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Salix Games LtdBy Salix Games Ltd
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Salix Games LtdBy Salix Games Ltd
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 8 2017

About

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Players take on the roles of immortal knight Sir Lancelot Du Lac and cursed sorceress Morgana Le Fey as their latest adventure brings them to the smog-shrouded streets of Victorian London during the infamous Whitechapel Murders of 1888.  

They become embroiled in the gruesome mystery due to the occult nature of the killings, which leads them to Mary Kelly: a Whitechapel local with a magical secret who could be the key to stopping the murders.

The three join forces to explore the capital’s underbelly in an attempt to decipher clues, hunt down the Ripper and uncover the shocking truth behind the killer’s bloody rampage.

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Here are some captures from our pre-alpha demo we showcased at AdventureX!

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The game allows you to play as 3 characters: Sir Lancelot Du Lac, Morgana Le Fey and Mary Kelly. You will be able to switch between them and experience a unique set of encounters as you move through the world.

 

On your journey there will be crime scenes and places of interest for you to investigate. Each character has their own set of skills so you will be encouraged to switch back and forth in order to find clues and piece together what has happened.

 

 

We are a character driven experience and interested in exploring the lives and relationships of our protagonists as well as the various people they meet along the way. When interacting with other characters you will be able to select dialogue options and tailor responses accordingly. You can even encourage or dissuade characters in their actions, impacting the resolution of their story.

 

Du Lac, Fey and Mary will have the opportunity to interact with a contrasting cast of characters that live in the world.

In game capture of James Leach - Journalist - ‘Alas, the police do not see us noble scribes as allies in this fight.’
In game capture of James Leach - Journalist - ‘Alas, the police do not see us noble scribes as allies in this fight.’

We want to show players what life was like for the men and women who lived in Whitechapel at the time, and experience the different and often powerful stories they have to tell.

In game capture of Sidney Young - Dock Worker - ‘Join the other lads on the stones if you’re lookin’ for work.’
In game capture of Sidney Young - Dock Worker - ‘Join the other lads on the stones if you’re lookin’ for work.’

Some of these characters will seek your help or advice and it is up to you how you choose to interact with them, but consider your approach carefully for whatever you decide your actions will have consequences.

Concepts for 3D characters currently being created! Art by Ayran Oberto
Concepts for 3D characters currently being created! Art by Ayran Oberto

 

 

 

Sir Lancelot Du Lac voiced by Gareth David-Lloyd - star of Dragon Age: Inquisition and Torchwood
Sir Lancelot Du Lac voiced by Gareth David-Lloyd - star of Dragon Age: Inquisition and Torchwood

While immortality protects Du Lac from the ravages of time, the world around him is over a thousand years away from Camelot and King Arthur. He longs for a past when knights were praised; a time of thwarted dragons and rescued damsels. But maybe a hero isn’t about how many weapons you have or how many enemies you kill - it’s about the choices you make and the relationships you foster.

Cursed sorceress Morgana Le Fey voiced by Perdita Weeks - star of Penny Dreadful and The Tudors
Cursed sorceress Morgana Le Fey voiced by Perdita Weeks - star of Penny Dreadful and The Tudors

The legendary sorceress suffered her curse during the fall of Camelot and has been forced to live in canine form ever since. It has been a constant struggle for Fey to reconcile how the world sees her and her personhood, her femininity, her desires. Will she ever regain her human form, but more importantly who will she be when that happens?

Mary Kelly voiced by Alexandra Roach star of Utopia, Black Mirror and Inside No. 9
Mary Kelly voiced by Alexandra Roach star of Utopia, Black Mirror and Inside No. 9
Will Mary ever confront the guilt in her past? Why won’t the enigmatic gentleman and his strange dog leave her alone? Is the man in her dreams really the killer? These are just some of the mysteries Mary must solve in a journey of survival, friendship and redemption.

Additional voices by Rupert Vansittart (Game of Thrones, Outlander), Nina Kristofferson (Billie Holiday Story), Inel Tomlinson (CBBC), Harry Hickles (EastEnders), Pri Burford (Silent Witness, Fearless), David Morley Hale, Jack Kristiansen, Eden Vansittart, Sam Hughes, Kitty Dearlove and Emma Vansittart.

Visit the police station on Leman Street and speak with the loose-lipped Sergeant Gully - you never know, he might have a lead on one of the suspects.

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After, you could take a stroll along Commercial Street and buy a posy of Aster off poor Kitty - takings are down since the murders started. Or maybe the Ten Bells is more to your liking – lots of sorrows to drown, and just as many secrets to uncover.

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We’ve taken painstaking care to bring 19th century Whitechapel to life. With the help of world renowned Historian, Judith Flanders, we are ensuring our environments, characters’ fashions and their dialogue are as period accurate as possible. It is important to us that we show Whitechapel as it was and give an honest account of the diverse community that lived there.

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We wanted to explore the origins of legends and how they shape our culture. Perhaps the most notorious of modern British legends is that of Jack the Ripper. What did the Whitechapel murders mean to London? What effect did they have on the people who lived there? And how do they still impact us today? 

In game capture of Annie Chapman's Crime Scene
In game capture of Annie Chapman's Crime Scene

What better way to explore these questions than through the eyes of Arthurian legends; Lancelot and Morgana, stories about who were especially prevalent in the 19th century as the ruling classes sought to revitalise chivalric codes in an attempt to control a society that was rapidly changing along lines of class, gender and race.

Animation still - Art by Romain Leguay
Animation still - Art by Romain Leguay

 

As well as creating a truly cinematic experience with a cast of amazing actors, we also wanted to design a visually distinctive game. 

Early concepts by Mike McCarthy
Early concepts by Mike McCarthy

We have drawn inspiration from the many amazing concept artists we have worked with throughout our careers. It is often a shame those incredible artworks are rarely seen outside of the development studio - we sought to change that.

Early concepts by Mike McCarthy
Early concepts by Mike McCarthy

By utilising classical techniques and the latest technology, we’ve crafted a beautiful and unique visual style that harks back to the atmospheric paintings of Grimshaw and Whistler and allows players to explore a living work of art.

 

Salix’s in-house composer, Jools Scott, has written for the BFI, Brodsky Quartet, Transport for London, Philharmonia Orchestra and the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, since leaving the Royal Academy of Music in 2003.  

The theme tune from Du Lac & Fey is taken from Vice: A Jazz Opera, Jools’ first collaboration with Sue Curtis and was in fact inspiration for our game’s subtitle, Dance of Death. This haunting melody takes a central role in Du Lac & Fey, and transports the player straight back to the dark world of 1880s London.

While our team of award winning sound designers are hard at work bringing the game to life, we have also been working closely with Soundcuts and Pinewood Shepperton Studios to record our lead actors and supporting cast. As the game features so many dramatic moments, it was essential for us to have our lead actors record together so that we could capture the very best performances possible.

As well as providing world class Foley to recreate the unique sounds of Victorian London, we are also working with Saluki breeders to make sure Fey’s barks, pants and whines are truly authentic! We have also arranged to mix the game at Shepperton with the help of some of gaming’s finest sound designers.

We can’t thank you enough for backing our project and investing in us. Here’s a list of reward packages that go some way to showing our appreciation!

We will keep you updated via email regarding all things Du Lac & Fey! Also, see your name in lights in our game’s credits!

This is it! Your very own digital copy of Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death on the platform of your choosing: Steam, Xbox One or PS4*.

8 to 12 hours of thrilling, funny, emotional gameplay where you decide what journey the hero takes.  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack!  

*Keys to be released on launch day.

If you want to discover what adventures Du Lac and Fey were up to before arriving in London, now you can with a physical copy of our 8 page comic: Du lac & Fey: Dance of Death Prelude. Art work by the fantastic Michael Brennan aka Mynki and signed by our Lead Writer Philip Huxley, who has written for Batman Arkham Knight, Killzone and was a Millarworld Talent winner 2015 for his Kingsman story!  

Includes PDF copy
Includes PDF copy

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + comic PDF + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice!

We predict you will come into the possession of a limited edition set of Tarot cards - as used by Madame Eve in game! A 12 card set, beautifully hand drawn by our artist Alice Armstrong, comes boxed with a personalised thank you note from the team!  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice + signed comic + comic PDF!

We all know when the time comes you’ll be itching to play the game. Well, with this special reward you can cure your Du Lac & Fey itch and set off on your very own adventure 10 days early! *

All reward tiers above this will also offer an early access copy with the Steam edition.

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + steam key + signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards!

*Steam only

Follow in Du Lac’s sartorially splendid footsteps with our limited-edition PES silk tie and pocket square combo*. Pattern inspired by Du Lac’s in game coat and designed by our artist Helen Simm.  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (early access with Steam copy) + signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards!  

*Tie = 150cm long, 9.5cm blade. Pocket square = 50cm x 50cm.

Do you express yourself through personal style, leisurely pastimes, and the cultivation of life’s pleasures? If so our versatile chiffon scarf* will complement any outfit and can also be worn charmingly as a head/hair piece.  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (early access with Steam copy) + signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards!  

*Scarf = 130cm x 30cm.

See your heroes and favourite characters from their earliest sketches as well as environment concepts and many of Whitechapel’s Victorian props in a beautiful detail. We have so much to show you and can’t wait to bundle it into a fantastic hard copy book* for you to enjoy!  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (early access with Steam copy) + signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards + art book PDF!

* Actual book dimensions are unknown as we are still creating assets that will go into the collection, but the book will be hard back and estimated roughly 12"x9" and 70-100 pages.

Enjoy everything the Patron has to offer, but why not do it in style? Choose either our tie and pocket square combo or chiffon scarf.  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on the platform of your choice (early access with Steam copy) + signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards + hard copy art book + art book PDF + tie and pocket square combo OR chiffon scarf!

Work alongside our artists to create your character and see yourself immortalised as one of our games interactive 2D NPC’s. Whether it’s living it up in the Ten Bells or working hard at the docks, Whitechapel’s your oyster!  

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on all platforms + Steam early access +  signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards + hard copy art book + art book PDF + tie and pocket combo OR chiffon scarf!

Ever wanted to know more about game development? Maybe you’re intrigued to learn how we came up with the story? Perhaps you’d like to see how an animator brings a character to life?  

Choose one of our delightful team members below and they will do their best to answer any question you might have about the game’s development.*

Jessica Saunders – Game Director (Languages: English) Philip Huxley – Lead Writer (Languages: English) Ed Reid – Tech Director (Languages: English) Jessica Ambron – Animator (Languages: English, French) Vincent Joyeau – Lead Character artist (Languages: English, French) Olly Lawson – Concept and Environment Artist (Languages: English) Sarah Morris – 2D Character Artist (Languages: English) Helen Simm – UI Artist (Languages: English, Icelandic) Ian MacBeth – Sound Designer (Languages: English, French) 

Also includes: game credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on all platforms + Steam early access +  signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards + hard copy art book + art book PDF + tie and pocket combo OR chiffon scarf!

*Conversations will last for 1 hour and will be conducted via Skype. Please note, while we can offer advice, we cannot offer jobs. Harassment or abusive behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

 Play your very own part in the Dance of Death adventure as you work alongside our lead character modeller Vincent Joyeau and have your face sculpted and placed on a walking, talking interactive 3D NPC.

Also includes: Executive Producer credit + digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on all platforms + Steam early access +  signed comic + comic PDF + Tarot cards + hard copy art book + art book PDF + tie and pocket combo + chiffon scarf!

 

Aoife - Ballad Seller - This could be you!
Aoife - Ballad Seller - This could be you!

 

Thomas - Ex Sailor (Blind) - This could be you!
Thomas - Ex Sailor (Blind) - This could be you!

 

We would be delighted to have you attend our launch party* where you can hang out with the cast and dev team and quiz us to your heart's content about the game!** It’s sure to be a spectacular night filled with fun, food and laughter. Alongside this you will receive an Executive Producer credit and have your likeness rendered as a 2D interactive NPC in game!  

Also includes: digital wallpaper pack + digital copy of the game on all platforms + Steam early access + signed comic + personalised poster + Tarot cards + hard copy art book + tie and pocket square combo + chiffon scarf!

* You must legally be able to travel to the UK and be over the age of 18. We will cover accommodation in London and part fund travel costs, subject to backer's location. We cannot guarantee all cast and crew members will be able to attend the launch dates, though they will certainly be invited.  

**subject to sobriety of developers!

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Example of in game 2D NPC

 

 

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Every member of our team has AAA experience and knows what it takes to bring a project to completion. Here are just some of the amazing titles we have worked on.

Director - Jessica Saunders, Tech Director - Ed Reid, Lead Writer - Philip Huxley, Concept Artists - Emrah Elmasli and Olly Lawson, Environment Artist - Jody Sargent, UI Artist - Helen Simm, UI Coder - Owen Davies, Gameplay Coder - Dan Parkes, Lead Character Modeller - Vincent Joyau, Additional Character Models - Rich Hammond, Animators - Jessica Ambron, Christopher Whyte, Character Art - Sarah Morris, Sound Design - Ian Macbeth, Historical Consultant - Judith Flanders.

If we are fortunate enough to exceed our total then these are some of the stretch goals we would love to achieve.

£40,000 - this is our base goal and allows us to hire an external QA team as well as port the game in-house with our team of experienced coders so we can bring the game to you on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.

£80,000 - we can translate our game’s text and subtitles into SEVEN different languages, including French, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese! This includes the game’s WHOPPING 400+ page main script and 400+ page side story script!

 

 

While Salix Games has successfully secured private investment that means we will finish the game, it is only part of the journey - we need your help to guarantee we reach our destination. A successful Kickstarter will give us the much-needed time to polish systems as well as hire an external QA team to ensure your experience is the very best it can be. It will also allow us to port the game to console and bring this game to as wide an audience as possible.  

Most importantly, our game cannot exist without you - the community - and Kickstarter will provide a wonderful opportunity for us to connect with players who share our passion for this project and the belief, that together we can make a fantastic game.

UPDATES

  • 08/11/2017 - Photos of physical perks added - Comic, Tarot cards, tie and pocket square and chiffon scarf.
  • 04/11/2017 - New Perks added The Denizen, The Conversationalist and The Sculptor!
  • 02/11/2017 - 25% Funded! Thank you!
  • 26/10/2017 - Day One over £5000! What an incredible start!

Risks and challenges

We have many years video game development experience on which to draw, so while we will do our best to mitigate the likelihood of running into problems, there will always be those obstacles that are unforeseeable. Rest assured we will do our best to overcome them and keep the project on track. We promise to always be honest and truthful with our backers during development and keep you updated with our progress.

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    Find out what the future has in store for you with a special selection of Madame Eve’s Tarot deck as featured in game.

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    The Dandy

    Whether frequenting the lushery or the board room, you’ll be a picture of sartorial elegance with this dashing tie and pocket square.

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    The Patron

    Feast one’s lamps on all of the exquisite Du Lac & Fey artwork compiled in one glorious tome!

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    The Stylish Patron We have found in 100% of cases, people's enjoyment of perusing our art book is greatly enhanced while wearing either our tie and pocket square or scarf. We have yet to conduct research into the wearing of all three items at once.

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    The Denizen

    Feature alongside the other inhabitants of Whitechapel and have your likeness rendered as a 2D NPC

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    The Conversationalist

    Are you intrigued to learn more about the making of Du Lac & Fey? Or perhaps you would like some advice about how to undertake the making of your own extraordinary game? Selected members of the Salix team will happily answer your questions!*

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    The Sculptor

    Ever wanted to visit Victorian London? Well now you can when you have your likeness rendered on one of the game’s 3D NPCs *

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    The Benefactor

    Not only would every member of the team toast your good fortune for years to come, some may even name their first born after you in honour, but most importantly you would be our esteemed guest at the Du Lac and Fey launch party to be held in London 2018.*

    *Terms and conditions would apply, must be over the age of 18.

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