✝ Red Embrace: Hollywood—A Vampire Visual Novel ✝
Begin your journey as a vampire in Hollywood—where you can be anything, because you're already dead.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, October 26 2018 7:58 PM UTC +00:00.
JOIN HOLLYWOOD—JOIN THE REVOLUTION
IMPORTANT DEMO NOTE: This demo is a very early version of RE:H, and many features (GUI, music, etc.) are still subject to change.
The full game will include more poses for characters and an original soundtrack.
Social Media Goals
Current Points: 330
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Development Twitter: https://twitter.com/argent_games
RE:H KS Tweet: https://twitter.com/argent_games/status/1045766446486343682
1996. Los Angeles, California.
A young newcomer is turned into a vampire and thrust into the dark, dangerous world of Hollywood, forced to sink or swim.
You are that newcomer.
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Red Embrace: Hollywood is a unique vampire visual novel that puts you, the player, at the heart of the story.
Choose your appearance, pick your vampire House, and make hundreds of choices that determine not only your future--but the future of Los Angeles.
In the world of RE:H, you can be anything...because you're already dead.
† Genre: Drama, dark comedy, twisted romance (G/B/NB x B)
† Rating: R-17
† Routes: 3
† Endings: 21
† Platforms: Steam, Google Play, Itch.io
† Estimated Release Date: Spring 2019
† EVERY DIALOGUE RESPONSE IS A CHOICE
† Customizable MC (name, gender pronouns, skin color, hair color, eye color, bust, jaw)
† Your custom MC is shown in CGs
† Choose your own vampire House
† Have your very own (optional) human blood pet/slave, male or female
† NPCs remember how you treat them
The Core of RE:H
RE:H contains “romance,” but it is not a dating sim. It’s a story about you, your power, and your role in the world. The love interests are a part of your story—you don't have to just be a part of theirs.
Through the world of vampires, RE:H explores themes such as addiction, consumerism, mob psychology, and the portrayal of sex/romance in media. There are many references to dark, real-world events and problems. However, our goal is to ask the player questions, not give them answers.
Of course, RE:H can also simply be enjoyed as a vampire story, and there's nothing wrong with that.
A huge feature of Red Embrace: Hollywood is the ability to not only customize your player character's appearance/pronoun/name, but also see your customized MC show up in CGs.
Design your character and choose your pronouns--female, male, or nonbinary.
Then, in-game, your customized character will reflect in CGs. None of that strategically-angled-to-avoid-MC business.
Choices for Every Conversation
Another one of RE:H’s most important features is its dialogue system. Beyond the normal action-based choices you’d see in a visual novel, RE:H features a choice for every dialogue response your character makes. There are no "automatic responses."
Some choices are locked to a certain house, personality type, or only show up if you have a certain relationship with a character. As a result, you'll see many different options with each playthrough.
These options aren't just for show, either. Almost every choice will affect a character's opinion of you, your personality, and/or your reputation in Los Angeles.
The goal of RE:H is to create a highly immersive, dynamic experience, and constant player interaction is just one of the ways we aim to accomplish this.
There are quite a few characters in RE:H, and many of them have strong, opinionated personalities.
Can you tell most of these characters to go fuck themselves? Yes, you most certainly can. (You can also be nice to them, of course.)
Will these characters remember what you said, resulting in different dialogue/opportunities later on? Absolutely.
Just remember that, in a world as dangerous as Hollywood, allies are important. Choose your friends and enemies wisely, because the future of L.A. vampires may rest on your shoulders…
The way endings work in RE:H is somewhat unusual. Rather than a separate set of ending paths for each love interest, they’re instead tied to the overarching story.
What this means is: regardless of whose route you’re on, you can still achieve a particular story ending/outcome. Of course, your love interests will react very differently depending on your chosen ending–two of them may be perfectly content, but the third one might hate you for it.
Why did we do it this way? Because RE:H’s story is about you. You are the independent main character, and your fate (as well as the fate of L.A.) doesn’t need to revolve around your love interest. That’s your decision and yours alone.
Note: However, there will also be a “special” unlockable ending path for each route…
On Adult Content
We’ve gotten many comments regarding the lack of adult content in our latest games.
If you're a fan of the obscene, then you'll be happy to know that RE:H will indeed have (optional) adult content.
We just hope you’re ready for it.
Backer Exclusive Wallpaper (included in all tiers): Five exclusive digital wallpapers featuring the love interests and vampire leaders of Hollywood
Digital Copy of Red Embrace: Hollywood (included in all tiers): Steam key for RE:H in its full, uncensored glory
Beta Test Access ($35+ tiers): Get a pre-screening to the show and tell the directors your comments
Digital Copy of OST ($35+ tiers): High quality MP3s of the RE:H original soundtrack (estimated 14+ tracks)
Digital Artbook ($50+ tiers): Folio of the art-making process
High-Res CG Pack ($50+ tiers): A digital package of the in-game CGs in their highest resolution, to use as wallpapers or print for posters at your leisure
Digital Postcard + Personalized Message ($85+ tiers): Autograph and message from your chosen vampire consort
Special Discord Role/Backstage Pass ($85+ tiers): Not all art and discussion can fit into the Artbook and Commentary book. Get access to a secret Discord channel with exclusive WIPs/teasers and ask more private questions about RE:H
Design a vampire's personality + conversation ($150+ tiers): Design the personality of a Hollywood vampire NPC and choose a conversation topic for their encounter with MC
Developer Commentary Book ($150+ tiers): Explore the RE lore, design process, and story metaphors/symbolism in exquisite depth with this detailed commentary book
Custom In-Game Character Cameo ($275 tier): Work with the devs to design the visual appearance (special in-game sprite art), personality, and dialogue of a custom NPC vampire side character
- KS Fees: 10% sent to our friends at Kickstarter for developing this wonderful crowdfunding platform
- Rewards: 8% used to fulfill rewards
- Music: 32% for an original soundtrack
- Art: 50% towards Sprites, CGs, and BGs
Red Embrace: Hollywood is being developed by Argent Games, an experienced 2-person development team, working with contractors on art and music.
Dovah of Argent Games (Lead, Writing, Programming, Graphic Design):
The twisted mind behind RE:H, Dovah is a workaholic perfectionist fueled by caffeine, spite, and nihilism.
In the RE:H world, he would doubtlessly be a Golgotha vampire.
Gamma of Argent Games (Management, Marketing, Editing):
Urban legends speak of the evil robot called Gamma, who manages the dark mechanisms of AG and is fueled by despair.
Indubitably a Golgotha.
Sh00lace (Sprite Art, Promotional Artwork):
Sh00 has always been a huge enthusiast of vampire and dark/horror themed media. They work tirelessly despite Dovah and Gamma's constant art nitpicking, so please, send hel--er, send encouragement.
Sh00 is also a Golgotha vampire. Is there a trend forming here...?
No Deadly Studios (Backgrounds)
AudioNetwork (Temporary Music)
Devil-Nutto (Promotional Artwork)
AniArie (Promotional Artwork)
As a special thank-you for reading this far, enjoy some RE:H related bonus content!
Risks and challenges
We at Argent Games have already developed and released 4 visual novels--RE:H will be our 5th published game and 3rd project on Kickstarter.
Because of our experience in development, we know how to plan for various delays and the difficulties that come with being an indie developer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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