In the DOS era, the 3D space shooter was a big deal, and few were more impactful on the genre as a whole than Interplay’s Descent series. Giving the player total freedom in all directions, it was considered quite the technological feat when it was released by Parallax Software in 1994.
The founders of Parallax, now calling themselves Revival Productions, have recently taken to Kickstarter where they are pitching a new game built upon the “six degrees of freedom” they pioneered in Descent. The new game, titled Overload, promises to have the same “explore, destroy, escape” style of gameplay, but within a modern graphics engine. Further cementing their claim to wanting to revive the 90s space shooter, Overload’s story is being written by the same person behind Freespace 2.
The project is asking for $300,000 and, after only one day, has already managed to raise 16K. Overload is being developed for Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, though a Mac and Linux port are part of the game’s stretch goals.