Club Life is a new story we are developing featuring a slightly unstable protagonist, who after being humiliated in his past has chosen to live a more lonely life... That is until his final year of school.
The protagonist has simply chosen a life of solitude over fear of rejection and hurt, his only friend at the games start is his form tutor who takes it upon herself to force him into socializing before he goes forward to university.
Here is where you step in, to take our protagonist story forward... Will he go on alone or will he make friends or dare I say even find someone special, the choices you make will determine the stories outcome for better or for worse.
The game will feature three primary romantic possibilities, as well as a secret romance that can also be unlocked.
Character 1 - Kylie
Kylie could be considered a little strange, but her strangeness doesn't seem to affect her love of journalism, which is why she runs the school newspaper club. Though it has barely managed to release a single issue in its many years, perhaps because Kylie has a little difficulty attracting new members who can pass her initiation.
Character 2 - Melissa
Melissa is perhaps what can be considered a classic 'jock' and she runs the tennis club with an iron, carefully manicured and perfect, fist. So it's not surprising that every year the club is jam packed with members. She can however be seen as a bit of a tyrannical figure by some.
Character 3 - Janet
Unlike the other two main romance options, Janet simply enjoys swimming and is just another member of the team. Plus she is a bit of an outsider herself, or so it seems.
We will be announcing more details about the main romance options as the campaign continues to grow. It is also possible to add more characters to this list, as we are offering several backer character designs for the game.
Half the story has so far been written based on a full outline, which takes the characters through their final year in the school. The protagonist is forced to join several clubs which in turn determine who he meets and how his year turns out.
We have begun this campaign before the entire script is completed so that if it goes well we can still add more content to the story without disrupting our writers natural flow and ensuring no backer created characters seem out of place within the full story.
Once the script is completed (we anticipate this to be mid-late November) it will be edited and proofread independently before being incorporated into our game engine whose interface by then should be fully functional, this will then be when the main beta testing begins.
We have already prepared the Backgrounds for the game, many of which can be seen below...
The CG scenes however will be started by the character artist as soon as the final characters are designed at the conclusion of this campaign, including any backer designed characters and any bonus poses we might be able to created based on the final goal reached.
Our primary goal of £2000 will give us the funds we need to take the game from its initial conception stage through to a final release, giving us extra funds to develop more CG scenes, character designs and add a larger soundtrack to the game.
If however we can exceed this goal then a variety of bonus goals are possible with the extra funding we receive.
£3000 - Additional poses for main characters
At this level the four main characters will get an additional pose, to make their character seem a little more animated and life like during the game and less static during character scenes.
£4000 - Enhanced Music track & Sound Effects
This reward level will allow us to include yet more songs, to potentially give every scene of the game its own song to give the game a little more variety whilst playing.
£5000 - Advanced Character Poses & Romance
All characters will be given a second character pose, including backer designed characters, main characters may be given a third pose. In addition new CG scenes will be added for the extra romantic scenes at the games conclusion.
£7500 - Main Character Voices
This reward will give the main characters of the game their own voice, with professional voice actors hired to try and portray the correct level of emotion. Casting will begin at the campaigns end.
£9999 - Complete Voice Acting
Not only will the main characters get voices, but all characters will get a voice, including backer designed characters and the main protagonist. Also new options will be added to reduce or mute individual character voice volumes.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for us this time is ensuring the story remains interesting, generally our past game projects feature; magic, space exploration, sci-fi themes or other craziness. This time our game is following an ordinary student.
To try to ensure a great story throughout we have a brand new writer working with us with experience in these stories as well as in visual novel design. We also looked for an artist with a unique and interesting style which we felt captivated the feel of the writing and the characters of the game.
There is always a risk when using untested writers and artists but we feel with the aid of proof readers and beta testers we will come out with a great and interesting title in the end. Also we hope if you have any questions you will message us via kickstarter so we can answer them for you as best we can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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