Have you ever wanted to participate in the development of a video game, but maybe you don’t have the skill set to do it professionally? What if there was a way to contribute to a game where your ideas, sketches, and feedback could actually make a difference? Well now there is. Geek & Sundry is teaming up with Funhaus and Machinima to help launch Lenovo’s Game State, a community-developed video game where anyone can sign up to offer creative contributions and feedback. Our own Michele Morrow sat down with Marcus Moore to get updates on the project, which you can watch in the video at the top of this page.
The game is being developed at Dark Rift, a newly-formed core team of three former Blizzard developers: Michael Reardon, Daniel Julian, and Nigel Nikitovich. Their credits include Diablo III, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and StarCraft II, so you know they know their stuff. Get to know them in the video below.
The unnamed game is a sci-fi tower-defense piece that centers around heroes. The community is given hero concepts and encouraged to select their favorites as well as offer ideas for what they’d like to see with said heroes. So even if you’re like me and can’t draw anything better than stick figures doing kung-fu, this is an amazing opportunity to get your ideas out there. It’s rare that a game company involves the community in the design to this extent.
If you’re interested in participating, you can check out Game State’s website to sign up and explore. You’ll be a regular designer before you know it!