A tale of a man and a dog on a perilous journey to the epicenter of earth's unmaking. It explores life in a world in its death throes.
For a decade, Earth has been at the mercy of a portal which has raged with impunity and has transformed the planet into an ashen wasteland. From the portal ushered forth monstrous entities which have roamed the Earth to devour its inhabitants.
The portal is alive as if it were breathing, a doorway from one realm to another; it destructively rips through the fabric of time and space. It Inhales the energy of Earth and the life it sustains, while exhaling those beings drawn to it from the other side.
No living person knows more than that the portal was not a natural occurrence. It is instead a byproduct of irresponsible and overeager scientific endeavors undertaken by the governments military; this event has become known as the Rift.
Those still alive have succumbed to corruption, apathy, or a life of barbarism. However, there are those who still maintain some semblance of who they once were, including a man accompanied by a dog who have been surviving among the wreckage of the American mid-west.
These two journey towards the Rift in hopes of saving what’s left of their home.
Ashen Rift is a first-person action adventure game. The gameplay is focused on the relationship between you and your only friend, a canine named Bounder, who together are on a journey to the Rift to save their world. The game will explore what life is like in a dying world.
You will be challenged and aided by the unpredictable elements which surround you, such as your faithful companion Bounder, the hungry, howling beasts known as Feeders, and the ever churning and changing world around you. You must adapt to whatever circumstance befalls you with whatever means you have available to you at the time.
You, The Hero
The Hero of Ashen Rift is is a somber, calm, matter of fact man. He is not sad but rather more optimistic and driven, despite what his often underwhelmed voice may convey.
Rarely is he excitable or up beat unless faced with the overwhelming joy that is his best friend Bounder, staring up at him with a full bodied tail-wag.
His attitude was borne of having to spend the past decade in a world in varying stages of war and upheaval and eventually living deep in the tail-spin of earths decay and eventual death. Recent years of his life have been shared with Bounder, a white dog who happily carries the mans extra gear and helps him rest a little easier in such a hostile world.
Bounder is a 4 year old male American Staffordshire Terrier (a pit bull) who is not unlike most dogs of his age and size; smart, obedient and full of beans. Bounder has spent most of his life with his best friend, who from his perspective is a large man who does not like being licked, and tends to panic when they are far from each other. Bounder's love for the man is unconditional, and sometimes a bit on the obsessive side.
All this dog has ever known is a nomadic life, sleeping with one eye open, and the struggle to stay alive. Yet true to the breed, Bounder remains loving and lovable.
Together always, they depend on each other equally.
Once men, women, children, and animals, they since have succumbed to the powerful and corruptive forces which emanate from the Rift. They have mutated and evolved into strange, unearthly beings which are overwhelmed by the need to devour.
The land is now blanketed in ash being spewed forth from the Rift, and the sun has not shone on the land for many years. Some days it's a dust bowl, and other days, a rainy mud pit.
All copies of Ashen Rift are digital unless specified otherwise.
Ashen Rift will be made available to you through as many means as possible. Steam, The Humble Store, and PSN will be available; which platform you choose to download and play Ashen Rift on will be up to you!
Early Access for Ashen Rift will entail 3 to 4 releases during the development of the game, giving Early Access players the opportunity to stress test the majority of the game as it develops. This build will be largely spoiler free, leaving the Early Access players something to look forward to when the game is completed.
The Private Testing program is different from the Early Access builds, in that it will have many more updates throughout the development of the game; it will also have nothing withheld, allowing the private testers to provide testing for every aspect of the game from a very early time.
The soundtrack ranges from intense industrial tracks, to calm and beautiful orchestral and acoustic compositions. Purchasing the soundtrack will get you a digital copy of the songs in MP3 format.
The Jacket Patch is an iron-on patch you can wear proudly on any garment or accessory!
The T-Shirt can come in any size from XS to XXL in a men’s or women's fit.The Art of Ashen Rift Book will be at least 50 pages and will be comprised of the best conceptual, 3D, 2D, Photographic, Environmental, and Graphic Art from the development of Ashen Rift, giving you behind the scenes insight.
To add more rewards to your pledge, just add the appropriate dollar value to your pledge for the items you wish to attain! At the end of the campaign, we will send out a survey and find out exactly what your pledge dollars are for.
Please note that a general shipping price from Canada is included in all items which need to be shipped.
To comply with the restrictions set forth by Kickstarter, please do not add more than 9 add-ons.
Example:If you wanted to buy Ashen Rift, and a second copy for your friend, two private testing keys for you and your friend, as well as two jacket patches, you would select the $20 add on package; this comes with 1 copy of Ashen Rift. Then add $15 for a second copy, $6 each for two patches, and $15 each for the two private testing keys, pledging a total of $77 while having selected the add on package.(Add-ons available within any pledge package that states their availability).
The goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the minimum amount of money we need to secure our team, and thus prevent any major setbacks caused by losing key staff. We will also be raising money to pay for: voice acting, hardware, software, and miscellaneous business expenses.
Funds beyond our goal will help to expand the team and thus expand the quantity and quality of the content produced.
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Risks and challenges
Developing a game like Ashen Rift is both a creative and technical endeavor, one which requires a creative and technical team; these team members have needs, needs that a regular paycheck can put at ease.
Currently, the various team members working on Ashen Rift can often disappear for days and weeks at a time, between the few hours they can provide in their off time, when they're not working for other employers.
A small art budget can help secure the time of the artists when it is needed most, and lighten the load on the lead artist and developer Barry.
Having these funds available as we develop Ashen Rift will help us take on many of the different challenges, obstacles and unforeseen occurrences.
The biggest risk associated with the team is the technical aspect of development. We need to secure our programmer's time and employment in 2015.
The funds raised on Kickstarter are not the entirety of the funds we desire, just the bare minimum required to complete the task in an acceptable manner.
The responsibility is on us at Pyroclastic Games to continue to raise funds as we develop the game through Unity asset sales, merchandise, subcontracting and pre-sales/Early Access.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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