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Joe Got Game introduces Shackleton Crater and relevant Kickstarter

by: Nathaniel -
The "Joe" in Joe Got Game refers to Joe Ybarra and Joe Got Game is his new development studio.  Their debut project is a strategy title called Shackleton Crater.  Shackleton Crater is, of course, a well-known landmark on Luna, our moon.  The game is being made for Windows, Android, and iOS and is set for release in Q1 of next year.

The game uses actual lunar mapping data and satellite photos along with the Unity 3D engine to bring Luna to life in a way unlike it's ever been before (unless your name is something like "Buzz" or "Neil") as you race to explore and establish functional colonies over the course of a century of gameplay.

As per usual, there's a Kickstarter for Shackleton Crater.  It's 30 days long with a goal of $700,000.

To learn more, follow the jump.

Joe Got Game reveals plan for Kickstarter Campaign

Unique strategy game Shackleton Crater Gives You the Moon

Scottsdale, AZ, March 11, 2013 – Industry vet Joe Ybarra and his new studio Joe Got Game have announced their debut title, Shackleton Crater is live on Kickstarter. You can check out the project page here.

A uniquely fast-paced strategic simulation, Shackleton Crater brings to life the exploration and colonization of the southern pole of the moon across a one-hundred year period beginning in the near future.

Using actual lunar mapping data and satellite photos in concert with the Unity 3D engine, Shackleton Crater offers an ultra-realistic, finely detailed background to the player’s efforts to reach the moon. Players will also be tasked with the managing of basic resources in the face of incredibly unforgiving physical conditions, building a thriving habitat, and later - missions to explore the far reaches of the lunar surface.

“After many years of setting up new studios   including Electronic Arts – under the private investor and venture capital model,” Joe commented, “I’ve been equally impressed with how the Kickstarter people have made crowdfunding so accessible, and with how fans of great game projects have participated in the process in such large numbers.”

Joe Got Game’s Kickstarter includes a variety of rewards: digital downloads (initially with Beta releases), plus T-shirts, limited edition posters, licenses for two future expansion packs and much more. Joe went on to say, “We expect that the community will really appreciate the scope, realism and excitement factor of the Shackleton Crater design, as well as the opportunity to become part of the development process.”

Shackleton Crater will be offered for Windows, Android, and iOS operating systems and for a variety of mobile devices, and is targeted for first delivery in Spring, 2014.

About Joe Got Game

With over thirty years in the game industry, Joe Ybarra is known for dozens of classic titles (such as Wasteland, Madden Football and The Matrix Online), his executive roles with major publishers (including EA, Ubisoft and Warner Bros.), plus his pioneering work in the art and technology of game development. Founded in early 2012, Joe Got Game is dedicated to crafting games which are based on Joe’s vast legacy, and which deliver an exciting, meaningful experience to a worldwide audience. More information can be found at www.joegotgame.com.

About Shackleton Crater
Shackleton Crater is a fast-paced, multi-player, multi-platform strategy game spanning 100 years of lunar exploration and colonization. Combining actual lunar data, current space technology, hard science fiction and Joe Ybarra’s time-tested game design expertise, Shackleton Crater offers an exquisitely detailed simulation of mankind’s dream to return to the moon.

Pertinent Game Details

Title: Shackleton Crater
Developer: Joe Got Game
Publisher: Joe Got Game
Genre: Strategy
Price: TBA
Release Date: Q1 2014
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