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D/Generation HD

Who remembers the 1991 game “D/Generation” by Robert Cook? For those who don’t, it was a popular arcade-adventure computer game published for the PC, Amiga and Atari ST by Mindscape in 1991. We at West Coast are remastering this brilliant game, to bring it back to the 21st century with a refreshing HD look and feel.

Plot: D/Generation centres on a courier who has been sent to deliver a package to a biological weapons company, Genoq. However, upon arrival it’s evident that the building’s security system has gone haywire, leaving deadly organic weapons called neogens wreaking havoc. Using brains and brawn, the player must navigate the courier through different interconnected maze-like rooms that contain many obstacles and challenges. The goal is to overcome the absorbing mix of puzzles and action in order to reach the head scientist, Derrida, on the 90th floor. He needs that package and you must get it to him, fast.

The Remaster

Not only do we have the support of the original maker, Robert Cook, but we also have John Jones-Steele (one of the game's original programmers) on board helping. As well as this, we have the original musician, Mark 'TDK' Knight, working on new music for the game. Together the old team are back, bringing with them more experience and a larger production team to create something special. 

To date, we have worked to enhance D/Generation with all new HD graphics and sound. We’ve redesigned every element from the walls to the office decor and included new sound effects and music. What’s more, we’ve incorporated unlockable achievements and online leader boards to make the game more rewarding.

Have you rescued everybody? Did you clear the room the fastest? Did you find all the hidden objects? Did you keep all your lives? Are you the best in your country? Or are you the top in the World?
Have you rescued everybody? Did you clear the room the fastest? Did you find all the hidden objects? Did you keep all your lives? Are you the best in your country? Or are you the top in the World?

Our main goal has been to update this classic game and bring it forward to modern gamers. However, we’ve remained conscious that the original D/Generation has a large following and so we have listened intently to  feedback with this project. As a result, we have kept the distinguishable features that made the game so popular in the 1990s, such as the quirky story-line, the isometric view and the grid based movements. Essentially, the gameplay itself has not been changed, but it's been enhanced considerably. Robert Cook himself has played an updated version of the game and commented: “This is tremendous. It feels like the same, fun game that I originally made, but with more scary opponents and fantastic graphics”.

Neogens

The neogens perhaps exhibit the greatest makeovers as we have completely redesigned them to make them more frightening. We have the A/Gen who eats you alive, the B/Gen who crushes you from above, the C/Gen that can morph into any object before taking a life when you get close, and the dreaded D/Gen that causes unshakable hallucinations that render you powerless. In addition, we've redesigned the grenade-launching turret, turning it into a monstrous worm with great big teeth.

A/Gen
A/Gen
B/Gen
B/Gen
C/Gen
C/Gen
D/Gen
D/Gen
The man-eating worm
The man-eating worm

Our Plans

D/Generation HD is being developed for Xbox One, PS4, PC & Mac. If successful, we aim to develop the game for Wii U, PS3, PS Vita and Xbox 360.

Our pledged goal will ensure that we are able to finish this game to a high standard. We are nearly there, but we need to improve in many areas before release. We absolutely welcome any feedback that you have in regards to improvements. Please see below the gameplay to the newest version that we have developed so far.

We do have further visions for this game, which will be included in our stretch goals. When D/Generation HD is complete, we would love to create a 3D version where you play from a first-person perspective. Whilst we have dabbled with the idea and developed a very basic model, we need sufficient support to make this happen.

A first draft showing D/Generation from a 3D perspective.
A first draft showing D/Generation from a 3D perspective.

The Original D/Generation (1991):

D/Generation was very successful and received a high amount of praise in the 1990s. In fact, Amiga Power ranked D/Generation the 40th best game of all time in 1996. We encourage you to watch the original gameplay in order to grasp just how we have revitalised the game for a new generation. 

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We really do hope you back us. We have a range of incentives starting from our eternal gratitude, to a 3D scan of yourself to be placed in the game as a character. Please check out our "rewards" page for further details. 

We’re on Facebook and Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/pages/DGeneration/811054055616111
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And don’t forget we have a downloadable demo on our website: http://www.west-coast.wales/

Risks and challenges

With the original D/Generation being so successful (it was voted one of the top games of its time for five years), we are faced with the challenge of making it stand the test of time. We are confident in our ability to enhance the game whilst maintaining the exciting features that made it so popular in the 90s and we are confident in our ability to bring this classic game up-to-date with modern platforms for new audiences in 2015/2016.

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    EXCLUSIVE STEAM ACHIEVEMENT:

    A massive thank you for supporting our project. We will give you an exclusive steam achievement providing you own the game through steam when it's released.

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    ADVERT FREE ORIGINAL GAME (IOS OR ANDROID) & EXCLUSIVE STEAM ACHIEVEMENT FOR D/GENERATION HD:

    The original D/Generation (1991) game will soon be available on the app store and play store for download. The game will be free to download, but if you pledge £3 to our Kickstarter campaign your version will be completely add free. What’s more, when D/Generation HD is complete, you will receive an exclusive steam achievement for this pledge providing you own the game through steam.

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    HD DESKTOP WALLPAPER BUNDLE:

    Receive 5 D/Generation wallpapers for your Mac/PC.

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    PREVIOUS REWARDS & SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK (PNG):

    As well as our eternal gratitude and the HD desktop wallpaper bundle, you will receive a digitally signed copy of original artwork in PNG format, produced in the pre-production stage by our artist, Laura.

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    EARLY BIRD - GET THE GAME 1 WEEK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE & HD DESKTOP WALLPAPER BUNDLE :
    The title says it all. For this pledge we will give you the game 1 week before the official release date on either Xbox One, PS4, PC or Mac (your choice). We will additionally give you the HD desktop wallpaper bundle.

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    EARLY BIRD - GET THE GAME 1 WEEK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE (PS VITA) & HD DESKTOP WALLPAPER BUNDLE :

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    DIGITAL MUSIC ALBUM & GAME 1 WEEK BEFORE ANYONE ELSE

    A digital music album produced by the musical games genius Mark 'TDK' Knight, who produced the original 1991 soundtrack for D/Generation. As well as this you will get the game one week early on either Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac or PS Vita.

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    LIMITED HAND SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK 1/6 (COURIER MAN):

    This is the first of six original artworks digitally produced by our artist, Laura. The work will be printed to a high standard, hand signed and delivered to your door. This is a rare opportunity to receive a unique and unseen (this won’t be released in the PNG versions) piece of original artwork that was used in the production of D/Generation HD. We will be releasing a new piece every week.

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    LIMITIED HAND SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK 2/6 (DERRIDA):

    This is the second of six original artworks digitally produced by our artist, Laura. The work will be printed to a high standard, hand signed and delivered to your door. This is a rare opportunity to receive a unique and unseen (this won’t be released in the PNG versions) piece of original artwork that was used in the production of D/Generation HD. We will be releasing a new piece every week.

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    LIMITIED HAND SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK 3/6 (WORM):

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    LIMITED HAND SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK 4/6 (A/GEN & D/GEN):

    This is the fourth of six original artworks digitally produced by our artist, Laura. The work will be printed to a high standard, hand signed and delivered to your door. This is a rare opportunity to receive a unique and unseen (this won’t be released in the PNG versions) piece of original artwork that was used in the production of D/Generation HD. We will be releasing a new piece every week

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    4.5” FIGURE 1/6 (COURIER MAN):

    A collectable 4.5” figure of the protagonist. We will be releasing 5 more figures of various characters throughout the month and will only be releasing 50 of each so once they’re gone…they’re gone. Please note, this is NOT a toy. The model will be 3D printed in a high quality, plaster-like material.

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    4.5” FIGURE 2/6 (DERRIDA):

    A collectable 4.5” figure of the head scientist, Derrida. We will be releasing 4 more figures of various characters throughout the month and will only be releasing 50 of each so once they’re gone…they’re gone. Please note, this is NOT a toy. The model will be 3D printed in a high quality, plaster-like material.

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    4.5” FIGURE 3/6 (WORM):

    A collectable 4.5” figure of the worm bioweapon. We will be releasing 3 more figures of various characters throughout the month and will only be releasing 50 of each so once they’re gone…they’re gone. Please note, this is NOT a toy. The model will be 3D printed in a high quality, plaster-like material.

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    4.5” FIGURE 4/6 (A/GEN & B/GEN):

    A collectable 4.5” figure of the A/Gen and B/Gen together. We will be releasing 2 more figures throughout the month and will only be releasing 50 of each so once they’re gone…they’re gone. Please note, this is NOT a toy. The model will be 3D printed in a high quality, plaster-like material.

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    FULL GAME, SIGNED DIGITAL ARTWORK (PNG) & NAME IN CREDITS:

    As well as the full game on either Xbox One, PS4, PC or Mac (your choice) and a signed piece of original artwork in PNG format, we will place your name in the credits of the game.

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    ALL REWARDS UP TO THIS POINT:

    For this pledge you receive all of the rewards up until this point: an exclusive steam achievement, an ad-free version of the original game (IOS or Android), the HD desktop wallpaper bundle, a signed digital artwork (PNG), the game 1 week before anyone else on either Xbox One, PS4, PC or Mac (your choice), the newest released hand signed digital artwork, the newest released 4.5” model of a character and your name in the credits.

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    NAME IN CREDITS & YOUR PICTURE ON A WALL IN GAME:
    As well as your name in the credits, we are offering a very rare opportunity for you to place an image of yourself (or a loved one) directly into the game as a picture on the wall.

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    ALL REWARDS UP TO THIS POINT & DAYTRIP TO ABERYSTWYTH FOR MEET AND GREET (UK RESIDENCES ONLY).

    For this pledge you receive all of the rewards up until this point: an exclusive steam achievement, an ad-free version of the original game (IOS or Android), the HD desktop wallpaper bundle, signed digital artwork (PNG), the game 1 week before anyone else on either Xbox One, PS4, PC or Mac (your choice), the newest released hand signed digital artwork, the newest released 4.5” model of a character, your name in the credits and your picture on a wall in game.

    What’s more, you will receive an all-paid-for trip to Aberystwyth to come and meet the team. We will fund your travel expenses to and from Aber as well as put you up in a nice B&B.

    (This offer must be taken up within the next year)

    (Please note that this is for the newest released artwork and newest released figure only).

    (This is for UK residences only)

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    A PERSONAL 3D SCAN TO PLACE YOU IN GAME AS A CHARACTER & YOUR CHOICE FOR YOUR CHARACTER’S NAME (OH, AND YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS OF COURSE):

    If like our CEO, Ken Bird, and Director of Development, Boomer, fancy being scanned and placed directly into the game as a character, then this is your chance. We will hire a professional photographer to come to you and take a sequence of photographs which we can then use to construct a 3D model. We will even allow you to choose your character’s name. All of this will be topped off with your name in the credits.

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    CORPORATE PACKAGE:

    Your company’s name and logo in prominent positions in a level of the game. We will additionally add your company name to the credits (please contact us first).

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