By Joseph Leray
Tribute Games, the Canadian indie studio behind Wizorb, are Kickstarting a new 2D run-and-gun platformer called Mercenary Kings.
Citing games like Megaman, Metal Slug, and Phantasy Star Online as inspiration, Mercenary Kings comes with a pedigree, backed up by most of the team that worked on 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Of particular note is artist Paul Robertson, whose made a name for himself as an evocative and expressive (if not sometimes NSFW) pixel artist.
An introductory trailer suggests that Tribute are taking a Borderlands-style approach to 2D action, promising “endless” customization options for your weapons, all wrapped up in a larger mission structure. I’ll tackle the cat-tank boss first, I think.
According to the team’s Kickstarter video, revenues from Wizorb are partly funding Mercenary Kings, but extra money is needed to complete what their calling a “more ambitious” game. In a perfect world, Tribute would need about $200,000 to fully realize Mercenary Kings, but a modest $75,000 will allow them to make and publish the game. Any extra funding will go to adding more weapons and levels and to exploring a multi-platform release.
Besides a few scraps of concept art, details are scarce: the game is using the Wizorb engine, which is apparently flexible enough for PC, Mac, XBLA, iOS, and Linux. Tribute’s Kickstarter campaign has about three weeks left and, if funded, Mercenary Kings will be available in May 2013.