Come on over and play the Worlds Beyond demo featuring Kickstarter town and a quest to rid the place of a nasty monster! Those pledging to the NPC reward tier will see their NPCs here when we receive their information!
Custom lovingly hand-coded open source engine runs on Windows, Linux, in the browser, more to come... (See stretch goals!)
Sleek, polished gameplay based on classic SNES RPGs with our own personal spin
story focusing on unique science fiction concepts and deep
characterization, exploring themes of isolation, technology, and a
unique vision of the end of the world
Original and developed character arcs exploring personal themes such as attachment, conscience, and gender identity
Powerful and versatile Coffeescript-based engine offers exciting modding possibilities
and diverse soundtrack sets a unique tone, including influences as
diverse as Nobuo Uematsu, Nine Inch Nails, and Devin Townsend
Mouse input support
Full gamepad support
universe has collapsed into an endless blue void, solid and
featureless. Somewhere, there is a small pocket of existence where
things continue normally, where the people wonder if there are others
out there like them... Trapped in the lonely, featureless expanse of
genius persists, and a small order known as the Ysk discover a crude
way of extracting power from the Edge of the World. With this discovery,
however, things quickly spiral out of control... And into new and
story follows Cody, an orphan and farmhand, and his childhood friend
Kira as they trace a growing conspiracy involving the Ysk, their strange
technology, and concepts that may shatter their little world forever.
Worlds Beyond engine refines decades of turn-based console-style RPG
goodness into what we think is an extremely tight and highly polished
gameplay experience. Monsters are visible right on the map as in Chrono
Trigger, the game incorporates an interactive Timed Attack system
similar to the one seen in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars,
and Enhancements with varying effects can be equipped as in Final
Fantasy 3/6. The combat system supports up to five characters
simultaneously, much like Final Fantasy 2/4, and is viewed from a sleek
first-person perspective as in the early Phantasy Star titles. Whew!
Take all those classic RPG mechanics, streamline and polish them to a
shine, wrap them up in an original and riveting science fiction story,
and you’ve got Worlds Beyond.
goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to earn enough money to allow both
of us at Bridge Unit Orzo to live and simply work on Worlds Beyond for a
full year (or longer, depending on funding and development
requirements). Finding the time to work on a project like this has
become increasingly difficult, with a lot of time having already been put into
part-time production around our tricky schedules. We'd love to make Worlds Beyond our full-time job so that we can finally show you our vision for this game. Here’s a little bit
more about ourselves and why we need your help to complete our dream:
Age: 23 Location: Victoria, BC, Canadialand Favorite games: Myst, Shadow of the Colossus, Chrono Trigger, Killer7 Jobs: Pixel art, sound and music, writing, design Bio:
When I was about 8 years old, I started playing video games on a Super
Nintendo belonging to a friend’s dad. I was allowed 30 minutes at a time
after school, just enough to get a taste for games like Final Fantasy
2/4, Brain Lord, Illusion of Gaia, and Zelda: A Link to the Past. I was
later introduced to the surreal, otherworldly style of games like Myst
and (much later) Shadow of the Colossus, which hit me in ways I’d never
known, but my roots are firmly in 16-bit console RPGs.
Beyond is definitely a love letter to my ‘roots’ in gaming and
everything I love about the style -- and more -- is in there in some
form. I’m currently trying to escape a permanent job description of
dishwasher and prep cook in the oceanside city of Victoria. I love rats,
blocky pixels, quinoa, and all manner of music. To me, the success of
this campaign will finally -- after a ton of hard work and slow
chipping-away of assets -- give me the time to make Worlds Beyond look,
sound, and read the best it can... Not to mention completing the game so you can play it!
Age: 28 Location: Farm land in northern Illinois, USA Favorite games: FF4-7, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Lufia 2, etc, etc Bio:
I'm a programmer/musician/problem solver known various places around
the ‘net as cha0s. I enjoy long walks along the beaches of Guldove or an
evening at the Aria di Mezzo Carattere. Maybe we could share a night at
the Gold Saucer if you’re feeling lucky! ;) ...but seriously.
still remember my first (random?) encounter with the genre. I was but a
baby hero informed by my big brother about an awesome game called
Dragon Warrior where "the enemies are invisible". Naturally I was
intrigued! I went on to honor Erdrick in the best way I knew how...and I
got the girl! I moved on to Final Fantasy which culminated in an epic
battle with Chaos (my namesake!). When the sequel came out, I was
absolutely blown away by the 16-bit style, and still am to this day.
Nothing beats lovingly hand-crafted pixel art and engaging meaningful
those days I have dreamed of being a part of creating one of those
masterpieces, and now I have the skills to make it happen. As it turns
out, now that I’m a crusty old man, I have to actually have a thing
called a “job” and “work” for “money”. Booo! I’d love the freedom to
develop a masterpiece and I’m hoping you will help make it happen!
As far as I know, no SDK has been announced for Ouya at this time. I don't think it polite to make assumptions (even if it's the popular thing to do), so for now I will just say "we'll see" and "I'd love to"!
Congrats on your pre-order of the digital version of Worlds Beyond! We’ll also put your name in our credits, and Josiah will mention you in his letter of resignation at his kitchen job as one of his reasons for leaving. You are helping us achieve our dream, after all! Also includes the $5 tier reward.
You’ll get a high-quality digital copy of the game’s soundtrack on release, which you’ll also be able to drop into one of the game’s content directories to improve the game’s audio quality to audiophile levels. Also includes the $5 and $10 tier rewards.
We really appreciate your generosity! For this donation, you get to design your own NPC (Non-Player Character) which we’ll put either in a town designed specifically for Kickstarter supporters, or somewhere else in the game world. Josiah will create your NPC’s custom sprite and you get to write your own line(s) of dialog! We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards.
Same as the previous reward, except it comes with a special bonus -- Josiah will create a custom character portrait, displayed in dialog with your NPC, based on your own face! Clear, neutral expression photograph of your face required for reference. We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards.
You get to design one of the game’s common monsters! You design the look of the monster, either through text description or concept artwork, and we’ll create the in-game sprites based on your design and bring it to life! We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards.
For this level of generosity, you deserve a little notoriety. You’ll become either the shopkeeper or innkeeper of our town for Kickstarter supporters, complete with your own custom dialog portrait based on your face (Optional). Clear, neutral expression photograph of your face required for reference if portrait is desired. First come first serve to choose between inn and shop keeper! We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards. Includes $120 tier if available.
You get to design one of the game’s boss monsters! (Due to the story already being mapped out, it will likely be fairly unconnected to major plot events) You design the look of the boss, either through text description or concept artwork, and we’ll create the in-game sprites based on your design and bring it to life! We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards. Includes $100, $120 and $130 tier if available.
Congratulations on your promotion to Mayor! You get your own special NPC with custom portrait by Josiah (optional - Clear, neutral expression photograph of your face required for portrait reference), placed in a special town for Kickstarter supporters, plus you get to work with us to design the entire town. We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, and $25 tier rewards. Includes $120 and $130 tier if available.
Wow! You get to join us on the Bridge Unit Orzo team to design an entire sidequest storyline for Worlds Beyond, including events, characters, plot, and rewards. (To refrain from divulging main game story details, it must be fairly self-contained -- We will find a place to incorporate it) We retain veto rights depending on content. Also includes the $5, $10, $25, and $100 tier rewards. Includes $120 and $130 tier if available.