Despite being very active on social media, we have neglected to post meaningful updates here! We have had a lot going on at the Black Hive office and plan to be more active everywhere we can. Here are a few quick updates:
You may have seen that we are now working with a publisher for the Kova franchise. That's right, franchise! Not only are we working on our original concept, we are also developing a mobile title that serves as a light-weight precursor/prequel to the events of Kova. More on that below:
Faction Wars is a free PvP mobile title that allows users to select a faction (Triadyne, Om1nous, or IAA) and duke it out in the "Faction Wars" with people all over the world. Development is actually already 99% complete, so keep an eye out for this in late Spring!
Kova is deep in development and making good progress. After signing on with the publisher, our first order of business was the mobile title, which in retrospect was a really good thing for Kova. It allowed us more time to flesh out all the lore and design to make sure we are truly making the game we want to make. We're so excited for this title and will be releasing more regular updates in the coming months.
Black Hive has grown! Development has ramped up significantly across multiple titles, including some unannounced projects. We are looking forward to a strong future for the company. Thanks to all you out there with an interest in our creations!
-Black Hive Team
As we mentioned in our previous post, we are working with publisher 2Dimensions to bring you two titles in the Kova universe. We've been deep in development for the past few months working on our mobile game first. Now that we are in Beta, we'd like to introduce Faction Wars!
We're super excited to announce that Kova has found a publishing partner! We actually had multiple approaches following the (unsuccessful) Kickstarter. After a lot of discussion, we decided to partner with the awesome guys at 2Dimensions, Luigi and Guido Rosso. We already use their Nima technology and have also already formed a great relationship together. They have a vast background in games and software and we're all really excited to work together to bring Kova to life using their excellent animation software.
Not only will Kova now get the funding it needed, but we're also already developing a title in the Kova universe for mobile that will release on iOS and Android first! Two games in the Kova universe! Check out the full press release here!
After collecting all the creative names that you submitted and collecting everyone's votes, we'd like to officially announce Kova's ship, The Harbinger! This name won by a landslide and the story of Kova setting off the unbalance of the galaxy in her discovery on Frost Prime 151, it fits the ship perfectly! Thank you all who submitted names and voted.
News in the Works
There have been some changes here at Black Hive and we have some big news coming up that we cannot wait to share with you! We know you'll love what we have to say... more updates next week!
Today we'd like to introduce you to the first planet in Kova, Frost Prime 151! We received some really creative names from you, our friends, on Twitter and Kickstarter and after a week of votes Frost Prime won by 32% with Ayezi as a close second at 26%!
Last week, we asked for name suggestions for Kova's Ship and we have some amazing suggestions, but who are we to decide such an important thing without you! Please cast your vote in our poll and we will announce the official ship name next Friday.
VOTING HAS ENDED :)
As part of our 'Plan B' we will be launching our new online store full of all the cool items from our Kickstarter, plus some cool new swag and every purchase will help us move a little further on developing Kova. We've also added a PayPal option for any one who still wants to reserve their Steam Key, *early* Beta access to the game and show your support for our unique project.
In case you missed our announcement on Twitter, Kova was accepted as an Xbox One title! This was a great email to get that boosted all of our spirits here at Black Hive. We will keep you posted on our acceptance for PS4 and Switch in the coming months!
Kova in the News
We recently had the pleasure of chatting with the incredibly nice, Erika over at Big Cheshire Grin about Kova, our backgrounds and some of the game concepts, so check out that interview and give them a follow on Twitter.
When we launched on Kickstarter we said that we wanted you to be a part of our journey, and that didn't just mean the Kickstarter… we want you to help us with all kinds of names and concepts in Kova. Last week, we left Kickstarter with some awesome names for the first icy planet and we want to settle on one, so cast your vote here and pick your favorite name before next Wednesday at 9am ET. We'll announce it next week!
Name Kova's Ship
At this point, we've shown Kova's ship a lot and it plays an important role in the game. Along with taking you from planet to planet, you will also have to work with different engineers across the galaxy to upgrade your ship so that you can reach more distant areas. Every awesome sci-fi movie has a cool name for the ship, whether it be the 'Raza' in Dark Matter, the 'Prometheus' in Prometheus or 'Nostromo' in Alien (our personal favorite), we want to hear your creative names for Kova's ship! Help us find the perfect name by Tweeting at us with #KovaShip and we'll collect all the names for you to vote on in our next email. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Kova's Icy Planet voting poll has closed. The results will be released on Friday, May 12th! Stay tuned for our next vote for Kova's ship's name!
Hello Kova Kommunity,
Today was the last day of our Kickstarter and while we didn't hit our funding goal, we still gained a great community! Our next steps are to bring you the pre-Alpha Demo, gain more coverage and build a strong relationship with everyone here!
We will keep you updated on the progress of the demo and keep you involved in our process. For now if you'd like to help the development of Kova and secure your Steam Access Key, we've added a PayPal button to our front page.
Thank you all for your support and words of encouragement! We look forward to bringing you great news!
-Mandy & Blake