Star Citizen and Kingdom Come Devs Unofficially Team Up
The teams behind Star Citizen and Kingdom Come: Deliverance have decided that they could learn a thing or two from each other.
Making games is hard. Even more so when you're working on a cutting-edge engine and shooting for photorealistic graphics. So when Cloud Imperium Games, developer of the crowd-funding poster child Star Citizen, noticed that fellow indie developer Warhorse Studios was also working on an advanced game (Kingdom Come: Deliverance) in the same engine, they got in touch. After some discussion, it seems the two studios have decided that - surprise - it's a lot easier to develop software when you can compare notes with your peers.
Cloud Imperium founder Chris Roberts reached out about the "unofficial partnership" after seeing Kingdom Come's debut trailer. "The characters and outfits I saw working in-engine in the trailer impressed me so much that I contacted the team to talk about what was going on under the hood," Roberts wrote on his website. "Star Citizen doesn't need peasants and knights... but it does need a robust character creation system for the persistent universe. And that technology is exactly what Warhorse is building for the CryEngine."
A lot of publishers might shut down a proposition to trade development secrets, but the crowd-funded team at Warhorse liked the idea. Cloud Imperium has more than a year of development experience with CryEngine to share, and the tech that Warhorse has already been working on fills an important gap in Star Citizen. "I've always said that independent developers should stick together," Roberts says, "and the potential good for both games that can come from this unofficial partnership if proof positive!"
The fruits of this agreement probably won't be visible to players - you won't see armored knights in Star Citizen or spaceships in Kingdom Come - but what will be visible is the amount of development time this will save, hopefully getting both games finished earlier than they could have been individually.
Source: Cloud Imperium Games
Ooh, that sounds exciting! This is the first time I've heard of two development teams collaborating like that.
Sometimes the only thing preventing you from prospering is your own ingrained sense of paranoia.
These companies have just become the most "mature" companies on the block, capable of actually examining a time-honored tradition and realizing just how fucking absurd it is.
YOU FILTHY COMM...
Actually, you know what?
Good for them.
We all do better when working as a team, instead of enemies.
I hope they both learn from each other and thus produce better games as a whole.
The only two crowdfunded games I ever contributed to. Hmmm... I should try fixing the Middle East next.
Oh yeah Mount and Blade on steroids. Which is not an insult but the BIGGEST COMPLIMENT I CAN PAY ANY GAME!!!
This game needs to open up backing again because I barely missed it by a few seconds. I literally heard about it not a few hours ago and immediately went over to donate but was a second to late. If anything this will be a day one purchase because MOUNT AND BLADE ON ROIDS!!!
NICE, becuase even EVE has a great character creator... And you dont use your char much... or at all.
I also have the horrible feeling that Star Citizen will not live up to the hype of many people, but Kingdom Come will.... People shouldnt hype themselves about anything at all.... Take it the Shakespearean way guys....
And totally off topic: DID ANYONE SAID KINGDOM COME!!!???
Awesome, this kind of thing is a great idea. Good to see some people are above what other companies are doing in this regard, both products will most likely benefit, even if it does increase the dev time a little.
I also have the horrible feeling that Star Citizen will not live up to the hype of many people, but Kingdom Come will....
That is the most adorable rationalisation i've ever seen.
Collaborations like this, devoid of a tome of contracts and binding terms and conditions, is somewhat refreshing to see in this day and age. Mutual benefit simply by walking down a similar path. Fine by me.