Jon Shafer, leader designer of Sid Meier's Civilization V, has announced that he is founding a new studio called Confer Games. The studio will be based in Michigan and will focus on indie titles. The first title from the studio will be called “Jon Shafer’s At the Gates.” Obviously, he picked up his naming habits from Sid Meier.
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for At the Gates. It has a modest starting goal of 40,000 dollars. The game is set during the waning days of the Roman Empire. It puts you in control of a barbarian tribe, looking to form your own society and cement your place in the world. So, in essence, you get to play as all those barbarians you slaughtered in Civilization V. Time for revenge!
What makes At the Gates interesting is that the gameplay seems far more mobile than Civ. Your tribe can settle down and use the resources of the land, but soon those resources will be depleted. You will either have to move your tribe around the world looking for new resources or pillage nearby tribes for theirs. You’ll have to complete with the storms, natural disasters, and, of course, enemy tribes.
For more information on At the Gates, head on over to the game’s official Kickstarter page.
Source: Press Release