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"Experience the wonder and unlock the mystery of XING: The Land Beyond, a first-person puzzle adventure game for the PC"

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You Died.

Welcome to XING.

Your body may be gone, but your life has just begun. In death, you will find yourself on a journey across a series of mysterious islands. You will encounter perplexing puzzles, trapped souls, and the power to change the environment around you. Spiritualism, mysticism and logic come together in the land of XING, where you will traverse mountains, deserts, forests, volcanoes and more.

XING: The Land Beyond is a contemplative journey through the afterlife, incorporating puzzle design akin to the Zelda series, with emphasis on environment like Dear Esther and Myst. Players must keenly observe their surroundings and use their wits to progress through the serene world.

XING: The Land Beyond grants players the ability to manipulate their environment in a wide variety of ways. Players can summon rain, generate snowstorms and change the time of day to help them solve puzzles. These abilities not only create an immersive gameplay experience, but will also allow players to create their own solutions for puzzles. For example, the act of crossing a simple river can be suddenly transformed by freezing winds or torrential rain, making simple what once was impossible!

The story of XING is told through gameplay and poetry. There is no dialog, no subtitles, only elegant poetry and cryptic messages etched into stone monuments. The player must explore to find the answers they seek. Players will encounter sumptuous shrines, awesome abilities, sorrowful souls and puzzles within puzzles.

Players will be able to traverse mountains, deserts, forests, volcanoes and more in their journey through the land of XING. Standard First Person controls and a minimalist UI make the game accessible, while still engaging for seasoned gamers. Death is but another journey...

  • Original Score
  • Weather Control
  • Intuitive First-Person Controls
  • Dazzling 3-D Environments
  • Integrated Day-Night Cycle
  • 3-D Environmental Puzzles
  • Narrative Through Poetry

The atmosphere of XING: The Land Beyond is tranquil and serene. You progress at your own pace, and sometimes you might just want to look around and soak in the environment around you. There is no combat in this game. Everything around you is there for a purpose, whether it is an aesthetic purpose or is oriented towards gameplay.

There are caverns, mountains, waterfalls, fields, deserts, beaches, forests, tropics, volcanoes, snowy hills, rivers, ancient ruins, temples, oceans and more to find and explore. Every puzzle is heavily integrated into the environment that surrounds it. All the music and sounds you hear while on your journey are also given great thought and detail.

The mechanics and the aesthetics of the game work together harmoniously to bring about a fully immersive gaming experience.

"The atmospheric music and absolutely gorgeous graphics made my mouth drop "

- Gamefront

"Wander Around Paradise, Find Lost Civilizations, Time Travel"

- The Indie Game Magazine / IGM

" a beautiful make-believe land laden with puzzles and weird technology"

- Rock Paper Shotgun

" adventure game much in the style of Myst "

- Strategy Informer

“I've had a chance to tool around with a pre-alpha build of the game, and even in that early state I came away impressed” 

– The Escapist 

“The world of XING exists to be explored, enjoyed, and solved.”

 - Gamezebo

“Simply amazing”

- Pixel Enemy

We are so lucky to be developers at a time when we can directly communicate with the people who actually play games, and in turn gain their help and feedback. Kickstarter is an amazing tool for supporting projects that developers actually want to work on, and players actually want to play.

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd

Every project has an element of risk, and XING is no exception. We approached this project embracing challenges rather than avoiding them, and only with this mindset have we gotten to where we are today. With your feedback and support during the final months of development, we know we can deliver an outstanding gaming experience. We still have much work ahead of us, but we are all extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to this project - nights and weekends included.

We are committed to making this game whether this Kickstarter is successful or not; however, with your help we can devote more of our time and energy into making the game the way it the way it deserves to be made. More lands to explore. More puzzles to solve. More attention to detail. It is our hope that this Kickstarter will afford us the opportunity to complete our vision the way it was intended.

Your support is so important for this project, as well as the many other projects out there right now on Kickstarter. We plan to use the money we raise here for software licenses and travel expenses to game conventions. This is a such wonderful community of active groups and individuals, and we a White Lotus feel honored to be a part of it.

Your pledge will help us reach our goals in making the best gaming experience we possibly can. You can also help us by spreading the word. Have you already pledged? We created this awesome backer image for you to use anywhere you want to spread the word.

We are a team made up of three developers and artists, who love both playing games and making them. Our names are John Torkington, Koriel Kruer and James Steininger, and together we form White Lotus Interactive. In Buddhist teachings, the white lotus represents the growth and progress of the soul. Our goal is to become a part of the growth and progress of the video game industry.

There is still so much to explore in the world of games, and we all want to be a part of that exploration. Our passion for games had lead us to working countless hours, and essentially devoting all of our free time to the making of XING: The Land Beyond.

It has taken us quite a bit of work to get to this stage in development, and that is why are asking for your help to make this game the way it deserves to be made. 

Project Breakdowns

Add-Ons

To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:

Please click on the 'Manage Your Pledge' button on this page. If you have not pledged yet it will say 'Back this Project'.

Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' by the total of the Add-Ons you want. You do not need to change the tier you are currently pledging for. If you want to change your pledge tier as well, you will then need to add the total of your Add-Ons onto the new amount for the new tier you have chosen.

We will send all our backers a survey at the end of our Kickstarter campaign that will ask you which Add-Ons you want, along with an address to send physical items.

Shipping

Add-Ons require a base pledge to be at the $15 tier or above. With all physical Add-Ons, you will want to pay attention to the shipping fees, and add that fee amount to your Add-On pledge.

Ex. Add the $6 domestic shipping fee to the $45 poster to = $51 total addition to original reward tier.

For shipping multiple Add-Ons, only add the highest shipping rate to the pledge.

Ex. Add only the $10 domestic shipping fee (for the T-Shirt) to the $45 T-Shirt and the $25 Mousepad Add-Ons to = $80 total addition to original reward tier.

Artist Tier: Example Miniature
Artist Tier: Example Miniature

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.” – John A. Shedd

Every project has an element of risk, and XING is no exception. We approached this project embracing challenges rather than avoiding them, and only with this mindset have we gotten to where we are today. With your feedback and support during the final months of development, we know we can deliver an outstanding gaming experience. We still have much work ahead of us, but we are all extremely enthusiastic and dedicated to this project - nights and weekends included.

We are committed to making this game whether this Kickstarter is successful or not; however, with your help we can devote more of our time and energy into making the full game the way it the way it deserves to be made. More lands to explore. More puzzles to solve. More attention to detail. It is our hope that this Kickstarter will afford us the opportunity to complete our vision the way it was intended.

FAQ

  • XING: The Land Beyond is currently being developed for PC (Windows). We are looking into other platforms, namely Mac.

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  • XING is specifically designed to take advantage of a wide variety of control options, including mouse and keyboard, as well as gamepads. Players will be able to configure the controls of the game individually to their liking. We know that accessibility is hugely important, and we are trying our best to make a game that can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

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  • We are using the Unreal 3 engine to develop our game. The power and flexibility of the engine has been a huge asset in making the project come to life.

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    The Believer: Every little bit helps, so thank you for your donation! You will now have access to our newsletter to keep you informed on all things XING.

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    The Supporter: Along with the XING Newsletter subscription, you will receive a digital download the XING: The Land Beyond HD wallpaper pack.

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    The Adventurer: Congratulations! This gets you the full game on release, along with all previous tier rewards. Your adventure awaits in XING: The Land Beyond.

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    The Writer: A true bard, you will receive the digital download of the XING Runes font. Now you can study the runes before the release of the game, so perhaps you will be able to decipher some of the un-translated writings placed and hidden all over the game world. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Music Lover: You get the soundtrack. Even though there are times when you will unfortunately have to leave the land of XING, you can still bring a part of it with you wherever you go. Listen to the soundtrack in the car, at work or at home, and be transported back in to that place of serenity and wonder. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Friend: You are such a great friend! Not only will you be getting the game for yourself, but you will also receive a copy for your good friend. Now you can share the beauty and wonder with someone else. Add another subject to the list of mealtime discussion topics, and exchange your ideas and theories about XING: The Land Beyond. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Academic: Playing the game is not enough for you. Like a true academic, you want to know everything there is to know about XING, as well as have all the character stories and poems at hand. You will therefore receive the digital downloadable PDF of all things XING. You can delve even deeper into the purpose and meaning behind the world, and perhaps even shed some light on your understanding of XING. All previous tiers included.

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    The True Friend: We see you are a person of many companions, so you will receive a 3rd copy of XING: The Land Beyond to do with as you wish. Surprise a friend or give it to a family member. Games make great gifts, and allow for shared experiences that can bring people together. Thank you for showing both us and your friends your true generosity. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Valued Patron: We have a special place on our website for donors like you. Your name will be added to our "Special Thanks" page on the XING website for all to see. If for any reason you would rather stay anonymous, we will put up an "Anonymous Donor" place-holder for you. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Pioneer: Your generous contribution affords you beta access to the game during development, as well as your name in the "Special Thanks" section of the in-game credits when the XING: The Land Beyond is released. We consider anybody this level and above to be a part of the team. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Collector: Everything up to this reward tier has been digital, but you are looking for something more physical. For you, we have our Official XING: The Land Beyond custom wood USB drives. This USB is great for collectors, and you can only get one from this Kickstarter. Because it is important to us, we have made sure that the production of the USB drive is eco-friendly. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Deliverer: You will receive 2 die-cut 4" XING decals to put on your laptop, wall or car. You get one of each of our 2 decal designs, both made from quality vinyl. The first decal is the official XING logo, and the second is a symbol you will see used frequently in the game. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Veracious Gamer: You get a XING mouse pad! This is just in case you didn't have a mouse pad already, or if you don't like yours and want one that looks super cool, or are just an avid collector of mouse pads. Use this mouse pad when you are playing XING or browsing Facebook. This is a Kickstarter only item. Thank you for donating! All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Acute Connoisseur: Ah, excellent choice. With your contribution you will receive the 11" x 17" XING art poster, complete with signatures and personal messages from the whole team. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Sharp Dresser: Clearly a donor with style. You will receive the XING: The Land Beyond T-Shirt. The logo is printed in white on the front of this Hanes, tagless T-Shirt. No big advertisements for the game or loud words, just the simple clean logo: pleasing enough for the average person to say "Gee, that's a cool design", but obscure enough to be recognized by the few adventurers who know it. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Artist: After you play XING: The Land Beyond, choose your favorite character statue from the game. Let us know what it is (within the first 3 months of the game release) and you will get a paint-able miniature version of that character to have and to hold. That's right, you get a real physical miniature of any character you want. The XING miniatures are roughly 6-8 cm tall. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Intrepid Explorer: What a donation! You must be a true explorer, and for that you need a bag to hold all of your items on the go. We have picked out the perfect messenger bag for you, with the official XING logo on the front. Take it to work or out hiking, and show the world how you support others. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Liberator: First of all, thank you for your generous contribution. We would like to show our gratitude by offering you a similar prize to the Artist Tier, but taken a few steps further. You get to choose any statue from the game you like, and we will have our artist hand-paint a 10-15 cm version of it just for you. Your figure will come with a Certificate of Authenticity and photo authentication. All previous reward tiers included.

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    The Philanthropist: A visionary with means. Your charitable contribution will be helping to make XING: The Land Beyond into the best game we can make it. You understand that a passion-project such as this has expenses. To show how grateful we are, you will receive all previous tiers, as well as a custom hand-painted 11" x 14" painting on canvas board by our artist of any screenshot in XING. We are confident that with your help, by the time we are done with the game, there will be so many worthy screenshots of memorable moments and scenery for you to choose from, that your decision will be a tricky one indeed. Your painting will come signed and framed, with a personal note from each of the team members written on the back. Thank you.

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