Hashbang Games Gets You To The Stars With Orbital Blaster
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Hashbang Games CEO Marco Williams and he hinted about their first game called Orbital Blaster. The game is still in the development process and they’re also looking for a little help by the way of Kickstarter. But first let’s find out a more about the game.
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What is Orbital Blaster?
“Orbital Blaster is an on-rails shooter set in space. You are a gunner and your job is to defend your colony from countless waves of attacks.”
Who came up with the idea of Orbital Blaster?
“This is a tough question to answer because there were just so many hands in the idea cookie jar. I think ultimately it was my brother Jimmy that came up with the idea.”
How did the idea of Orbital Blaster come about?
“We were struggling with our current game concept (Orbital Domination) and we were in between platforms to build our first game on. Our original game idea was to build a game much like Pocket Empires, but we soon realized that was a bit much to tackle for our first game. While trying to figure out what direction we wanted to go, Jimmy threw together this prototype of blocks flying at you and you had to shoot them to prevent them from flying past you. I instantly thought of one of my favorite games from when I was younger, Galaga, and we started to formulate how we could make a game similar to his prototype but with a Galaga feel to it. From there we sat around and thought about all the different games that we had liked over the years and came up with the full Orbital Blaster concept.”
Who or what was the inspiration?
“Galaga was our main inspiration, but we also drew inspiration from Contra’s boss fights as impossible as some of them were, House of the dead for boss mechanics.”
What type of gamer’s will want to play Orbital Blaster?
“I think Orbital Blaster will cater to a variety of gamers, it’s hard to speculate what type of gamers will want to play this game. I think if you like sci-fi games then this will be extremely enjoyable. If you’re tired of the old rinse and repeat FPS game, then this might be something you would enjoy also.”
What makes the game stand out from similar games?
“I think there are a couple of things that make Orbital Blaster stand out. One is that we are focusing on game polish. This game is not really introducing anything extremely new to the gaming world. So we want to make the game look as good as it possibly can, with cool explosions and great visuals. We have also stepped out of the ordinary by adding a Custom Level editor so that you can create your own game experience and share that with others.”
How far along are you with the development?
“We have a basic prototype which lets you play level one. Overall I would say that the game is about 25% complete.”
Do you have a target release date?
“This all depends on if we get funded or not, but if all goes well we are expecting we will be able to release the game late December or early 2013.”
Which platforms will it be released for?
“We will be releasing Orbital Blaster for iOS, Android and Ouya. There are no current plans to make this a PC/Mac/Linux based game.”
What will Kickstarter do for the company and the game?
“I think Kickstarter is a great way to get our game completed. We are hoping that it will also give us some credibility in the gaming industry. Optimally, with a successful campaign and possibly some decent game sales when released we can move from a part-time operation to a full-time and actually develop a bit more intense and strategic type of ARPG game.”
Why should people donate?
“We are just starting out, we have lot’s of programming experience and this is our first game. If anything people should donate to give us a chance to show what we are capable of. Orbital Blaster is a simple game that will allow us to show off our capability on a simple game concept. Their donation will give us room to get up to speed with the industry and help us grow as a company. As with any donation to any project, you not just supporting the project you’re supporting the company behind it.”
Orbital Blaster sounds like a great game from a fresh new company. Like any other game it takes money to get it complete and this is where you can help. If you would like to help out Hashbang Games and see their dream come true then make a donation on their Kickstarter page.