Wotan: A Beat 'Em Up Visual Novel (Now Coming to Steam!)
Wotan: A Beat 'Em Up Visual Novel (Now Coming to Steam!)
A visual novel combined with an arcade style beat ‘em up where your choices matter and fighting is not the only option.
A visual novel combined with an arcade style beat ‘em up where your choices matter and fighting is not the only option. Read more
Wotan (PC / Mac / Linux) is a visual novel combined with gameplay of a classic arcade style beat ‘em up where choice matters and fighting is not the only option. Inspired by old school brawlers, modern day adventure games, and Norse mythology Wotan combines the power of fighting with the power of words in one epic trek across America. Wotan’s sharp and neo-dark world inhabits a cast of colorful characters ready to help or hinder you depending on your choices and actions taken across the entirety of the game. Discover the protagonist Wotan’s troubled past and unleash endless bloodshed or delve into his methodical mind and avoid conflict as you befriend characters or create enemies as decisions are made.
The game tells the tale of retired Wotan, the former leader of the deadly and violent biker gang known as the Aesir. Having left his former life Wotan has opened up an orphanage and has begun to live a so called better life. Everything seems at rest until Wotan hears that the children of his orphanage have been kidnapped and taken far out west by his ex-mistress P. Lipp. Angry and tired Wotan sets off in pursuit stopping at nothing to get the children back. Little does Wotan know this journey will throw him back into the violence and pain he tried so hard to leave behind. Why would P. Lipp take the kids? Why now? Wotan goes off on a trip that will not only answer all his questions but also start something bigger and crazier than he could imagine.
So who is making this game you ask? That person would be me, Samuel Lopez De Victoria, a longtime visual and interactive artist, shirt designer, and programmer. I was raised and inspired by video games such as Streets of Rage, Turtles in Time, and King of Dragons as well as a large number of other beat ‘em ups and fighting games. Later in life I focused my efforts towards creating interactive art installations and experimental software. After attaining my Masters Degree in Art & Technology and starting a family I decided to focus my work back into video games and go full time indie developer. Right now Wotan, both the artwork and coding, is being created almost entirely by me, with music done by the amazingly talented and inspiring BIAS ONE, and takes a large amount of time to put together due to being a primarily one man team.
Currently I am raising both a family and trying to pay the necessary month to month bills, which does not always afford me the time to be able to work on Wotan. Wotan is a passion project of mine I’ve been wanting to work on for years, and finally I have the abilities and skills able to fully realize it. If this Kickstarter is successful it will allow me to continue to be able to fully focus on creating Wotan and produce an awesome game for everyone to be able to experience.
A Savage Land of Freedom
- Start in the southeast of America and travel out west as you journey across the US of A visiting a wide number of locations and their inhabitants.
- Traverse through cities, streets, alleys, factories, bars, forests, mountain tops, blizzards, hurricanes and more!
- Be prepared with your bike as highway battles will have you take the fight to the road.
- Meet a large cast of characters ranging from your friendly bartenders and townsfolk to mindless trash burrowers and cannibal flesh eaters.
- In game choices matter: Sparing a life can change the outcome of a future turning point, gratitude and hatred can go a long way, alliances create new enemies, etc.
- Your choices will allow you access to additional in game bonuses as well as the possibility of avoiding fights outright.
- Build up Wotan’s stats and abilities as you progress through the game. Gain access to new attacks and techniques as you befriend characters and develop friendships and relationships throughout the game.
- Upgrade Wotan’s gear and bike along his quest for a customized and enhanced traveling experience.
Risks and challenges
One Man Team - Besides collaborating with musician Bias One on the soundtrack, Wotan is being created by one person. This can present a number of problems such as the possibility of short term delays due to sickness or personal matters. Part of developing Wotan as an individual will require the preparedness and experience I have with development cycles such as bug squashing, testing, and publishing. A strict and realistic schedule is necessary in order to deliver Wotan as a quality product in a timely matter. Because of all this I ask that those backing would be as understanding and as patient as possible during the development of Wotan.
Initial Hardware & Software Upgrade - Currently everything about Wotan has been made on a largely outdated, buggy, and beat-up laptop personal computer I’ve held onto for years. Part of running this Kickstarter was to upgrade my laptop to a dedicated desktop PC strictly for the development of Wotan. During the initial month of transitioning over to a new machine getting everything to work like it did and better than on my laptop may require configuring that will have a small effect on development time. Additionally, this will allow me to upgrade my software to be more current and up to date. This upgrade will provide me with power to work faster, more efficiently, and with less likelihood of hardware or software based delays.
Anything Can Happen - As I’ve learned with all development of games or software, whether big or small, anything and everything can possibly happen. I will be as prepared as possible for the best and worst case scenarios so that regardless of what happens I will at least have some readiness for the unknown.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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