Godus will not require constant Internet connection

Single-player mode in Peter Molyneux's Populous reinvention will not demand constant connection; prototype video released.

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Peter Molyneux's Populous reinvention Godus will not require a constant Internet connection for its single-player mode, developer 22Cans announced through its Kickstarter page. An Internet will be required for multiplayer and some "other features," but nothing more.

"The question regarding DRM also keeps coming up," the company said. "The answer is simple; you will be able to play the single-player experience of Godus without needing to go online; you can play it while on a plane or when you're in a cave. No Internet connection required to play the game in single-player. An online connection is required for online multiplayer and potentially some additional features, but the single-player campaign does not require you to be online in order to be able to play."

22Cans also has released the first prototype gameplay video for Godus. The company cautioned that the footage (below) is work-in-progress and is "by no means" representative of the final game. A second video, with narration from Molyneux, will be released sometime today.

The Kickstarter campaign for Godus ends in three days and must tally an additional £82,000 ($132,946) to reach its goal. At press time, the fund stands at £367,547 ($595,903) pledged of its £450,000 ($729,990) goal. Nearly 12,000 have contributed to the Godus Kickstarter.

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Solid_Azeus
Solid_Azeus

get more followers more powers then what? sounds boring to me but this is just a prototype. Star citizen did a much better demo of its game

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

"Very nice!" in response to the issue at hand. Nothing more on the game as a whole.

lemonhead_75
lemonhead_75

Its a nice little demonstration. I hope they add more graphics. More kinds of architecture for houses, more kinds of trees and more varied terrain. Hopefully it'll have some nice electronic music too.

6orange6
6orange6

flame if you wish, but I dont get PC gamers and DRM. They go insane with rage if a game requires constant access to the internet, despite the fact that all modern computers are connected to the net all the time, then they go very quiet about the out of control piracy on PC games. And very extra quiet about how PC game makers are supposed to pay their mortgages.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I'm not that impressed by the trailer. I'd rather play the original

tgwolf
tgwolf

Please tell me I am not the only one that is both relieved and not surprised by this...I applaud this past-due innovation, but only as such--PAST DUE!

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

It's crazy that such a question needs to be asked. Online should never be needed for Single Player.

ss4matador
ss4matador

Loved the art, but not the gameplay.

obsequies
obsequies

always online shouldn't even be an option today.. ridiculous 

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

Great news it wont be always online like so many PC games today.. I can actually enjoy playing single player offline and won't have issues if my crappy internet drops out.

 

I'll be keeping my eye on this game, looks interesting.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Peter Molyneux gets no more money from me.  I'm still stuck on a game-breaking bug in Fable 3 that was introduced when I PAID for some DLC.  They even promised to fix it with a future patch, but that patch never came and I can NEVER complete Fable 3 because of this.  I even bought the limited collectors edition.  Sucks that the customers that support them never get support back.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Funny quote.. but this really shouldn't be an issue.

 

hinzkunz
hinzkunz

Looks totally crap to me ... hey, I know that it is just a proof of concept but as such it should at least somehow illustrate in which direction gameplay and graphic style will be going and I don't like it.

 

Give me Popolus over this any day of the week.

 

ssj2los
ssj2los

Wow! What a concept! Only a genius could come up with an idea like this. So complex and original. Let me go fund this project right now!!

SolidTy
SolidTy

I want this to be great, but I'm skeptical because Molyneux has let me down so much this past decade.

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

I really hope this art style does not reflect the final product, 

jackrg
jackrg

Did anyone else READ the post ? they said "you can play Single player without being on the internet."

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

Too bad it won't get funded, I just had a look at the Kickstarter, they still need like another $60,000 in 71 hours...

ndawgdrake
ndawgdrake

Obvious. Who the hell would kickstart a game with draconian drm?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Looks cute, and it looks really good for only 2 weeks in the oven.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Man the internet has spoilt you children. Basic common sense does help one calm down a bit when your stupid kicks in. I don't know why developers even bother with concept demo's and alpha build sneak peeks because all of the stupid people bitch and moan about how underwhelming and bad it looks which in term enrages and annoys the not stupid people that understand the concept and take it as how it was stated. This is a very quick demo you stupid, stupid people. There are no castles yet or end game content, obviously. You know those little white shapes over the black background on the screen between the gameplay? Those are called letters, you form them to make words and if you read those words it will help you understand what is going on.

AUSTZoRrO
AUSTZoRrO

Doesn't look anything like the original Populous game I played on PC almost 15 years ago. I remember being a Shaman and casting spells and training villagers to become priests, warriors, flame thrower dudes, etc. 

HK-47
HK-47

"Civilisation"

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

It doesn't matter. When they force you to stay online, I simply don't buy the game and head straight to the pirate bay. 

Tzardok
Tzardok

I know its just a proof of concept, but I hope they don't go with these building designs.

 

I remember Populos (a got one from gog again), I liked that game, castles were cool and they had knights in it which I would imagine it could be made cool as well.

 

I am not impressed so far and I rather keep playing the original and it's sequel. I will keep an eye out however should it improve.

 

Just remember it is Molyneux, so underestimate the project as much as you can until it is delivered, you may be able to avoid disappointments.

DoomSky
DoomSky

Video looks pretty underwhelming I know it's just a proof of concept for kickstarter but Planetary Annihilation video for kickstarter was awesome. I also liked how the epic music din't fit a few villagers having a punch up at all. 

Karlinel
Karlinel

Underwhelming, even by Molyneux's standards...not surprising that Kickstarter isnt going nuts over it.

toshineon
toshineon

You know, a few years ago, this wouldn't have been news, you'd expect the single player in a game to work offline. Shit's gone wrong since those times.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

 @6orange6 My answer is a lot angrier and direct. It offends me greatly when games connect to Internet for functions that in no way benefit me; single player is a prime example. I know it benefits the publishers, but that makes no difference to my feelings. Since I consider games that are worth my time to be worth my money, I can't really share useful feelings on piracy.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

 @6orange6 Look it is like this, not everyone has the same internet, same gaming pc, same life as you 6orange6. While the majority of america has access to broadband, broadband is not all created equally. Just wiki broadband in the US to see how diverse, and how far behind we are in its implementation. Oh and Satellite, 1g-3g wireless just do not count. 

Many gamers here and elsewhere have to contend with everything from power outages, internet outages, money outages, can't get that damn router to work with my NAT outages. Technical issues that range from too many family members on same isp bumping you off, bandwidth lags (torrents, netflix, funny cat videos), to just wanting to take your game system where there is no broadband. 

 

-After 13 yrs of writing to my congressmen and senators- we finally got broadband, a DSL - (with 100+ms latency on everything) in my area in August 2012, and I am grateful for it. And I live 7 miles from a city. I still know many who only have dial up as an option. Lets just hope it doesn't take another 13 yrs before we can get cable / Fios connection to here. 

 

Still though look at the millions of complaints of people who just want to play a single player campaign that they payed for when they want to. Yes piracy is a valid point and a loss of profit for game companies - but there are many other ways to combat it.  

 

You know this reminds me of Hurrican Katrina when many congressmen just did not understand why so many in Louisiana just did not load up in their 50k SUV, or fly to the nearest 4star hotel and order room service while waiting out the storm. 

duylinhs
duylinhs

 @6orange6 Because not everyone is a rich boy with flawless internet that works 100% of the time with impeccable connection speed and stability, don't assume everyone is like you. Not to mention you can't play games in-flight. Piracy is not "out of control" as many blew it up. You can't enjoy online feature by pirating the game (which is usually 50%+ of the game value) so logically if people really like it they will buy it. And hey, piracy doesn't affect us directly,so who gives a fuck? Not like I can't play my games if someone else pirate it, ain't my business?

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@Rattlesnake_8

"so many PC games" Blizzard and slightly older Ubisoft games but most Single Player games from other companies don't need Always Online. Even Ubisoft have stopped that nonsense because of the backlash.

deathstream
deathstream

 @E-i-N-e

 Now it needs 42K in 62 hours.  It will get there.  He has made a lot of friends in the industry over the years.  If it is close at the end, he'll get a nudge.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Tzardok ....yeah under estimate him because of 2 games out of how many he's made in his career? If there's one thing Peter does well its god sims populous and populous the beginning were my most played ps1 games (was to young for a PC back then but the PS1 got awesome ports of PC games) and the absolutely fantastic black and white which is hands down the best game if his I've played god sim + virtual Godzilla sized pet = awesome

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

 @DoomSky

 well it was made in 2 weeks. although Planetary Annihilation looks AWESOME!! im as excited for that as i am for star citizen! god i love kick starter

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @toshineon All games work offline if they are cracked. Even Diablo 3 was working offline while people who paid where having mad problems with the game.

 

Whoever is dumb enough to do this simply loses me as a customer and can  rest assured that if I like their game I will head straight to the Pirate Bay. You screw me over, I get back at you. 

aniforprez
aniforprez

 @SirNormanislost  @Tzardok dude do you realise how fucking long ago that was? that's almost 20 years ago. what has he done recently? been behind the last 2 fables one of which was a kinect game and made a stupid mobile app from which he could be potentially minting money. this guy may have been someone great but he's got very little clout now. proof is how badly his kickstarter has done. look at elite:dangerous and star citizen and double-fine adventure and tell me how shittily this has performed. this might get funded but i'm not sure how well this game will turn out

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

 @aniforprez  @Tzardok

 20 years? black and white was released in 2001, fable1 was released in 2004 and black and white 2 was 2005 so thats 7 years

 

also everything went down hill after microsoft acquired lionhead i blame them for the rush jobs personally

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @genjuroT  @Krazykid3333  @toshineon Well that was just my way of saying things. I will say it again differently this time. I refuse to accept any restrictions of this kind as I feel that it is infringing my human rights. If I own something, I should be able to do as I please with it and nobody should tell me how to use it. By doing such a thing, they are basically implying that I do not own the material which I paid for with my own money, therefore I am renting it. Piracy is basically the same concept than borrowing something from a friend, meaning you are doing absolutely nothing wrong. Does the video store make you pay the full price of a movie when you rent them? Of course it doesn't. The rest speaks for itself, I'm pretty sure you got what I'm saying. 

 

Btw, that was an awesome quote! 

genjuroT
genjuroT

 @Dnaisinmybody  @Krazykid3333  @toshineon he's just saying two wrongs don't make a right, from you saying "You screw me over, I get back at you." Nothing about internet or pirating.

 

He shoulda said "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." -Nietzsche

Dnaisinmybody
Dnaisinmybody

 @Krazykid3333  @toshineon Tell me where it is wrong to download anything at all. You do know that the average pirate buys more stuff than those who don't pirate at all. It's not my opinion, it's an actual fact. You clearly have no clue what you are talking about. If you actually followed what's going on all over the internet you'd be encouraging people to be pirates unless you're made of evil.