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By Lauren Ellis
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About this project

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UPDATE: Stopping the Kickstarter Project

So we have decided to stop our Kickstarter campaign for the time being. We launched our game on Kickstarter early in development because we wanted to involve you, the community, in the design of Deozoa. With over $13,000 raised and 300+ loyal backers, we think Kickstarter has been an incredible success in building a community. You have made some amazing suggestions that we feel will really make Deozoa a lot more fun to play! But those changes also drastically affect some of the design choices and funding estimates. With a new battle animation style, it now looks like we could complete Deozoa at a fraction of the initial estimate. Rather than immediately relaunch with this update, we have decided to step back and implement a lot of changes that have been suggested. Our goal is to get a functional prototype for you to mess around with before we attempt to kickstart this project again. Your input into this project has been immensely valuable, and we ask you to join the game development on the forums.

Read more here...

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[PLEASE NOTE! The battle is still very much in progress. We are going to change them from the chibi style to a 2D pixel sprite style, more along the lines of Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics. Please scroll down to FAQs at the bottom of the page to read more.]

Deozoa is a monster catching video game combining the rich storytelling of an RPG with the combat system of a turn based strategy. As you explore through the world you will discover and capture over 100 monsters called Deozoa. Unlike other monster games, your 11 playable human characters battle side by side with their Deozoa to fight their way to victory.

Read more about how the Deozoa gameplay works...

Our number one priority is to build an exciting, high quality RPG that is unique and fresh. Our game will boast:  

  • One time game purchase for all monsters, characters, and story. The game will be developed for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) and Android (phone and tablet), with an subsequent release to PC, Mac, Linux, and Ouya.
  • DRM-free. When you buy the game, all of your data will belong to you. 
  • Help shape the game: One thing we are excited about is making the game a little more community driven. We will have opportunities for you to share your monster creations and submit them to contests to get them included in the game. Ignis Studios will still have a final say on the game development because we want to create a consistent world and style, but we love hearing your ideas and are excited to build a place where we can share and build this together. 
  • Capture and befriend over 100 monsters: Each teammate can be assigned one Deozoa to fight with them on the battlefield. 
  • Evolve your Deozoa: Like animals that grow from baby to adult, all of our Deozoa will grow into a new form as they mature. There are typically two to three monsters per family.
  • Recruit 10 characters to your team: As you progress through the story, you will encounter 10 available warriors looking for an adventure. Determine the best combination of abilities to give yourself an edge on the battlefield.
  • Level up and upgrade human classes: There are 10 classes of human warriors to battle, each with their own unique stats and strengths. As enemies get tougher and the heroes get stronger, every class can develop into an advanced form for stat boosts.

  • Use the elements to your advantage: There are 12 elements that all Deozoa and attacks fall into. Every element will have strengths and weaknesses against other elements, making each battle unique and challenging.
  • Fight in a free-form battling system: Position 6 teammates with an open movement system unrestrained by a grid. The size of a unit can block enemies’ movement to redirect their attacks, protect weaker units, and form a front line.
  • Rich RPG storyline: Unlike casual games, you will explore through a fun RPG story with an expected eight hours of gameplay in a single play through.

We have done a lot of work but we still have a long way to go. We have already designed over 50 monsters, developed the story, characters, and style of the world, but there is still a lot to do. We need to hire artists to help draw all the human characters, monsters, and backgrounds. We also have to develop the world’s environment for battling, as well as animate over 100 monsters and 25 human characters.

If we make more than our goal, our first goal would be to make and animate more Deozoa. We would also love to include more side quests, art for upgraded human classes, high quality animated cutscenes to enrich the story, and original music composed by local Austin musicians.  

Kickstarter is an all or nothing effort. We need to hit our goal of $78,000 to make this dream a reality. But with your help, we believe that we can reach it.

For a $1 pledge, get access to a backer only forum for latest updates and for helping us come up with items, Deozoa names, stats, backstories, and more! There will also be a place for you to submit your own monster ideas, sketches, and fan art! If we update anything new, you'll be the first to know!

For $5, you get access to the forums plus three wallpapers for your desktop!

For $10, you all the above as well as three stickable stickers, in all their stickiness, to show your support for Deozoa.

For $15, you get the wallpapers, stickers, and the finished game with all 100+ unlocked monsters. The game will be released for iOS and Android, with a subsequent release to PC, Mac, Linux, and Ouya.

For $30, you get all of the above, plus three unlocked classes for your main character at the start of the game! The classes include a Pirate, Barbarian, and Assassin (unique to the main character only!). 

For $50, you get all the above, plus one 18" x 24" limited edition poster of your choice, ready to be framed and hung in your room. Choose between the earth giant, Teraton, the water fighter, Bayatee, the plant snake, Sevour, or the fiery lion, Singa. As a bonus, you'll get a 5x8" print of hipster Mustachio, aka Hipstachio!

For $55, you can get the strictly digital package. This includes the forum, wallpapers, game, classes, and exclusive Deozoa, Rayang and Luyin. This reward bundle is completely independent of the other reward levels and you will not get the stickers or the poster. But for those looking for all digital goods, this should meet that need!

For $75, you get everything above plus two exclusive Deozoa, released only to Kickstarter backers! Each time you start the game, Rayang, the light dragon, and Luyin, the shadow dragon, will be automatically added to your team!

Plus, instead of getting one poster, you will get two of your choice!

For $80, you can get the strictly digital package + credits in the game. This includes the forum, wallpapers, game, classes, exclusive Deozoa, and credits. This reward bundle is completely independent of the other reward levels and you will not get the stickers or the poster. 

When you give $100, you will get all of the above, but instead of just one poster, you get all four! You will also get your name listed in the credits.

For $150, you get all the above, plus the opportunity to be a beta tester! Be one of the first ones to play the game and help us work out the bugs so we build the highest quality game we can! Please choose between being an iOS, Android, or Windows/Mac/Linux beta tester.

For $350 or above, you get all the above (except for the beta tester) and the chance to be a non-playable character! Submit your photo and our artist will draw you as a shop owner, barkeep, innkeeper, a townsperson, or an enemy boss! We get to decide who to place you as, but we will submit your sketch to you for approval before it goes into the game.

For $650 or more, you will receive everything above (except for the beta tester) plus 8" x 12" framed giclee cutscene, signed by the team to thank you for your contribution. Plus you will get an invitation to the launch party (Please add $30 for shipping outside the US & Canada. Must be able to travel to and provide own accommodation in Austin, TX.)

For $1,500 or more, you will get all the above, plus instead of becoming a non-playable character, you will be made into a playable main character. You send us a photo (or describe an awesome warrior idea) and let us know what class you want your character to be. We will send one sketch for your approval before finalizing the drawing. (Note: Custom classes will not apply to your character. We can implement your favorite colors and weapon, but we will not draw anything inappropriate.)

For $3,500 or more, you will get all the above (including the playable character instead of the NPC) plus you are named in game as an Associate Producer. Plus, we'll take you out to dinner in downtown Austin. An evening spent with us is time well spent. You know it's true. Or not. You don't know us yet. But we're cool. At least our dog thinks so. (Must be able to travel and provide own accommodation in Austin, TX.)

For $10,000, you will get all the above, plus you are named in game as the sole Executive Producer. In addition to all of that, we'll take you out to dinner in downtown Austin. Or we can go look at ducks. Lauren prefers the duck option, but it's your call.

For anyone who wants to give more than $10,000, please message us and we'll figure out an appropriately awesome reward for you! 

Note: For all those who give more than $150 and really want to be a beta tester, please contact us.

For more information, check out our website, www.Deozoa.com.

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Thank you for your support!

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