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Update #15

A haunting revelation of our final stretch goal...

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And so we reveal the mysterious final stretch goal of $166,666, which is a complete rework of Asylum that will be distributed as an expansion. Whereas the original game is gritty, dark and oppressive, the additional content which we are dubbing Asylum: Memories will be dreamy, melancholic and *gasp* even beautiful. Fans of Scratches will feel right at home with its similar atmosphere of decaying beauty and sadness. I mean, look at these early screenshots:

Full version: Courtyard.

Full version: Solarium.

Full version: Chapel.

The expansion will have a completely different story and gameplay, so it’s fully independent from the original Asylum. While the first game takes place within one night, so it’s always dark and has a very distinct mood, the new story will have another protagonist delving into Hanwell in broad daylight: an urban explorer trying to realize what became of a long-lost family member who is called Michael (hint, hint). There will be an even stronger emphasis on past inmates, their individual stories, and scavenging, in addition to a whole new breathtaking mystery. It’s the ultimate Asylum ride: one gigantic virtual building, two drastically different ways to experience it.

Asylum: Memories would retail at $10, but we’re going to give it for free when available to every backer who pledged $15 and above. We’re estimating around 6-8 additional hours of gameplay, almost a brand new game, so that’s at least 20 hours combined with the original game. A bargain!

But it’s not about the hours, it’s the experience what we care for the most, so let me show you this quick video with the mood we have in mind:

The $166,666 stretch goal is enough to get us started building this ambitious expansion. Keep in mind its release date would be around mid-2014.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

You guys were amazing this past weekend, rallying to support Days of Dawn like that. It’s safe to say that you played a huge role in saving that project! I’m going to ask you one more favor: our Kickstarter campaign couldn’t have made possible without the extraordinary help from our friends at Phoenix Online Studios. They have been working closely with us since the beginning of the year to make this happen. Unfortunately, their adventure game series Cognition is having a hard time on Steam Greenlight. This quality game should have been Greenlit already so, please, if you have a Steam account consider voting them because not only they make great games and are strong supporters of the adventure genre: they’re also really cool people. It’s just a quick vote!

Link: Steam Greenlight — Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Even More Kickstartering

Finally, here’s another Kickstarter project ending soon that has been supporting us: ZOMBIE HUNTER. Horror movie with zombies and Danny Trejo. Yum! It looks really cool, so make sure you check out their project page.

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      Creator Christopher M. Plambeck on April 17, 2013

      Thanks for the heads-up for Cognition, looks very cool, Greenlit it!

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      Creator Snake on February 26, 2013

      Sweet :)

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 26, 2013

      You could say so, yes ;)

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      Creator Snake on February 26, 2013

      Agustin, considering your plot overview for Asylum: Memories, is it safe to say that Scratches and Asylum are set in the same fictitional universe?

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      Which tier? Please, do say!

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      Creator BigD Breaking out with Waldemar on February 25, 2013

      Looks great. Now I'll have to beg to update a tier to help this along!

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      Creator James Lawrence on February 25, 2013

      I've just upped from $15 to $30 too. I'd love to see the expansion, but it's already worth it for the soundtrack and record book.

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      Creator Fate on February 25, 2013

      Very Nice Expansion!

      Steam is free; check it out here: http://store.steampowered.com/

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      @Paul: Awesome! These updates were very well received and more is coming up, it can happen!

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      Creator Paul Patane on February 25, 2013

      i've also upped from $15 to $30 for the digital package. i very much hope to see the orchestral work and the new expansion. =)

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      @Atarun: Thank you! We can do this ;)

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      Basically, if you played Scratches: Director's Cut, this like a far more ambitious The Last Visit chapter.

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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      Yes, S.D. is correct. It's not a *full* new game, but something very different based on the Asylum world and assets. And we're certainly planning some references to the original Asylum story, so this expansion would be closely connected to the Hanwell universe.

      Let me clear again: this expansion won't be required to enjoy and understand the original story. Both "games" are fully independent from each other.

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      Creator S.D. on February 25, 2013

      Palindrome Bob: Except that none of the "greenlight BASS2" funds could actually got o BASS2, but in this case, since it's actually a huge content expansion for Asylum, the funds *would* go toward it, though not necessarily pay for the entire work. Notice he said "practically like making a new game", no "exactly like making a new game". In practice, it will go through pre-production/art & concept design/production/testing like a second game. I'm assuming that it will be released for sale at a later date for a price that one would expect to pay for an expansion (30-50% of the price of a full game), and that an edition combining both for a modest discount would also occur.
      [all speculation based on earlier statements, not to be taken as fact... I don't work for Senscape!]

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      Creator Atarun on February 25, 2013

      Upped from $15 to $30 as a modest contribution towards reaching that awesome stretch goal. :)

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      Creator advmal on February 25, 2013

      I was hoping for Cthulhu, but this is better. :)

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      Creator Sirius on February 25, 2013

      I would really love to see this happening, maybe with paypal account help we can reach the goal :)
      And already voted cognition on steam and make a lot of friends vote them, best of luck for Phoenix Online Studios

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      Creator Asrai on February 25, 2013

      Want!

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on February 25, 2013

      So, in essence, it's like the 'Greenlight BASS2'-stretch goal in the Broken Sword-kickstarter.
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      Creator Agustín Cordes on February 25, 2013

      Here's the thing: the $166,666 isn't enough to cover all the expenses. I'm not joking when I'm saying that this is practically like making a new game.

      Of course, we're planning to reinvest sales from the original Asylum to make it happen, but reaching the stretch goal would ensure we can do it. If we don't, I can't guarantee anything as it would depend on sales.

      Much can happen until Thursday though, and this update has already been VERY well received ;)

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      Creator Anaxphone- Follower of The Mandate on February 25, 2013

      Sounds promising! this would almost (ALMOST) make up for not getting the "Summon Cthulhu" stretch goal.

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      Creator SquigPie on February 25, 2013

      Wait, so is this potential expansion stretch goal only or will we get it anyway, but at a later date?

      Because I'm not sure if we can manage 59,000 in 65 hours.

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      Creator Michael Beyl on February 25, 2013

      So say we don't make that final stretch goal, would this expansion still see the light of day (get it? Has to do with LIGHTS!) or is this just a stretch goal only?

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