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£2,617
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 12 2016 2:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 14, 2016

Angels & Demigods Visual Novel

SciFi Visual Novel video game taking place in the distant future on Saturn's moon Enceladus. VR, Desktop & mobile enabled.

Angels & Demigods Visual Novel

SciFi Visual Novel video game taking place in the distant future on Saturn's moon Enceladus. VR, Desktop & mobile enabled.

£2,617
pledged of £24,000pledged of £24,000 goal
107
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 12 2016 2:02 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 14, 2016

About

Welcome dear traveller! :) You've come to the right place if you love a good story and are a fan of sci-fi. Angels & Demigods is a sci-fi visual novel space-opera being developed for both the desktop and VR.

Throughout the last few months we were busy producing the first chapter of Angels & Demigods which you can download for free for a variety of platforms :) You can find all available versions in the downloads section.

Our goal is to get enough money to fund the production of the rest of the game. Chapter one represents about one fifth of the full game. It is fully voiced and includes about 5000 words.

For the money we raise we'd pay for around 4x the amount of artwork as in chapter one, 15-20000 words of voicing, editing and half a year of production and development.

Unlike other projects we aim to support all possible platforms without tiding it to stretch goals. So all of our backers can play the game without limitations. Among those platforms to which we already deployed chapter one we'll additionally support Sony Playstation VR and Google Daydream VR and possible others as they become available during production.

Here is where we are with the production and how the schedule looks like:

 

Oculus Gear VR store user

"Amazing work ... this comics-like game looks very great and suitably for VR. Hope there will be more game like this in the future."

"love it. hope lots more like this come out; since i like the book novel type games"

Google Play store

"This game is gold in the making I really love the story and I really wanna see how it all unfolds and how many more characters you can meet" - derron harden

"Going to Play the sequels! Nice and short VR experiance. Having the option of multiple outcomes was Fun." - Artur L

Steam

"The VN, especially considering the presence of voice acting and the art quality in a free to play western visual novel, is quite amazing." - DrDaemon

"Let me say here,the story have gotten me interested to it. Got me caught up to the story and making me wanting more!" - Kururuu

Download chapter one for one of these platform to try it out.

Desktop versions:

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Reality versions:

 

 

 

  

Alternatively if you can't play chapter one here is a preview of the game play.

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We believe that the future of storytelling is taking the visual novel genre of games to VR. The first proof of concept prototypes blew our minds by how much more immersive the experience is while still keeping a 2D anime style art we all love. At the same time we feel that the next level in producing visual novels is taking them to VR.

The story takes place in the distant future on Saturn's moon Enceladus in the 190th century. You are given a task to bring back Ashley - a genetically engineered warrior "angel" who has fled the facility where she was being held in a dormant state. Through the interaction with her and other characters you unravel bits and pieces of a conspiracy.

 

Ashley - an angel on the run, The Chapel's android & researcher on the left & The doctor & another researcher on the right
Ashley - an angel on the run, The Chapel's android & researcher on the left & The doctor & another researcher on the right

This is a story centered game and you interact with characters by selecting choices that alter how you interact with them. You will also be prompted to interact with the environment at some points to be able to progress further.

Choose your own adventure
Choose your own adventure

The next chapters will include new characters, environments and cutscenes.

We will get to know more about The Chapel, how angels are created, who rules Enceladus, the history of this moon's colonization and the wars that are fought for centuries between moons and planets of the solar system.

The Secretary character sketches
The Secretary character sketches

 

A room of contrasts
A room of contrasts

 

There's a pyramid on Enceladus
There's a pyramid on Enceladus

The story was written by Milan Kazarka who has a track record of creating visual novels for a variety of platforms.

Putting thoughts on paper
Putting thoughts on paper

 

Sketching ideas
Sketching ideas

"Angels & Demigods is a story and a set of ideas I had on my mind and on paper in my drawer for a long time waiting for the right moment. I've been writing down ideas for stories for fifteen years now.

I'm a huge fan of sci-fi, anime. My huge inspiration are movies like The Dune, The Fifth Element and manga like Battle Angel Alita and works by Tsutomu Nihei. I like to imagine worlds far in the future, beings with superpowers and a the environment a cultural mix.

I never really wanted to release any of my stories on paper, since I found the book form of publishing quite limiting. I'm a huge fan of comics, though I never embraced the medium myself for my own work. Still, I like to express my ideas visually. Discovering the visual novel medium was a blessing. I realized that I was able to publish a story in an interactive format and that opened new possibilities. My first visual novel was Invisible Apartment, which transformed to a series of four parts over the course of the last years.

With Angels & Demigods we're taking things further. I was blown away by the first prototypes in which we just experimented with putting a few characters and music into a 360° space. As someone who writes interactive fiction I couldn't imagine a better platform."

- Milan Kazarka - 

The art-style is a combination of Japanese anime and western comics. This creates an aesthetics that's familiar to both fans of anime and also superhero comics made in the US.

 

 

 

We try to avoid the cold metallic style used in many sci-fi games or movies. Our idea of the design is that technology has progressed so far that it's become part of the environment and culture and doesn't stand out.

Our head artist Henrique "Kite" Xavier has a track record of working on different comics and visual novels like the Invisible Apartment series.

Lab concept with example images
Lab concept with example images

 

Style check
Style check

With characters the process is similar. We work to make the character, their personality and design be in sync. Henrique begins with simple sketches based on the screenplay.

Designing a character
Designing a character

Then these sketches are refined, different color and style variations are tested until we have the best representation of a character. 

Suit & tattoo design
Suit & tattoo design

 

Experimenting with full color versions
Experimenting with full color versions

 

A girl growing up
A girl growing up

 

 

Sally with gear
Sally with gear

All of the text in the game is voiced by our talented voice actors Sally Feng, John Bradley Coleman & Katabelle.

Voice acting is hard work as well. Every scene, every part of dialogue has a different atmosphere. Characters do have a variety of feelings and voice actors must transform these into their work. They have to record several takes of each sentence with different levels of loudness and expressions. These have to be then reviewed one by one and put together. 

Finally the chosen voice records must go through post-processing. They need to be cut & we must sometimes do noise reduction. Only after all of this you can hear characters talk in each scene.

 

Michal at work :)
Michal at work :)

Visual novels are a genre of games which started out in Japan, but have been gaining popularity in the west. In recent years indie studios have begun creating english language visual novels.

At 7 Keys Studios we have created a software platform that enables us creating visual novels both for desktop & virtual reality as easy as creating 2D visual novels bringing the genre to a whole new level.

We develop Angels & Demigods using Unity3D. This allows us to port Angels & Demigods to any platform that's supported by Unity. Doing high level programming we can focus on what's important and that's production.

Through Steam we have a Windows desktop & VR version available, plus a version for Mac. Versions for Cardboard running on Google Android, GearVR and a VivePort are ready & are pending release.

Each scene is programmed based on a set of descriptions both sketched and written.

Scene layout from paper to 3D
Scene layout from paper to 3D

"There’s a surprising sense of depth in its stagnant backgrounds"

                                                  Caty McCarthy

We are working with great musicians who have proven to create deep atmospheric tracks. With Sebastian Bach & Roly Porter we are capable of creating a soundtrack with both classical, subtle and darker electronic parts.

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach
Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach was born in Stuttgart Germany. He studied film scoring at the ArtEZ University of Arts in the Netherlands. Sebastian loves to write orchestral soundtracks and combines live recordings with synthesizer sounds to achieve a new & modern sound. His other passion are intimate piano soundtracks. Just check out his website: www.sebastianbachmusic.com 

Roly Porter

Roly Porter
Roly Porter

Roly began his career as part of a production duo called Vex'd, releasing records on Subtext and Planet Mu. Roly later released two solo albums on Subtext under his own name – Aftertime and Life Cycle of a Massive Star – which were both listed in Fact Magazines Albums of the Year. He was invited to Aldeburgh for a collaborative residency with Cynthia Millar that resulted in a third album, Fall Back, and later scored the film In Fear which premiered at Sundance in 2013. Since then he has produced music for trailers and participated in a live re-scoring of the 1988 animated film Gandahar by Rene Laloux for the BFI. His latest album, Third Law, was released on 22nd January through TriAngle Records.

Visit Roly's website & read more about him on Rolling Stone:

Rolling Stone - 10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2016 - "Unsettling, wordless sonic narratives that are sometimes blissful and sometimes sinister."

Cyborg

This pledge gives you access to digital versions of the game to all platforms.

Sound researcher or Art researcher

You like the music of Roly Porter & Sebastian Bach? Or you'd like to own a hi-res poster of Angels & Demigods & get the backstage videos from production? Choose one of these pledges.

Ultimate researcher

Maybe you'd like to get it all - soundtrack, hi-res poster and backstage videos. Then you're an Ultimate researcher!

Angel

 

Become an angel and get a cool Angels & Demigods branded exclusive DVD together with a poster!

VR Angel

 

If you would like to try out Angels & Demigods in VR, but don't own a VR headset than maybe you'd like to support us by pledging as a "VR Angel" :) The VR Angel pledge includes a branded Google Cardboard with which you'll be able to play our game on any Android smartphone in VR. This is the easiest way to "enter the VR experience". 

Demigod

Would you like to get access to builds of the game as we produce it? You'd like to play the game chapter by chapter and don't like the idea of waiting until the very end? Then become our Demigod backer!

Demigod special

 

If you like the style of Angels & Demigods and you'd like to have a custom poster made just for you than support us through the Demigod special pledge. Henrique, our artist will create a poster just for you based on your specifications as long as Ashley, the main character is included on the poster. The poster will be exclusively signed by Henrique.

God

Maybe you think that the one thing missing in the game is you :) Maybe you're right! If you go for the God pledge we'll create an NPC "non playable character" that looks just like you.

 

 

VR Visual Novel ‘Angels and Demigods’ Hits Kickstarter - "Angels and Demigods uniquely places viewers in a first-person view, which is particularly interesting given the graphic novel visual foundation." -  Paul McAdory

Cliqist.com - Angels & Demigods Brings VR to Visual Novels - "I’ve enjoyed their previous works, so backing this one should be a no-brainer." - Serena Nelson

Versions.Killscreen - How to make reading stories compelling in VR? -"There’s a surprising sense of depth in its stagnant backgrounds" - Caty McCarthy

Angels and Demigods | A new visual novel coming to the Gear VR! - "The overall experience does look fascinating and I am all for trying it out and hopefully it can change my mind on the genre." - Peter Willson

http://www.keengamer.com/article/14156_angels-demigods-closed-beta-review-steam-and-htc-vive - "Even if you don't play or like visual novel games this should be one on your list to play just to try out."

ANGELS AND DEMIGODS VISUAL NOVEL ON KICKSTARTER - "Angels and Demigods is one such visual novel that pulls on the sci-fi storyline strings hard and well" - Carl Williams

Here are people playing our beta builds in VR :) 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBcKbkrk8W0

 

Media Kit

If you're looking for posters, logos and other assets you can find them here.

Risks and challenges

Combining 2D anime style with virtual reality is pretty changenging.
Art must be specially created to contain full environment. All characters have to be animated from certain angles so entire scene looks natural in VR.
We have overcome many of these challenges, however we face still new. But we like being challenged.

Managing the rewards & finances won't be managed on a personal, but company basis, so no rewards or money will be handled privately.

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