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About this project

We lost the first game, but we will restart! 

We have gained XP, our Quick is bigger, and WE ARE STRONGER. 

Of course we’re a bit disappointed, but our passion is not only intact, it has grown! 

This human adventure on Kickstarter has been awesome for us. We are more connected than ever, and most of all, we are definitely connected to you! We began introducing the WINDWALKERS universe to the world and the HORDE grew up, is still growing, and will grow even more. 

The adventure will continue, you can count on us. 

Now we just need a few months to compile all we have learned and all your comments to then give you a clearer vision of our future plans. 

WE WILL HIT REPLAY! AND WE WILL TRY UNTIL WE REACH OUR GOAL!

Stay tuned and continue participating in the adventure:

http://forge-animation.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheForgeAnimation

https://twitter.com/ForgeAnimation

https://www.youtube.com/c/forgeanimation 

Thank you so much for all your messages, your support, your comments, and your love. 

¿' We are cut from the cloth of the wind unfolding’     Alain Damasio

Read the Update #27 : THIS IS NOT THE END

With this Kickstarter, we want to fund the first part of our project: the video game.

In a world shaped by perpetual winds, an elite group battle nature's fury. You will become a WINDWALKER and a member of "The Horde" who are struggling to get to the Upper-Reaches and the legendary source of the winds.

You can get all explanations on the gameplay on the link below: 

http://forge-animation.com/en/kickstarter-update-game/

Windwalkers is an epic, poetic, and fantastic story that will take your breath away. It is a wonderful adventure about movement and friendships; an ode to resistance, freedom, and willpower; as well as an internal voyage of self-discovery.

A BOOK ADAPTATION

The story of WINDWALKERS was written by the French author Alain Damasio. Published in 2004 under the name “LA HORDE DU CONTREVENT”(The Horde of the counterwind), the novel received an extraordinary welcome and quickly became a success in French bookstores. It sold over 120 000 copies, and it is now ranked among the top 20 modern Sci-Fi masterpieces. 

 A word from the author of the book, Alain Damasio, co-founder of the videogame company “DONTNOD” and scriptwriter for the AAA game “Remember Me”. 

 ‘ “La horde du contrevent” is a masterpiece’      Le Monde

‘something huge, of a style and ambition that has been missing in the French Sci-Fi of recent years…’                           Télérama

GET THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE BOOK IN ENGLISH: JUST FOR YOU! GO IN THE UPDATE SECTION: UPDATE #20

A WORLD SHAPED BY THE WIND

IMAGINE an Earth that is shaped by the wind. Imagine winds so fierce, they perpetually laminate the surface. IMAGINE the wind’s final destination: a town on the Lower-Slopes, set against an immense cliff. And within that town, IMAGINE an elite group, trained from childhood to climb windward their entire lives, ascending to what has proven so far to be unattainable: the Upper-Reaches. They are the Windwalkers.

A horde of twenty-three men and women prepare to walk windwards with the sole purpose of finding the mysterious source of the winds. There have been thirty-three attempts in eight hundred years, thirty three Hordes that have failed. This is the story of the thirty-fourth, and most probably the last…

A STORY ABOUT CONNECTIONS AND MOVEMENT

Windwalkers is not the story of a single man or woman; it is the story of a group, and what a group can do to overcome the hardships which threaten to tear them apart. It is an epic team story; a heroic fantasy without fairies or dragons, just a team of men and women. It is an action story meant to touch our deepest essence, and remind us that to live authentically means to be in movement and to be connected.

The Windwalkers project is a transmedia adaptation of the Sci-Fi French book “La Horde du Contrevent”, written by Alain Damasio (published by La Volte & Folio, published in Italy and being translated into english right now). We developed it into three different media: a film, a video game, and comic books. None of the individual parts can be considered a derivative product, and all three productions bring a different facet of the universe to life, that's what we called Transmedia.

See more designs on our Instagram page  http://instagram.com/forgeanimation/

 Will you and your friends become the first Horde to make it to the Upper-Reaches?

The way you breathe in the world and the way you breathe out the world will make all the difference.

Movement is Life. If you do not move your body, you are dead. And if you do not move your mind, you are already dead...

First and foremost, we worked with the author of the book, Alain Damasio, and built a team around him, of writers, directors, geographic experts, musicians specialized in the sound of the wind, etc… to develop the bible of the universe.

Then, we worked with talents from all around the world to develop the world artistically:

DESIGN:

GEORGE HULL (Jupiter, Cloud Atlas, Matrix reloaded, Iron Man 2…)
More info in the Update section (Update #13)

OSCAR CHICHONI (the Hobbit, Pacific Rim…)

«  ..I didn´t expect such an astonishing universe as WindWalkers. An environment never seen before, endless design possibilities matched with a unique dynamic. An outstanding project. »

More info in the Update section (Update #16)

 YOSHITAKA AMANO (Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D…)

'You should be already waiting for that project'

UPDATE #10

To celebrate our greenlit here is a short message of M. Yoshitaka AMANO about his contribution to the WINDWALKERS universe. More information in the Update section. We have also prepared to you a BRAND NEW REWARDS check out the Rewards section!! Hurry -up it's very limited!!

WAYNE D. BARLOWE (Avatar, Hellboy, Harry Potter…)

‘A huge project!’

FREDERIC PERRIN (Beauty and the Beast…)

More info in the Update section (Update #9)

AND MORE...

  • Koji Morimoto (Animatrix, Akira…),
  • Eric Henninot (XIII…) 
  • Takuhito Kusanagi (Blue Submarine, Detective conan…),

MUSIC :

  • Starwalker (Jean-Benoit Dunkel ex-member of the group AIRBardi Johansson)

https://www.facebook.com/Starwalkermusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/StarwalkerBand

  • Guillaume Roussel (Pirates of the Caribbean…)

http://www.guillaumeroussel.com/

WRITING:

  • Magalie Helle,
  • Iris Yamashita (Letters from Iwo Jima)…

 AN EPIC SCI-FI ANIMATED ADVENTURE FILM

The film will allow viewers to experience the original story and follow the characters and the adventures of the 34th Horde.

The story is about an epic journey against all odds, but it is also a story of the individuals within the group and what keeps them united and alive despite the mortal dangers along their path.

The goal of the film is to give audiences an unforgettable visual and narrative experience. We will enter the life of Sol the Scribe, Oroshi the Aeromaster, Golgoth the Pathfinder, Gambol the Minstrel, and follow them along their journey…or at least part of it…

We deliberately chose not to adapt the entire book for the movie. The movie will concentrate on a part of the journey and will introduce the audience to the main characters.

Why animation?
For us, animation is an art, born from the art of painting, which today’s children have the opportunity to enjoy, and which we would also like to offer to adults.

What have we done so far?

We have been developing the script with a team of writers, including the author of the book, and this year we will have a new version of the script written by the famous script writer Iris Yamashita (Oscar nominee for her work on “Letters from Iwo Jima” by Clint Eastwood).

‘This universe intrigued me from the start with its highly imaginative world and complex characters.  It is not only a sci-fi of epic proportions, but a deeply personal journey full of layers, themes and metaphors…’

Iris Yamashita

A SERIES OF COMICS

A "comic book" is something that allows you to delve into the story visually at your own pace.

3 different formats are in development:

  • The US comics series (soft-cover) with a focus on the individual characters from the novel. Codes will be placed inside the comics giving access to bonus material in the video-game. Information found within the comics will also provide playing tips and hints for the game.
  • The European format (hard-cover) will be a direct adaptation of the film into a graphic novel.
  • The Japanese format (Manga) will describe the characters of the movie in their youth, the way they were trained and how there relationships to one another developed.
  •  We chose to give you the chance to really become involved in the creation of the project because we want you to JOIN us, and be part of our horde!

  • That is why we prepared 4 categories of rewards:

    PARTICIPATE / PLAY / CELEBRATE / GET EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

    For more detailed information click here :

    http://forge-animation.com/benefits-pledge/

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  • Your pledge will make the game better !

    GOAL            330 000 $ ca
    Thank you so much, game production launched!!

    LEVEL 1        400 000 $ ca
    We will add extra abilities in the ability tree. Help us to make the character customization as deep as possible!!

    LEVEL 2        500 000 $ ca
    We will add extra weapons and armor for you to use.
    We like diversity! Don’t you? Help us to have a lot of it!!

    LEVEL 3          700 000 $ ca
    We will add extra combos in the co-op system and weapon crafting.
    You will now be able to craft your weapons with resources found around the world.
    +TRANSMEDIA BONUS   
    Thanks to you, all backers from PACK#4 onwards will receive a digital copy of the the first episode of the comics.

    LEVEL 4       800 000$ ca
    We will add extra enemies and potion crafting.
    Get resources from monsters and plants to create special potions that you and your friends can use.

    LEVEL 5          1 000 000 $ ca
    We will extend the world. Help us to make the best and largest game we can.
     +TRANSMEDIA BONUS  
    Thanks to you, all backers from PACK#4 onwards will receive a digital copy of the the 2nd to the 5th episode of the comics.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

So far we managed to raise 2 million € to develop the global universe. Of course 330 000$ cad are not the total budget of the videogame, we do have investors (private and public) to support us in this adventure but what we do need know, it to show them that you exist!

With the support of the FAJV-CNC (www.cnc.fr) - Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée & Ministère du redressement productif, we built a team of 15 persons dedicated to the game and spent a year developing a complete mock up using Cryengine® from CRYTEK to explore various possibilities and test the gameplay.

After that, we decided to change the gameplay, to improve it and make a better game and that is why we are launching a Kickstarter campaign today.

We remember a time when creativity wasn’t just a risk!!!

On the contrary, creative works was an opportunity, a blessing!

Like you, we like things that surprise us, that take us to new horizons and unknown adventures.

Some great artists have joined the project from the very beginning : Yoshitaka AMANO, George HULL, Wayne D. BARLOWE, Frédéric PERRIN...telling us that they love our universe, but how could we explain that to the big boss of the market lost in front of our Transmedia global project based on a "French" sci-fi novel completely unknown outside of France ?

We think that an ambitious project like Windwalkers can attract a large and demanding public. 

Every epoch has its revolutions, but in our time they tell us that it is over…?? Kickstarter is the proof that it is not!

We need you to help convince people that this is true and possible.

                                                JOIN US!

  • Click on us to visit our website... 

                           NEVER GIVE-UP!

    Thank you for your big support to make our Kickstarter project video :

    Thank you to Lubna, Alex, Bruno, Benjamin and to all the Forge Game's team. Thank you Stéphane Kervella, Julian Sanchez, Raphaël Bellon and Imaggo for the Kickstarter's campaign video.

Risks and challenges

We are currently in the Alpha stage of game development and it is always possible that some minor changes might still be made to the game as described here. We are working on a relatively original type of gameplay which means there is some risk of adjustments being made to the gameplay as we work out what is most fun to play and what is less so.

Another consideration is that although we strongly believe our game will be ready for market within 18 months, there is always the possibility that we run into unforseen development problems and the development time extends out by several months.

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    Receive an exclusive digital Wallpaper.

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    PLAY THE GAME!
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    Get the very limited Horde tattoo with the game!!!
    Wear it to our special launch party and get a free VIP pass! (shipping of the tattoo included, transport to the party not included, location and date to be defined)

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