January has been a bit slow for interesting Kickstarter releases, but things have really started to pick up towards the end of the month. One game that caught our eye this week goes by the name of Cradle, and it comes from the minds at Mojo Game Studio.
Cradle is an open-world adventure game set in a fantasy realm shrouded in mystery and full of old gods. There was a battle amongst the gods, and Aderyn, the god of free will and creation was taken down by his brethren. His works were wiped from the face of the planet, and it wasn’t a good day for any of his followers. You play a man in exile who finds comfort and refuge at one of Aderyn’s shrines before deciding to take up arms in his name and help bring free will back to the world.
Cradle is all about the story, and its environments have been designed with that in mind. There are four open-worlds to explore, and each is quite different from the next as you can see from the artwork. Whether you’re looking for molten madness or a vast desert – they’ve got you covered.
As for the gameplay, the combat system is built with an emphasis on skill instead of dumb luck (never a bad thing), and there are several different character classes to choose from. You can be a Druid, Ranger, Paladin, Arcanist or Swordsmen, and each class has weapons that are exclusive to their class. Six weapons each actually, and there are several other rare items hidden throughout the game. Rounding things out are a slew of ‘perks’ and ‘augments’ which help you tweak your character to the way you play.
As Cradle is an adventure game, there’s going to be plenty to explore which is where foraging comes into play. You can’t really trek across deserts and through forests unless you’re properly hydrated and have enough gear. You’ll have to find ingredients to create concoctions to keep you alive as you venture out to unlock the mysteries of Cradle, and the team says you can expect plenty of secrets and hidden treasures along the way.
The Kickstarter for Cradle just got underway, and thus far they’ve managed to raise $19,628 out of their $350,000 goal from 402 backers. Not too shabby for a game that’s only been on Kickstarter for 48 hours or so. Did we mention the game is being done with Cryengine? It is, so it’s safe to say you’re going to get a slick looking game that will look great on a gaming rig.
At the time of this writing, there are 28 days left in Cradle’s Kickstarter campaign, so there’s plenty of time to check them out and show your support if Cradle is your type of game. There are some cool rewards to be had as well, including a full-scale carved wooden replica of the Druid’s staff and named in-game monuments. If successful, you can expect to see Cradle hit PC’s via Steam sometime in the summer of 2016.