Cornerstone is an open world action adventure, with an emphasis on exploration and combat mixed with physics and player choice. A game inspired by The Legend of Zelda games and Dark souls.
The world is structured similar to Wind-Waker with a series of islands connected within vast ocean, almost every areas is accessible from the start. The main method of transportation between islands will be by Ship (and don't worry, there will be fast travel).
We’re aiming for an art style that invokes a sense of wonder but at the same time has the ability to charm your socks off. Stylized geometry with simple textures but with realistic rendering, and of course inspired by Viking culture.
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Over the past years the realm of Nygard has grown unstable ever since the Viking warriors went missing. To the east, the Gou-Hai empire expands as emperor Ju-long assembles an army. His wife the beloved empress “Mei-ling” has fallen fatally ill and Ju-long claims the Vikings are to blame.
The western kingdom of Himalu has become the source of many strange rumors of human sacrifice and the use of forbidden magic, the young Sun queen “Zemitara” is said to be at the center of these events.
The Muavi brothers in the south, Mamba and Vasabi, sons of the late great chieftain Jaja Muavi have come upon hard times, the threat of civil war is looming. The mokaga dessert is a dry land and the source of their water supply is running low, without the trade from the Vikings the tribe’s future is uncertain.
The remaining Vikings consists of mainly women and children, having very few means with which to defend themselves. Living under the growing threat of invasion from the “Empire” and other menacing factions, their only hope of survival is the ever more unlikely return of the lost viking warriors, unless…
Tyrim lives on the Borjana island with his mother Alma and his younger twin siblings Vida and Birka. His father has been out on an expedition with the rest of the men of the village, leaving the elders, women and their children behind. No one knows where they are since they have been gone for several years.
Things in the village are starting to fall apart and there is no one who can help. (This is where game starts) The boy is insistent to go find the lost ones but the villagers are keen on keeping the few remaining they have left. And of course Tyrim is far too young for such an adventure; the village is barely holding together.
Cornerstone encourages exploration! You will find it both necessary and rewarding to explore your environment. When you explore, you will discover useful tools and abilities to help you on your upcoming challenges.
Game progression won’t revolve around increasing stats and gathering XP or anything "farmy", we feel these systems don’t reward exploration or creativity. You will explore the world in a nonlinear way, the challenge won’t be in the numbers.
This means that most areas will be accessible from the start, but some are more challenging than others before you have got the appropriate equipment. Scavenging will be a minor part of the game... we don’t want to enable any “OCD loot whoring”
The boat will be more than just a simple vehicle that takes you from A to B, for that reason we have added things like a harpoon, a bank and even a garden to replenish health and restock you with seeds. As with every other aspect of the game (that makes sense) the boat is also physics based and can be used as a battering ram into other things.
The combat will be challenging and discourages ”button mashing”. All different enemy types have unique behavior, it’s your job as the player to discover and exploit the patterns in their behavior.
The environment can also be an enemy as much as an ally if you learn to take advantage of it. Things like high ground vision, pre-existing traps, and tight spaces all come into play. Enemies can take advantage of their surroundings as well, they can throw objects, tear down structures and surround you.
One on one combat is challenging in and of itself but enemies are rarely alone or isolated. Getting into a fight without a plan will probably be your death.
In order to focus the combat we added an optional “lock on” (like Dark souls and Zelda) system that makes the one-on-one combat feel tighter and more like a duel.
Although tactical combat is a cornerstone of the game, we also want to put a heavy emphasis on exploration and problem solving.
This is where our crafting system comes into play, instead of having a complexe inventory with a bunch of items you barely ever use, we've decided to cram all that complexity into a simple crafting system. This means you will have to choose from your limited resources, which in most cases will get the job done. Furthermore it enables us to build an intuitive layered world that you can explore at your own leisure and find your own solutions instead of the... find key... find lock... find key... find lock... approach of certain games that we will not mention...
The base materials will be:
The Basic resources can be applied and Increased in various combinations to create different Objects. For example, to create an explosive barrel you will have to combine materials such as:
2 Iron, 4 wood and 4 flammables
If you increase these amounts the object will transform further, in this case the explosive barrel will become bigger and more powerful.
We have given a lot of thought to the questing. Looking back at our own experiences, we felt that a nonlinear game should have a nonlinear storytelling. After the introduction of the game you need to find out what happened to the men in the village and find your father.
This means that as you sail from island to island you come across pieces of the story in a nonlinear order, and once you have enough knowledge you can progress to the next phase of the game.
Most quests will involve multiple activities such as combat, puzzle solving, crafting, tactical platforming, traveling and also just using physics to interact with the world. We want to pace the game so that you long for certain types of game-play instead of getting tired of them.
The game will feature very few isolated puzzles, instead we try to blend the puzzles with the rest of the game like; combat, exploration and crafting etc.
Most puzzles will be found in dungeons, hard to reach places or just simply closed of areas and will always have a reward at the end. The hardest puzzles are optional... so you won’t get stuck.
There are also some smaller secondary puzzles in the world that will be completely optional, just to add some variation to areas and make them more interesting.
Bosses in Cornerstone can be defeated in more than one way, anything else would be inconsistent with our design philosophy. This means not trying to hit the glowing red spot “X” amount of times, we want you to have room to develop your own tactics.
This also means bosses won’t have a ridiculous amount of health, we don’t want the difficulty to lie in the numbers.
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Dudes making this game:
Music: Armand Rochette
Project management: Billy Chester
Story: Jonathan, sam and Josua
What happens if we meet our goal?
We are going to deliver the most awesome game of all time! we're hoping to get out on markets like "Steam" / Desura / GamersGate.
What happens if we exceed our goal?
We will create a Denser world with higher production value and a longer quest line, in other words. More adventure!
What happens if we don't meet our goal?
We won’t be able to do this full time, we'll be going back working part-time jobs! :(
What's the Funding for?
We need the funding to be able to turn this project into our full-time jobs. we're still going on minimum salary since we wanna put all the money into this game!
- Engine, Platform, and additional licensing costs.
- Music and Sound Design budget.
- Illustration and art cost.
- A marketing budget
Risks and challenges
As a team we have been working with the Unity 3D engine for over 5 years, so using our time efficiently is not our main concern. It’s rather the areas were our expertise is lacking, mainly high quality music and art. So in order to make the quality game we all desire, we will be forced to outsource these tasks, which requires money. So hopefully your support will enable us to do this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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