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Recording Credit: Alpha Beta Gamer
Recording Credit: Alpha Beta Gamer

Update - 11/28/17

We are now supporting add-ons; pledge the respective amount on top of whichever base tier you would like. At the end of the campaign surveys will go out for how you would like to allocate funds.

  • Guest Artist Poster - $15
  • Guest Artist T-Shirt - $40
  • Guest Artist Bundle -$50
  • Mei Mouspad - $30
  • Acrylic Standee - $15

We are honored to have Anime Tamae creator and japanese illustrator Rebis Dungeon as our featured guest artist.

For previews on add-ons, check out our latest update.

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Sense - 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is a 2.5D game inspired in design by Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, and story-wise by sci-fi classics like Bladerunner as well as heavily from Traditional Asian Folklore. Set in the year 2083 in Neo Hong-Kong, the story follows Mei-Lin Mak, a young woman with cybernetic eyes pulled into the maelstrom of an unsolved supernatural mystery from centuries past. As she peers deeper into the mystery, her perception of reality slowly crumbles around her, leaving her to question every intricacy of her surroundings.

Under the neon lights of a cyberpunk dystopia lays the ruins of the Chung Sing Building; an obscured reminder of a bloody mystery illuminated by both the innovations of the future and the traditions of the past. Caught in the midst of a conspiracy from years past, our protagonist Mei-Lin Mak finds herself stuck in these crumbling ruins, trying to decode a mystery whose answer may reach past what even the technology of the future could produce. In an industrial world stricken with fierce division between government and individual, rebellion and order, and human and machine, Mei finds that there may be a greater division undiscovered; the division between normal and supernatural.

If there is any hope of escaping this nightmare, Mei-Lin must explore this complex, piecing together the stories of 14 lost souls, and discover the truth of her own family curse. With careful attention to pacing, atmosphere and storytelling, Sense hopes to return the horror genre to its roots; celebrating the slow, fearful creep of dread instead of turning to action and jump scares. Mei is not a trained agent; she is a programmer and not a soldier; the ghosts - the glitches of reality - are spirits and not spectral zombies; and the scares are from within, not from the horrors around.

 

Interaction: The player will need to search and examine every nook and cranny of the world around them in order to progress. Some items may not be visible until specific chains are completed, and some items may be hidden from Mei's cybernetic eyes at all times, as if spirited away by the ghosts stalking her.

Dialogue: NPCs will be heavily populating a few areas of the full game, but there may be some wandering the halls with you. Talking to them can reveal information about the world, the mystery at hand, and even some unexpected secrets.

Zooms: Some interactions require a closer look, zooms allow for a different view of items, areas, and puzzles. Make sure to search every inch.

Lore: The world of Sense is huge and complex, each location will reveal details about Neo-Hong Kong and the surrounding world. From Geo-Politics to inter-character relationships don't be afraid to click on anything that looks interesting.

Ghosts: The ghosts of the Chung Sing building can hurt you, but can you hurt them? Short answer is no, but you can help them pass on. Shrines, offerings, and solving mysteries will be your only weapons.

Shinrei Spots: The 14 lost souls of the Chung Sing building are not the only spirits lurking the halls. Dozens of hidden ghost photos fill the locations of Sense. Finding them all may reveal a secret!

Death and failure: Like all the best games, failure and mistakes should be punished, but in a heavily narrative game how do you do that? How do you promote stakes and risk? The answer is simple, fill the world with dangerous events and deadly spirits. Just make sure to record your progress at the occasional TV, there are NO checkpoints or autosaves in the Chung Sing building.

Replayability: Sense will be filled with secrets, only some of them will be revealed in a single play through. Some secrets wont be able to escape the spirit realm until the "Plus" appears.

Sense utilizes a Hand-Painted 2.5D style for its art, which combines the benefits of 3D - such as shifting perspective - with the intricate, colorful style of 2D illustration.

Sense also happily embraces eroticism and fan-service in it's art, which can especially be seen in character designs. Our biggest inspirations for character design is the legendary Masamune Shirow, Creator of Ghost in the Shell and Dominion Tank Police and Chifumi Suzuki, the character designer at Tecmo Koei responsible for the last several Fatal Frame and Dead or Alive titles.

 

Sense's locations are heavily inspired by futuristic environments, especially drawing from the architecture of Asian cities and buildings. The aesthetic includes lots of bright, colorful neon lights, a stark contrast to the dark, brooding streets and back alleys of the dystopia that Mei finds herself in.

Locations are also fully animated to bring out their full potential, letting players immerse themselves in the world and observe the little details that bring Neo Hong-Kong to life.

 

 

Our soundtrack is done by Andy Andi Han, a composer with significant experience in games, and the co-composer of the famed visual novel Katawa Shoujo.

Sense will feature an immersive, atmospheric and brooding soundtrack, drawing the player further into the ghostly cyberpunk world of the game. With influences from John Carpenter, Vangelis and traditional Chinese Opera, the synthesizer-meets-eastern sound provides a lasting and memorable auditory experience. The music isn't just along for the ride- the musical experience is an essential sensory element, accompanying the journey through Neo Hong-Kong's moody, neon filled streets... and wherever else it may go.

Long before Sense even began development, I knew I wanted this game to reflect my dream project, rivaling AAA games. So when it originally came time to develop the game myself, the time restraints, sheer technical requirements, and minimal budgeting made many of those ideas impossible. Instead of scrapping the idea, I tried to do what I realistically, rather than promising something I could never make a reality. Scaling back and focusing on what I CAN do instead of what I wanted to do was essential to success. After lots of drafting, feedback, and help from an established publisher and fellow developers, I think I found a solid look and feel, and most importantly, I feel was finally able to craft something unique and exciting; with Kickstarter however, I can work in some of my true dream ideas and deliver the clearest version of my original concept to your screens.

Things like high quality animations for character movement and interaction, more dynamic lighting and higher quality art, more advanced and in depth coding and gameplay, fully animated cutscenes, 3D environments, and a larger and longer game can be done but will require funding and support. With your help I can hire and contract more experienced people to bring all of those ideas to life so that I can focus solely on my strengths; art and narrative. With or without Kickstarter I will continue to develop Sense - A Cyberpunk Ghost Story into a memorable and high quality experience that I expect of the games I love and the quality I demand of myself, but with your pledges I can make it into something truly groundbreaking and unique.

 

  • $5
  • Name in Backer Credits
  • Exclusive Wallpaper
  • Access to Backers Only Forums & Updates 
  • $20
  • Previous Rewards
  • Digital Copy of the Game
  • $30
  • Previous Rewards
  • Early Access to Game Builds
  • Exclusive Art Goodies
  •  $50
  • Previous Rewards
  • Digital Artbook
  • Digital Soundtrack
  • $75
  • Previous Rewards
  • A3 Character Art Poster
  • Physical Art Goodies
  •  $100
  • Previous Rewards
  • Physical Copy of the Game
  • $150
  • Previous Rewards
  • Physical Artbook
  • Physical Soundtrack
  •  $350
  • Previous Rewards (except physical game/artbook/soundtrack)
  • Collector's Edition Boxset
  • $750
  • Previous Rewards (except physical game/artbook/soundtrack)
  • Collector's Edition Boxset
  • Create a Character & Custom Character Print
  • $1500
  • Previous Rewards (except physical game/artbook/soundtrack)
  • Executive Production Credits & Goodies

DRM-Free copies will also be distributed.

 

 Social Media Links:

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Risks and challenges

Game Development is rarely an easy process, but when it is your last ditch effort and your last dollar things can get a bit more rough. Situations like these mean that you have to carefully budget your time and work around your skill sets. At the same time, you need to build a focus on your strengths for the best presentation possible.

With Sense, I wanted to show the world I had envisioned and the overall look and feel of the game, but my core strengths are 2d art and writing. I love building worlds and stories that show, not tell. That said, I struggle with things like animation, know absolutely nothing about music, and am inexperienced in business. I was fortunate enough to find friends who can do all three of those things for me.

So the risks and challenges have more to do with money and time than anything else. Top Hat Studios has a history of releasing games successfully with and without crowdfunding. Andy 'Andi' Han has done a number of fantastic soundtracks for games like Katawa Shoujo, and I am in talks with several as of yet to be named animators who can help bring Sense to the next level visually. How we manage our budget for things like stretch goals and physical releases, along with meeting deadlines for release comes with a bunch of unforeseen difficulties and possible bumps in the road. However, I am dedicated to being fully transparent and open with you backers about every step of the way.

Making Sense, and starting Suzaku has been my dream for a long time, and the only way I can do it is with your help and support. The most important thing in the world for me is to honour that and commit myself to each and every one of you. I, and my team will deliver the game no matter what,but building Sense into the instant classic it deserves to be, the one that I know we can make, will take funding and time only kickstarter can provide us.

I truly thank you for your consideration and support and look forward to creating an amazing experience for you to enjoy.

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    Cautious

    The horrors of the dreaded Chung Sing Building await you!

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    Curious

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    Heightened Senses

    What you see on the surface isn't enough to satisfy you curiosity - with your heightened senses, only the supernatural will satisfy you.

    You'll receive a digital artbook and our original soundtrack.

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    Foreboding Feeling

    Like the denizens of Neo Hong Kong, you can't help but feel there's something more to be desired beyond the barriers of everyday activities.

    Includes a physical A3 Character Poster of Mei-Lin Mak as well as a goodie bag of physical prints and postcards.

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    Tangible Fear

    The supernatural spirits that lurk in Neo Hong Kong sometimes produce a feeling so cold, it's tangible.

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    Embracing the Unknown

    Sometimes when faced with the unknown, the best course of action is to embrace it, heightening the sense of adventure.

    Includes a physical copy of the artbook, a physical copy of the soundtrack, and a sexy pin up poster of our main character, Mei-Lin Mak.

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    Sixth Sense

    Some of us are gifted with the ability to feel more than just a premonition of the unknown - some of us can see what lies beyond in the darkest recesses of Neo Hong Kong.

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    Beyond Understanding

    Some things are beyond not only our understanding, but the unknowns of the supernatural.

    You'll be able to create a custom character in game, with unique dialogue and interactions. You'll receive this character on a print as well.

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    An Executive Omniscience

    You'll be credited as an Executive Producer for Project Sense, and will receive personal updates from the developers throughout the game, as well as copies of all future games made by Suzuku. You will also be able to join development more closely, getting access to private developer meetings, concept-level discussions, and more, to which you will be able to provide one on one feedback with the development team on the closest level possible.

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