Julian Gollop, the creator of the original 1994 X-COM: UFO Defense, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Chaos Reborn. It’s a re-imagining of his 1985 strategy game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. Chaos Reborn retains the turn-based strategy format as well as the basic gameplay which features enemy wizards hurling spells and creatures at one another on a hex-based battlefield. The new game will add an updated 3D presentation, proceduarally generated battle maps, online multiplayer, and a singleplayer campaign. Backers of the project at the $50 level or above also get an exclusive game mode that allows for the AI to take over their wizards when they’re not playing.
If you select the Wizard Lord tier or above, you have important status within the wizardly realms, and an extra play mode that allows your wizard to act as an NPC for other players to encounter in their realm exploration. In order to do this you have to go online and configure your wizard by choosing equipment, spells and battle tactics. While you are offline your wizard will be controlled by AI and may be involved in multiple battles. When you go online you may review these battles, which can then help you refine your wizard configuration. Your wizard will earn experience points and gold by using this mode.
The Kickstarter for Chaos Reborn ends on April 17th and has a $180,000 goal.