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Help choose the The New World's new title
Community - posted by Infinitron on Wed 5 September 2018, 01:17:28Tags: Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game; Iron Tower Studio; Vince D. Weller
The New World was known as the Colony Ship RPG before it received its current title last June. Apparently, Iron Tower were unaware when they chose the name that Amazon Game Studios were developing a similarly titled MMO called simply New World, first announced back in September 2016. It was hoped that Amazon's game might end up being cancelled, as often occurs with such projects, but its appearance at Gamescom this year laid such hopes to rest. Since going up against Jeff Bezos' legal team is a bad idea, the Colony Ship RPG must be renamed yet again. This isn't necessarily bad news, since many people were unhappy with The New World as a title. Now they have a chance to pick a title they like:
I really liked The New World as it fits the game perfectly and while Amazon hasn't contacted us about the name, their pre- and post-release media campaign would drown us. Fortunately, we haven't done any real marketing yet, so changing the name is relatively easy at this point. All we need is a fitting name, which is where you come in.
We went through a hundred or so names, ranging from absolutely awful to really bad, and settled on these 3 names representing our last, best hope:
1. Starfarer - it's the name of the ship in the game, so there's some relevance. The obvious downside is that it's fairly generic. It works as the ship's name considering the nature of the ship but I'm not sure it makes a good name for anything else. I'd prefer Starfarers describing the people, but it's trademarked up to its eyeballs so...
2. The Journey/Voyage to Proxima Centauri or something similar - the only advantage is that the plot summary is in the title. You don't have to wonder what the game's about.
3. The Pilgrims of Earth - similar meaning as the New World (i.e. the pilgrims of Mayflower), focus on the people not the ship or the journey, nice 50s sci-fi feel, built-in sequel (The Conquerors of Proxima Centauri).
I prefer #3 but I was wrong plenty of times before, so I'd like to know what you think first, before we change the logo, the site, and Steam's page.
UPDATE: After receiving a large number of responses, Vault Dweller has decided to launch a second round of voting with some new options. Once again, you can vote over there or right here.