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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 12 2015
Last updated September 18, 2015

The Second Sword of Asumi - Visual Novel Game (Canceled)

As we return to Edo, Asumi must try to survive against her own people whilst hunting down another assassin who is framing her.

The Second Sword of Asumi - Visual Novel Game (Canceled)

As we return to Edo, Asumi must try to survive against her own people whilst hunting down another assassin who is framing her.

£2,630
pledged of £6,000pledged of £6,000 goal
104
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 12 2015
Last updated September 18, 2015

About

About the Swords of Edo

The game is set in an alternate realm to ours, where the Edo period of Japan never ended, now in modern times the Samurai still exist and the borders of Japan remain closed.

Game will be released on Steam & DRM-Free for PC, Mac and Linux
Game will be released on Steam & DRM-Free for PC, Mac and Linux

After many years of in-fighting, the Justicars were created as a group of warriors above the law who could protect the people. They did their job too well and though they eventually created peace by forming a republic the people turned on them and made them vigilantes.

This Campaign

In 2014 we released the crowd-funded 240 page graphic novel 'Swords of Edo'. Then in January 2015 after 18 months of total development we released the original Sword of Asumi visual novel game on Steam. Since it's release we have had a lot of requests for us to develop a sequel to the original game.

So in March we simply said that if we could exceed 5,000 players by the end of March we would take our ideas to Kickstarter in order to do just that, create a sequel to continue Asumi's story and the story of Edo.

We reached our goal and so are now on Kickstarter looking to fund the sequel that so many people requested, with your help we hope to create another unique and enjoyable story within the strange alternate realm of Edo.

Timeline

So far the following has happened within the world of Edo, leading up to the start of this new game:

  • At a very young age the Black clan of Assassins took in Asumi and began training her in the way of death and honor of the kill.
  • Asumi became a prodigy in dealing death and by eighteen was considered one of the most accomplished of the clan. For this reason the Justicars began to openly consider offering her a position among them.
  • The Lord Regent impressed by Asumi's abilities revoked the rule preventing assassins joining the various mercenary bands and samurai orders.
  • shortly after this occurred a rebel movement began to form against the government of Edo. Asumi was given the task of finding the rebel leader, in exchange for which she would be able to join the Justicar ranks.
  • Asumi infiltrated a school of Samurai to locate the rebel, helping to avoid a major civil war, Asumi permanently silenced the leaders of the rebel movement and officially began her career within the Justicars, to protect the people of Edo.
  • Shortly after being assigned to protect the Lord Regent a smaller faction of the rebels staged a frontal assault on the Regents palace. Asumi was instrumental in saving the life of the Lord Regent.
  • Asumi began to investigate the rebel conspiracy and found damning evidence that the Lord Regent incited the rebels to act. Confronting the Lord Regent led to Asumi assassinating him in order to protect the people from the conspiracies his mind was breeding in pursuit of power.
  • This act led to two factions growing within Edo, leading Edo into the very civil war Asumi had attempted to avert. Unable to figure a way forward Asumi joined with several other Justicars to create a new government that would protect Edo and its people and end the conspiracies forever.
  • After the deaths of the faction leaders within Edo by Asumi and Rei a new republic came into power, its mandate to protect the people at its forefront.

Second Story-line

This second game will be setup as a stand alone title, so players will not need to have played the first game or read the graphic novels as the history of the game will be explained in the introduction.

Our players will join the game shortly after the republic has been formed, the Justicars have now been disbanded, leaving Rei and Asumi (some of the few surviving Justicars) continuing to fight against the evil within Edo as vigilantes.

You will continue to play as Asumi within the game taking her story further, it will be up to you to seek out those in need within Edo and help them in the way you see fit. To kill or to protect. Leading the story-line forward as you uncover a new threat to the citizens of Edo and the peace you continue to fight for.

In doing so will you (as Asumi) also be able to find peace, love and happiness, or will your future also end at the edge of a sword like so many others you meet on your path of blood.

£6,000 Primary Goal

The main protagonist Asumi from the Graphic Novels
The main protagonist Asumi from the Graphic Novels

Our primary goal of £6,000 will allow us to create the character artwork we need to create this game as well as work with our established writers to ensure a great game for everyone to enjoy, including a large musical track to set the games ambiance as you play.

£12,000 Second Goal

Rei and Asumi side by side if stretch goal is reached.
Rei and Asumi side by side if stretch goal is reached.

Our secondary goal of £12,000 will allow us to add a second story-line as free DLC to the game. During the main story-line Asumi will meet and talk with Rei (another Justicar from the graphic novel) This DLC will add a story from Rei's point of view to the game, uncovering more of the world and seeing things from a new angle.

Game Release

If funding is reached we will be aiming to ship the game mid 2016, character artwork, backgrounds and CG scenes will be created during 2015 along with the main writing and dialogue of the story-line so that the Beta testing and feature development can begin on Steam in January 2016, by which time most of our currently in development projects will have been released or be in the final stages of development.

Screenshots from the 1st Game

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge in game development now is to keep the games fresh and interesting, which is even more important in a sequel.

With this title we have extended our normal development time to ensure our artists have all the time they need to develop the artwork and our writers likewise can ensure the best possible story-line for our players to enjoy.

Finally the original game didn't have all the features we wanted it to include so we will be aiming to push this game forward to include more features such as a more open world to explore and greater character progression within the story.

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    Second Sword

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    2nd & 1st Sword

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    Second Sword Beta

    Join the early Access Beta Development of the Second Sword of Asumi visual novel game on Steam. This essentially gives you early access to the game via our beta testing on Steam as well as the DRM free edition when completed. We aim to begin beta testing in January 2016 once the main art production is completed.

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    Asumi Daki

    At this reward level you will receive a dakimaura design of the main protagonist Asumi, high resolution digital images of the character to use as Daki's. In addition to which you will receive the Second Sword Beta Rewards.

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    Asumi & Rei Daki

    At this reward level you will receive a dakimaura design of the main protagonist Asumi as well as secondary Justicar Rei, high resolution digital images of the two characters for use as Daki's. In addition to which you will receive the Second Sword Beta Rewards.

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    Design a Character

    Design a character to appear in the game... We will work with you to create a new non-player character and back-story that will fit into the world of Edo.

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    Major Character

    Design a major character to appear in the game, as well as a back story and major plot point. This character will become a focal part of the game either good or bad and will also have their own story going on as well. The Non-player character can also be a romance option within the game for Asumi.

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