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Vox Populous: Molyneux Got Us A GODUS Video

Perception of time isn’t what I’d call one of my strongest traits. Case in point: has it really been nearly 30 days since Peter Molyneux and co’s Project GODUS stomped its monolithic, Monty-Python-like foot onto Kickstarter? And have I really been alive for more than 30 days? Am I older than that? Was high school years ago? How very strange. Anyway, we finally have a video now. Of GODUS, I mean – not my painfully awkward high school existence. Delve beyond that oh-so-divine of interventions known as the break to see an early prototype of the Populous successor in action.

Looks… early. On paper, it’s supposed to be a fusion of Populous, Black & White, and Dungeon Keeper, but right now, it best resembles a lo-fi 3D Populous. Then again, this prototype was apparently hammered together in a mere two weeks. Given the timespan, it’s acceptable, but I do wonder if 22 Cans should’ve let GODUS cook a bit longer before leaping onto Kickstarter. As ever, I have to point to smaller efforts like Limit Theory. If one guy can stroll into the Kickstarter saloon and fire off gameplay video after gameplay video, it’s hard to watch larger companies cobble things together and not think they rushed in hoping to rely on name power more than anything else.

Molyneux and co did, however, deliver some good news alongside the video. GODUS’ single-player, they promised, won’t be bound by any sort of DRM.

“You will be able to play the singleplayer experience of Godus without needing to go online; you can play it while on a plane or when you’re in a cave. No internet connection required to play the game in singleplayer. An online connection is required for online multiplayer and potentially some additional features, but the singleplayer campaign does not require you to be online in order to be able to play.”

In a cave? Oh boy! Now I’ll never be bored during my days-long spelunking adventures ever again.

But yes, GODUS only has a few days left on its Kickstarter clock. It’s within spitting distance of its goal, too, but not so much that success is guaranteed. So then, do you plan on supporting it now? Or have you already? Regardless, EXPLAIN YOUR REASONING. This is a demand, probably.

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