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Can you escape from the prison of your past? Find out in this thrilling adventure game directed by legendary designer Paul Cuisset. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 8, 2014.

Can you escape from the prison of your past? Find out in this thrilling adventure game directed by legendary designer Paul Cuisset.

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WE REACHED OUR GOAL! MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU!

Thanks to all your support, advices, ideas, messages and encouragements, we have been able to take this project beyond anything we could imagine. Not only we reached our primary goal, but because you were so involved in the project, we will use your smart advices and ideas to make sure Subject 13 will be a game you will love. People here are driven with the same passion as we are and it sure has been an extraordinary experience!

Again, many thanks from all the team!  

In the meantime, if you want more information about the game or if you missed the Kickstarter event and want to book your copy of the game, you can go there : (starting on 13/08/2014)  

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Subject 13 is a 3D adventure and puzzle game with a gripping storyline that will plunge you into a thrilling mystery. It will take steady nerves, strong logic, and creative thinking to escape the terrifying circumstances that imprison you.   

Paul Cuisset is one of the true adventure game pioneers. He dreamed up of and developed world-famous games such as Flashback (the highest selling French video game) and Future Wars. And 22 years on, Paul still loves spending his nights coding. Now he has created the concept and gameplay for Subject 13, a fresh new adventure game. He is supported on this new adventure by the Microids team, the studio that created the legendary Syberia saga. And hopefully YOU as well. If you love Adventure gaming and Science Fiction, Subject 13 is for you!

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Note that the videos and images of Subject 13 here are from prototypes, and are not representative of the quality of the finalized game. Several sound and visual elements are still only at the functional stage, to support game design development. The teams are working full-time on the aesthetic development (backdrop, effects, animation, 3D modeling, sound design, and sound effects). 

BECOME SUBJECT 13!

Have you ever dreamed of being in a video game? With Subject 13, your dream can come true. According to your support, you may even be able to star as the game’s protagonist and replace Franklin Fargo. It’s a great chance to get into the game and amaze your friends.

Spread the news!

We hope you will all love our project. As you know, the more people will talk about Subject 13, the more the project has a chance to become a huge success! So if you like Subject 13, whenever you are a backer or not, sharing and talking about us will be a great help!

Direct link to the project : http://kck.st/1oBNpgJ

Join us on social medias and share your thoughts and comments with us!

You can download a pack of images here

And for all backers, boys and girls, get now your exclusive Facebook cover here ! (See preview below)

 

If enough fans help us fund the project, we have some exciting stretch goals and surprises you'll all be excited about! They'll be released as soon as they're finished, so stay tuned!

 LINUX VERSION WILL BE DEVELOPPED IF WE REACH THE FIRST  GOAL!

The Story

We don't want to reveal too many details on the story and plot, as progressively discovering the mystery and collecting information is a key aspect of the game. But we can tell you how your adventure starts:

 Your name is Franklin Fargo. You're a former physics professor. You live a lonely and quiet life after the death of your fiance. Day after day, it's the same routine, filled with bitter memories of the life you lost. But when you wake up today, it's different. You have a headache, feel dizzy, and have trouble opening your eyes. You quickly glance around you and you start to panic. You're locked into a room that's so small that it's barely big enough to keep from suffocating. You take a deep breath, remembering what happened the day before. You were on the couch after eating your TV dinner. You were about to go to sleep. Then a blinding light burst forth throughout the whole room. You cried out in shock. This is the last thing that you remember.

Suddenly, a voice says: 

"Franklin? Franklin, can you hear me?" 

A shiver runs through you. Oddly enough, you aren't overcome with panic. But you do have an unpleasant, uncomfortable feeling that won't go away.

"Don't worry," the voice says.

You look around you and see a hologram light up, and the logo: "Hexatech Labs". That's when you realize you have every reason to be worried . . . 

Main Character

Subject 13 is a third-person 3D immersive adventure game. You'll be directing Franklin as he explores various locations to resolve the mysteries surrounding them. To do this, you must think hard, use the available objects, and resolve several puzzles. You'll also get to choose dialog to make certain decisions. These answers will determine how you can collect more information on the main storyline. 

Exploration

Subject 13 has many different locales to explore. Each location has several interactive zones and secrets to discover!

 New WORK IN PROGRESS screenshots revealed: 

Manipulating objects  

The game's puzzles are based on this mechanic. You'll have to turn them over and observe them in every nook and cranny. You'll even have to combine them to discover all the secrets. The most common place of objects could turn out to be full of surprises!

One-off puzzles

There will be several occasions where you'll have to tackle several puzzles to unlock access or specific objects.

Graphics and soundtrack

It was crucial for us to work on the ambiance as much as possible. This piece of science fiction is presented as an adventure game, with the story and narration playing an important role. What better way to create this ambiance than working on the graphic and sound identity? 

We conducted much research on the graphics to portray the oppressive and mysterious ambiance of Subject 13. 

To make sure that you'll totally plunge into the adventure, we've planned some great voice acting. We've also carefully chosen a soundtrack for the title. 

 Technical

We'll be using the UNITY game engine. With this engine, we'll be able to put the game on various targeted platforms. The engine's integrated editor offers major tools and advanced functions: 

  • Multi-platform management
  • Dynamic rendering of lights and cast shadows
  • Integrated static light calculation tool that generates directional lightmaps
  • Physics and collisions via the Nvidia PhysX engine
  • Special effects and particle system with the Shuriken module
  • Audio 3D management and integration of reverberation zones

Camera Mapping

To show extremely rich and detailed environments to players, and to allow them to navigate within these backdrops, we'll be using a technique that is often used in film, but rarely in video games: Camera Mapping. This technique can animate a camera within a photograph, a pre-generated or drawn image. The process models enough information in 3D in the scene to reconstruct the parallaxes produced by the camera movement.

Image-Based Lightning

IBL is a dynamic lighting technique that involves capturing lighting information in a cubic texture and then reconstructing this light on objects in real-time. For more realism, HDR (High Dynamic Range) images may be used for higher light rendering resolution. Some AAA games use this technique for living room consoles (Forza Motosport 4, Need for Speed). We'll use this technique on object close-ups to obtain quality and very realistic rendering. 

  • Plateforms : PC/Mac, iOS, Android
  • Languages : Voice EN Only, EN, FR, DE, SP, IT
  • Release (estimation) : October 2014

We have tons of awesome rewards for our valued backers! Just choose and click on a reward to support our project.

Your name will be written on the "Thank you" page of our website. You will also have access to a live chat with Paul Cuisset where he will answer your questions, and get exclusive Facebook banners and Wallpapers for all your devices.

  All previous rewards + the game on iOS or Android. (We will ask you at the end of the Kickstarter which version you want to receive)

                                                                     

- This pledge is completed -

 All previous rewards + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free).

                                                                     

 - This pledge is completed -

 All rewards from "The Supporter" + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free).

                                                                     

  All rewards from "The Supporter" + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free).

                                                                     

All rewards from "The gamer" + a second copy of the game on the platform of your choice (PC, Mac, iOS, Android and maybe some more to come...!). You will also get game artwork delivered via PDF.

                                                                     

All rewards from "The gamer" + game artwork (PDF) + stickers to share your love of science fiction on your laptop, your favourite notebook or anywhere else you want!

                                                   

 THE HARVESTER - All rewards from "The supporter" + artwork delivered via PDF + the boxed game SIGNED BY PAUL CUISSET

                                                                     

All rewards from "The science operator" + a special poster designed for Kickstarter backers + an exclusive "I Am a Test Subject" T-shirt (Design to be revealed during an upcoming update).

                                                                     

All rewards from "The quantic wanderer" + a notebook to record all your research notes + a specially designed USB stick to store your most secret files.

                                                                     

All rewards from "The lab assistant" + The boxed version of the game  SIGNED BY PAUL CUISSET + a special access to test the game in its beta version!

                                                                     

All rewards from "The test subject" + your name in the in-game credits + receive your very own Hexatech white coat to wear during all your experiments!

                                                                     

All rewards from "The fashionable scientist" +  a Subject 13 secret storage box to hide your secret artefacts (or your emergency box of snacks)

                                                                     

- This pledge is limited to the first 30 backers -

All rewards from "The secrets keeper" + a reproduction of a key item of the game! Details will be revealed soon!

                                                                     

- This pledge is limited to the first 30 backers -

All rewards from "The smart collector" + Star in the game! Send us your picture and you will appear as one of the brilliant lost scientist!

                                                                     

 - This pledge is limited to the first 3 backers -

All rewards from "The smart collector"  + be part of the game development by designing an object of your choice to appear in the game.

                     

All rewards from "The smart collector"  + a role as our Associate Producer. Directly involved in the game development, you will participate in production meetings (in Paris or via Skype) + You are invited to test your logical skills during a live escape room game with the development team in Paris ! (Including accommodation for one night but not travel)

                                                                     

 - This pledge is limited to the first 2 backers -

All rewards from "The smart collector"  + signed production documents from Paul Cuisset + a private game development course with Paul Cuisset (in Paris or via Skype). Choose a specific subject you are interested in and ask all your questions!

                                                                     

- This pledge is limited to the first 4 backers -

All rewards from "The smart collector"  + signed production documents from Paul Cuisset+ You are invited to spend three days with the development team in our Paris studio. This will give you the chance to expand your knowledge of gaming development. You will also test your logical skills during a live escape room game with the development team! (Including accomodation for three nights but not travel)

Last but not least, you will have the chance to star in the game as the HERO! (See at top of the Kickstarter project).

The Subject 13 project is being developed by a small but passionate team. All the members of the team have stunning backgrounds and loads of experience in game development. Each of us gives our all to offer you the best possible game.

Paul Cuisset : "Subject 13 arose from a concept and programming experiment to become a passion I cannot put down . We realized we needed assistance from players to realize the game’s potential and we are asking for Kickstarter supporters to help us create an expression of pure adventure gaming. The early feedback has been very positive and we want to take it to the next stage—adding advanced graphics and an emotional score while bringing in gamers to share their feedback on how we can make the game its very best."

By pairing the man behind legendary titles such as Flashback, Future Wars: Time Travelers, and Moto Racer with adventure game fans, this Kickstarter campaign will make it possible to elevate the gaming experience of Subject 13. Fan support will allow Cuisset and his team to expand the adventure, optimize visual and sound creation, and turn backers into a legion of gaming experts whose reactions will help polish the gameplay and fine-tune the intriguing storyline.

UPDATE : BACK TO THE FUTURE (WARS)

Douglas Alves, former journalist and famous video game History teacher in vidéo games universities in France let us know about his expérience of Paul’s former adventure games and offered his support to Subject 13.

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UPDATE : TELL US ON WHICH PLATFORM YOU'D LIKE TO SEE SUBJECT 13 ADAPTED NEXT!

 https://www.wedgies.com/question/53c63617ff2b140200001abe

Risks and challenges

One thing is for sure: Whatever happens, Subject 13 will come out on PC, MAC, iOS, and Android in the languages that have been planned (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish). From the beginning, the budget was set to support the entire game production from start to finish. The current version is also completely playable, even if there is still a lot of work to do on the visual, sound, and narrative part, and on several details.
Paul Cuisset and the Subject 13 team have been working hard for months to offer players a title that will make their imagination soar, and be a true challenge for adventure game fans. Subject 13 is calling on the community of fans who like Paul Cuisset's video game genre and work. Their contribution will enable the title to go up a level, with content that is better in terms of both quantity and quality. Although video games are above all a passion for everyone in the project, we think it's important to stay level-headed and keep a firm footing in our development so that our organization can last and so we can respect our commitments to players. We don't spend money that we don't have.
Subject 13 is slated to be released at the end of 2014. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful and shows that players are extremely interested in it, as we hope will be the case, we could possibly postpone the release for a few weeks or months to include all the additional qualitative and quantitative elements brought up. Versions on other media (consoles) are planned, and will require additional development time. However, Subject 13 is based on a development engine that optimizes conversion on various platforms, and thus can be executed in a reasonable amount of time. We are committed to keeping game backers posted on the game's development.

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    THE SUPPORTER -
    Your name will be written on the "Thank you" page of our website. You will also have access to a live chat with Paul Cuisset where he will answer your questions, and get exclusive Facebook banners and Wallpapers for all your devices.

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    THE MOBILE SUBJECT - All previous rewards + the game on iOS or Android. (We will ask you at the end of the Kickstarter which version you want to receive)

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    150 backers All gone!

    THE GAMER (early bird I)
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    All previous rewards + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free)

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    100 backers All gone!

    THE GAMER (early bird II)
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    All rewards from "The Supporter" + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free)

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    205 backers

    THE GAMER -
    All rewards from "The Supporter" + the game on PC or Mac (DRM Free)

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    43 backers

    THE MULTIPLAYER -
    All rewards from "The gamer" + a second copy of the game on the platform of your choice (PC, Mac, iOS, Android and maybe some more to come...!). You will also get game artwork delivered via PDF.

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    9 backers

    THE SCIENCE OPERATOR -
    All rewards from "The gamer" + stickers to share your love of science fiction on your laptop, your favourite notebook or anywhere else you want! + a printable model of a key object for your 3D printer

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    43 backers

    THE HARVESTER - All rewards from "The supporter" + artwork delivered via PDF + the boxed game SIGNED BY PAUL CUISSET

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $80 or more

    8 backers

    THE QUANTIC WANDERER -
    All rewards from "The science operator" + a special poster designed for Kickstarter backers + an exclusive "I Am a Test Subject" T-shirt (Design to be revealed during an upcoming update).

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    7 backers

    THE LAB ASSISTANT -
    All rewards from "The quantic wanderer" + a notebook to record all your research notes + a specially designed USB stick to store your most secret files.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $150 or more

    7 backers

    THE TEST SUBJECT -
    All rewards from "The lab assistant" + The boxed version of the game + a special access to test the game in its beta version!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    1 backer

    THE FASHIONABLE SCIENTIST -
    All rewards from "The test subject" + your name in the credits in-game + receive your very own Hexatech white coat to wear during all your experiments!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    1 backer

    THE SECRETS KEEPER -
    All rewards from "The fashionable scientist" + a Subject 13 secret storage box to hide your secret artefacts (or your emergency box of snacks)

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    0 backers Limited (30 left of 30)

    THE SMART SOLLECTOR
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    All rewards from "The secrets keeper" + a reproduction of a key item of the game! Details will be revealed soon!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (30 left of 30)

    THE FORGOTTEN GENIUS
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    All rewards from "The smart collector" + Star in the game! Send us your picture and you will appear as one of the brilliant lost scientists!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    THE ENGINEER
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    All rewards from "The smart collector" + be part of the game development by designing an object of your choice to appear in the game

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    HEXATECH'S DISCIPLE
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    All rewards from "The smart collector" + a role as our Associate Producer. Directly involved in the game development, you will participate in production meetings (in Paris or via Skype) + You are invited to test your logical skills during a live escape room game with the development team in Paris ! (Including accommodation for one night but not travel)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    THE KNOWLEDGE GATHERER
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    All rewards from "The smart collector" + signed production documents from Paul Cuisset + a private game development course with Paul Cuisset (in Paris or via Skype). Choose a specific subject you are interested in and ask all your questions!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    I AM SUBJECT 13
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    All rewards from "The smart collector" + signed production documents from Paul Cuisset + You are invited to spend three days with the development team in our Paris studio. This will give you the chance to expand your knowledge of gaming development. You will also test your logical skills during a live escape room game with the development team! (Including accommodation for three nights but not travel)
    Last but not least, you will have the chance to star in the game as the HERO! (See at top of the Kickstarter project)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

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