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The action rpg meets the 2d shooter in this open ended cyberpunk game. Create your own unique, customized gun-for-hire.
110 backers pledged $5,086 to help bring this project to life.


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We did it! Everyone of you who liked, shared and made this happen. I don't think 'Thank You' begins to express what I'm feeling, but my deepest thanks to all of you. For supporting, for believing, for making this crazy dream a reality. It's definitely late to be adding stretch goals, but I thought it would be fun to throw these in to preview where the game will be going...

STRETCH GOAL (7.5k) - Freelancer Games

The Corporations have a new form of entertainment for the masses - the battle room, where freelancers battle each other for credit bonuses and new technology. Features an interactive spectator mode where you can wager credits and sponsor competitors!

STRETCH GOAL (10k) - Multiplayer Co-op

Work is always more fun with your friends! In addition to allowing you to invite and play with fellow freelancers, it will add contracts specifically designed for multiple players and special co-operative and competitive goals, like co-op kills, dual streaks and winner-take-all bonuses.

BRAND NEW Gameplay Video!

This contract to steal files from the GenCorp medical labs is a better example of what the final release Contract Work will play like. Fun toys like optic camo, rapid fire rocket launchers and ally bots, multiple sets of perks and many different paths and approaches to completing your contracts!

Play the demo on your browser
Play the demo on your browser

No download or install necessary, just click the image above and start playing! 

The demo is an early work in progress but should give you an idea of the mechanics and the different opportunities available in the game.

Kickstarter Update Schedule:

#10 - 'Upgraded Targeting' - POSTED

#11 - 'Makin' it Rain, Bringing the BOOM' - POSTED

#12 - 'Can you help us make the last inch?' - POSTED

#13 - 'Lucky #13' - POSTED

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Hi, my name is Kee-Won Hong, I'm a one man Indie team and I love making video games. Since my humble start modding the original Half-Life to my more recent work on commercial titles, I've had one goal: to design and release my own game. When I was laid off at the beginning of this year, I decided to turn a setback into an opportunity and create the game I've always wanted to make.

I wanted to combine the great action of a retro 2d shooter with the awesome customization of a modern action rpg. Take the best retro shooters like Megaman and Contra, mix with the character development of System Shock 2 or Deus Ex and place that in a gritty cyberpunk world like Akira or Ghost in the Shell. The result is Contract Work.

This project has been entirely self funded and developed and contains  ideas that I've been thinking about for years. Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter, and I'm excited to share the world of Contract Work with you.

2113 is a dystopia where massive corporations control the world through vast robotic armies, where your character is one of the last truly independent humans. Even the most powerful corporations depend on your unique skills to handle their delicate 'situations'. This contract work is high risk but higher reward, and for those with talent there is unlimited potential.

Play it on the web!

Contract Work is a web game, which means no installing or downloading plugins; Just play the game on your browser!

Mobile Contract Work? Ouya? Gamestick?

I'm planning on bringing Contract Work to iOS and Android eventually after the web release - if the campaign is funded, a likely stretch goal will be for mobile device support. I'm also looking into Contract Work on the Ouya & Gamestick!

Kill robots and get paid for it

Money drives the world of Contract Work .You'll be able to decide which contracts you want to take and how you want to handle them. Lucrative contracts come with larger risks, and you can even underbid a contract, adding more risk for a bigger payday. It's all up to you to decide.

Contracts will have many different locations and objectives, like defending data servers, stealing corporate intelligence or a hostile takeover of a rival HQ. Your robotic competition will take many forms, each presenting their own challenges. You never know who's going to show up at the office to make your day difficult.

Finally, you'll earn 'performance based bonuses' during contracts. You'll  get extra cash for chaining a kill streak, hacking every terminal, destroying every enemy plus many other bonuses. Customize your play style to maximize your profits!

Guns, lots of guns...

Contract work lets you customize each character the way you see fit. Each freelancer comes with a unique set of weapons, abilities and perks that you can purchase through your hard earned dollars. There are no skill trees here - if you can pay, you can play!

Once you've increased your net worth, you'll access specialist classes that unlock new items.An automation specialist can deploy remote defenses like turrets or barriers. Explosives experts will have access to proximity mines, explosive ammunition and rocket launchers. Hacking experts can even mind jack bots to turn them against their allies.

The final perk of being a freelancer is being able to sub-contract help for your missions. Your team could be your most valuable asset, but hire and fire carefully - this world is full of closet revolutionaries, corporate spies and other shady characters.

A world full of mystery and the freedom to explore it

The universe of 2113 is dangerous and in constant flux, and you'll make many decisions that will effect both you, the world and the outcome of your story. In this dark future, every action has consequence.Every dollar in your account increases the power of your character, but what was the cost to put it there?

I've been funding Contract Work by myself for the last couple months but I'm not going to be able to finish it without your help! 

Here's what I have planned for the full release:

50 base perks, 10 weapons, 10 special abilities, 3 specializations

Multiple contract types and locations, 20 different competitors, including bosses

Support team members3 unique stories to complete 

What I'm asking for is the funds to commit the next couple months, full time, to finish Contract Work.

I'm a one man team, so your help goes a long way. You'll win my undying gratitude, and every backer will receive a reward!

Tier 0 ($5)

You'll get a digital copy of the 'Freelancers guide to 2113', a short art book dedicated to the Contract Work universe, with exclusive content that won't be available anywhere else. 

You'll also receive a code to unlock the specialist class, 'The True Believer'. This class will only be available to backers and will be locked once the Kickstarter has finished.

Both of these rewards are also included in every higher reward tier, so everyone that backs will receive this reward!

Tier 1 ($10)

An unlimited time, all access account to Contract Work upon release. Guaranteed entry into the public beta. Also includes the option to download a digital, DRM free copy of the release version of Contract Work when it becomes available. Includes Tier 0 rewards.

Tier 2 ($25)

Immediate access to the Contract Work closed beta - a great way to get involved with the development process. You will have immediate access to all weekly beta updates. You will also receive a beta tester credit on the Contract Work website. Includes all Tier 1 rewards. Includes Tier 0 rewards.

Tier 3 ($50, limited)

Help design a contractor perk. Perks are a unique ability that is unlocked during a mission that gives the contractor a special advantage. Some examples include incendiary ammunition for a weapon, decreased hacking time or faster run speed.

OR - craft a humorous/interesting/mysterious flavor e-mail that will show up in-game.

Includes your name in the Thank-You section of the website. Includes all Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2 rewards. 

Tier 4 ($100, limited)

Have you or a friend/acquaintance featured as a character in the Contract Work universe

You'll get to specify an alignment (corporate, revolutionary or machine) and pick an alias and avatar. Then play the game to see what your character becomes! You could be lionized as the fiery hero of the underground, or cast that old boss you had as a ruthless corporate scientist. As a part of this reward, you'll receive a 'Corporate Intelligence File' digital download. The file will contain exclusive art and more backstory on your character and their role in the Contract Work universe.

OR choose any one of the tier 3 design options

You will also receive a credit in the Thank-You section of the website. Includes all rewards for Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Tier 5 ($250, very limited)

Help design a competitor or a support character.

Competitors (enemies) are attack robots. They come in many flavors and have different abilities. For example, headhunters are flying enemies that hunt down the player, while upper management competitors are boss enemies that have more health and multiple weapons.

Support characters are central to the Contract Work story and will interact frequently with your character. You pick the name, avatar, catchphrases and alignment for your support character. 

As a part of this reward, you'll receive a 'Corporate Intelligence File' digital download. The file will contain exclusive art and more backstory on your character/competitor and their role in the Contract Work universe.

OR choose any one of the Tier 3 or 4 ptions

You will also receive a credit in the Special Thank-You section of the website. Includes all rewards for Tier 0,Tier 1 and Tier 2.

I can't back but still want to help

For those of you who want to help but can't donate, please help spread the word! Don't underestimate the power of your voice to help make this game a reality.

I'm a HTML5 developer and I'm interested in your technology

I'm planning on releasing many of the tools and plugins that I've been using to build Contract Work as open source, completely free to use. Your support for Contract Work means that I can continue to support and advance this technology.

I'm a game designer and I support your ideas

I believe that we need more games like Contract Work, open ended environments that allow players to build their own narratives. This is an important step in moving games forward as a unique form of media, taking advantage of the elements that differentiate them from films and novels. Your support ensures that I can finish this game as envisioned, so it can be an example for future titles in the genre.

Thank you for taking the time to check out Contract Work, and I hope you're excited (or at least intrigued) about what I'm creating here. 

I'll be updating this page with more detailed content as the campaign progresses, as well as updates on my Twitter, Blog & Youtube as well as weekly updates to the closed beta.

Please become a backer, follow and keep spreading the word about the campaign; every voice helps!

Follow my campaign progress on KickTraq!

Risks and challenges

Will the game be completed if the funding goal is met?

Absolutely. I've been building software and games for years and understand what it takes to create, develop and deliver a product. There is nothing more important to me right now than getting this game completed...but you don't have to take my word for it, see for yourself:

Play the demo - Try it right now for free. It's not the final product but proves the technology and mechanics are working as promised.

Sign up for the closed beta - donating $25 gets you immediate access to the closed beta, which will be updated every week.

Follow the weekly blog and youtube updates to stay informed.

I noticed you have a pretty aggressive release date. Can you actually finish the game by then?

Yes! Most of the heavy technology work is already done, and HTML5/Impact makes updating quick and easy. In addition, after Contract Work goes live I can easily add additional content and features. I'm very confident that Contract Work will be available for everyone to play starting June 2013.

Will the game be fun? Will it deliver value for my money?

Yes! Beyond the planning I've done, I've created metrics tied into every release that will inform me how to best improve the game. Weekly beta updates will let you quickly tell me what you like (and don't like) about the direction of the game.

I'm very excited about this project and I've decided to donate at a higher tier. Will my reward be fulfilled?

Definitely! Your rewards are actually a critical part of the building of this game, not something that would take time away from development. Each reward helps me build a richer universe and also gives you a unique artifact to call your own.

Whoa. Designing something is a lot of pressure. What if I just want to donate at a higher level?

No worries. You can help as much or as little as you want based on your reward. Maybe you just want to write some copy or tweak some artwork - that's perfectly acceptable! You still get my undying gratitude, a special place in the credits and your input on the design.

I'm worried about all this design by committee. Will the game be unbalanced? Will it have offensive content?

Even though I'm collaborating with many partners to create this universe, I'm reserving final say on everything. I'll work with every partner as much as I can, but at the end of the day if content is offensive, unbalanced or a bad fit it won't be a part of the game (refunds will be given if applicable).

I donated at the basic level. Can I still be involved with the design of the game?

Yes! I'm always interested in your feedback, regardless of your donation. All donors are assured a spot in the public beta when it starts so you'll have plenty of opportunities to play the latest version and let me know what you think.

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    A copy of the digital art book, 'A Freelancers Guide to 2113' and in-game access to the backer only specialist class, 'The True Believer'.

    You won't be able to unlock this class any other way, so back now to get access!

    This reward will be included with every tier.

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    Receive an unlimited access account to the Contract Work on the web when released and access to the public beta when it starts. If Contract Work is released in a non-web format (e.g. Steam) the donor will be provided with a free digital copy.

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    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Receive access to the closed beta to play the latest release of Contract Work right now. Includes access to exclusive developer commentary, a great way to get involved, and will give you a beta tester credit on the website.

    Includes all tier 1 rewards.

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    23 backers
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    Help design a contractor perk (see description for more details) or help craft a humorous/interesting/mysterious e-mail memo that will show up in-game. You will help shape the game and receive a supporter credit on the website.

    Includes all rewards for tiers 1 and 2.

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    Have you or one of your friends/acquaintances featured as a character in game! You'll be able to select the characters general alignment (corporate, revolutionary or machine), an alias and their digital avatar. Then see them become part of the Contract Work universe - will they be a ruthless corporate scientist, a fiery rebel leader or mysterious hacker? Back now to find out!

    You'll receive an exclusive digital download, a 'Corporate Intelligence File' with the detailed backstory of your character, and you'll be featured in the thank-you section of the website.

    Includes all rewards for tiers 1 and 2.

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    Help design a competitor (enemy) or a support character. Your input here will be a critical feature of the final game, and you'll be featured in the special thanks section of the website.

    You may also choose any of the tier 3 or 4 rewards: design a weapon, support ability, perk or submit an e-mail memo.

    Includes all rewards for tiers 1 and 2.

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