Kythera celebrates second crowdfunding success as Umbra completes $400K Kickstarter

EDINBURGH, UK, 15 JUNE 2015 – Kythera, the cutting-edge AI middleware from Moon Collider, is celebrating its role in another crowdfunding success story today.  Last night, indie hack-and-slash fantasy game Umbra closed its Kickstarter campaign with over $400K in the pot – smashing through its $225K target thanks to the support of over 11,000 individual backers.  It's the second time Moon Collider has played a part in a successful crowdfunder, with the record-breaking Star Citizen also featuring the Kythera AI.

Set in a corrupted, decaying world filled with monsters and magic, Umbra promises highly customisable characters and a true open world to explore.  Its key gameplay mechanics of discovery and experimentation place demanding new requirements on the AI system, which adapts seamlessly to unscripted changes taking place in the game world.  Until recently, an in-game action as simple as opening a gate would be a full-blown programming task; now, Kythera calculates the world's constraints directly from the physics engine, unlocking new measures of flexibility and convenience for games developers.

Daniel Dolui, lead developer for Umbra, said: "we couldn't be more excited about hitting this milestone, and I can't stress enough just how much Kythera has helped us on the journey.  By solving problems which would otherwise have taken infeasible amounts of developer resource, Kythera's opened up new creative possibilities, and allowed us to devote our efforts to the features which make Umbra unique."

Matthew Jack, founder of Moon Collider, congratulated Dolui on his success.  "Kythera's been part of Umbra since the very beginning, and SolarFall were one of the first to recognise the full potential of our groundbreaking dynamic navigation techniques," he said.  "Daniel and his team have helped push us in new creative directions, and his passion for Umbra is a true inspiration for us too.  It's fantastic to learn that so many Kickstarter backers agree - and we're looking forward to finding out just how far we can take Umbra together."

Notes to editors

Moon Collider is an established artificial intelligence development company headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Its groundbreaking AI middleware platform, Kythera, aims to shorten development cycles and unlock new styles of gameplay by responding dynamically to changes to the in-game world. The company is funded by private investment and is privately held. For more information on Moon Collider and Kythera, see www.kythera.ai.

​Umbra, the first game from indie studio Solarfall, melds much-loved hack-and-slash gameplay with state-of-the-art graphics and underpins it all with a truly modern AI. Inspired by the classic Diablo 2 game, Umbra aims to deliver an intense and rich action RPG game. Personalization of your character build is free, deep and highly customizable, and many secrets are hidden in the world. For more information, see www.umbragame.com.

Kythera is a registered trademark of Moon Collider Ltd.