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Isometric fantasy RPG Zoria: Age of Shattering gets a new demo and Kickstarter

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Zoria: Age of Shattering from Tiny Trinket Games is not a name I've mentioned for a while but the developer is back with an updated demo and a Kickstarter campaign to finish it up.

"A squad-based tactical RPG with fluid turn-based combat, outpost, and follower management, set in the expansive Fantasy world of Zoria. Lead a team of four heroes with their unique skills and perks. Every team member contributes to undertaken battles."

It's been in development since 2018 and the team say they've finished about 80% of the content now. They've also teamed up with Anshar Publishing to help and now there's a crowdfunding campaign where they're hoping to raise at least €35,000 to finish it and add in new classes, locations, and mechanics and make the world more complex.

Check out the new trailer below:

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Game Features:

  • Fluid and fast-paced turn-based combat in a dynamically changing environment. Keep a close eye on your surroundings, as an enemy walking by may unexpectedly join the fray to support their comrade in need.
  • The rich world of Zoria, with its dungeons, ruins, necropolises, and fortifications, is waiting to be explored.
  • Your outpost will be your base. From here, you can plan your next expedition, send selected party members on a mission, replenish resources, and make changes to your squad so that the skills of individual members match the task ahead of you.
  • Each duel you fight affects your team's fatigue level and depletes resources. Set up camp to craft potions, upgrade weapons, heal wounds and remove curses, and take a nap when you're done.
  • During the quests, you will often find yourself in seemingly inaccessible places. Use the unique abilities of each team member, and you will discover new, previously inaccessible areas.

The full release will be up on GOG and Steam with a new demo available to try now. The demo and full release will have Native Linux support too.

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nPHYN1T3 21 Sep
I read isometric and then hit play on the video and that was not what I was expecting based on that term. Looks interesting but that -Kickstarter- bit has a bad smell. File under wait and see.
anewson 21 Sep
it's an impressive trailer. the game looks the part for sure.
techieg33k 22 Sep
Quoting: nPHYN1T3Looks interesting but that -Kickstarter- bit has a bad smell. File under wait and see.

What about it do you feel has "a bad smell" ?

DISCLAIMER: I am a long-time follower of the game and current volunteer to moderate their Discord.
Trias 22 Sep
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Played their demo some time ago, and it left good impression.

Pledged 15 euro on kickstarter.
nPHYN1T3 22 Sep
Quoting: techieg33k
Quoting: nPHYN1T3Looks interesting but that -Kickstarter- bit has a bad smell. File under wait and see.

What about it do you feel has "a bad smell" ?

DISCLAIMER: I am a long-time follower of the game and current volunteer to moderate their Discord.

Kickstarter just smells like burnt promises and lies. Obviously this depends on what horses you've personally backed in the past but for me I just got sick of lemons, fall short promises or backing something for feature X for them to yank feature X despite making all their goals and more. (feature "X" is often a Linux build)

Sadly these days even if the project is done you can't trust it. It's gotten predictable and sad to watch games promising Linux builds who kill it off before launch or after. Gaming has kinda become the "Yank the table cloth off the table while it's set." of software development.


Last edited by nPHYN1T3 on 22 September 2022 at 10:27 am UTC
Eike 22 Sep
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Quoting: nPHYN1T3Kickstarter just smells like burnt promises and lies. Obviously this depends on what horses you've personally backed in the past but for me I just got sick of lemons, fall short promises or backing something for feature X for them to yank feature X despite making all their goals and more. (feature "X" is often a Linux build)

I'd really watch out for a demo running on Linux. Of course, it's not a guarantee, but it's a very good sign that they are prepared to do it.
nPHYN1T3 22 Sep
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: nPHYN1T3Kickstarter just smells like burnt promises and lies. Obviously this depends on what horses you've personally backed in the past but for me I just got sick of lemons, fall short promises or backing something for feature X for them to yank feature X despite making all their goals and more. (feature "X" is often a Linux build)

I'd really watch out for a demo running on Linux. Of course, it's not a guarantee, but it's a very good sign that they are prepared to do it.

Yeah it's true but it's still a reality they could release with a Linux build then just yank it a year later. I'm old and I've seen such a growing trend of negatives in gaming and tech I don't particularly trust anyone anymore...GET OFF MY LAWN~!

With that in mind I'm not crapping on the devs or the game. Just saying I'll wait and see how the launch goes. Frankly when I read isometric it kinda took me back to Kickstarting Pillars of Crapternity. However when I saw the game was actually 3D and looked good I was kinda like well the article title did a good job of thinking this is going to be meh then the trailer was all KABLOW!


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Vishar 22 Sep
I think that this project have abyssal small chance to discard native linux game client support: for 2 years they have been releasing builds for windows and linux at the same time (each time something new was created (prologue, demo, updated demo, new demo) it was available for both Windows and linux)


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techieg33k 23 Sep
Quoting: VisharI think that this project have abyssal small chance to discard native linux game client support: for 2 years they have been releasing builds for windows and linux at the same time (each time something new was created (prologue, demo, updated demo, new demo) it was available for both Windows and linux)

That is very true. There is a nice group of testers who use Linux in their Discord which helps them test those builds and keeps pushing for Linux to be an option.

Of course any dev could "pull the rug" like @nPHYN1T3 has said, but I agree with @Vishar that I don't think/feel this dev will.

I too have been burned by several Kickstarter campaigns and respect anyone who wants to avoid that risk (I follow, but don't back a lot anymore though I think this is because I have too many games to play right now and unless they are at risk of not funding I just keep an eye and wishlist). Hopefully if the game looks good to you, you'll at least try out the demo and Wishlist on GoG or Steam for when it does release.
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