A new kind of surreal exploration game with enormous worlds shaping and recoloring the further you progress through the game and story.
Also you can watch the trailer with better quality here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob7F6niLc10
There is no memory. No information, what happened or why. Nothing about you, nothing about your life, your purpose. Now its time to go. Explore these lost worlds in order to find yourself. Discover the truth about these worlds and their existence, their past, their future and your reason to be here. You won’t believe what you are going to discover.
Essence is a surreal exploration game where the world around you revives and evolves with your game process. The color of the levels will change the further you progress through the level and the more myths you uncover. In contrast shaping of the world is possible through collecting lost fragments. The more fragments you have the more objects are interactive and will react on your presents. Besides that the core worlds of the game also contain various main riddles. They are huge, challenging, and all contains different stages and elements to solve them. The main task of the game and a mind bending puzzle itself is to figure out what the different worlds are about, how they are connected and what your own purpose in the world of Essence is. By uncovering hidden places and items you will experience the story that slowly brings you closer to the solution. Therefore Essence offers an anomalous story that leads you to one interwoven message...
The the game will launch on Windows, Mac, Linux and if we reach the particular stretch goal also on Xbox One and PS4.
The languages are English and German. We will try to make our game accessible for as many languages as possible and will create subtitles for at least 3 other languages. Which languages will be your choice! The more funding we get the more languages we can add.
Imagine a world that got forgotten by time. A world pale and weak. A world that faded away like a never revealed thought. Shattered into fragments. A shadow of itself.
Imagine a world awaking. Finding new strength and colors with every step you explore. Reviving a bit more with every action you take, uncovering its true beauty with every decision you make. A world full of secrets just waiting for you and surprises carefully hidden in locations you couldn’t even think of.
Imagine a world full of changes and myths.
Experience the various worlds of ESSENCE in countless different phases. A worlds gameplay, atmosphere, appearance and whole sense of exploration might differ from phase to phase.
In the beginning of reimagining the worlds, they first appear black and white. Just enough to actually understand where you are and what you do. The world is abstract and seems lost and surreal. Interacting with objects in that phase is mainly impossible and you experience the worlds in a very unique and devastating way. The world is dead and cold. Only by finding the essence of a world that is hidden deep inside itself, you can get to know more about the history and meaning of a particular world and regain its structure. The world comes back to live, as abstract shapes become real plants, rocks, rivers and more.
Afterwards the particular world has its structures but not its colors. The world is pale but alive. You will be able to interact with items and parts of the world that you didn’t even understand or couldn't even see before. By interacting, using, activating and moving objects you will be able to reach parts of the worlds that you have never seen before. The clue is that with every new area you discover and every riddle you solve the world slowly regains its color and live.
Reshape the world
Just as the colors of the worlds evolve with you exploring them, also the shape might change. Trees will grow, mountains will slowly raise out of the ground, gates will open, rivers start flowing and your whole surrounding will react to your existence.
Solve the myths
Besides the changing worlds every main world also contains a main riddle that has a very unique twist on the game, as these riddles play with color, light, gravitation, vision and much more.
Face your emotions
While the world changes, you will be facing your emotions which appear in a human like form. Those emotions can be friendly and will help you to reshape the worlds. However, some of them will also have a fearful, aggressive or destructive nature. Together your emotions form a very unique gameplay mechanic that brings a whole new experience to the game.
Collect the fragments
In every world you will be able to find scattered fragments of artifacts that will only recompose back to their real form through your interaction or your sheer appearance. But be warned some elements of the world might also decompose into fragments if you come too close, revealing new ways or making the way you wanted it to be disappear.
Connect the worlds
The world of ESSENCE contains more than 20 different separate sub worlds. Each one of them with a specific theme and specific unique mysteries and landscapes. It is your task to figure out how these belong together and to figure out the secret that lies beneath the world of ESSENCE.
While exploring the worlds of ESSENCE you will not only discover amazing landscapes and a diverse, continuously changing world but also something else. Hidden deep in the different worlds are always memories that will let you in on secrets about the particular world, on your character himself or on long past events. This memories can be found by reaching a particular point in the game, mastering a dangerous situation, solving a riddle, collecting specific items or by being confronted with your emotions. Also some memories can actually help you to progress further in the game. Slowly step by step you will uncover the true meaning of every world.
But your real task just begun.
Can you put the pieces together and figure out how the single worlds all belong together and what happened in the past? Can you find the connection that holds the secrets of ESSENCE? Can you find the reason of a whole world dying? Can you find out why the color vanished? Can you uncover your own essence?
Besides the main story the game also revolves around collecting and connecting to spirits that travel the world of ESSENCE. Every spirit is special and belongs to a particular part of the game and a real person.
Become a Spirit
Every baker who will pledge at least 100 Euro will become a spirit that travels through the world of Essence. You can choose the name of your spirit that is going to be revealed to any player that actually discovers your spirit. Also, once a spirit is discovered it will leave a quote that we will choose together with you so other player can learn from your wisdom. (The name and the quotes of your choice need to be appropriate)
Become a Mind Keeper
Besides spirits there are also existing 9 Mind Keepers within the realm of ESSENCE. These Mind Keepers rule their own little area within "The Secret Vault" and are an important part of a secondary storyline of the game. In order for you to become a Mind Keeper you have to support us with the "Revived Mind Keeper" pledge. We will honor you by designing your Mind Keeper together with you and by shaping your private area according to your wishes. (We will do our best to create everything according to your wishes, but of course these have to be appropriate in content and scope.)
All of our worlds are carefully handcrafted because only on this way we are able to ensure that every single world is diversified and has a devoted design. Every single part and every hidden corner truly convince with their own uniqueness.
The game features 5 core worlds that are each connected with each other but also have several sub worlds that you can open from a core world. Every single world is unique and has its own riddles, design, items and secrets.
+ personal thank you email
• Everything above + set of wallpapers (desktop and mobile) + your name on a monument in a secret level
• Everything above + a copy of ESSENCE via Steam
+ Everything above + digital soundtrack
• Everything above + digital secret fragments about the story + digital special edition of ESSENCE featuring "THE SECRET VAULT" via steam + access to the closed beta
• Everything above + physically, signed thank you letter + set of post cards + "The Book of ESSENCE" (digital making of) + Become a part of the game and travel our world as a spirit. (see "Eternalize Yourself")
• Everything above + a dark interactive memory about you (related mini game) + 1 ESSENCE T-shirts
• Everything above + Physical "Collector's Edition Box", including the following: + physically, signed and sealed, thank you letter personalized for you + 1 ESSENCE T-shirts + "The Book of ESSENCE" - physical copy + 1 ESSENCE bags + official OneVision Pen + more physical goodies
• Everything above + special signed, unique poster
• Everything above (not the special signed, unique poster) + Together we will make you an important part of the game as NPC who lives in "The Secret Vault". Your character and the design of your living place will be your choice. (see "Eternalize Yourself")
•You will receive everything from the pledges before and...
+You will receive a personalized version of ESSENCE with a purely unique ending. Only you will experience the expanded truth of ESSENCE...
We are a small indie team of 2 students exploding with ideas beyond the mainstream, we want to enrich the world with unusual, experimental and beautiful games, leaving the gamer with a truly new experience.
We are working like 24/7 on the game for around 4 months now. But as we love the project and are good friends for a long time already we have a lot of fun while working on Essence, but this is just the beginning and there is plenty of work to do. Our team is very new and Essence is our debut game. So there is a certain risk, but as germans, we stand by our word ;)
Here is a very brief introduction of ourselves:
He is creating and representing the Soul of ESSENCE, building all these worlds, filling life in every corner, creating mysteries and ornamenting huge and little anomalous entities, edifying the gigantic and unknown structures with the ardent desire to fulfill something that you have never seen and feel.
He is creating and representing the Heart of ESSENCE, filling the objects and entities with life and a character. He breathes life into the worlds and their riddles with purpose and function, entangled moments into a story in which you're going to immerse. Besides he is providing people constantly with new information and handles the numbers.
Together we have been inspired by games like the Zelda series, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus in early age. Today we are inspired by games like Journey, NaissanceE and The Talos Principle. It has always been our dream to create games like this, and maybe we can even reach another level of those particular kind of games in the future.
REVERENCE SERENITY HUMILITY
We want to embed these feelings in ESSENCE. We will do everything to evoke those emotions in our players during and after gaming. We dare to start an attempt to bring the games medium in the direction of consummate art, and to endow it with a particular philosophical core point. And only in this way we want to convey our secret message, which is determined out there for the players.
Because our vision goes beyond creating just games...
Jaye Arcuve for creating and letting us use his music for the official trailer.
A special thanks to our family, friends, supporters and of course to our fans who will be playing ESSENCE on Mac, Windows, Linux, XBox One, and PS4. Thank you. You are awesome.
Risks and challenges
As a nature of creative work there will be software, hardware, time and coffee issues. Well not so much coffee but Mate which we drink instead of coffee. However we will continuously give our best to overcome any border that might lie in front of us. You have experienced a glimpse of our vision, now you deserved to go beyond this horizon with us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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