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€4,607
pledged of €10,000pledged of €10,000 goal
100
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 22 2019 1:38 PM UTC +00:00

About

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what about a 1-hour long demo with most of the features included in the full game? Let the curtain rise and lose yourself to the macabre mysteries of Bleichburg ! 

Blood Opera Crescendo is a 2D story-driven RPG investigative adventure in pixel art set in the Baroque era with mechanics inspired by the Ace Attorney and Persona series.

You play as a disgraced orchestra director and skilled composer struggling with addictions, delusions of grandeur and a murderer who transforms human beings into musical instruments.

Discover the charming city of Bleichburg and the terrible truth hidden behind the luxurious curtain that covers the entire city as you face interrogations, collect clues and develop love affairs.

Will you be able to discover who is directing the Blood Opera without being killed? 

Austria - Year 17XX

The city of Bleichburg is known as the Capital of Music. The grandiose theater stands as the cultural center of the city and every year welcomes great artists from all over Europe. Bleichburg shines as the ultimate destination for aspiring composers, artists and experts in the field. 

Among them, one young man stands out: Heinrich Steinerm, a conductor with an innate musical ability. He is called "The Lion of Bleichburg" due to his burning talent and his fair head of hair. But the wheel of fate is constantly turning ‒ Heinrich is at the peak of his career when he is struck with a violent brain fever and confined to bed for two long years. When he finally recovers, he gets back to his normal life only to realize that everything he cared about was gone. 

Heinrich starts drowning his sorrows, wasting money every day at "Der Betrunkene", the local tavern. One night, on his way home, he notices a furtive shadow sneaking into Bleichburg's theater from a side door. He follows the mysterious guy inside, lured by the wonderful sound of a cello coming from the main stage. There, he faces a gruesome yet fascinating scene: a corpse painted in gold lies in the middle of the stage, brutally mutilated and turned into a functioning cello.

A hideous trophy, the work of a psycho murderer, but also the irrefutable proof of a prodigious musical talent. Heinrich becomes obsessed with the killer, and finds a new reason to live: he must look into his or her eyes to understand how an ignoble creature like that could be bestowed with such a transcendent artistic talent 

Welcome to Bleichburg: a symphony of blood is about to begin! 

Welcome to Bleichburg, the "gray city". Art and blood pulse in its veins.

 Blood Opera Crescendo combines classic gameplay mechanics of point-and-click graphic adventures with those of famous series like Ace Attorney and Persona.


A dark and mature story populated by characters with a mysterious past. Unveil their stories as you get closer to the tremendous truth behind the bloody ritual murders that are terrorizing the town. 

A city to explore, full of different locations to visit, characters to meet, stories to learn and terrible mysteries to reveal.

Who hides behind the scary mask of the man called "Schwarzergeist"? 

Who is killing people to transform their corpses into working musical instruments?

Will Heinrich solve the mystery of Bleichburg without losing is sanity?  

Interrogations and Misdirections: proceed through the story, avoid being arrested and use lies to mislead the police investigation. Multiple choices questions during specific dialogues will put Heinrich in danger: pick the right answer, because it's game over when you get arrested!
 

Test your reflexes and sense of rhythm in a mini-game that will let you play some of the greatest pieces of classical music like Mozart's "Piano Concerto No. 18", "La Follia" by Corelli and many more. The notes flow on the staff, the music relaxes Heinrich's mind and he will be able to deduce new information during his investigation.  

Romance, gifts, and conversations: many girls are in Heinrich's heart, but only one of them will become his fiancée. Choose your favorite, give her what she desires and use the right words to win her heart. Only the power of love can save Heinrich's fragile mind. Will you be able to keep your lady safe in a dangerous city like Bleichburg? 

  • Music is pivotal in Blood Opera Crescendo. In the game, you will find some of the greatest classical music pieces of all time, written by the most famous composers of the XVII and XVIII centuries: Vivaldi, Mozart, Salieri, and many others. 
  • But every story also needs its own music: the original soundtrack of Blood Opera Crescendo is created by Daniele "Elrehon" Coppola and François Sivignon, two talented composers who will make your experience in the world of BOC memorable with their works.
  • A terrifying and elegant single-player adventure: a journey through the Baroque era on the trail of a murderer who transforms human beings into musical instruments
  • A refined soundtrack enriched with classical music masterpieces
  • 8-10 hours of gameplay for the complete game 
  • Investigate, deceive, solve the mystery... and don't get arrested (or worse!)
  • Uncommon adventure game mechanics, some inspired from famous series like Ace Attorney: rhythm game, stealth, interrogation/misdirection phases 
  • Platforms: Windows (Steam)/Linux
  • Control: Keyboard/Joypad
  • Price at launch: 10 € 
  • Release window (see plan below for details): June 2020 
  • Languages: English, Japanese, Italian
  • Platforms Windows/Linux: Steam or DRM-free

The Blood Opera Crescendo Collector's Edition is a Kickstarter exclusive! By pledging for the 'Leading Actor' reward tier, you will receive the most exclusive edition of the fruit of our work. The Collector's Edition will include:

  • The physical copy of the game with a signed dedication from the Lead Developer.
  • The soundtrack of the game in CD format (16 tracks + 1 not used in the game)
  • The official tarot deck of the game (10 cards) with case 
  • The official artbook (50 pages) with a signed dedication from Kibou Studio Artwork Designer.

               • Worldwide shipping included

We have been working on Blood Opera Crescendo since January 2018. So far the project has been entirely funded with our personal savings, but now we have reached an advanced stage of production and we need your help to move forward. 

With your support, will we be able to dedicate full time to the development of the game to further improve its quality and accelerate the production process.

The demo we made for the campaign is meant to show the core mechanics of the game and its level of development. A previous version of it was already showcased at Italian video game fairs and received great praise from the attendees and the specialized press of our country.

We chose RPG Maker MV because we firmly believe that it is a tool which still holds huge hidden potential often unnoticed by the world of video game development. We want to create an exciting title that will unleash all the power of the engine, and an intriguing experience that mixes tradition and innovation: a game with a retro flavor that also encompasses modern and original ideas.

We are a small indie studio and Kickstarter represents for us an important opportunity not only to raise funds to realize our dream while remaining independent, but also to include you in the creative process through your precious feedback and advice.  

Follow us for the latest Blood Opera Crescendo news and updates.  Your feedback is quintessential to the success of this game, so feel free to contact us!

Risks and challenges

Game development, like any project, includes several risks that may delay its completion.
Nevertheless, we are past the riskiest phase: the game’s core mechanics and systems are set, the plot is fully developed and we the are confident that we will deliver and release Blood Opera Crescendo in due time.

Honestly the biggest risk over which we can have control, at this point, is our perfectionism. This is our first commercial game and our love letter to the gaming and musical universes that nurture our passion as gamers and developers, we want Blood Opera Crescendo to be top-notch and polished and so we have waited to launch this campaign until we were satisfied with our progress. We want to create an unique game and this might lead to a very slight delay in our development roadmap, but there will be regular updates to keep everyone informed.

We will never let this dream vanish, but only with your help we can make it real and the best it can be.

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