French indie company SolarFall Games is a minute development team working on something that is anything but minute. Umbra is a top-down , action RPG of the hack-n-slash variety. It’s also open-world. It also has free-form character development. It has crafting. It has home building. It has companions. It’s nothing short of gorgeous to look at.
It also has, like, three guys working on it full time, with a further five who work part-time.
Alarm bells? Possibly. The Kickstarter description for the game is ambitious. It’s super ambitious. It’s Diablo III meets Skyrim (The Witcher 3 now?) kind of ambitious. They also only want $225, 000.00 to make the game. Granted, the game’s lead designer has been working on Umbra in some form for the last few years, but the core team of three have only quit day jobs and devoted their full time for about a year now. Still, Umbra is worth checking out and, if it doesn’t go the way of numerous other overly-ambitious Kickstarter projects, could be something truly special. Plus the team is adamant that their $225, 000 goal is all they need to get the job done. Hey, they’d know better than us, that’s for sure.