This project's funding goal was not reached on June 6, 2013.
About this project
Prepare yourself for the evolution in a new genre in gaming: the world's first fully featured Emergent Reality Game (ERG). Think of it as reality's expansion pack.
In your hand, you hold technology that reveals an unimaginable new layer of reality. A secretive organization – EDC – needs your skills and feet on the ground to detect and neutralize anomalies in the space-time continuum. These “anomalies” threaten the very fabric of reality and are breaking out all over the world – your world.
The action is taking place in your city – even, literally, in your backyard.
In Clandestine: Anomaly, you’re not a character in a fictional world: you are you, and your mobile device is a window into another layer of reality that is encroaching on our own. The world of Clandestine: Anomaly is all around you.
For over a year, we've been working to build an incredible new game that we believe finally fulfills the massive potential of AR. Unlike virtually every other AR game developed so far, Clandestine goes beyond gimmicks – AR is the foundation of development. We have perfected its implementation to create an epic, story driven game that you play in your own neighborhood. You are the main character, and the front line is everywhere...
In Clandestine, you interact in real time at real-world locations with 3D Augmented Reality characters and situations.
Using GPS and Augmented Reality technologies your neighborhood is populated with 3D interactive characters and scenarios. Each player will experience the game as unique, one-of-a-kind story. Game design triggers help the game learn not only where your closest park is, but what locations matter to you most. No two players will every experience the same game twice.
Throughout the game, you'll collect alien nanotechnology, and parts programs through both missions and geocaching. Merging the two, you'll assemble, and customize probes, utility drones and three story tall weapons for defense and attack.
Through tower defense gameplay, you will literally defend your own community from attack.
You'll program and deploy arrays varying from alien creatures to futuristic war machines. After you strategically deploy your units, you will watch the epic battles play out in real time in the sky above you.
In recon mode, you can command your arrays to focus their attacks on an enemy, call in an air strike, or recharge and repair them.
Strategy is the key to victory. How you manage your resources and deploy your units will effect your success.
Clandestine's core narrative takes place within campaign missions.
Story events, quests and side missions are setup in much the same way an open world game or modern RPG would be. You can communicate directly with in-game characters via text, phone, video message, and right in front of you in AR. The decisions you make and your personal style of game play affect character interactions as well as determine game events.
As you succeed, you’re promoted to higher and higher clearance levels, and given access not only to new missions and intel, but new and more powerful technologies.
Discussion trees help you communicate with characters, your responses and conduct effect their level of trust, and determine the course of the game.
We've created a unique set of game extending merchandise that, while not necessary to game play, highly enhances the experience. We have products ranging from maps that act as secret view screens to deliver video messages to shirts that show your unique personal profile information and rank, and much much more!
We are designing a game that’s playable anytime and anywhere, offering you the best kind of flexibility for where and how you play. Though the game is ideally experienced outdoors, the campaign supports remote play.
By sending probes and drones players can participate in missions without being in those locations, however there is a cost as sending drones is both more expensive and less powerful than going to a mission personally.
Being on the scene yourself allows for the use of powerful recon weapons, is cheaper and makes sure that you have a first hand knowledge of events.
Unlike all other AR games, we aren't using the technology as a tag-on or gimmick. From the beginning, Clandestine was developed with AR at the core of game play. This is the first fully featured, narrative focused Augmented Reality game, and we've worked hard to push the technology and genre to its ultimate potential.
Clandestine's unique combination of GPS, AR, & RPG creates an experience so convincing and feature rich that it goes beyond what any imagined possible with these technologies. Our goal is to create a console like experience on mobile, using your world as the backdrop. It’s a game that leverages everything mobile has to offer to craft a truly mobile experience.
This is a revolution, not only in gaming, but in how we tell stories.
Your choices affect the outcome of the game.
It all starts with a mayday hail from a damaged alien vessel that hacks your phone, demanding your help to find a safe crash site. This event not only draw earth into a hidden intergalactic struggle, but puts you at the center of Earth's defense.
Clandestine is centered around themes of entropy, and what must be sacrificed for humanity to survive and flourish. It is set in a universe on the brink of collapse. With you as the central character, the story doesn’t ask who we are, but poses difficult questions about who we want to become, and what we’re willing to sacrifice to survive. Can humanity rise to the challenge? The direction and path is yours to decide.
ZenFri is a Winnipeg based creative company headed by Corey and Danielle King. Our team is comprised of individuals all across North America, including members who have worked on everything from games like Diner Dash, to TV Shows like Corner Gas, movies like Avatar and Alternate Reality Experiences for Bag of Bones.
Presently, ZenFri has over 30 people working on Clandestine as designers, programmers, researchers, writers, sound designers and marketers, many of which are industry veterans. Everyone involved is fueled with an unrelenting hunger for this project, working countless hours since the projects conception to bring Clandestine to market.
Below is just some of our team:
Top from Left: Corey King (Creator / Executive Producer), Jei Kohlenberg (Producer) Todd Bryanton aka LilDeuceDeuce (Composer), Ryan FitzGerald (Lead Writer / Designer). Bottom Left: Tom Lepp (Art Director), Dougald Lamont (Marketing), Danielle King (Executive Producer), Dwayne Rudy (Technical Director)
Augmented Reality is one of the most remarkable things that an iPhone or mobile device can do, but the possibilities it presents have yet to be comprehensively delved into, especially when it comes to mobile gaming. We’ve spent over a year developing the technology for Clandestine, pushing the boundaries of AR as far as possible, and we’re not done yet. With your support we can not only show there is demand for these types of games, and bring our first game to market, but continue to push AR further by integrating even more Environment data into the game.
We’re turning to Kickstarter so that we can maintain creative control of the project, as we know our vision and refuse to let it be muddied or watered down to suit a bubble-gum game marketplace. Currently, we’re wrapping up our prototype build, and if we meet our goal we’ll be able to polish and refine that build. If we’re lucky enough to exceed it, Kickstarter will play a key role in funding the game's production, the more you give, the better the game will be.
50k isn’t enough to complete the game, but using Kickstarter along with other funding channels like the Canada Media Fund allows us to create the game we want without compromise and get valuable feedback on what you want. The more you give, the more we can put you at the center of an epic.
If we surpass the initial goal, we’ll begin to reveal the many unique stretch goals we have planned that allow us to create an even richer gaming experience, support more platforms and add more new and exciting features.
We believe we are helping to pioneer the next stage in mobile gaming, and want you to be a part of it. We need your help to bring a game the size of the world to every neighborhood on the planet.
Because in this battle the front lines are everywhere.
All pledges $10 and up include:
- Clandestine: Anomaly Episode 1 (iOS or Android, available APRIL 2014)
- Viewer App
- Digital Interactive AR set of Markers
- Digital Production Book
All other items in your pledge will ship December 2013. The digital interactive AR set of markers interacts with the viewer app so you can experience Clandestine: Anomaly AR technology right away!
More on this Pledge Tier
The viewer app will allow you to see 3D augmented reality game objects -- both at home and in your environment. Point your device at the right AR tag and it will spawn 3D objects, characters, and story content. Go out into your neighbourhood and you’ll see geolocative AR objects -- ships, characters, statues.
Digital interactive augmented reality set of markers
With these stylized markers you’ll be able to spawn 3D AR characters using the viewer app. Learn more about the game and it's rich canon with these markers.
Listen to the Theme Music for Clandestine: Anomaly.
Here's just a taste of the amazing music being created for this game by Todd Bryanton and Rob Bryanton at Talking Dog Studios.
More onInteractive AR t-shirt
The Clandestine: Anomaly logo on your shirt doubles as an AR Tag that spawns interactive animations when viewed with the viewer app. When the game launches, the shirt will integrate with the game, dynamically showing your game rank, achievements and leader boards stats.
More on AR earth map
Look at this map with the viewer app and it transforms into a secret view screen for in-game characters to send you video messages. With the viewer you can be brought into the world of Clandestine: Anomaly early, getting exclusive prequel content.
Once the game launches, this map will integrate with the game offering unique content that changes as you progress. Learn of otherwise hidden missions and weapons through the intel collected through this hidden map.
More on the AR ancient hologram communicator
A recovered piece of ancient Augeria technology that allows in-game characters to communicate with you via a 3D-hologram. Prior to game launch, the viewer app will allow the communicator to display pre-recorded messages from in-universe characters, laying our some of the rich backstory. Upon launch, the communicator will update it's content based on where you are in the game, and the choices you've made.
More on the AR companion
Learn about the world of Clandestine: Anomaly through your trusty AR companion who is always by your side. Upon game launch, this companion will help you throughout the game, even going on remote missions when you cannot.
This companion will have Kickstarter Exclusive content such as additional dialogue, and unique custom components that allow your probe to stand out from the crowds.
More on Doug Wheatley
Doug Wheatley, is a critically acclaimed comic book artist whose worked with Marvel, D.C., Dark Horse, Acclaim and Image Comics. His work has appeared in titles ranging from Superman: Last Son of Earth, The Incredible Hulk, and Blade: Vampire Hunter to a range of Star Wars series including Star Wars: Episode III, Republic, Empire and Dark Times.
More on J.C. Hutchins
J.C. Hutchins crafts transmedia narratives, screenplays and novels for such entertainment companies as A&E, Cinemax, Discovery, St. Martin's Press, Smith & Tinker and Leviathan Games. He has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR's Weekend Edition, ABC Radio and the BBC.
His recent work includes writer & experience design roles on themed prequel experiences for Cinemax's espionage series Hunted, A&E's Stephen King's Bag of Bones and The Colony, an intense survival reality series.
For more details on J.C. Hutchins visit http://jchutchins.net/
Risks and challenges
Over the last year, we’ve been treading into uncharted waters to bring an experience like nothing that has come before. We’ve taken a unique approach to story, design, art and technology to build a truly immersive experience. Doing something this technical, and this new, will have pitfalls and setbacks.
Being a small company, we’re very agile. So far our approach has been to strategically utilize high-quality contractors to help knock down any walls we encounter. If we can’t do it, we have a track recording of getting the people who can.
So far we’ve risen above every challenge we’ve faced, and with only 3 months of hard coding, we’ve been able to accomplish everything you see here. Over the next year, with the foundation laid, we’ll be able to accomplish so much more.
While designs and features may change as the technology progresses, we have a team supported by many industry professional committed to shipping a high quality experience.
Our physical reward items will be fulfilled by or before our estimated delivery and we’ve taken great effort to ensure we can manufacture and ship all the items we’re offering. As you can see in our video, we’ve already created many of the rewards.
With the Vita, we're working to do everything we can to bring this game to Sony's amazing handheld console. However, we need to meet Sony's approval before being certified to develop. This is an ongoing process that we're already engaged in. Supporting this Kickstarter helps let Sony know its users want this type of experience on their system.
Fortunately, we have friends in the community who are certified Sony developers that are eager to bring this game to the Vita. So no matter what, we have the people and teams capable of offering you an amazing Vita experience!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We have developed Clandestine: Anomaly's architecture with multiplayer and CO-OP in mind from the very beginning. We have definitive plans for both and we have been experimenting and producing some incredible ways of interacting and playing with other gamers. Multiplayer and CO-OP are too early in development to showcase and promise just yet - but we are working on its development everyday.
We will deliver the iOS version of Clandestine: Anomaly directly to you by gifting it through iTunes.
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