February 24th, 2012 | By Chris Priestman
A very familiar looking project from Exato Games, GunCraft, is flaunting its voxel-based first person shooter existence. In fact it openly references Modern Warfare 3 and Minecraft as the two main components which have been merged.
This is going to be a divisive game – many complain about games that seem to be so obviously unoriginal, while others simply embrace them and the fun that they can provide. In the case of GunCraft the developers have gone out to make a first person shooter inside a voxel-based engine, they’re not the first to come up with the idea but they are doing it with style.
GunCraft is pretty much everything you would expect it to be – you run around shooting enemies and can build different structures to help you out. Environments are completely destructible as they should be in a voxel-based engine, you can also create your own custom levels and share them and even play on them online.
“Not only can you build anything and everything using a variety of blocks, but you can also construct, what we call, Prefabs,” say the developers. “These are full structures, custom-made by you, that can be placed in game if you have the resources for them. We also have rewards packages for kill streaks that allow you to build turrets, SAM sites, tanks, helicopters, drones, and much, much more.”
So yes, there are even Call of Duty kill streak rewards et al. Not like the developers are hiding that influence as can be seen in this parody trailer of Modern Warfare’s The Vet & The Noob:
At the moment, GunCraft is being funded on Kickstarter, which if you partake in will grab you a bunch of different bonuses. The game is expected to enter into a beta at the beginning of March, with a full release by June at the latest on PC. The XBLIG version of the game is still up in the air as far as a release date.
You can find out more information on GunCraft on the official website.