My name is Francis Racicot I am the project leader and only developer of the mod Abyss for Portal 2.
This is my first big project so far and I need your help.
Portal 2 : Abyss is a non profit project I started by my own but I am currently having trouble working on everything myself. I am making this Kickstarter for raising found to help me out managing the project with better tools and people.
Since this is a non profit project I will never charge anything to play this game but I am spending my own money and time working on the game meaning I may have to change my priorities and slow the development of the game.
What is the money for?
The money is mostly to help me during the development and for buying license and tools to complete the job easier.
To make sure the Mod is perfectly legal I need to Learn and buy license for a few software such as:
- 3D Modeling software
- Sound Editing software
- Image Editing software
I still consider myself as a beginner in the modding community of Source Engine, I started in 2011 but I will need extra help by more experimented peoples who can do:
- Advanced modelling / Animation
- Artist ( texture / artwork )
- Sound Artist ( music / sound editing )
- Voice actors
The $6,000 goal is enough to pay everything plus some optional subscription to any good tutoring website for an easier learning of coding, modelling, animating, sound editing, etc...
About the story.
Abyss take place in an alternate Universe of Portal 2, very similar to the actual game but it is not a sequel or a prequel of any Portal/Half life games. The combine has taken control over the earth and you try to survive. After being chased by them and trying to escape you had an accident, you fell of a hill and lost consciousness.
The story is based on exploration and puzzles with a new design of the Aperture Science Laboratories featuring custom models and textures. My goal is to redesign most of the facility in a more realistic ways than the Original Portal 2.
Steam Greenlight concept:
- Full project development.
- Releasing the sources.
- Everyone will be able to modify the mod without decompiling the maps or any files with third party software.
More coming soon!
Risks and challenges
Redesigning the facility will be a big challenge for me. I considerate myself as a beginner but I like challenge and this is a good one.
I will need to learn modelling because i do not want to rely only one someone to make any progress on the mod. else if that person is busy there won't be any progress at all.
I will need to respect Valve's condition to respect their copyrights and be sure to not make anything wrong. I contacted Valve for legal right to create this kick starter. I am currently waiting for the answer.
Other than that, If the kickstarter fail I will not be able to work full time on the mod because I am currently Low budget and have to set my priorities at the right places. This mod is not in the list and may not be updated for a long time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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