Proxima, a gaming startup, revealed its successful funding round as it announces Lumari a social sandbox adventure game. The game combines elements from popular titles like Animal Crossing, Pokémon, and Minecraft.
To fuel their development endeavors, the game studio secured $1.6 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the investment round was London Venture Partners, with participation from Konvoy Ventures, Progression Fund, Valhalla Ventures, Maveron LLC, and Artichoke Capital. The majority of the funding will be allocated toward advancing the game’s development, which is currently in its early stages.
Ran Mo, the founder of Proxima, also served as a former lead product manager at Electronic Arts (EA) and contributed to the success of EA’s prominent video game franchise, The Sims. The Proxima team comprises five seasoned industry professionals who have worked at esteemed companies such as Riot, Storm8, Wildlife Studios, and Unity.
A trailer for the game was also launched on YouTube, showing parts of gameplay that appear to be set in a magical world.
Players will have the opportunity to engage in various interactive experiences.
- They can visit each other’s virtual realms, communicate through chat features, and collaboratively construct structures.
- The game offers the ability to collect creatures and serve as loyal companions to players.
- Players can also construct their own personalized homes and habitats, cultivate gardens, and embark on adventures in a vast and immersive world.
- Players will also be able to customize the game, which will be essential to the gameplay.
The name “Lumari” itself holds significance, as it symbolizes “creatures of light,” as explained by Mo.
The game is not expected to launch for another two years or longer. From June 15 to July 15 Lumari will initiate its inaugural community playtest. Players can register for the playtest by visiting the Lumari website. During this initial phase, the playtest will be limited to the single-player mode, and participants will require a Windows PC to take part. However, once Lumari is officially launched, it will be made accessible on a wider range of devices.
Source: Lumari YouTube Trailer