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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro: Last Light Developers Aiming to Bring Areal to Wii U

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Blasting towards crowdfunding target

For Wii U gamers hoping for a shooter on the system that also aims to innovate the genre and provide a compelling post-apocalyptic atmosphere, Areal should perhaps be on their radar. It's a project by West Games, comprised of team members that worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and Metro: Last Light.

Presented in a slick Kickstarter campaign, this title promises a boundary-free, substantial open world and a non-linear story structure. The developers seem particularly keen to emphasize that atmosphere and an intriguing environment will be priorities, along with strong gameplay.

It features a massive and intricately detailed open world environment that is extremely varied and colorful, even though it's set in a post-apocalyptic setting. Areal depicts a future where civilization has fallen apart due to an unearthly material called Metamorphite, which eventually spreads, corrupts and infects the whole world. The source of Metamorphite comes from a meteor that impacted the earth long ago, and it is the site of constant conflict and bloodshed.

Areal's story is not linear – players can choose how their characters act and speak – everything from how you talk to who you kill changes the storyline of Areal. There is no morality system in Areal, so you are free to make choices that you think are best in any given situation, without being blinded and limited by a standard good/evil system. Ultimately, Areal is the culmination of everything that we want to see from a post apocalyptic game, and it's something that we can realize with full creative freedom because of the unique platform that is Kickstarter.

Unsurprisingly this campaign is targeting PC, Xbox One and PS4, but the happy news is that Wii U is also in the modest core goal of $50,000. At the time of writing the fundraising had passed the half way point with 29 days still to go.

This certainly looks promising, but check out the pitch video below and let us know what you think.

[via kickstarter.com]

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User Comments (45)

Superstick

#1

Superstick said:

Not really interested in this. I hope it does well though. Might actually purchase it if it becomes a thing.

onery

#2

onery said:

I'm wishing the very best for this project. Always nice to see potential new games for the WiiU.

AndyWARbear

#3

AndyWARbear said:

Created my account to say this. There's a very real chance this Kickstarter is false. I was initially a backer but have pulled out due to the inconsistencies in what I have seen. Also the project creator isn't responding to the issues put forth in the comments section.
I hope I am incorrect. I am not trying to hate on this project, quite the opposite. I am very excited at the prospect of Areal actually coming to the Wii U.
I would ask Thomas Whitehead to offer up any information he has regarding the people involved with this project.

conman2012

#5

conman2012 said:

I am very interested in the project, and sad to hear there are some concerns already.

I guess more info will come out in time.

NauticalCrimes

#6

NauticalCrimes said:

It is strange that they've showed off nothing of this new scaleable proprietary engine. The footage in the video was all stalker or footage of the UNITY 3D edtior. Possibly a prototype?

They're now claiming in the comments that they looked at a bunch of engines before settling on one. But if the engine exists why show shots of a unity prototype?

For the record I'd love a post-apo-survi-horro-fp-tp-s on the wiiu (and I've backed this project) but I may pull out unless I see some actual game footage in the next 29 days.

AndyWARbear

#8

AndyWARbear said:

@placidcasual The vast majority of the issues are with the details shown in the trailer and their website.
-The majority of the footage shown is from STALKERS, as are the concept drawings.
-They are using the Unity engine instead of their own game engine, which they quote is scalable, allowing for the downgrade to Wii U.
-Vostok Games(Ex STALKER devs) appears to have confirmed on their forums that the people associated with the project are not STALKER and Metro Last Light devs
-Estimated finish date of September 2015 and they have nothing to actually show for it, and for only $50,000.00 it appears a very small budget for where the project appears to be at.
-The author of the book "Areal" has no connection to this project, granted I don't speak Ukranian so that's a difficult one to confirm.

Honestly, on their own I could look past them. But the more I look into it, the more I need to see before I back it again.
Please don't take my word for it, if you are interested please check some details for yourself guys. I have noticed there's an update on the Kickstarter page. Hopefully as time goes on all my concerns are alleviated.

EDIT- The name associated with the payment doesn't match any of the staff named. West-Games have stated the man works there in their PR team but it seems a little off.

Peach64

#9

Peach64 said:

I'm pretty intrigued by this. Stalker and the two Metro titles are some of the most atmospheric games I've ever played. I'll have to look deeper into it before backing though.

conman2012

#10

conman2012 said:

I took a look on the kickstarter comments. Lots of concerns listed. Perhaps it was too good to be true.

NauticalCrimes

#11

NauticalCrimes said:

Cash pledged went from 28 thou to 19 thou. People are getting concerned. This may be a scam after all. Vostok are claiming they're not who they say they are.

Pod

#14

Pod said:

I'm interested if it ends up actually looking anything like the concept art. Also, they got four guys names Eugene on the team. That's got to guarantee a certain level of synergy during production!

PvtOttobot

#15

PvtOttobot said:

@Shiryu Kickstarter is who needs to do something about this! They could probably coax all the facts out of the creators of Areal on threat of shutting down the project.

placidcasual

#16

placidcasual said:

@AndyWARbear thanks, off the back of this I checked the comments on the kickstarter page and there's potentially something fishy going on. Personally ill wait to see how this plays out but I doubt I'll back it.

MAB

#17

MAB said:

Well, I suppose air raid sirens started to sound out around the globe when a developer put forth a glimmer of hope about supporting the Wii U ;)

AJWolfTill

#18

AJWolfTill said:

Shucks, I would have totally supported this but it's looking more and more like a scam. Maybe, just maybe Survivarium can come to the Wii U...

Technosphile

#19

Technosphile said:

Weren't the Metro guys the ones who actually laughed at the idea of porting it to Wii U in an interview?

EDIT: ah yes, "horrible, slow CPU" was the quote.

ricklongo

#20

ricklongo said:

It's not really my kind of game, but I do hope they make it. I may even get in once it's released, I just won't pay for it in advance.

Spoony_Tech

#21

Spoony_Tech said:

@Technosphile I was just about to say something about that. I remember something along those lines and they seem to be laughing about it as in it would never happen. Looks to be false anyways so whatevers I guess. Reminds me a bit of the joke that EA pulled on Twitter a while back.

kyuubikid213

#22

kyuubikid213 said:

I sure hope this isn't a scam. If it is, I'm upset.

If not, then I'll probably back this because it looks to be pretty cool.

BertoFlyingFox

#23

BertoFlyingFox said:

That was a very weird trailer, the voice-over just kept repeating the name "Areal" and the previous S.T.A.L.K.E.R games. And saying "a famous writer" was working on it without announcing his/her name is even weirder.

The comments seem to point that all of these are recycled STALKER assets....these guys need to either defend their claims with something a bit more candid, or disappear without a trace if this is a scam.

Shambo

#24

Shambo said:

I hope all the talk about this being false is not true, since I liked STALKER on my pc, and would've really wanted Metro to make it to the Wii U (didn't get it because of it not happening).

audiobrainiac

#25

audiobrainiac said:

I think this game sounds great! I really hope it makes it to Wii U. If it does, I'll probably get it.

blaze8937

#26

blaze8937 said:

It looks like a pretty interesting project but after all that im hearing about it...I wouldnt back it as of now. If they can somehow remedy the situation and clarify somethings then maybe I would. But for now im gonna sit back and see how this plays out.

SavoirFaire

#27

SavoirFaire said:

I was hoping to see Last Light make it to Wii U, seems that faded away. Will keep an eye on this one.

onery

#29

onery said:

I admittedly went into this not knowing much about the STALKER series or Metro Light; but after reading some info on what's going on, I'll have to take a step back and wait a bit now. I didn't realise most of the stuff they showed in the pitch video was from a previous game and that some of it were even cherry picked from a premade Unity post-apocalyptic set. Not that I mind too much on certain assets being premade, but to not tell it out straight does ring a bell as fishy.

I remain slightly hopeful that this project is legitimate, however unless we hear more from the team behind this project, I cannot in good conscious recommend anyone dropping money in this project until more information is given. It's a definite issue with Kickstarter what with people trying to con/take advantage of others; but with sharp eyed members of the interwebs we can hopefully reduce the incidences of such heinous activities...

PS: I did feel something off with the rather low funding goal of USD50000 and little to no information given on projected spending plans... but I figured I give them the benefit of the doubt, that is until all this news of basically possible fraud.

HandheldGuru97

#30

HandheldGuru97 said:

Well this looked promising, but reading comments on the Kickstarter page and other websites makes me pretty confident that it is a scam. Which is a damn shame because the Wii U needs some post-apocalyptic action. (Sits here and crosses fingers in false false hope that Fallout 4 comes to the U :P)

jjmesa16

#31

jjmesa16 said:

Too many zombie/post-apocalyptic games these days. I'll probably be skipping out on this too since I'm not into this genre.

SahashraLA

#33

SahashraLA said:

I wouldn't bet on anything by anyone from the Last Light team to ever arrive on Wii U. After all the delays with Kickstarted projects, I think console gamers are going to give up interest in the whole thing. It's good for PC, but never seems to really come together for consoles.
I'm still surprised Shovel Knight is out here tomorrow, but when's Europe getting it? Where's Tengami and Teslagrad, both of whom have been out elsewhere for months? Is Pier Solar ever going to deliver? I know at least 2 people that have been waiting for their Genesis carts and for over 18 months now.
Kickstarter was a fad. I hope it passes soon and that the developers that deserve it find ways to get their games made. I'm just sick of being screwed around. Then again, being a Nintendo fan, I should be used to it.
I guess it all comes down to trust. As in, despite any delays, I still trust Nintendo's product. These devs need to earn that and by setting unreachable release windows, it doesn't help inspire that trust.

Mega719

#34

Mega719 said:

I thought this game looked great when watching the video but I see that it's immediately claimed fake using footage and concept art from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I never heard of it until now so it's a good thing people pointed it out. I don't support campaigns anyway if this is fake I'm sure they would get in a lot more legal trouble for scamming people for their money

Muyounosuke

#35

Muyounosuke said:

Well it looks like they contacted Vostok games and they have since deleted the thread in which one of the devs accused them of being fake. So it may not be fake afterall but there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered.

okamiki

#36

okamiki said:

Well I'm suspicious about this. Metro guys doing a game for wii u?? Only that is reason to be concerned...

THENAMESNORM

#37

THENAMESNORM said:

This looks great, and I was going to make this my first backed project however I am not going to lie, peoples concerns about the legitimacy of this project are the sole reason I have not pledged as of yet. I would hate for this to be legitimate but not get funded because of peoples concerns however the required funding seems rather modest.

Sir_Deadly

#39

Sir_Deadly said:

well this trailer and voice over looks so unprofessional and no actual footage of the game is shown. Most kickstarter games have something to show and are already in development and they atleast sit and talked to the camera about wut they are doing and wut there game is about.

midnafanboy

#40

midnafanboy said:

Im sad this is not real and is just a scam.And nintendolife do you know this a scam or you're just going to leave this article like this without saying anything.

Wolfenstein83

#41

Wolfenstein83 said:

I am a super huge fan of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series and this has me excited...but now what is this I hear about a scam?
It does suck that there were only clips used from past games and nothing really new was shown, also they are no longer using the X-Ray game engine, which I thought was a pretty good looking graphics engine.
I hope this turns out to be a real thing and I will not donate a cent until it is confirmed to be the real deal.
I didn't like the end of the video though, when the narrator says "We make the best games, because we know how" what the heck kind of boast is that, sounds like something an ignorant jerk would say, it's like something you would have heard back in the day when Nintendo and Sega were competing with each other.
They also said this will be a spiritual successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, but I thought that's what the Metro games were?
When they have more to show and more to say, I will be all eyes and ears, until then, this thing does seem kind of odd.

Wolfenstein83

#42

Wolfenstein83 said:

One other thing too, if they want people to pitch in money for this project, why wouldn't they elaborate more on what the plot of the game is, along with any types of concepts and game play they have so far?
Instead of just showing footage from past games and the narrator trying to make it sound like they are some hardcore dev team?

ogo79

#43

ogo79 said:

i get a lot of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s irl. guess thats the price i pay for looking better then yer average retro gamer.

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