Stellar Overload

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Stellar Overload (formerly Planets³, pronounced «planetscube») is a 3D open-world voxel-based RPG in first person, from Cubical Drift studio. It was successfully funded through Kickstarter on April 3rd, 2014, and its campaign ended on April 5th, 2014, successfully raising $310,708.

The game is inspired by other games like Minecraft, Skyrim, Starbound or Zelda; movies like Star Wars; and even construction games like Lego.

Key features[edit | edit source]

The key elements of the game are:

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Some important dates of Planets³ development:

  • Mar-Apr 2014: Kickstarter campaign
  • Mar 09, 2014: Planets³ Steam Greenlight concept
  • Mar 27, 2014: Prototype is released to the press
  • Apr 21, 2014 - Jun 22, 2014: Online store opens with Kickstarter equivalent rewards (except for add-ons and top tiers).
  • Jun 02, 2014: Backers can start registering, validating tier selection and optionally selecting add-ons with the remaining pledge amount.
  • Jun 30, 2014: Official forum is opened.
  • Aug 06, 2014: Official website is reworked, and now includes a development progress chart.
  • Sep 01, 2014: Technical prototype (v0.7.7) is released.
  • Oct 29, 2014: Decision to switch game engine from Ogre to Unreal Engine 4.
  • Jan 07, 2015: Pre-alpha version is released.
  • May 27, 2015: First alpha version is released.
  • Jul-Sep 2016: First building contest, used to select the spaceship for Steam game cover.
  • Jul 12, 2016: Game wins $15 000 via Unreal Dev Grants[1].
  • Oct 12, 2016: Game is released on Steam early access.

Roadmap[edit | edit source]

The initial roadmap from Kickstarter campaign in March 2014
The revised roadmap after decision to switch game engine in October 2014

The intial roadmap from Kickstarter campaign has shifted by a few months, in particular due to unforeseen replacement of Ogre game engine with Unreal Engine[2]

Race to Space[edit | edit source]

The first release, named Planets³: Race to Space, is to be finalized, with all features complete, for end of 2015 and will include all the goals up to 500 000$ (with the Planets³ editor). It will take place in the first solar system, with the storyline suspended beyond that...

The estimated timeline (as of October 2014) is:

  • End 2014: Race to Space pre-alpha
  • Begining 2015: Race to Space alpha
  • Middle 2015: Race to Space beta
  • End 2015': Race to Space release

Space Enemies[edit | edit source]

The release of the 'full game', named Planets³: Space Enemies, will open onto the universe and lead to a climactic story ending. Some clues will be scattered in the first opus, though mostly in annex quests and dungeons.

The estimated timeline is:

  • 2017: Space Enemies release

Cubical Drift[edit | edit source]

Cubical Drift

Current development team is composed of:

  • NeoM (Michel Thomazeau) - CEO, Co Funder
  • Cording Marmot (Fabien Perrot) - Dev Lead, Co Funder
  • Guyk (Guillaume Grodwohl) - Dev, Co Funder
  • Mick (Mickaël Parisot) - Dev
  • Altaus (Olivier Fouques) - Web Lead
  • ReyMantha (Alexandre Rey) - Lead Artist - [1]
  • Martino (Martin Brunet) - 3D Generalist
  • Merakline (Kelly Recco) - 3D Generalist [2]
  • Liwhem (Wilfried Nass) - Sound Designer [3]
  • Lexi - Administration

Former team members:

  • C34 (Alex Vial) - 2D Artist

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The ³ can be done on Windows using Alt + 0179 keys.
  • Technically, if translated to English correctly, Planets³ should be pronounced «Planets cubed.»
  • The Mac stretch goal on the Kickstarter campaign was successfully reached on April 5rd, 2014.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.unrealengine.com/news/july-epic-games-awards-75k-in-unreal-dev-grants
  2. https://www.planets-cube.com/news/details/27