An aerial Jutland: Leviathans Online needs a leg up

Such nonsense.

“Would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck?”

I think like most of you, I’ve just about had my fill of steampunk, thank-you-very-much. Dishonored arrived just in time for last call at the steampunk party and now it’s time for all the Victorian astronauts and sexy wind-up automatons to go home. But now the Kickstarter for Leviathans Online has just showed up – maybe you monocled freaks can stick around a little longer.

Perhaps steampunk’s problem isn’t over-exposure, it’s lack of ambition. If there’s one thing Levianthans has that most other steampunk universes don’t, it’s scale. Based on the eponymous popular miniatures game, Leviathans Online posits a world where ocean-going dreadnoughts and battleships never became obsolete, they took to the air. The miniatures and the concept art for the game make me feel like a little kid – there’s something so exhilarating about a flying battleship. Maybe that’s just me, but I’m really pulling for this one.

Canadian developers Hyper Hippo are after the princely sum of $300,000 to bring Leviathans Online to tablets, mobile, and browsers. There’s no shortage of breathtaking concept art on display in the pitch – hopefully they’ll share some demo footage of the game itself soon, or I fear for their chances of hitting that big target.

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