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"Kentucky Route Zero" is a magic realist adventure game about a secret highway in Kentucky and the mysterious folks who travel it.
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Jake Elliott

205 backers pledged $8,583 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Jake Elliott on August 16, 2012

      Hi Jossie! We're still working very actively on the game! We've been restricting our updates to the backers-only newsletter instead of posting them publicly -- are you not receiving those newsletters?

      We will start doing some more public posting about the game soon, as it's nearing release.

    2. Creator Jossie Malis on August 16, 2012

      Hi Jake,
      Wondering if the game is available anywhere, not news since a very long time.
      Cheers!

    3. Creator FairCode on February 9, 2011

      Thanks for addressing my earlier concerns Jake, I really appreciate it. I would have liked to contribute to the game's funding but unfortunately checked back too late. All the best with your project!

    4. Creator Kyriakos Koursaris on February 6, 2011

      Congrats!!! Now lets play! :P
      keep up the good work,
      PK

    5. Creator Jake Elliott on January 24, 2011

      Hi Eric! We don't know the minimum system specs yet, but nothing too high end. As for DRM that's not really our style. We're also looking for ways to release some code and assets as open source without sabotaging our ability to sell the game, since we're strong proponents of free culture.

    6. Creator Eric Chin on January 24, 2011

      -What minimum system specs are you targeting? (GPU, CPU etc)
      -Is the game going be in a non-drm format similar to the humble indie bundle?

    7. Creator Kyriakos Koursaris on January 24, 2011

      My first backed project! I think is a good start no? :)
      Congrats for the game, it was a pleasant surprise to find it here in Kickstarter.
      Keep up the good work,
      PK

    8. Creator Morbious Stone on January 21, 2011

      Congrats I want to play it!!!

    9. Creator Jossie Malis on January 18, 2011

      Congratulations! Really wonderful project

    10. Creator Chris Dileo on January 16, 2011

      Congrats on hitting your goal! Can't wait to see what you guys are capable of!

    11. Creator Jeanne Kelly on January 15, 2011

      Looks Great and can't wait to play ! Good luck.

    12. Creator Eric Mullarky on January 14, 2011

      Best of luck! As someone who will be launching my own game project on Kickstarter soon, I look forward to following your success.

    13. Creator Mikkel Angaju Rasmussen on January 13, 2011

      Congratulations on reaching your goal.

    14. Creator Jake Elliott on January 12, 2011

      Hi ethicaldesign -- Thanks for sharing your thoughts! The concerns you raise about gender representation in video games & reinforcing/retelling stereotypical characterizations like the "damsel in distress" are very much my own as well. I want to clarify that the characters in the game are all helping each other -- Conway and his other companions will find themselves relying on Junebug's skills at several points throughout the game. I'd also like to note that she's not the only female character in the game and we hope to present a wide variety of characters, backgrounds and relationships. But all of this is to say: yes I think these concerns you raise are important ones for game developers now and we'll do our part to take them seriously :)

    15. Creator FairCode on January 12, 2011

      This looks visually stunning and i love that the focus is on exploration rather than killing zombies or mindlessly shooting enemies. One thing that concerns me though is the tired trope of rescuing a female character - even in the animation the male protagonist is walking ahead with the female character following mindlessly behind in an ungainly, impractical costume. I understand that she is meant to be a robot and she probably only appears in part of the game, but it's a bit tiresome that representations of women in games are so frequently limited to mindless adjuncts to the male player and need 'saving'. Alternative games should seek to challenge those tired and unhelpful characterisations. I genuinely wish you the best with this project, but as the father of a young girl I want her to grow into a world where she feels equal and empowered. This character could be rewritten to help the main character escape from this section of the game, maybe acting as a guide, or even better, she's a traveler herself (even an independent robot who has surpassed her programming) and they mutually help each other get through this part of the game. Ideally it would be wonderful if you could choose the sex of the main character, but I realise that's probably like creating two versions of the same game and therefore impractical on your budget. All the best!

    16. Creator Morbious Stone on January 12, 2011

      Wow I thinks its a fresh idea I'd buy it can't wait

    17. Creator Jonny Paylor on January 12, 2011

      I love the concept and really look forward to seeing it progress further, well done!

    18. Creator Charley Miller on January 12, 2011

      Being a game designer from Kentucky, how could I not support this? Let me know if you have interest in showcasing this game sometime in 2012 in NYC.

    19. Creator Jake Elliott on January 11, 2011

      Hi Chad -- Thanks for your support! I've heard some people have been able to run Unity3D apps on Linux via Wine (Unity3D being the engine we're using to build the game), but haven't tried it myself or seen much talk about it lately. I hope we'll be able to come up with a solution since I would really love to support Linux (I am primarily a Linux user myself).

    20. Creator Chad on January 11, 2011

      Looks good, I'll byte (pun intended). Being a Linux user, I hope it supports Linux, or at least can run under Wine.

    21. Creator Alan Twigg on January 10, 2011

      I'm not really that much of a video gamer but I saw the name then the trailer and I am totally on board. This looks and sounds fantastic. I've ear marked space on my Mac's hard drive already.

    22. Creator Rich Bailey on January 7, 2011

      Saw an article on the game on Kotaku and I am immensely intrigued by the trailer and the premise. I hope you guys reach your goal!

    23. Creator Ryan Brown on January 7, 2011

      Enjoyed your previous game immensely so I jumped on this one quick. As a resident of KY it's always nice to see a game that doesn't portray the area in such a negative light (we do a good enough job portraying ourselves as idiots as it is) Glad to see you are nearly half way to your goal in a day, and look forward to watching this project grow. I was with Minecraft from the start (was the 41st person to buy the alpha yaa geek cred ) and enjoyed hearing about the day to day changes.

    24. Creator Justin Corcoran on January 7, 2011

      Jake: trailer looks Awesome! Phosphor Games Studio is behind you, and I just put our money where our mouth is ;) Can't wait to see it complete.

    25. Creator Jake Elliott on January 7, 2011

      Hi David! We considered adding a straight pre-order option, but the game is so far out (9 months from release) that we don't really know how it will be distributed yet (maybe through Steam or some other 3rd party). So since we don't have a system in place to fulfill a lot of pre-orders, we're just informally promising them to supporters over $40 for now.

    26. Creator David Freeman on January 7, 2011

      Why don't any of the pledge amounts offer a copy of the game when/if it's done? That's what I was looking for when I came here.

    27. Creator Jake Elliott on January 7, 2011

      Hi Kennon -- thanks! Glad you enjoyed the tone of the trailer. We're definitely planning to support OSX as well as Windows.

    28. Creator Kennon Ballou on January 7, 2011

      Are you intending to support OSX?

    29. Creator Kennon Ballou on January 7, 2011

      I absolutely love the dreamlike/surreal tone of the trailer ... I don't think I've come across any other games since Silent Hill 2 that immediately made me feel like that. I really really want to play this game, let's make it happen!!