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A beautifully hand-drawn RPG where turn-based combat meets multi-perspective branching storytelling.
A beautifully hand-drawn RPG where turn-based combat meets multi-perspective branching storytelling.
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Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond is a role-playing game that combines turn-based tactical combat with a story of questionable morals seen through multiple points of view. You play as the Companions of House Levant, six knights sworn to serve and protect the heir of the noble house, in their journey to survive a world where one's real enemies are often their closest.

If you have played Celestian Tales: Old North, the game will read your end save and shape the game's world based on the choices you've made. 

If you have not played CTON and do not wish to, you're not missing out: Realms Beyond is designed to accommodate new players into the setting. At the beginning you will be asked about what happened in the past, which defines how the world of Realms Beyond is shaped.

Try the game by downloading it here!
Try the game by downloading it here!

 

 

At its core Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond serves as a vessel for its immersive story. Discover a living, breathing world rich with lore and history, populated with hundreds of NPCs and dialogues. Enter a world where nothing is ever black and white, and failure to know which one to side with means losing everything you hold dear.

If you have played Celestian Tales: Old North, Realms Beyond offers not just brand new sights to explore but also the rediscovery of older places and the continuation of previous character bonds, now evolved as years have gone by between the two points in time.

Some people change with time, some don't
Some people change with time, some don't

Combat in Celestian Tales is done in classic turn-based style, allowing you to read the flow of combat and think a few steps ahead. Strategy is crucial as carelessness are heavily punished even against the most common of enemies. Boss fights take this to another level, pushing your tactics, team composition, and character customization to the limit, each fight demanding deeper mastery of the battlefield than the last. Harder difficulty levels are also available, turning boss encounters into intricate deadly puzzles for you to solve.

Ylianne gives Lucienne SP which she uses to draw the enemy's aggression, saving other party members from certain death
Ylianne gives Lucienne SP which she uses to draw the enemy's aggression, saving other party members from certain death

The evocative story branches in certain points, forcing you to take a choice of action or a point of view among several. Your knowledge of what happens on the other side is limited, and even the most trusted of allies rarely tell the whole story.

Every path tells you another side of the story and the interactions of different characters
Every path tells you another side of the story and the interactions of different characters

 

Combining animated pixel art on top of hand-drawn environment art inspired by watercolor brush strokes, Celestian Tales achieves a beautiful and unique visual identity.

Traverse forests, mountains, cities, and mystical realms beyond
Traverse forests, mountains, cities, and mystical realms beyond

With more than 30 fully illustrated characters, each with a range of different facial expressions, Realms Beyond brings emotions in its dialogues to pull you into its immersive world.

Fully illustrated supporting characters give emotions to the dialogue
Fully illustrated supporting characters give emotions to the dialogue

All characters return to full health after each battle and the whole party gains experience together, saving you the pain of grinding for certain characters or drowning in dozens of cheap potions. If you're in a hurry or just feel tired of fighting, just avoid battles completely. We understand how some people don't have as much time to play as they used to, just remember that less battles gets you less levels and items to survive the harder fights.

Exercise your juking skills to avoid encounters!
Exercise your juking skills to avoid encounters!

Some enemies reward certain strategies and combinations, but how to defeat them is ultimately up to you. Concoct your own special mix of combat style through extensive customization of character skills, personal equipment, and party composition.

Bringing the right set of skills into combat is key
Bringing the right set of skills into combat is key

 

Thanks to their heroic deeds in the Enders War, six young knights were appointed as Companions of House Levant. Their lifelong duty was to protect and serve the family's heir, who at the time was but a speck of life in her mother's womb. However, Lord Alain Levant's sudden demise left a void on the house's seat of power, and the six unexpectedly found themselves leading House Levant in place of its unborn inheritor.

Lord Alain of House Levant
Lord Alain of House Levant

Realms Beyond begins nine years after the end of Celestian Tales: Old North, when the comet Skymother's Tear is sighted in the sky. The rare cosmic event calls upon the realm's largest noble houses to convene for a religious ceremony where their leaders will perform a sacred ritual. For the eight year-old head of House Levant and her six mentors it is the first public test that may make or break the family's reputation. For some others, it is the perfect stage to set in motion a master plan decades in the making.

Lady Sophia and the Heir of House Levant
Lady Sophia and the Heir of House Levant

 

Ekuator Games' art direction started from traditional roots. Our artists were originally much more comfortable with pencils, papers, and paints than digital brushes, and it was difficult for them to make the transition. However, as the team continues to evolve with the game, what was once a handicap became the basis of a distinct coloring style, giving Celestian Tales a unique visual identity.

A painting in the works
A painting in the works

  

In Realms Beyond, you play as the Companions of House Levant, six knights sworn to serve and protect the heir of the noble house.

The Companions of House Levant
The Companions of House Levant

All illustrated characters, both main and NPCs, have a variety of facial expressions which deepen the emotional weight of their dialogues.

Ylianne's facial expressions
Ylianne's facial expressions

 

 

Concept sketch for Aramis Mansion
Concept sketch for Aramis Mansion

 

Concept sketch for City of Godland
Concept sketch for City of Godland

 

Lucienne Leroux, from lineart to finishing
Lucienne Leroux, from lineart to finishing

 

Tribulation Halls
Tribulation Halls

  

Levantine, seat of House Levant
Levantine, seat of House Levant

 

Elevating the classic SNES-era technique of frame by frame pixel art to modern standards, we've increased the size of sprites to allow more detail, smoothness, and complex movements. We believe frame by frame belongs in today's games not only because it evokes nostalgia but because it is still the most beautiful way to animate something.

Some of our frame-by-frame pixel animations
Some of our frame-by-frame pixel animations

 

While today's technology has allowed us to create amazingly realistic 3D environment in games, the strokes of 2D art remain beautiful in its own incomparable way. Just like how Studio Ghibli's hand-drawn frame-by-frame movies continue to captivate us in this age of motion capture CGI, we wish to take this seemingly outdated, traditional way of art-making into the modern era and redefine what 'classic' means.

Years since its release, Saga Frontier remains one of the most beautiful games ever made
Years since its release, Saga Frontier remains one of the most beautiful games ever made

 

And who can forget Legend of Mana? Even today it's still mesmerizing to see!
And who can forget Legend of Mana? Even today it's still mesmerizing to see!

 

In a game without voice acting or a riot of sound effects clashing with one another, music plays an incredibly important part in setting the tone of the world. That is why we have our own dedicated audio team to create all the sounds needs of Realms Beyond. 

From a bustling port city to sinister moods, the music of Realms Beyond is as colorful as the world it pulls you into.

 

Celestian Tales started in 2013, back when Ekuator was just a name four RPG-enthusiastic friends used as their alias. We loved old SNES games such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI and in our naivety wondered why RPGs nowadays with their incredible graphics don't have that same depth anymore (we learned later that some of them actually do). 

With reckless confidence we gunned for Kickstarter to make our dream project come true. It ended up failing to meet its target, but the amount of enthusiasm from its backers was enough to convince some people to give us financial aid. And thus Celestian Tales continued on.

After a year of hard work which massively improved the game, we relaunched Celestian Tales to a successful campaign. Ekuator Games became a fully registered company and began to dedicate its existence to develop the title.

Celestian Tales: Old North released in Steam and GOG in August 2015 to a mostly positive review. It wasn't a wild meme-able internet phenomenon. Neither was it an unprecedented indie Hollywood success story. It had many flaws, yet at the same time had many things done right. The game was a financial boon, won numerous awards from local game events, and spurred the rise of game development industry in our country. That was more than enough to move forward with the title.

Celestian Tales: Old North won Best Narrative and Game of the Year at Game Developer Gathering 2015
Celestian Tales: Old North won Best Narrative and Game of the Year at Game Developer Gathering 2015

And now here we are four years from the starting line, crafting the next evolution of Celestian Tales. Realms Beyond is the result of a long journey, each step taking it to new heights. It is a work of art that keeps the rights from the past, repairs the wrongs, and introduces new elements into the fray.

We have mostly financed the development of Realms Beyond through our own resources and the proceeds from the sales of Celestian Tales: Old North. Much of the “heavy lifting” is done, and don’t take our word for it: you can download and play the demo and judge for yourself!  So you may be asking, why are we doing this Kickstarter campaign?

Firstly, we are running a little low on cash. Additional funding will give us the peace of mind to stay focused on making Realms Beyond as amazing experience as it can be. The funds we raise from a successful Kickstarter would be utilized to complete the remaining art, create additional music tracks, complete and polish the programming and user interfaces.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, our biggest expense is the many forms of art Celestian Tales is comprised of
Perhaps unsurprisingly, our biggest expense is the many forms of art Celestian Tales is comprised of

But more importantly, a large element that contributed to the success of Celestian Tales: Old North was the feedback, insight and community that developed as a result of our previous successful Kicksarter Campaign. So while the money is definitely a reason, we are most excited to get you - to have you involved in the development and listen to your input in order to make Realms Beyond something special.

Prototype of the physical Realms Beyond, in a 16GB USB flash drive
Prototype of the physical Realms Beyond, in a 16GB USB flash drive

 

One among ten limited-edition original water-colored artwork up for grabs
One among ten limited-edition original water-colored artwork up for grabs

 

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Risks and challenges

As with all projects, especially those that are creative in nature, there's bound to be a certain amount of risk involved. It is simply naive to think that this one will be free of it. However, with the current state of the project over 75% complete, most of it has already been overcome.

Our experience in successfully delivering our last Kickstarter has adequately prepared us for this task and helps us understand when to make the necessary adjustments to address major complications or hurdles as they arise.

In no way do we want to belittle the risk associated with backing a video game on Kickstarter. Game development is full of unforeseen challenges and unquantifiable risk. Delays in completion is a very real threat, but we are committed to work our hardest to manage these risks for you.

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    Let the world of Celestian Tales stay by your side with a physical pack of the entire trilogy -- all the Games and its DLCs, all the Soundtrack Albums, and the Art Book all in one package!

    The world of Celestian Tales is brimming with life, from villagers to noblemen to soldiers. One among these NPCs will carry a name of your choosing, and we will accommodate your preferred dialogues and appearances if possible.

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    You may not be able to set your physical foot in Celestian Tales, but you can leave a trace of your existence by having a name (your own or perhaps an avatar of yours') engraved on a in-game memorial pedestal or statue.

    Furthermore, our artists will draw a bust illustration of one character of your request which you'll receive in both digital and physical printed form.

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    Celestian Tales at its core is a saga of growth. A story about a few characters' journeys through three decades of peace, strife, and everything between them.

    Your own unique journey shall be chronicled with three illustrations of your personal character, showing growth and maturity through the passage of time. Immortalize it by embedding his/her name on any one item in Celestian Tales. Such a unique tale is to be spread for the world to hear, and with five copies of the game you can do exactly that.

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    In old times when writing was yet for the common people, legends were carried from one generation to the next through poems told around hearths and campfires. Yet for the most epic of these legends, spoken words were not enough to fully deliver its greatness. Thus was born a new form of art: Music.

    Our talented bards will write an exclusive musical piece about your persona's legendary life and record it with live instruments. It'll be your choice whether to work the mood of the music together with us or leave it up to our team. The final result will be used in-game and added to the Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond Soundtrack.

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    If you've ever wanted to stand on the different side of a heroic story, this is your chance. With an item to your name, a full body illustration in addition to the busts, and a special music track recorded with live instruments, you have all a boss enemy needs for an epic fight.

    Our team will create a creature based on your creative vision from illustration to animation, skill design to numerical balancing, and then fit it all into the world of Celestian Tales as an enemy. Whether it's a monster who devoured your heroic persona years ago (that's why your named item is in its stomach), an ancient terror locked by your persona's relic that now has awakened once more, or maybe the ghostly spirit of your persona itself, we'll work together with you to make it reality.

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