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Last updated August 6, 2018

Sky's Whisper - A VR Flying Exploration Game

Sky's Whisper is an exploration VR game where players fly through a whimsical world filled with diverse floating islands.

Sky's Whisper - A VR Flying Exploration Game

Sky's Whisper is an exploration VR game where players fly through a whimsical world filled with diverse floating islands.

CA$ 661
pledged of CA$ 1,000pledged of CA$ 1,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 5 2018 6:21 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 6, 2018

About

Sky's Whisper is an exploration virtual reality game where players get to experience flight with wings. A vibrant world of hovering islands awaits each player as they understand ruins left behind by an advanced and mysterious civilization of birdpeople and traverse through a beautiful coming of age journey.

Want to try out the game? We have a demo out at the following sites! [requires HTC Vive]

In our game Sky's Whisper, the player incarnates a young birdperson who has just developed their feathers for flight. Being a late bloomer, the fledgling is the last to leave the nest and follow the footsteps of their ancestors and brethren.

A small cave made from floating rocks on the Island of Birth
A small cave made from floating rocks on the Island of Birth

After learning to fly and overcoming his island of birth, the young fledgling discovers a central island, larger than any nearby ones. Despite being calm and serene, the amount of ruins and the sheer energy of the place makes it quick to grasp that this area is where all things start and end.

Laid out as trials, multiple floating islands beckons the player, each representing a stunning and unique ecosystem to explore. By making use of his curiosity and flight, the hatchling has to activate the magic within each island.

The outstretched horizon seen from the Island of Birth
The outstretched horizon seen from the Island of Birth

Only once has all the magic been activated can they finally discover what lies after his coming of age as they return to the largest island...

This idea was born from the two co-founders’ search for different ways of transportation within virtual reality. The idea of using flight as a means of travel came up during a session of brainstorming and, to our surprise, there are still very few games in virtual reality out there that lets players fly. Our desire to let players pursue a common dream of flying with wings gave way to this exploration game.

Within Sky's Whisper, we wanted the world to amaze players through its beauty. We make use of vibrant colors, a well-fused low-poly art style and mystical themes to soothe the player as they embark on a journey of peaceful solitude. 

The cave from where hatchlings start their journey
The cave from where hatchlings start their journey

The main ceremonial island acts as the first and final destination for the flier: by activating beacons in various smaller islands (which are considered levels), the main island evolves from plain, natural relics to righteous and divine grounds representing the knowledge of the birdpeople.

Ruins found across the land
Ruins found across the land

Each level has its own ecology. The planned themes we have are an island covered by an amazonian forest, an island sheltering an ice cavern and valley, and another island carrying a desert. If anyone backs up the Super MVP pledge, they will design a whole new island with us to spread wonder and awe to players (design and idea has to be approved by us before starting development).

Dark Forest Island Concept Art
Dark Forest Island Concept Art

Our goal with this mechanic was to let players experience how having wings instead of arms would feel. Players can achieve height by flapping their wings down and, depending on the angle of the wings, can fly in multiple directions horizontally.  

There is no dizziness associated with our flying mechanic in itself. We’ve made at least a hundred people try out our demo from children to adults at the Canadian Gaming Expo in Ottawa. People who were more susceptible to motion sickness or vertigo beforehand experienced unease and dizziness whenever they would look downwards during flight. For the majority though, they experienced no discomfort during and after playing our game.

Even the smallest contributions can make a difference! Be part of the flock and hear all the news! With your help, you showed us that you believe in our project and we'll do our best to inform you as much as we can on its progress.

 Within our game, there will be a section represented as a grand temple dedicated to all the spirits that protect the birdpeople. These Guardians are, in fact, all the contributors that have supported with bringing this game to life. As a contributor, you will have your name etched onto the timeless stones of the Protectors' Temple.

 This wallpaper will be exclusive to Kickstarter. The design is currently a secret, but it will definitely represent the atmospheric, broad landscape filled with wonder that we envision for our game.

 This reward guarantees you a copy of our game when it's officially released! You will get to enjoy a journey of wonder and freedom through the skies and mystical lands.

 To prove your dedication as a supporter, you will receive wings unique and beautiful like the spirit you represent within our game. These wings are exclusive to the Kickstarter, so be one of the few who will claim this reward!

 Since you hold the progress and quality of our game at heart, you will be able to participate in the closed beta and to try out the game before others. With your help and feedback, we will improve the game and make the official release a success!

 Wear the pride you have of being a Guardian of Sky's Whisper! We will send you an exclusive Kickstarter T-shirt with a special design and a special Kickstarter backer status.

 To immerse players within our game, an orchestral OST dedicated to move players' hearts as they progress the game is a must for us. We will send the melodies of Sky's Whisper to you, so you can indulge in our atmosphere at any moment.

 To project our ideas and to lay out the desired atmosphere for the game, all of the art created for our game will be assembled into a digital artbook and sent to you. Through this medium, you can comprehend the progress behind our art.

 Choose a person of your choice within our team to discuss a whole 45 minutes with through Discord! Whether you have questions of a serious nature or just want to get to know one of the creators behind Sky's Whisper, we'll be more than glad to talk with you!

 Through your immense support, you deserve to be revered as one of the Legends of our game. Within the credits area, your name will be etched on a singular, large altar, where a vague statue of the appearance of your choice will be honored by all passing birdpeople to come.

 Do you have a grandiose idea for a whole new map within our game? Do you want players to explore another mystical island that you will have molded with your imagination? We'll more than glad to collaborate with you to bring your ideas to life. Let's work together to create an experience that players won't forget!

 This is how we plan on using the fund set as goal. Everything else will go towards making the game better!

Ylan - Founder of SkyDust Studios and student in software engineering. Playing video games since a tender age, I've participated in a few gamejams over the years and won OJAM2016. I've also previously worked on a project to transform three retro video games into virtual reality for an engineering school. Seeing people wear an expression of joy when they first fly within our game makes all of this project worthwhile in my eyes.

Peter - A recent graduate from a 3D animation and computer graphics at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne (Montréal, Canada). By day I aspire to master my craft to become a lighting artist for games and by night, I yearn to create fantastic indie games as an environment artist. As a video game enthusiast, playing triple-A games have always been a normal choice since ever, however, my passion for indie games have recently expended after participating at numerous Gamejams with talented and curious teammates. Creating an indie game is definitely a unique craft on its own which is extremely rewarding and satisfying.

Patricia - I am a 2D and 3D student artist aspiring to become a professional concept artist in the gaming industry. Versatile with 3D/VFX softwares and currently working with AR, I most enjoy going back to painting illustrations that convey storytelling and meanings. During my free times, making games and participating in exciting project developments in which new technologies such as VR, AR/MR, and AI are used inspire me to think and create new ways of gaming.

Follow the team's progress on our social media pages:
https://www.facebook.com/skyduststudios/
https://twitter.com/skydust_studios

  • David Tran - Co-founder
  • Yung Thach - Graphic designer
  • I-an Chen - Level designer
  • Alex St-Onge - Music producer

Risks and challenges

Sky’s Whisper is SkyDustStudios’ first game. As our first game, we wanted Sky’s Whisper to be relaxing, beautiful and focused on narrating a story through art. Despite this being our startup’s first project together, our team members have individually already contributed to other projects.

We aim the release of Sky's Whisper to be in Q3 of 2019. This will give us time to do everything we want properly and not rush, because a game can be eventually good, but a rushed game will be forever bad.

This Kickstarter is an additional bonus to our game to achieve a higher quality through better music, more content, more platforms available and creation of merchandise to help us promote our game. No matter the result of this Kickstarter or obstacles, we will strive to finish the game and release it for all players to enjoy.

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