Competitive godding? Hey, you - get offa my cloud.
By Alice Lynton on September 15, 2013 at 7:06 am
Peter Molyneux’s long-awaited new god game is finally within your grasp. Following a brief period during which it was restricted to crowdfunding backers, Godus is up on Steam Early Access with a price tag of USD$19.99.
The new game is currently in beta, so don’t expect a full feature set or a bug-free experience – of course. Still, the initial vision is there for you to check out – a single persistent and truly enormous world in which players build up their regions and contest or co-operate with their neighbours to build into the greatest religion and civilisation.
Godus is the second release from 22 Cans, an independent developer founded by Molyneux when he finally saw a chance to break free of Microsoft, where his role as Lionhead Studios leader and Microsoft Game Studios boss left him with little time for anything but administration. The first was Curiosity, a social game whose eventual winner will be the first über-god of Godus – although later, we’ll be able to challenge his reign.
It’s been a long time since the Theme Park and Fable creator tried his hand at god sims; the last true effort was Black & White, which got a mixed reception. Molyneux’s second ever game was Populous, which pretty much debuted the genre.