Independent developer Rogue Rocket Games has announced First Wonder, their spiritual successor to critic and fan-favorites MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto. A first playable demo of First Wonder will be available at PAX Prime at the end of August, with a crowdfunding campaign to support a multi-platform version of First Wonder planned later this year.
Rogue Rocket Games co-founder Nick Bruty created and led art design for the then-revolutionary 1997 third-person shooter MDK while working for Shiny Entertainment. Several years later, at Planet Moon Studios, Bruty led the design and oversaw the release of Giants: Citizen Kabuto.
Both MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto met with tremendous critical acclaim and fan enthusiasm for their gorgeous aesthetics and uniquely challenging, genre-bending gameplay.
Bruty and Richard Sun, who met at Planet Moon Studios and went on to co-found Rogue Rocket Games several years later, long discussed a game to follow in the footsteps of MDK and Giants: Citizen Kabuto. First Wonder is that ambitious new title, aimed at existing fans of Bruty’s previous work and newcomers alike.
First Wonder blends third-person shooter elements with aerial acrobatics in a fantastical open-ended world ripe for exploration. First Wonder is a humor-laden, genre-defying game packed with memorable characters who must face a deadly giant while trapped on an island resort on the alien planet, Majorca.
When a greedy corporation tricks the planet’s peaceful inhabitants, the Majorcans, to give up their land to found a luxury resort, they accidentally awaken the slumbering giant Monstro. Tasked with fulfilling an ancient prophecy, destruction follows in Monstro’s wake as he takes steps to accomplish his destiny-driven goal.
In First Wonder, players will alternately take the reigns of Monstro and the ragtag team of Cargonauts as they try to stop him. The living, breathing chain of Majorcan Islands – billed by the dev as a “character” in its own right – offers a dynamic world with unique inhabitants and natural resources awaiting player interaction.
Many secrets lay hidden within First Wonder, as tiered plateaus, surreal geological features, and surprising environmental effects create a rich and unpredictable alien world.
Rogue Rocket Games will crowdfund a multi-platform version of First Wonder later this year, with details announced soon. Rogue Rocket Games will also showcase the first playable demo version of First Wonder at PAX Prime August 28 – 31, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.
Check out this demo video, showing the game’s development, hosted by Nick Bruty. NOTE that the footage shown in the video was in-development and is not in final form (but it still looks amazing!):
SOURCE: Rogue Rocket Press Release