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A classic Bishoujo style visual novel game featuring Asumi as she investigates an academy linked to terrorism within Edo.
A classic Bishoujo style visual novel game featuring Asumi as she investigates an academy linked to terrorism within Edo.
327 backers pledged £12,220 to help bring this project to life.

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We did it... But its not over yet.

While we develop the game anyone who arrives a little late, whose pledge failed or couldn't use kickstarter can now place their order to receive the game and help fund development further via our dedicated website using PayPal. (www.swordsofedo.com)

Visit the Swords of Edo website now to see available options
Visit the Swords of Edo website now to see available options

A variety of rewards will remain available via our integrated Swords of Edo store, so please come and visit if you are interested in enjoying the game or helping to fund it even further.

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Major Notices

#5: The next stretch goal has been reached, more items will be included with the physical copies of the game and some extra reward options have been added to the campaign.

#4: A variety of add-ons are available in the campaign all have been included in the backer rewards info above.

#3: With your help we have now reached our second stretch goal, new goals have been announced based on your feedback and a new prototype has been added to the campaign.

#2: Thank you everyone we have now reached our first stretch goal.

#1: Congratulations we have now reached our primary target ensuring a bigger, better game is created, now we can work towards our first stretch goal.

The game will be set shortly before volume one of the graphic novels begins, with another threat to Edo, this visual novel game will give more details on Asumi's back-story and her position within Edo society.

As the game progresses it will be up to you to aid Asumi's decisions and navigate the school, its students & instructors to locate and defeat this new threat to Edo, the council of nobles and its people.

Our primary goal will allow us to create several CG scenes that will highlight key moments within the game as well as show the various endings in a more dramatic way.

All additional funds will be used to take the game further, and more stretch goals will be announced as we increase our funding level.

Development

Development of the game has already begun with the first four character art assets and several basic backgrounds being generated ready for use. Below is our very early pre-alpha development showing the engine working correctly ready for more assets to be added.

http://www.swordsofedo.com/soeprealpha1/index.html

It is our aim to begin immediate development of the game at the end of the kickstarter campaign. Initially creating the first few 'scenes' and dialogue choices. Once these are implemented we will open up the game to the alpha testers from the campaign around Nov/Dec 2013.

Concept Sketches for New Character 'Sen'
Concept Sketches for New Character 'Sen'

Alpha Testing: From our early testing we believe we should be able to release a new 'scene' to the alpha every one to two weeks. Once all of the major story points have been added (and some CG scenes) we will then move onto Beta Testing after a few months,

Beta Testing: Will primarily focus on adding the new CG scenes to the game as they are completed by the artist, correcting any bugs, adding sound effects and finally creating the Battle System.

Once the game is completed we will then add in any final adjustments, secret endings and alternate endings (we don't want the beta testers to have the game spoilt for them completely) before releasing the game.

Graphic Novels

This game is based on the graphic novel Swords of Edo and will feature some characters from the novel as well as a variety of new characters, below are some example pages from the first two issues of the graphic novel.

These were added to give you a small taste of what Swords of Edo is about, if interested in more you can pledge to this campaign to receive a copy of the game and a digtial edition of volume 1 when it is completed.

Rewards

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In thanks for your support of this game we have several rewards available ranging from thank you's to physical items, copies of the game and epic rewards that allow characters to be designed after you. Take a look at the information to the right for more details.

Early Bird Bundles

We also have a special early bird bundles, with limited amounts at £20, £50 & £100 where you can receive a copy of the game, beta access and alpha access as well as an exclusive copy of the games final soundtrack, which is only available at this tier, plus some other items.

Finally you will also gain immediate access to the first game we have developed (alongside Buko Studios) named Quantum Flux (a space based visual novel with more options, random events and a quest to find the human race a new home).

Help spread the word. . . 

As the campaign continues more assets will be revealed via updates...

So please help spread the word on-line and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me or post a comment and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Risks and challenges

Over the past six months I have been working hard on the Spatial Flux game which found funding on Kickstarter, the development of which is now in the final stages and is due for launch in the next two months. Spatial Flux has now been handed over to Buko Studios and renamed Quantum Flux to be polished ready for release which now frees me up to work on the Swords of Edo Visual Novel Game development.

After Quantum Flux I then ran a very successful campaign to fund the creation of the Swords of Edo graphic novel series, one of the stretch goals of which included a small amount of funding to begin building the assets for this game.

Those funds have been stretched as far as they can and have created the opening part of the game, five main characters and several backgrounds. But we want to take the game further and so we have agreed to return to kickstarter to raise additional funds so that we can add an interactive battle system, full CG scenes and even more characters to create a much bigger game.

When this campaign concludes I will be dedicating my time to completing this visual novel game, whilst Fuyuki Yuki and Buko Studios continues to work on the SoE graphic novel and Quantum Flux respectively ensuring all campaign rewards are completed and distributed as per our original schedules.

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    Karmic Thanks

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    The game itself

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    The Beta Package

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    An Early Bird Digital Bundle

    This special reward level is only available to the first people to pledge to help the campaign succeed and includes a copy of the game, beta and alpha access as well as an exclusive copy of the final soundtrack with the game. Finally backers at this level will also receive immediate access to our first game 'Quantum Flux' currently in the final phase of development.

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    Game & Graphic Novel

    At this reward level you will receive a copy of the game when it is completed as well as a digital copy of volume 1 of the Swords of Edo graphic novel when it is full revised and finalised.

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    The standard Digital Bundle

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    Edo Tshirt

    In addition to all the Beta package items and digital deliverables we will send you the Edo Tshirt in small, medium, large or extra large. Which you can choose at the conclusion of the campaign.

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    The Alpha Level Digital Bundle

    This reward level includes a copy of the game, beta and ALPHA access as well as an exclusive copy of the final soundtrack with the game.

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    Early Bird Physical Bundle

    At this level you will receive all of the rewards of the early bird digital bundle including the soundtrack and quantum flux access. Plus you will also receive an exclusive physical DVD edition of the game by post once it is fully completed.

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    Physicality

    At this level in addition to all the Alpha level goodies you will also have your choice of receiving either a set of postcards with a T-shirt of Edo, a larger print from the print series or an iPhone Case, all of which will be sent out at the end of the campaign.

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    Physical Bundle

    At this level you will receive all of the rewards of the early bird digital bundle including the soundtrack and quantum flux access. Plus you will also receive an exclusive physical DVD edition of the game by post once it is fully completed.

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    Early Bird Epic Physical Bundle

    At this level you will receive all of the rewards of the early bird physical bundle including the physical DVD edition. plus you will also receive a softcover colour edition of the swords of edo graphic novel and a t-shirt. Both the cd cover and graphic novel will be signed.

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    Early Bird Epic Hardcover Bundle

    At this level you will receive all of the rewards of the early bird physical bundle including the physical DVD edition. Plus you will also receive a Hardcover color edition of the swords of edo graphic novel and a t-shirt. Both the cd cover and graphic novel will be signed.

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    Major Character

    Have yourself included as a student/Disciple/Teacher character in the game as an NPC who will actually interact with Asumi and possibly other characters in the game. There are many times when characters interact with random NPCs and this is your chance to be one of those NPCs. This character can be based on you, a loved one or even a character of your own - I will contact you for details regarding what you would like and where i think i'd fit you in. It will be like having a walk-on part in the game with dialogue. You can choose which group you'd like to be a part of - Academy Teachers, a student, or a disciple of the terrorists etc. Obviously, your selection will be limited to what works within the story scenarios, but hopefully i can put you someplace you will find entertaining. This will also include sending you any rough sketches of what your character will look like. In addition to these rewards you will also receive the Early Bird Epic Hardcover Bundle rewards as well as the digital wallpaper add-ons.

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    Male Protagonist

    Have yourself included as a new major character within the Swords of Edo Visual Novel Game. Your male character can be based on you, a friend or a description of your choice. They will then be incorporated into the game as another major character that Asumi will interact with. In addition to these rewards you will also receive the Early Bird Epic Physical Bundle rewards as well as volume 1 and the digital wallpaper add-ons.

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    Super Epic Design Reward

    At this level not only will you be able to design a new character to appear in the game (male or female) but you will also be able to decide some fun ecchi scenes for the character and give ideas on ecchi wallpapers to be included with the game. In addition your character will become a major role within the game. You will also receive all add-ons alongside the Epic Hardcover Bundle rewards. Your character will feature in any future DLC story-lines we create for the Swords of Edo campaign. Last but not least your character will also appear as a character in the Volume 2 of Swords of Edo graphic novel.

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