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iPad: DarkNet: A Cyberpunk Turn-Based Strategy Game (from Mirror Match Games)

08-05-2011, 11:16 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Davis, CA
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DarkNet: A Cyberpunk Turn-Based Strategy Game (from Mirror Match Games)


Hey Everyone,

I wanted to tell you all about DarkNet, a new online turn-based strategy game we're working on over at Mirror Match Games. It's going to be set in a cyberpunk near future, and the game mechanics are going to pull from some of our favorite games like Valkriya Chronicles, X-Com, and Warhammer tabletop games.

We're really early in in development (a bit under 3 weeks as of writing this), but we're posting weekly dev videos to show our progress. Here are the first three of our weekly dev blogs:

First Post:

Week 2:

Week 3:

Thanks for taking a look, and I'll be sure to update this thread with more devblogs, screenshots, and concept art as I have them!

Last edited by Ryan @ MMG; 09-10-2011 at 04:31 PM.
08-06-2011, 03:21 AM
looks promising! cant wait to see as your ideas get a little more fleshed out.
love you source materials too
x-com is the greatest game ever.

08-06-2011, 08:39 AM
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Kent, UK
Posts: 420
This looks good. Even that week 1 dev video screamed INSTABUY!!! At me.

Has a real Necromunda feel to it, which was an old games workshop tabletop game set in the warhammer universe but in city blocks not battlefields. I approve whole heartedly.

"I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation."
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08-06-2011, 10:24 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Davis, CA
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Oh man, how did I not have necromunda on that list? You're right, it's a fantastic game.

Thanks for the kind words and early encouragement, I'll be sure to pop back in with our next video so you can see the progress!
08-06-2011, 10:30 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 950
Are you also planning to include a single player campaign?

Favorite mobile RTS: Autumn Dynasty, Amoebattle & Red Conquest
Great TBS/SRPGs: Wesnoth, Battle Academy, Kingturn, Pantheon Cycle, Dungeon Crawlers, SW&E, Viking Lords, Metal Brigade Tactics, Tactical Soldier, Ravenmark, Tactics Maiden and Banner Saga
08-06-2011, 10:49 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Davis, CA
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Originally Posted by Marcus70 View Post
Are you also planning to include a single player campaign?
We definitely want to do a single player campaign, but I think we'll probably launch with MP and a small single player tutorial. That'll allow us to really focus on the balance of the units and the MP experience. Once that's working well I'd love to do some SP stuff (be it a long campaign or shorter 'episodes') to explore the lore and characters of the world we're creating.

Ninja Edit: I suppose the "tl;dr" version is that we're a 3 man team, so we've got lots we want to do but we're trying to be smart about how we prioritize and ship stuff.
08-13-2011, 02:23 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Davis, CA
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Another week down, time for the weekly devblog!

This week we worked on integrating some more world assets, some basic weather effects, improving the lighting, and adding some more of the UI.

And it's not covered in the video but I also spent some time writing backstory for the weapon dealing corporations and creating an initial list of gear/gear upgrades. It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to revising/expanding the list in the weeks to come.

And now, video! Enjoy, and as always I'm happy to answer any questions!

08-13-2011, 09:20 AM
Joined: Oct 2009
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cool ..go on awesome work

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08-14-2011, 03:29 PM
Nice. It`s like watching you Guys from the Back through those Developer Videos. Keep up the good Work.
08-15-2011, 04:20 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,092
This looks pretty cool so far.

I'm not completely sure how it will play, but the visuals, even at this early stage, are somehow compelling.