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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 24 2014
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32
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 24 2014

About

Hi everyone. Welcome and thanks for checking out to our Kickstarter page for The Ritual on Weylyn Island! Please check out some of the great support tiers we have and hit us up with any feedback or comments you may have regarding the game! We'd love to hear from you!  -Mark Stope, Producer of The Ritual on Weylyn Island. 

Thanks to everyone who supported us on Steam Greenlight! We were lit in just 13 days!

On the remote setting of Weylyn Island, 22 year old, Moira Weylyn has travelled to her Grandfather’s home to meet her remaining family members and witness the reading of his last will and testament.

Once landing on the Pacific North West Island, she discovers her family has disappeared and a sinister evil has awakened on the island — an evil that begins with a neo-pagan cult, and ends with something far more dangerous ... something that is ready to consume the world. Moira realizes her very fate lies in solving the larger mystery at the heart of Weylyn Island – a place with an ancient, dark history.

Moira must now follow the breadcrumbs left by her family and navigate through the pitfalls of the wild island while avoiding the twisted cult members bent on doing her in. Can she stay alive long enough to reunite with her family and unravel the mystery? That will be up to you!

The Ritual on Weylyn Island is a first person, survival horror driven by a bold script, amazing visuals, spine-tingling sound design and edge-of-your-seat gameplay. The video below is an early look at some of our pre-alpha footage.

Set in the early 1980's the story and game is devoid of technology. No GPS, no calling for help, no weapons to fight back against the enemy and no easy way out of the situations you'll find yourself in.

You'll need to stay focused under psychological and physical stress as your enemies try to confuse and kill you. 

The main objective of the game is to find your family, collect information and unravel the evil plot that surrounds your bloodline.

During the game you can expect to do the following:

  • Traverse the vast island and explore its richly-detailed, unique and treacherous environments.

  • Solve small puzzles and objectives to progress through the story and reveal what lies ahead.

  • Discover and protect family members as you find them during the game.

  • Collect tapes and clues left by your Grandfather that add additional layers of backstory to the dark tale.

  • Survive the island, as well as the twisted cult members and their demon-possessed followers to reach the end alive.

Weylyn Island is filled with creepy cult members and demon possessed followers who are led by a satanic necromancer. Not just mindless enemies doing predictable things – each serves a significant and important role building the story. You can expect they will 'attack' you in different ways both physically and psychologically.

During the game, players will search for family members who have been scattered across the Island; each in their own terrible predicament at the hands of the cult. It will be up to the player to rescue them when possible and keep them safe from harm as they make their way across the island.

Our story is written by horror mega-fan and Award-Winning Film Writer / Director Kody Zimmermann. It's filled with great twists, some subtle homages to classic horror films (for true fans of the genre) and delivers an ending that you'll never see coming. Kody speaks more to this point in the video above and is featured in an interview on our development blog at http://www.zemagamez.com/blog

We believe that audio design in horror games plays a critical role in setting the right mood – or punctuating the right moment. When used correctly, It will get your heart racing – or make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. 

Our talented team of composers, sound designers and engineers will be creating the perfect, dynamic soundtrack to squeeze the most emotional impact out of each new location, scene and event. 

The game will be voiced in English but feature subtitle options for French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Russian. More languages will be added following the release – or sooner depending on if we can reach certain stretch goals below. 

If you know your stuff, you're probably thinking, “A game like this must cost a boatload of money to make – Why are you only asking for $40k?”

The honest truth is that it does cost a boatload of cash to make a game like this and our boat is almost empty!

We've been self-funding this game since we began our development back in February and are only looking for a small amount more to help cover the costs down the final stretch.

This $40K will help pay for the costs of our professional voice actors, our multiple language translations, and also allow our team to spend an extra month to put the final polish on the game to make it as good as it can possibly be.

There's not a lot of extra content we feel we need to add to the game but if we do collect more money than we need, here's where it will go:

$50K -Additional secret location added. There's one chilling location / scene that we had to cut due to budget restrictions ... it wasn't critical to the story, but it did add some sweet gameplay. We would LOVE to add it back in. $10K extra would be enough to cover the artists and dev team to build it.

$60K -Additional Languages added. (Norwegian, Swedish, Korean). 

$65K Oculus Rift Support. We've always thought the Oculus Rift was pretty cool. We'd love our game to have it -and we'll add if we can make it to $65K!

$75K PS4 / Xbox Ports. We're planning to port the game once we can earn some money back – but if we can get it up front, we'll get started on it immediately!

Anything more than that we'll use to promote the game.

We have a lot of great options below where you can pre-order a copy of the game and get some cool swag. 

Thanks in Game Credits as a Fledgling Supporter - and our eternal gratitude.

A Steam key (at 50% off the launch price) + Thanks in Game Credits as a Minion – Limit of 50.

A Steam Key (at 25% off the launch price) + Thanks in Game Credits as a Prospect – Limit of 100.

A free Steam Key, Digital Art Book + Thanks in Game Credits as a Disciple.

Digital Soundtrack, Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Disciple.

Digital Soundtrack, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Disciple.

Digital Weylyn Island Nautical Map, Digital Art Book, Digital Soundtrack, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Member.

Limited Collectors Edition Postcard signed by Dev Team, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a follower. *Special collector's postcard at this level only – Limit 100.

Ritual on Weylyn Island official T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Art Book, Digital Soundtrack, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Dark Bannerman.

Ritual on Weylyn Island Official Coffee Mug, T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Art Book, Digital Soundtrack, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Dark Bannerman – Limit 50.

Limited Edition Printed Movie Poster Signed by Dev Team, Ritual on Weylyn Island official T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Cult Leader – *Poster at this level only – Limit 50.

Your name engraved on a tombstone in the Pagan Graveyard. Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as an eternal Follower – Limit 20.

Your Name on Tombstone, Ritual on Weylyn Island official T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as an eternal Bannerman – Limit 10.

You – in a pit of dead bodies. Your likeness painstakingly modeled with your face and body ... then laid to rest in a pit of dead bodies for all gamers to see (all bodies and faces will be placed in highly visible poses to ensure maximum exposure), Weylyn Island official T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Personal Sacrifice – Limit 3.

You – In game as a hanging corpse. Your likeness painstakingly modeled with your face and body, dressed like a hiker, then hung in a tree at a highly visible location in the game for all gamers to see, Weylyn Island official T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, free Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as an honored sacrifice – Limit 2.

Expense Paid (Travel and accommodation) 2-day trip to Vancouver. Tour of our studio and Lunch with key members of the development team. Limited edition, printed movie poster Signed by dev team, Ritual on Weylyn Island official coffee Mug & T-Shirt, Digital Nautical Map of Weylyn Island, Digital Soundtrack, Digital Art Book, Steam Key + Thanks in Game Credits as a Supreme Dark Lord + *Special poster only at this level only – Limit 5. 

All Digital Rewards and Keys will be sent at the time the game is released.

All hard copies and physical rewards will be shipped out over the next available business week. (We will be packaging and shipping these out ourselves so bear with us)! 

Delivery times will likely be 2-4 weeks but may vary based on your location!

zemaGamez is a Vancouver-based Independent game studio. Although we got our start as mobile game developers (the company has successfully released 6 mobile games to date), we quickly realized that our passion wasn't in creating passive, G-rated, games – but rather games that challenged us as artists and allowed us to step outside the limitations of mobile devices.

We wanted to create console-quality games that we enjoyed playing ourselves. So, we left our mobile-roots, rolled up our sleeves, and got to work on our first desktop game “The Ritual on Weylyn Island” ...and we're pretty happy with the results so far!

We'll be posting updates on our blog and facebook page leading up to our release and would love to hear your thoughts and feedback during our development:

Follow us on Twitter@zemaGamez

Visit us at http://www.facebook.com/zemagamezinc

Visit our Dev Blog at http://zemaGamez.com/blog to stay up to date with the latest news, pics and interviews with the people behind the scenes!

Risks and challenges

The traditional risks of game development are usually the same for everyone.

1. Going over budget and running out of money.
2. Failure to meet deadlines.
3. Failure to overcome technical hurdles when trying to achieve the desired look, feel or style of gameplay... (which typically leads back to point 1 and 2).
4. Not getting onto your desired platform – which for us is Steam.

Why we feel you shouldn't worry too much however, is because, we've already created 80% of the game, our development is on schedule for a winter release as planned, we've tested our levels and have achieved a high-quality look without sacrificing performance and our game was Greenlit by the Steam Community in just 13 days! This is happening no better what ...

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