Roguelike card game Nowhere Prophet kicks off its ‘first access’ campaign. Developer Sharkbomb Studios explains that ‘first access’ is like the lovechild of Kickstarter and Steam Early Access, allowing players to get their hands on the game before its full launch.
Sharkbomb previously spoke to us about the game, explaining that Nowhere Prophet will challenge post-apocalyptic game tropes and aims to be more inclusive.
Nowhere Prophet Available in First Access
Nowhere Prophet is a single-player card game set in an Indian-inspired post-apocalyptic wasteland. Taking part in tactical, turn-based battles, players can build a loyal squad, collect loot, and uncover mysteries along the way.
But Sharkbomb Studios’ game isn’t totally conventional by any means. Not only does it do away with the ‘white guys in leather’ trope of post-apocalyptic media, it also hopes to avoid the grinding gameplay embraced by so many other, similar card games.
Nowhere Prophet even has an unconventional release strategy as it is now available in First Access via itch.io. In an email, Sharkbomb’s solo developer Martin Nerurkar explains to me that “players can join in and see how things improve” and pick up some “high-value rewards” for getting involved in the game early.
One of the rewards from this “crowdfunding-like” campaign include ‘The Face’. It costs $80 and allows players to send in a photo of themselves (or a friend) and be turned into a Nowhere Prophet follower who will actually be included in the game.
Another tier Nerurkar highlights is ‘The Gear’, which the developer likens to creating your own card in Hearthstone. It costs $350 and allows players to design their own item, which when equipped by players will grant them with a new card or status effect. New cards, status effects, and artwork will be designed for the game with this tier, hence the price.
There are also two available slots for ‘The Boss’ which costs $1000. “Your face will become a boss enemy, which can be encountered in a specific event and that will drop a specific item,” details Nerurkar.
While bypassing Steam for Nowhere Prophet‘s debut is a risk, Nerurkar says that “I want my players to be invested and wanted to give them a chance to put something specific in the game, while it’s still malleable”. It’s too soon to say whether the risk will pay off, but the first step in the game’s First Access begins today.
Nowhere Prophet is now available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux via itch.io.
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