some clarifications provided by Dan on doubts about the Alpha and Beta builds.

    By Daniel DiCicco (today):

    «Hello backers,

    I have received a few “where’s my invite?” messages regarding the Desura build. At this point, the people who selected the Indev access ($45) + reward should all have access. However, we are not yet in Beta . If you are a beta backer ($25) then I will send you all keys the second we hit beta. For now we’re still putting in features and content and when we go to beta, it’s going to be for the purposes of playing and testing a relatively complete game.

    I hope that clears up some confusion. Hang tight, we should be at beta by the end of March.»

  4. aReclusiveMind says:

    It seems there is some confusion regarding this title being listed for sale. Dan had stated in the comments that the listing is only supposed to be for kickstart supporters at this time.

    That’s not to say I’m not considering jumping on board now since I heard about it after the kickstart (and the gameplay intigues me), but I’m not sure how feature complete it is right now.

    • Adam Solo says:

      Yes, so it seems that there was some communication problem with Desura. Dan seems to be really pissed about it. He is discussing this on the kickstarter page here.

      Some people complain (understandably) because they paid $45 to have access to the alphas, and now they (supposedly) will get the alphas after people that pre-purchased today at Desura, at lower price :) Well, ok, it was surely not the plan Dan was aiming for. Small contingencies that happen.

  5. aReclusiveMind says:

    It seemed like initially Desura wasn’t supposed to release the alpha to all, but Dan seems to be rolling with the punches now and going with it. I didn’t have a Desura account before… but now I have it and StarDrive.

    I love the concept behind what he is trying to do and really hope it becomes a deep and engaging 4X experience and not an arcade-like game similar to Space Pirates and Zombies. I think adding some action components as he has is a great twist on the genre, but I just hope it isn’t at the expense of the traditional 4X pillars of success.

    • Adam Solo says:

      Yes, StarDrive also intrigues me with that action twist. I have my reserves as well but we must be open to some innovation. We must give Dan a chance to prove his game is fun, as it sounds it is. It should definitely not be like SPAZ, not that I have anything against it, but as you say 4X fans would be disappointed to see an arcade type of game destroy 4X’s traditions.

  6. BiggTedd says:

    Great music on that trailer…. any idea who did the music?

  7. BiggTedd says:

    I do for sure… composers are called “Two Steps From Hell” and the song on the Star Trek trailer was called Freedom Fighters. Two Steps From Hell is actually a company that specializes in producing music for movie trailers and movies (no joke)… really cool stuff, and a lot you’d probably recognize. They have a number of albums available, and many many videos on Youtube. I thought the same thing, song was reminiscent of Freedom Fighters x Babylon 5 :) Perfect!

  8. BiggTedd says:

    LOL, can’t take full credit for the info though, 3 months ago I hadn’t heard of them either until Mark from Cryptstone told me about them, he’s always way ahead on all this stuff :)

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