The Great Dyson Naming Challenge! PLUS 25% preorder discount!

Right people, big news. :-) I am quoting a press release to give you all the relevant info. (Not because we are pompous, but because it is quicker that way. ;-)

PRESS RELEASE – 24 September 2009

2009 Independent Games Festival Finalist, Dyson, To Be Renamed By The Public Via Contest on IGN’s Direct2Drive

Special 25% off pre-order discount available now on Direct2Drive

Indie game “Dyson,” a 2009 Independent Games Festival finalist and the festival’s Grand Prize and Direct2Drive Vision Award nominee, is to be published as a full commercial title under a new name to be chosen by the public via a contest sponsored by IGN’s Direct2Drive.com.

The game’s original name was inspired by the work of theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson, which was suitable whilst it was a freeware exploration of procedural gameplay. The game has since adopted a commercial dimension, which made the developers, Rudolf Kremers and Alex May, feel that the name was no longer appropriate.

To reflect the new status of the project and to honour the loyal fans of the game, the developers have teamed up with Direct2Drive, IGN’s digital download store, to invite fans and other members of the public to come up with a new name for the game.

The competition will launch on Wednesday 23rd September, and the rules are simple:
Find a new name for Dyson (www.dyson-game.com) that best encompasses the mood and themes of the game. For those that haven’t yet played it, a demo is available at FilePlanet (Download here). Name ideas will be submitted directly to the developers, who will pick and announce the best name by Tuesday 29th September.

Direct2Drive will offer prizes for the winning entry: a copy of the as-yet-to-be-renamed Dyson, as well as any two digital PC games available on D2D. Contest details can be found at the content page and name suggestions can be emailed directly to namechange@dyson-game.com. A pre-order of the game is currently available, with 25% discount, on Direct2Drive, until the game is released. The Game Formerly Known as Dyson is slated for release approximately 20th October 2009 and will host a large number of improvements and new content.

The game’s commercial version features:

    A single player campaign boasting over 20 levels
    A skirmish mode against AI opponents with highly procedural (and replayable) original levels
    Integrated LUA Scripting allowing for enormous modding potential
    A unique soundtrack of over two hours of music created by Brian Grainger, AKA Milieu (www.milieu-music.com)
    New unit types that expand on the game’s unique aesthetics and gameplay
    A massive improvement in AI
    An improved and almost completely mouse-based interface
    Many visual improvements

Original inspiration for the game can be found here in this: previous blog entry.
For further questions contact Rudolf Kremers at: rudolf@dyson-game.com

Here’s the link to the preorder page: Click here!

So there you have it! Please have fun and help us out at the same time!

Rudolf

11 Comments

  1. Posted 24/09/2009 at 07:38 | Permalink

    Will the game be available through other download shops than direct2drive, like Stardock Impulse? And of course through your website :-)

  2. Alex
    Posted 24/09/2009 at 10:50 | Permalink

    @LifeScientology: Yes, we will be on Steam and our own website, and we are contacting other distributors now.

  3. alastair
    Posted 24/09/2009 at 11:35 | Permalink

    if only I had an income

  4. Henri
    Posted 24/09/2009 at 13:26 | Permalink

    Great contest, can multiple titles be suggested in the submission, or is it limited to one?

  5. Gio9sig551
    Posted 26/09/2009 at 09:10 | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the steam version!! Hoping in a discount too ^^

  6. Posted 26/09/2009 at 20:41 | Permalink

    Fun fact: my laptop is called Nameless.

  7. Posted 27/09/2009 at 23:39 | Permalink

    It is really too bad Spore is taken…

  8. Jon
    Posted 28/09/2009 at 18:10 | Permalink

    Fell upon this game by accident and have to say I love it and will definitely buy the full version. Best of luck with the game, hope it generates enough income for you guys to keep developing. Very simple game idea but extremely effective. I think hi-res background graphics and other-worldly sound effects could make this a very atmospheric game. Thumbs up! :)

  9. Posted 01/10/2009 at 08:42 | Permalink

    Erm, can one download the demo anywhere else, Fileplanet requires registration.

  10. Posted 01/10/2009 at 09:01 | Permalink

    Yes you can, in fact, you are nearly there…
    The download button on the left will lead you to the IGF demo. :-)

    The actual final and more representative demo will come out closer tolaunch date.

  11. Posted 01/10/2009 at 09:20 | Permalink

    Ah, sorry. I thought there was a new demo for the yet-to-be-named version. Both Fileplanet and IGF have only the old one. I’ll be patient :-)

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