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Planets³ Reaches Kickstarter Goal

/ Apr 5th, 2014 No Comments

Planets³

Cubical Drift‘s Planets³ reached its Kickstarter funding goal on Friday. Planets Cube even exceeded its Kickstarter funding thanks to backers.

The developer describes Planets Cube as a 3D open-world, voxel-based RPG and construction game. Planets Cube utilizes a first-person perspective to put players into a cube shaped world and immerse them into the experience. Players are asked to investigate a rumor of aliens who look human as they explore a small cubic world. As players solve mysteries, they will discover natives of the planet who will act as Job Masters to unlock the means to craft new and more advanced items by taking quests from them. Creation is important in Planets Cube. Eventually they open up means to traverse a much larger universe. Users can craft their own star ships to explore the huge and open voxel-based universe.

[adsense250itp]Planets Cube features a progression to how players explore the world by splitting it up into zones. Deeper zones require more skill than the surface zones. Customization and creation is key even in the RPG mode of the game. Players can customize how they wish to fight and tackle the game’s dungeons by choosing their combat mode. The game offers players the ability to choose from a wide range of warriors. As crafting plays a huge part in the game, there is a progression to how players craft advance items by improving their technical level. Not only can players construct weapons and the sub-part elements for those weapons but they craft buildings and vehicles.

As a game based around customization and multiplayer gameplay, players will be able to share their own creations through Cubical Drift’s website or host their own creations via a server.

Planets³ is an ambitious game that has only begun its journey. It will be interesting to see how the game comes together as it heads to its estimated October 2015 release.

Quick Take

It is always a good feeling when an intriguing and ambitious project meets its Kickstarter goal moving from the hypothetical to the quasi-theoretical. Now the typical issues of game development are the only thing running against Planets Cube, but it will be exciting to see this project take form. It would be reductive to say this game is simply another Minecraft clone, yet mixed with Terraria and a splash of Skyrim for good measure.

Inevitably those comparison are certainly going to be made. However, the way Cubical Drift describe Planets Cube, it seems like it is leaning into the RPG elements in a meaningful way. So it won’t seem like another sandbox creation tool with little to offer outside of endless creation, as satisfying as that can be. The progression, jobs and combat customization are hugely promising and it is good that Planets Cube will potentially exist next year.
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Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
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