Dawn of the Devs is a new Kickstarter project by Underdog Studios all about making game designers the heroes. The 2D puzzle platformer features off-brand versions of designers like Hideo Kojima, Cliff Bleszinski, and Tim Schafer as they battle against a villainous “Chief Evil Overlord”.
The game’s big focus is combining the various abilities of the protagonists. Tom Schiffer can click on objects all around the screen and has an unlimited inventory. Biff Klozinski carries a battle rifle around to blast baddies. It also has a chainsaw for cutting through obstacles. Hiro Komiya is able to sneak by enemies with his trusty cardboard box.
The entire concept seems to have a fun, tongue in cheek manner about it even if some of the jokes are a bit heavy handed; for instance, in the world of Dawn of the Devs, failed games go to waste in the Game-Yard which is ruled over by the vicious Meta-Critic. Still, having a game about the state of games could prove to be a lot of fun. It has at least one developer very amused.
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) September 7, 2016
“We are making this game as a love letter to all those game developers who have given us many unforgettable moments with their games,” Underdog states on the project’s Kickstarter page. “We also wanted to make a game about our industry, a light hearted parody with lots of humour and irony.”
The team is looking for a $65,000 (£48,752) target with plenty of stretch goals. Among these are three additional protagonists: Nick Gable, Milo Devareux, and Shiro Miyata. They are fictional takes on Gabe Newell, Peter Molyneux, and Shigeru Miyamoto respectively.
There’s 29 days to go on the Kickstarter. With enough interest, some of our favourite developers could embark on an adventure of their own.