30 October 2013 - California, USA/… Perihelion Interactive has confirmed that its Tsarist space opera RPG The Mandate, has been Greenlit and has been offered worldwide distribution through Steam.
To commemorate this, the first gameplay screenshots have been released, depicting a deep space skirmish between pirates and a battle squadron loyal to the Empress of The Mandate.
Perihelion has also confirmed its planned pricing structure through Steam (and pre-ordering through the current Kickstarter campaign), due for release Q1 2015 on Windows, Mac and Linux:
Main Game + Official Soundtrack*
Main game + OST + lore codex + 3x content updates**
Steam: $40 approx.
Main game + OST + lore codex + season pass (3x content updates + first expansion pack) + beta
Steam: $55 approx.
Main game + OST + lore codex + season pass + beta + alpha + great captain document***
Steam: $100 approx.
Perihelion has also confirmed that anyone who pledges to buy The Mandate through Kickstarter and PayPal will also receive a choice of a Steam key or applicable DRM free license at launch.
* digital download.
** mini expansions to be launched after the game is out.
*** The design tiers that let players put their mark on the game are only available via Kickstarter and PayPal for backers who help donate $100 or more.
Ole Herbjørnsen, Executive Producer, Perihelion Interactive said:
“The content updates will not be Zero-day DLC, but rather proper mini-expansions. These either add new gameplay features or mechanics to The Mandate, or will provide more content that will increase player enjoyment of the current game session or motivate them to create a new character and replay the game.
“The expansion pack will be a full-blown expansion, reminiscent of the good old days of PC gaming. It will extend the original game with 50%+ content, add substantial replay value as well as a raft of extra end-game content.”
The first gameplay trailer of The Mandate recently received its world debut at an exclusive presentation on the Game Stage at the MCM London Comic Con. The first Kickstarter campaign to have ever presented on the Game Stage at the MCM London Comic Con, a brief video teaser depicting The Mandate’s character customisation component also debuted at the show.
About The Mandate
The Mandate is a six-player, cooperative, sandbox sci-fi RPG, planned for release Q1 2015 on Windows, Mac and Linux. Set in a dystopian future controlled by a Russian Empire inspired by the Tsars of history, you take on the role of a captain at the helm of an evolving, dynamic ship that a crew of hundreds call home. As captain, you’ll command a crew of officers selected and honed by you, taking them into epic space battles, boarding operations and galaxy exploration. Whilst epic in scale, The Mandate takes the concept of sci-fi RPGs to the next level by rooting the drama in your relationship with the crew – they and the galaxy map will adapt and react to the strategic choices you make, the battles you win… and those that you lose.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of X-Com, Fallout, Mount & Blade, Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Star Trek Online, The Mandate was in the top 3 games on Steam Greenlight before being successfully Greenlit on 29 October 2013, and has already raised over $190,000 in its Kickstarter campaign, due to end on 1st December 2013. The Perihelion team is comprised of industry veterans, who have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Mafia II, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.
The game is planned for a Q1 2015 release and can either be played solo, or with five other friends for additional strategic and tactical challenges. Perihelion has designed the game to be a no-compromise experience for multiplayer and single-player, and players should not notice a difference in enjoyment level or depth playing either alone or with friends.
Title: The Mandate
Developer: Perihelion Interactive
Genre: Sci-fi RPG
Launch Platforms: [Windows, Linux, Mac + TBD]
Release date: [Q1 2015]
Press kit: http://factions.mandategame.com/images/press_kit.zip
About Perihelion Interactive
Founded in 2013 by a team of internationally based veteran game developers, Perihelion Interactive’s first project is the science fiction RPG The Mandate. Members of the Perihelion team have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, Mafia 2, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.