A Kickstarter campaign has just launched for a game known as “Kova”. It’s an action RPG in the Metroidvania style and appears to be drawing much of its influence from the “Metroid” portion of that combination. “Metroidvania” can mean a lot of things though, so what exactly is this game like?
According to the game’s Kickstarter page, Kova follows its titular protagonist as she searches the cosmos for mysterious, possibly alien, beacons in the hopes of discovering their true purpose and origin. Kova is not a scientist though, but is instead a mercenary and bounty hunter; very much like another bounty hunter many of us are already familiar with. Yes, Kova is a mercenary first, so it’s likely players will be making regular stops to find new jobs and missions to undertake in addition to the quest to find the beacons.
The main gameplay for Kova is described as having several different facets to it. When engaged in combat, Kova has access to a variety of weapons the she can quickly swap between. Supposedly, there will also be a cover system and full-directional aiming of the sort found in 2D shooter games. For exploration, the developers plan to include several planets. Each will have a trade hub for picking up jobs, supplies, and information. They’ll also have “wild” areas to explore and scour for beacons and upgrade materials. Kova will also feature a crafting element. At the moment, it looks like craftable items will include consumable items like ammo and health packs, as well as save points leave around the planets as they’re explored. Finally, the game also features an RPG-style upgrade system for both Kova and her ship that will enable players to customize them to their liking.
Beyond that, it looks like the central mystery in the game will revolve around the “Fermi Paradox”, put simply as “if alien life is highly probable, the where are all the aliens?”. The world of Kova is one populated exclusively by humans and robotic life. They’ve expanded outward into the galaxy but have encountered no one else. Does alien life exist in Kova? I suppose it’s up to us to find out.
In my own opinion, the game sounds pretty interesting. I love (most of) the Metroid games, so anything that resembles them is right up my alley. However this is a Kickstarter that just launched, so it’s really a matter of whether or not you have faith in Kickstarter as a reliable launching pad for games. It’s produced some gems like Banner Saga, Shovel Knight, and hopefully Yooka-Laylee, but we’ve seen many more failed projects come from the same place. The people behind Kova at least seem to have a solid plan for their game, and they even have a playable demo available for backers. So who knows, perhaps Kova will become one of the great Kickstarter success stories after all.
Go see it for yourself: Kova Kickstarter Page
What do you think? Does this game sound like something you’d want to play?
Lede image from Kova Kickstarter page