Godus beta arriving September 13

Prerelease trial period for Peter Molyneux's upcoming god game launching next month; gameworld the size of Jupiter, says designer.

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A prerelease beta for Peter Molyneux's new Kickstarter-funded god game Godus will launch through Steam on September 13, the industry veteran announced today during a PAX Prime keynote address.

Also during the address, Molyneux revealed that the Godus gameworld is the size of Jupiter. He said it would take the entirety of one's life to scroll from one edge of the world to the other.

Godus is a reinvention of Molyneux's classic god game Populous. It is in development at 22Cans for PC, Mac, and mobile devices, and will not require a constant Internet connection for its single-player mode.

Discussion

102 comments
welterdude
welterdude

The size of Jupiter aye?

That statement reeks of an unnecessary amount of copy and paste.

userusertwotime
userusertwotime

I bot it early access Steam.  I wonder if I can sue for carpel tunnel?  Click click clicky click click.  Supposed to be 40% complete, I was incredibly underwhelmed.

BadDog85
BadDog85

1. I'm sure he actually meant that his world is the size of Jupiter's LANDMASS...

2. The world map probably loops back, making you scroll forever.

There you go, Peter, fixed that for you.


PS: all that size, and the stinking draw distance of the map couldn't be set outside the screen edges...

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I somewhat welcome Peter Molyneux's enthusiasm and what he wants his games to be, but when released they all have one thing in common - They disappoint, because only a tiny little fraction of all he talked about is actually in the game and even that's implemented pretty limited.

When he's talking about the world having the size of Jupiter it first sounds awesome - Then you realise it's a huge ass world that all looks the same with nothing to do in it, but to repeat what you were doing in your small starting location anyways until you reach a point where you lose overview and are defeated.

In the interview over at IGN he talked about the online part - Remember that one guy that 'won' the "Curiosity" experiment ?
Well, he's being given god powers for 6 months, being able to control weather and other things, affecting all multiplayer players - So basically this one guy can ruin the game for everyone every X days.
After his 6 month reign of terror he can be challenged to a fight and the winner is then the next "Godus" for 6 months and so on.

Thanks, I'll gladly take the offline game then, but only if it's more than just a bunch of ideas thrown together.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I'm still waiting for us to lad some people on Jupiter.  I know some people I'd like to see have that opportunity.

BuBsay
BuBsay

"He said it would take the entirety of one's life to scroll from one edge of the world to the other."

Damnit Molyneux, haven't we talked about spouting bull before with every single other game you've released?

Crimson_Erskine
Crimson_Erskine

Let's see with typical Molyneaux most of what he said is a lie. Which parts is the mystery. Seriously, this guy should retire. He is now just another blight on the industry. 

zeroninja
zeroninja

OK guys i think you need to watch some of the other videos on this because the world wont be empty or bland

the world will consist of every other human player this is more of an experiment than a game, what will happon when 5 million people meet at the edge's of there area. i mean what would you do ? Kill them, join with them and reach the space age.

This is also a clever achievement to get everyone in the same world not "hosting small severs" 1 big world and mostly beng made by the CPU every bit u change on the map will affect weather and so on. 

Common join the experiment and see if you can beat me into space lol 

fiendless7
fiendless7

spoiler alert: peter molyneux is god.

00J
00J

classic grandiose delusions from this guy... 

Alves_19
Alves_19

Is it open beta?? or i have to buy it to have acess??

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

"He said it would take the entirety of one's life to scroll from one edge of the world to the other."


Great. Hope it was worth it...


EDIT: By which I mean I hope it was worth creating it. I find it hard to believe that even the biggest über-nerd would actually spend their life scrolling across it. But given that claim, I can't imagine that this "Jupiter-sized" landmass would actually contain much worth seeing. Game worlds like Skyrim might not be as vast but there's more worth seeing.

Retro_Hermit
Retro_Hermit

"Game world the size of Jupiter".......why? what on earth is the point? This just sounds so ridiculous. This man needs to retire. 

Doomerang
Doomerang

Am I the only one who thinks Molyneux looks outright psychotic in the pic of him on the video, before you click play?

bobdimstar
bobdimstar

Molyneux : in twitter i do not have followers,only worshippers.  HAIL to the GOD Baby

ah17278
ah17278

 Playing as a GOD what nonsense; what message do developers deliver?

IncisionX
IncisionX

This is Peter Molyneux so his Jupiter sized world is probably the size of an Egg.

TheBruuz
TheBruuz

"What's inside the box" is good when you as a developper or storyteller (J.J.) KNOW what's inside the box beforehand and know it's good!

Following the rabbit down the rabbithole for 6 seasons (Lost) to discover what's at the end is total shit is a letdown of LEGENDARY proportions!

I personally don't like J.J because of this. To me, he shows utter contempt for his public, as if we were cattle to lead around for a bit. "Hey, follow me over here, it's amazing, at least I think it will be...well, ok, it wasn't, but what a ride, no?" No, it wasn't, you just stole my time I could've spent discovering real amazing things...

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

It looks like humans and some giants? If there are no monsters and no races, that would be one big bland world.

Llednar7
Llednar7

The look on his face on that video though...

bedsize
bedsize

The original Populus was amazing, and so was the spin off Powermonger, if this isn't buggy and delivers what was promised. It will be amazing as hell too. 

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

"Also during the address, Molyneux revealed that the Godus gameworld is the size of Jupiter. He said it would take the entirety of one's life to scroll from one edge of the world to the other"

Typical Molyneux talk. Why am I not surprised?

sgt_hunter
sgt_hunter

"He said it would take the entirety of one's life to scroll from one edge of the world to the other."

Challenge Accepted! >:D

FoxbatAlpha
FoxbatAlpha

Eddie try to post the news without trolling. Just once.

JackFlakk
JackFlakk

Game world the size of Jupiter?  Really?  Your game world has an approximate surface area of 23.7 billion square miles?  Well, let's hope that none of those billions of square miles are occupied by creatures that eat their own poop.

SecularSage
SecularSage

A giant world is only exciting if there are things to do in it. If it winds up being a giant EMPTY world, that will be a strike against it.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

ouch ... don't like the look of that at all

vadagar1
vadagar1

hope they work some more on the single player components 

vadagar1
vadagar1

hmmmmmmmm after watching the video


seems interesting.... but I don't know 

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

I enjoy the fact that the world is that big. I do not believe it when Molyneux says it though. Fable was good, even Fable 2 was game if you got it for cheap. However, they were nowhere near what he was talking about. Example: the hand holding in Fable 3 (I know it was a bad game no need to say it). He talked about it philosophically and then you are forced use it unnecessarily once or twice.

Talis12
Talis12

so how much did the winner of Curiosity had to do with this?

wilson336
wilson336

@Doomerang He looks like he is trying out for the role of Dr. Evil in a new Austin Powers movie. Maybe he is the new Diet Coke of evil?

MADPADDY
MADPADDY

@ah17278 

Im as much a god as any other,because they dont exist.

MiltoxBeyond
MiltoxBeyond

@ah17278 I enjoy playing as a GOD.  It means I can shape the way the game is played.  That is the message that they deliver, you have the freedom to choose. I like this sort of game and there are plenty of people that do too.

Jasurim
Jasurim

Just noticed...why on earth are those links lol.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@Psycho_truth Nightmares of that, I always forgot to save and my computer would crash a lot back then. I had to watch that cutscene way too many times.

picho86
picho86

@Talis12 Since he doesn't even like games that much, I'm guessing very little.

Stiler
Stiler

@picho86 @Talis12 What do you mean? From what I read a while back he likes games, he's just young and isn't really too familiar with Peter's games (Populous/Dungeon Keeper, etc). He's more of a halo/battlefied gamer.