Ambient Studios, creators of charming plague-ridden RTS Death Inc, have sadly succumbed to an advanced case of financial haemorrhaging. Despite Death Inc's promising blend of cheerful Bullfrog-esque humour and inventive strategy controls, the game failed to find its initial Kickstarter target. Since then, an alpha release through the team's website and a successful campaign through Steam's Greenlight appeared to signal a recovery. Unfortunately, it seems, it wasn't enough to keep the studio alive.
Plucky Kickstarter project Death Inc. is still fighting towards its £300,000 target with a little over a week to spare. Yesterday, mighty man of games Peter Molyneux joined with other industry chums to pledge his support to the promising plague-bearing RTS, and today the devs have added another two major bullet-points to the game's list of features: co-op multiplayer and iPad support. You can see both the multiplayer and Molyneux in action after the jump.
The game is sort of Pikmin by way of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which your horde of sweating, puking plague victims sweeps through Merry Old England, claiming the souls of its citizens for the Grim Reaper. It's funny, gorgeous to look at and snappy to control - a fact which you can confirm yourself if you download the demo.
Ambient Studios have released a prototype demo of their plague-bearing Kickstarter hopeful Death Inc. It's an exceptionally early look - the full game isn't due for release until October - but gives you a chance to trial one of the game's levels, spreading infection through the tiny villagers of 17th Century England. It's also a great opportunity to test out the inventive order-painting control scheme.
Death Inc, the strategy management game about spreading plague through 1660s England, has arrived on Kickstarter. The team at Ambient Studios - comprised of former Media Molecule, Lionhead and Criterion staff - are looking for £300,000 to unleash their game on the world.
Typical monolithic corporations, profiting off the misery of others. No, I'm not espousing some knee-jerk sixth-form anti-capitalist sentiment, that's literally what's happening in Death Inc, the upcoming game from Ambient Studios, made up from alumni of Media Molecule, Lionhead and Criterion. Set in 1660s England, the Ministry of Mortality are in the business of death. And business is good.