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12 November 2013 - California, USA/… A new developer log from Perihelion Interactive features The Mandate‘s Technical Director, Vegard Myklebust, in a behind-the-scenes look at the art and animation creation for the game. The video has been released by Perihelion Interactive - alongside some ship interior renders - to mark the Kickstarter campaign surpassing its halfway-funded milestone.

Watch The Mandate developer log #3 here:

The Mandate has raised over $250,000 of its initial funding target of $500,000, and recently announced a series of stretch goals that will add further content to an already feature-packed release.

Perihelion will also be hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for The Mandate on Reddit on Wednesday 13 November from 5pm EST (11pm CET, 10pm UK). Fans are invited to submit questions live to The Mandate team on anything to do with the Tsarist space opera RPG, which is set for release on PC, Mac and Linux during Q1 2015, and has already received praise from key corners of the international media and gaming community.

“What appeals about The Mandate is an almost throwaway dedication to barmy avenues of obsession.” – PC Gamer

“I’m a little excited to see this one get closer to crossing its Kickstarter target.” – PCGamesN

“I’m looking forward to seeing how Elite and Star Citizen turn out, but The Mandate is more immediately appealing to me." – Rock Paper Shotgun

“There are still many [Kickstarter] ideas we'd love to see completed. One example is The Mandate." – The Escapist 

A new trailer from The Mandate is set for release next week, featuring voice work from a UK actor famous for their major roles in some of the world’s best-loved sci-fi and fantasy movies and TV shows.

Perihelion Interactive recently released Scourge of The Mandate , a completely free, interactive text adventure inspired by the likes of Zork. Players take on the role of the notorious pirate captain who eventually became known as the Scourge of The Mandate, in this browser-based game developed using the Unity engine.

To request an interview with Perihelion Interactive about The Mandate, contact Stu Taylor at Dead Good Media:

About The Mandate

The Mandate is a six-player, cooperative, sandbox sci-fi RPG, planned for release Q1 2015 on Windows, Mac and Linux. Set in a dystopian future controlled by a Russian Empire inspired by the Tsars of history, you take on the role of a captain at the helm of an evolving, dynamic ship that a crew of hundreds call home. As captain, you’ll command a crew of officers selected and honed by you, taking them into epic space battles, boarding operations and galaxy exploration. Whilst epic in scale, The Mandate takes the concept of sci-fi RPGs to the next level by rooting the drama in your relationship with the crew – they and the galaxy map will adapt and react to the strategic choices you make, the battles you win… and those that you lose.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of X-Com, Fallout, Mount & Blade, Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Star Trek Online, The Mandate was in the top 3 games on Steam Greenlight before being successfully Greenlit on 29 October 2013, and has already raised over $250,000 in its Kickstarter campaign, due to end on 1st December 2013. The Perihelion team is comprised of industry veterans, who have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, Mafia II, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.

The game is planned for a Q1 2015 release and can either be played solo, or with five other friends for additional strategic and tactical challenges. Perihelion has designed the game to be a no-compromise experience for multiplayer and single-player, and players should not notice a difference in enjoyment level or depth playing either alone or with friends.

Game information

Title: The Mandate

Developer: Perihelion Interactive

Genre: Sci-fi RPG

Launch Platforms: [Windows, Linux, Mac + TBD]

Release date:  [Q1 2015]

Press kit:


About Perihelion Interactive

Founded in 2013 by a team of internationally based veteran game developers, Perihelion Interactive’s first project is the science fiction RPG The Mandate. Members of the Perihelion team have previously worked on projects including Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, Mafia 2, Far Cry 2, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Call of Duty 3 and The Secret World.

Press enquiries please contact: 

Stu Taylor

Dead Good Media


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