Peter Molyneux has a new project up on Kickstarter that he is calling a reinvention of Populus.

GODUS is a god game by one of that genre’s originators, and will contain “exciting global co-operation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation,” according to its Kickstarter page.

“Populous was created over 22 years ago, and we believe that to date, nothing has come close to emulating its powerfully godlike experience,” the pitch from Molyneux’s 22 Cans reads.

“GODUS blends the power, growth and scope of Populous with the detailed construction and multiplayer excitement of Dungeon Keeper and the intuitive interface and technical innovation of Black & White.

“The original Populous hailed from the 8-bit era but GODUS will use the most modern technology the world has to offer.”

Like other classic Molyneux games, players will be able to influence the world by choosing to act in a good or evil manner.

The game will be multiplayer, with an as-yet unknown number of players pitting their gods against each other.

The team expects the game to take seven to nine months to complete, and they are hoping to have it in the hands of gamers within a year.

At the time of writing, GODUS has raised £16,153 (NZ$31,662) of its £450,000 (NZ$882,069) goal, and has 29 days remaining in its pledge drive.