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Captain your star ship and lead your squad of mecha pilots to victory.

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OUR FINAL HOURS ARE UPON US

Our final hours are now upon us. You asked for it - so here they are: New backer tiers! We're proud to announce that we can now 3D print the Black Jack, courtesy of Sandboxr. Arriving just hours before the end of our campaign, you could say Sandboxr's assistance literally came at the nick of time. We're still ironing out the details, but here's what been confirmed. The Black Jack will be available in two sizes: 2.5 inches tall, and 6 inches tall. The model will be fully painted with the textures and will be in the same pose as you see in the demonstration.

As such, we now have three new backer tiers! Want a 2.5 inch 3D figure of the Black Jack, but strapped for money? With the $50 "AIR MAN" tier, we can get you the Black Jack, and an assortment of other digital goodies. If you want the 2.5 inch Black Jack along with our basic tier physical rewards, than the $100 "ACE PILOT" tier is for you. Finally, for those of you who need the real deal, we've once again opened the $500 tier "HERO OF JUSTICE" - now with a whopping six inch tall 3D printed Black Jack replacing the custom dakimakura and the custom ship.  

Or are you one of those people who want to reduce clutter? Introducing Digital Tier Mark II! Pulverize the enemy with your new invasion drones. Board the enemy with invasion drones, and turn their own ships against them. And that's not all! Become part of the Sunrider mythos by naming a side character, a planet, a ship, or a locale! Your name will be recorded in the Sunrider lore for eternity. And to round it all off, the Mark II also includes a digital version of a pre-designed dakimakura cover. ;)  

ADDING A 2.5 INCH BLACK JACK IF YOU'VE ALREADY PLEDGED: Already pledged, and want a 3D printed Black Jack? Just up your pledge by $40 and send us a message and we'll add a 2.5 inch Black Jack to your award! Our journey may seem over, but in reality, it has only just begun. This is only the first step of the Sunrider's long journey home. We hope that you'll all be with us when we finally arrive.

Click to see a detailed break down of our reward tiers
Click to see a detailed break down of our reward tiers
   

In an alternate universe to our own, humanity has subjugated all other life in the galaxy and spread throughout the stars.  However, peace is a forgotten state of existence.  PACT, a revolutionary front, has toppled the once mighty New Empire and is spreading throughout the galaxy.  Led by the mysterious Veniczar S. Arcadius and his cult of personality, PACT appears intent on dominating every human being in the galaxy.

You are Captain Kayto Shields of the starship Sunrider.  Hailing from the neutral world of Cera, you are thrown onto the galactic stage when your world is invaded by PACT.  Your mission: To find allies from across the galaxy and stop the PACT menace once and for all.  To accomplish your goal, you will have to fight a one ship struggle against a vast galactic power.  Forge alliances with other nations.  Befriend supporters.  Build your mecha squadron, and tend to your mecha pilots' needs.  Win the affection of your crew... or their disapproval!  Your decisions will impact not only your crew's impression of you, but the fate of the galaxy!

A childhood friend of the captain and one year his senior, Ava Crescentia served as an older sister figure to Kayto for much of his early life. Reunited after eight years of separation as her superior officer, Kayto’s new relationship with Ava can only be called awkward. Ava’s uncompromising professionalism is matched only by her cold willingness to do whatever is necessary to win the war.

 A self declared hero of justice, Asaga wanders the galaxy doing  oddjobs for the cause of freedom, justice, and a little money on the side. Despite her apparent lack of maturity, she is an ace pilot and can fly as easily as she walks. She possesses an eternally optimistic disposition and has a strong “can do” attitude.

 Shy and bookish, Chigara prefers tinkering with gadgets over most forms of human interaction. She has a bashful but cute personality and prefers to avoid the spotlight if at all possible. However, Chigara’s savant level intelligence and her innate talent with technology places her at the center of attention. Notwithstanding her talents, Chigara’s dream in life is to open a bakery shop and assume a life of normalcy… far away from any galactic heroics.

 A feared space pirate, Cosette’s name is reviled through most of civilized space. She entered the life of crime starting at birth and now assumes control of much of the galaxy’s marauding pirate gangs. Despite her infamy, she is a folk hero among the poor for her brazen attacks on the richest nations in the galaxy. However, her brutal methods of retaining power and her merciless attacks on civilian vessels make her an unquestionable villain to most of civilized society.

 A tough mercenary from the rough quarters of the galaxy, Icari has a no-nonsense attitude about life.  Icari was thrust into the harsh world of piracy when her parents were murdered by a PACT captain in her childhood.  She developed a proficiency for close quarters combat and became one of the most formidable assassins in the galaxy.  Her services are now sought by crime lords and world leaders alike.  Icari handles the dirty business of the galaxy’s nations with a hardened heart.  Deep down, she regrets the life she now leads and lives only for one purpose: to find her parents’ murderers and avenge their deaths.

 The acting medical officer on board the Sunrider.  Her medical credentials seem questionable, but seeing how the Sunrider had to leave port without a doctor, she’s the best the Sunrider has.  Has a few screws loose in her head, and prone to forgetting things.  It seems like the only reason she’s on board is to get into the captain's pants, err... medical examinations.  She’s an ostensible ryder pilot, but has issues with motion sickness and reaction times.  Generally unreliable, but has insanely good luck.

 A young lieutenant in the Solar Alliance Fleet, Kriska is the Alliance’s liaison officer on board the Sunrider.  As an Alliance citizen, Kriska’s presence is generally unwelcome on board the Sunrider.  Groomed to be an Alliance officer from childhood, Kriska is fiercely proud of the Alliance and believes it to be the greatest nation on galaxy.  Kriska is highly idealistic about the Alliance and is eager to share the Alliance’s democratic ideals and technical know-how with the “lesser” nations of the galaxy.  The rest of the crew eye her with suspicion, but the Captain is generally appreciative of Kriska, and the Alliance’s, support.

 Silent, yet deadly.  When the going gets tough and the Sunrider gets trapped in moments of peril, the team can always count on the soft spoken Sola to turn the tide of battle with a few well placed sniper shots - probably from behind an asteroid over 100 000 kilometers away from the action.  Her accomplishments include once sniping the wings off a Ryuvian sparrow from Ryuvia’s second moon.  A girl of few words, Sola keeps her distance from everyone but the captain.  In battle, her aim is unparalleled by anyone on the team.

  • IN COMMAND: You are the captain of the starship Sunrider. Upgrade and command a squadron of mechas and defeat the enemy!
  • STORY:  Epic, space opera story of a one ship struggle against a massive space nation bent on galactic domination.
  • FREEDOM:  Travel across the galaxy. Undertake side missions to earn money and help the war effort against PACT.
  • COMBAT:  Tactical, turn based battle engine.  Command the Sunrider and your squadron of pilots.
  • MORALITY:  Make heavy moral decisions.  What will you sacrifice to win the war?
  • ROMANCE:  Win the affection... or dislike of your crew!
                 

***Note: The game is still a WIP.  What you see is not necessarily representative of the final product.

  •  Sunrider is FREEWARE.  The game will be released for free upon completion.
  • Obviously, Love in Space has an absolutely zero DRM stance.
  • You are free to modify, translate, mod, and/or expand upon Sunrider is any manner you choose, so long as you do not charge other people money for any of Sunrider's assets.
  • Love in Space gives you the right to use Sunrider in any other manner you want, with the only condition being you do not charge other people money for any part of Sunrider.

Keeping Sunrider free is made possible largely through the generous contributions of people like you.  I expect to carry the majority of the production costs myself.  However, any donations you make will go a long way in making Sunrider a great game.

Sam "Samu-kun" Yang
Director, 3D Artist, Writer, Programmer

I've been making visual novels for the past five years.  My last released visual novel was Homeward, a ten hour long nakige featuring three arcs.  I've been in the anime fandom for about eight years.

 Ashton "melonbunny" Wilson
Character/CG artist

Melonbunny is a graphic illustrator with eight years of experience drawing anime.  She has been in the anime fandom since she was in elementary school.

Steve Green
Sound Engineer

Steve Green is a Sound Designer (Sound Engineer) who has been recording and editing audio since his early high school years. He's since made the leap into video game sound effects and voice recording and editing. He's been a fan of gaming and some anime since elementary school.

Voice Acting Credits


Music Credits

Love in Space thanks the following artists for graciously contributing their music to Sunrider.  Obviously, a space opera would not be complete without an epic soundtrack, and these talented artists have definitely delivered!

Arnaud Conde

 Marc Teichert

 Epic Soul Factory

 Celestial Aeon Project

 Love in Space also thanks Iced Blade and Phrenia for providing Sunrider's OP and ED songs.

Iced Blade - Chiru Hana (OP)

 Phrenia - Yami no Conduct (ED)

When will the supporter awards be shipped?

The shipping times of the various awards vary. These are ball park estimates to give you a general idea of when to expect your award.

PHASE 0 (Immediately after end of Kickstarter) 

  • Early beta access
  • Design your own ship 

PHASE 1 (Approx. March 2014)

  • Thank you card
  • Dakimakura cover
  • Poster

PHASE 2 (When the game is finished, probably not for at least three years)

  • Physical CD and DVD case
  • Collector's Edition Box
  • Black and white art book
  • Color artbook

What does the poster look like?

The poster will look like this. It'll be about 2.5 x 3.5 feet big.

 What will the DVD case look like?

The front of the DVD case will look the same as the poster.

What will be in the art book?

The art book will include character and mechanical designs, CGs, backgrounds, and behind the scenes commentary from the staff.  The black and white art book will have less content, since it will be shorter than the color art book.

What will the dakimakura cover look like?

The dakimakura is still in production, so I don't know what it'll look like yet.  Rest assured, it will look comparable to what's in the poster in terms of quality.

Risks and challenges

I have been an independent game developer for about five years. I will be blunt - anyone who guarantees 100% a project will be completed is lying. I've seen my own and other people's projects fail countless times for every reason under the moon - whether it be a hard drive failure, to family problems, to new real life responsibilities. The reality of indie game development is that everything we do is risky, and ultimately, the project director must bear most of the unexpected financial expenses that arise during development. Therefore, I cannot guarantee 100% that Sunrider will be completed, even if the funding is successful.

However, I believe I am in the best position to see this ship to port. I've already completed one ambitious visual novel - Homeward. I have years of experience making visual novels and know most of the common pitfalls. I do not have any naive expectations that making Sunrider will be easy - I expect it to be difficult, with countless setbacks and endless frustrations. Despite that, I love Sunrider as much as I would my own child, and will give everything I have to see it done. I am the captain of this ship, and I will not abandon it, even if I go down with the ship. (Figuratively)

Our task at Love in Space is great - we will make the most epic, galactic adventure known to the visual novels, and then we will release it for free. Your contribution will go a long way to make that dream come true.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    90 backers

    Thank-you for your contribution!

    Your name will be listed as a contributor in the credits!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    43 backers

    Cadet: Your journey is only beginning.

    Everything above +
    We will mail you a signed Sunrider thank-you card along with assorted other Sunrider memorabilia.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $15 or more

    322 backers

    Red shirt: Welcome aboard. Just try to avoid the laser fire.

    Everything above +
    Early access! Play the game before it is released! You gain access to all Sunrider betas.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    173 backers

    Ensign: You've survived countless away missions fraught with peril and are ready to save the ship by reversing the energy polarity!

    Everything above +
    Physical media! Get a CD and DVD case when Sunrider is released! (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    220 backers

    ***SPECIAL TIER: DIGITAL ONLY:
    This is a special tier for those who are not interested in physical media. This tier does not include the above items.

    Have too much office clutter? Or is your local mailman too unreliable? No worries, this special tier was made for you.

    Includes: Digital thank-you card (receive in Jan 2014), beta code (receive in Jan 2014), digital poster (receive in Jan 2014), and a digital version of the full color art book (receive upon completion of game)

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    Pledge $35 or more

    167 backers

    DIGITAL TIER MARK II
    Our final hours are upon this. Ready yourself for the coming battle with these add-ons.
    +Everything in the prior Digital Tier
    +EXCLUSIVE in-game item: INVASION DRONES. Tired of always being out numbered? These drones will infiltrate enemy capital ships and turn the ship against its own fleet before causing the ship to self destruct! A must have for any guerrilla captain. (Receive on completion of game)
    +Become part of the legend! Name a ship, minor character, or locale after yourself!
    +Digital hi-res dakimakura! Choose from a set of designs. (Receive March 2014)
    NOTE: These awards are also included in all tiers $75 and up.

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    Pledge $50 or more

    27 backers

    Junior Lieutenant: You're working your way up the ranks...

    Everything above + signed Sunrider poster
    (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    15 backers

    AIR MAN: All wings, report in!
    This tier includes the following awards.
    +2.5 inch tall 3D printed Black Jack model (March 2014)
    +Beta access (After Kickstarter)
    +Digital thank you card (After Kickstarter)
    +Digital poster (After Kickstarter)
    (NOTICE: This tier does not include any rewards in the lower tiers, and is NOT included in any of the higher tiers)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    24 backers

    Lieutenant: You're finally in command! Reroute power to shields and charge lasers!

    Everything above+
    Premium collector's edition box +
    20+ page black and white art book
    (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    78 backers

    Commander: You're now second only to the captain!

    Everything above+
    40+ page color art book!
    (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    9 backers

    ACE PILOT: For hot shots only.
    INCLUDES:
    +2.5 inch 3D printed Black Jack (Receive Mar 2014)
    +DVD case and game CD (Receive when game is complete)
    +Physical Sunrider poster (Receive Mar 2014)
    +Physical Thank you card (Receive Mar 2014)
    +Digital color art book (Receive when game is complete)
    +Digital black and white art book (Receive when game is complete)
    +Digital dakimakura (Choose from designs, receive Mar 2014)
    +Beta access (Receive after Kickstarter)
    (NOTICE: This tier does not include any rewards in the lower tiers, and is NOT included in any of the higher tiers)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    8 backers

    Captain: Truly, only the bravest captain is deserving of this...

    Everything above+
    Signed dakimakura cover (choose from provided designs)
    (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer

    STAR FIGHTER: With wings like this, the stars are yours.
    INCLUDES: 6 inch 3D printed Black Jack model (Receive March 2014) + beta code (Receive after Kickstarter) + digital poster (Receive after Kickstarter) + digital thank you card (Receive after Kickstarter) + digital color art book (Receive upon completion of game) + black and white art book (Receive upon completion of game) + digital dakimakura (Choose from designs, receive March 2014) + Invasion drones + Name a side character/planet/ship/location

    (NOTICE: This tier does not include any rewards in the lower tiers, and is NOT included in any of the higher tiers)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers All gone!

    Admiral: The galaxy is yours.

    Everything above+
    A free copy of all future Love in Space games + Another custom made dakimakura (you chose from the eight girls, you choose pose) + Design a ship in the game
    (***Additional fees may apply outside North America)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    6 backers

    HERO OF JUSTICE: Justice is your shield and courage is your sword.
    INCLUDES:
    +6 inch signed 3D printed Black Jack model (Receive Mar 2014)
    +beta code (Receive after Kickstarter)
    +Game CD and DVD case (Receive on completion of the game)
    +Collector's edition box (Receive on completion of game)
    +Physical thank you card (Receive Mar 2014)
    +Physical signed poster (Receive Mar 2014)
    +Physical black and white art book (Receive on completion of game)
    +Physical color art book (Receive on completion of game)
    +Physical dakimakura cover (Choose from designs, receive Mar 2014)
    +Everything in the two digital tiers
    +Free copy of all future Love in Space games
    (NOTICE: This tier does not include any rewards in the lower tiers, and is NOT included in any of the higher tiers)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

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