About this project
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is an RPG inspired by the classic console greats, featuring deep dungeon diving, turn-based combat presented in a classic JRPG format, and tons of secrets, story and randomly-generated replay goodness.
- Nightwar is currently planned for release on PC and Mac, both on Steam and DRM-free on GoG, as well as Xbox One and PS4. (Look for other platforms to possibly show up in our stretch goals!)
- The game is being created by ex-Vigil Games veterans, including two of Vigil's co-founders, Joe Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli.
- Like the greats that came before, the soundtrack will be something special.
Digital Artist Edition Battle Chasers #10
We are about to drop some additional items to the add-on store, one of which will be an awesome new pencils-only "artist edition" of Battle Chasers #10, featuring a full book of Joe's beautiful and uncolored pencil work. This new add on is now automatically included in the COMPLETE DIGITAL EDITION and above! So if you've pledge for the Complete Digital tier or beyond, you're already covered. The digital book is yours when released!
New Tier - Signed Battle Chasers #10
Those keeping an eye on the page may have noticed a new tier with a signed copy of Battle Chasers #10. This book is also included in the Landmark Edition and above! Unfortunately we can't edit the tier descriptions to reflect this, but if you were one of these supporters, you will now also get this signed book!
Joe Mad Originals!
Darksiders Crossover Exclusive!
In partnership with our friends at Nordic Games, and for our Kickstarter backers only - a unique weapon skin for Garrison featuring the one and only CHAOSEATER from Darksiders! Every backer will get one, and ONLY our backers.
Special shout out to Nordic Games for doing this for our fans!
Battle Chasers: Nightwar is a love letter to one of our favorite genres of gaming: the JRPG. We grew up playing legends like Final Fantasy, Suikoden, Chrono Trigger, and Phantasy Star. While many greats continue to come from Japan, very few western developers are creating them.
With your help, we're going to change that.
- Plan for survival. The desolate town of Harm's Way is your only place to prepare. Choose three of the many heroes you've unlocked, fill your travel backpack with items from your stash, make sure you've chosen the best equipment and abilities for each hero... and then strike out.
- Explore an overworld presented in classic form, peppered with hidden dungeons, rare bosses and randomly appearing friends and foes.
- Old-school combat inspired by the console RPG greats, with a unique two-tiered mana system and turn-based initiative, featuring random buffs and debuffs on initiative slots
- Action oriented, randomly-generated dungeons loaded with traps, puzzles and secrets. Use each hero's unique dungeon skills to survive!
- Non-linear story driven by the discovery of lore on items, landmarks and secret elements in the world. Discovering these will both provide deeper insight into the mysterious Lost Vale, and also reward lore points, which are used to upgrade the heroes' different abilities
- Truly key story moments will be depicted in gorgeous, traditional 2D animation from Powerhouse Animation Studios. For these, sit back and enjoy.
The Lost Continent
The Grey Line. An impenetrable wall of mist hovering over the West Waters, stretching endless from north to south, and towering from ocean crest to dark sky above.
Nothing has ever come from, or survived entering, the historic monolith. The great hero Aramus felt a calling from the Grey Line and crossed, despite the dangers. And like countless warriors, vagabonds, fugitives and fortune seekers before him, never returned. Now, his daughter Gully and her unlikely band of adventurers venture into the mist to uncover her father’s mission.
Learn a bit about the heroes of Battle Chasers!
The turn-based combat in Battle Chasers is inspired by the great JRPGs of years past, with three major features: the Dual Mana system; an Active Initiative Bar with random buffs and debuffs; and momentum-shifting super attacks called Battle Surges.
Abilities are unlocked when a hero levels up. Each can eventually unlock more abilities than there are slots to equip them, so choosing can be difficult.
Blue and Red Mana
There are no basic attacks in Nightwar. All abilities either consume mana, or generate red mana.
Blue mana is the core resource pool, with red mana acting as a backup or bonus pool.
If a hero runs out of blue mana, they can generate red mana as a way to perform their most powerful attacks. But red mana can take time to generate, and is lost at the end of a battle. Using it carefully can preserve the core blue mana pool or allow a spent hero to continue fighting.
Each hero reacts to red mana use in a unique way. Garrison's abilities are more effective when using red mana, so building it is encouraged (though his base mana pool is much smaller). Knolan is better off using blue mana and suffers penalties for using red. Calibretto is healed slightly when using red mana.
This is the primary strategy of resource management in Battle Chasers: Nightwar.
Key to survival is managing position on the initiative bar. Initiative determines order, but the slots can also appear with randomized effects which activate when a hero performs an action in that slot. These can be beneficial or harmful, and even be based on the environment you're in. Deep swamp? Beware the poisoned gas debuff that may appear on slots.
Abilities have different speeds which affect initiative position, making it possible to strategically position yourself (or your enemy) into a slot that's helpful. This is most important in the highest dungeon difficulties.
Dungeons are a random arrangement of hand-crafted rooms, overflowing with traps, treasure, puzzles and lore. Monsters are visible on the map and exhibit unique behaviors when aggressive.
Touching a monster initiates the turn-based combat system, featuring big and bold characters on gorgeous 2D backgrounds.
Randomness and Rarities
The enigma of the Lost Vale means no two dungeons are alike.
Rooms move, yes. But so do monsters, traps, treasure, secrets, rare vendors, shrines, NPCs, puzzle elements and resources.
Return to a dungeon after successfully surviving once, and the option to change the difficulty is unlocked. This increases the difficulty as well as the reward... and the chance for rare artifacts and NPCs to appear.
Beating each dungeon on the highest difficulty setting is the only way to truly see everything Nightwar has to offer.
Prepare carefully before entering a dungeon. Death means losing everything not equipped on your characters. And when every dark corner leads to another menacing creature or lethal trap, death may not be so infrequent.
Not all is so bleak. Every dungeon has a single rest point, where you are given the chance to replenish all your resources and stash a few items for safekeeping, so they aren't lost upon death.
You can do this once per dungeon. Good luck.
Fortunately each hero is equipped with a unique assortment of dungeon skills to aid in the adventure. These skills include the basic but necessary - lock picking, treasure finding, and dashing - to the less ordinary: invisibility, teleportation, blinding and more.
Everything from landmarks to torn scraps of paper have a story to tell in Nightwar. Finding these will reveal more and more layers of the narrative, but they also provide lore points of varying value, which are used to upgrade abilities on the heroes.
Key Cutscenes & Traditional Animation
Key moments will be depicted with killer 2D animation from Powerhouse Animation Studios. It's the Battle Chasers heroes like you've never seen them before!
Abilities unlock as heroes level up. Players can choose which abilities a hero leaves town with, however the slots are limited so choices will be difficult and based on overall party makeup.
Perks award passive bonuses and are arranged in a tree. As players move into a new tier of the perk tree, ability slots are unlocked.
Perk points can be earned a number of ways: leveling up, finding rare lore relics, and as rewards for killing rare bosses to name a few.
Armor and Weapons
The world is littered with rare and powerful items. Weapons, armor, trinkets, and more are dropped in combat, found in chests, or found tucked away in dark and powerful corners of the world.. Vendors, some rare and hidden, can offer up some of the most powerful wares.
The Legendary Comic Series continues!
You thought it would never happen. So did we. Alongside the release of Battle Chasers: Nightwar, new issues of the classic comic series will continue where the story left off.
Written and drawn by original series creator Joe Madureira, these new books mark his long-anticipated return to the most cherished and iconic work of his career.
Visionary comic artist Joe Mad and design veteran Ryan Stefanelli were two of Vigil's founding members, creating and shipping Darksiders and Darksiders II.
Steve was one of Vigil's first hires, where he instantly proved himself invaluable as an animator. He worked on almost all of the bosses in Darksiders, so if you were cursing and throwing your controller, you can partially blame him.
Brooks has a long history in programming, having written entire game engines from scratch and performing as a lead programmer on Vigil's MMO, Dark Millennium online. His first company, Professor Fog's Workshop, gave Ryan his break into the industry - hiring him as an intern over 15 years ago.
Jesse was an environment artist at Vigil before heading to Digital Extremes to further cut his teeth on Warframe. He rejoins his old comrades at Airship to help make our "moving concept art" philosophy a reality.
Our history working together allows us to develop games instinctively, making quality stuff quickly.
We love this stuff.
Why We're On Kickstarter
Every member of the Airship team has shipped big, AAA titles, many from soup to nuts. We understand the trials and tribulations of game development at every stage.
What you are funding here is the core experience for Battle Chasers: Nightwar; the foundation for a great RPG. We hope that by reaching our true fans and hitting through some stretch goals, we can take the game even further.
We've gotten this far using a combination of our own sweat equity, personal investment dollars, and some savvy angel investment. So you aren't paying for the entire thing: we've already put a lot in.
We've had faith from day one that our team, plus support from our fans, can take us across the finish line. We believe the goal of true independence can become a reality through the power of Kickstarter.
Delivering a great game to our backers will always be the number one goal, however. And should there be unexpected challenges, we have a number of options at our disposal, including taking on more investment or a even a publisher. We will do whatever we must, without ego, to make good on our promise and reward your support.
A shout out to a few of those who've helped us tremendously!
OMNOM! Workshop: Awesome freelance character art studio. Lots of ex-Vigil talent here!
Nordic Games: Caretakers of the beloved Darksiders franchise. We can't wait for DS3!
Software Sandbox: The next great thing for ambitious indies that want to run their own show!
How Do Add Ons Work?
- Add up the total of your selections (plus shipping if it applies)
- Click "Manage Your Pledge" in the upper right corner (blue button)
- Add the total of your Add Ons to your pledge amount. You don't need to change the tier you've selected
- You are done! Later you'll get a backer survey asking how you spent your add-on dollars and for other pertinent info, such as t-shirt size.
- Thank you!
All game content is subject to final review and revision by Airship Syndicate Entertainment, Inc.
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Risks and challenges
If you've come this far, you've probably backed projects on Kickstarter before and read a number of these "risks and challenges" blurbs. So we'll keep it short: making games is a creative business where nailing "fun" is a subjective art form rather than exact science. Change is a natural and necessary part of building a game, and with change during development comes inherent risk.
How do we mitigate these risks? By leaning on our experience. We've made games before, games much larger than this one, and understand when change is necessary and when it isn't. We've been through the exercise of finishing a game and taking things the last mile - and while no one can ever guarantee success in game development (let alone any business), we've done this before. And we believe with your support, we'll do it again.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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