Hover: Revolt of Gamers is an indie open-world futuristic parkour adventure developed by French studio Fusty Game and published by Midgar Studios. Starting as a Kickstarter project in April 2014, Midgar Games asked for relatively modest $38,000 but to date received $116,398 from 3,843 backers. Hover: Revolt of Gamers has been greenlit, is currently in Early Access on Steam and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both curators and players. The projected completion date is spring 2015.
The competitive aspect of the game will be highly pronounced and the actions of other players will always be visible in the background in some way. For example, television screens around the city will show multiplayer races in progress as well as past winners and even allow you to bet on the races as they happen. The community will also be able to create competitive events in real time, thus providing a steady source of fresh content.
Hover: Revolt of Gamers will feature full character customization, experience-based character progression, first and third-person cameras, full VR support, a level editor, multiplayer and co-op (split screen is uncertain at this point), a UI-free mode, shops with purchasable equipment and much more. The story-driven part of Hover: Revolt of Gamers will revolve around the mayor of Hover City, who’s decided to stamp out fun by banning all video games. Approaching various gamers strewn across Hover City and completing missions for them will enable you to eventually recruit them and customize their skills to your liking..
The soundtrack was composed by Hideki Naganuma, who did the soundtrack for Jet Set Radio. Another nostalgic nod to the original is the Graffiti Mode, where you run around the city spray-painting over anti-gaming propaganda, giving yourself and your team various stat boosts in the process. The game will be available on PC/Linux/Mac, Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U.
Hover: Revolt of Gamers takes neon-bright characters drawn in a cartoony art style and launches them soaring through the air at ludicrous speeds, all in high-tech environments that look straight out of Total Recall or The Fifth Element. Hover: Revolt of Gamers simply oozes charm from its every pore. The developers have invested genuine efforts in creating a game that respects the source material and brings Jet Set Radio into the 21st century. Pop an Oculus Rift on your head and you will never want to leave the world of Hover: Revolt of Gamers.
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