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Glass Bear StudioBy Glass Bear Studio
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Glass Bear StudioBy Glass Bear Studio
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$3,323
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110
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20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, November 11 2018 12:23 PM UTC +00:00.

About

ASTERION is a 3D action and adventure game with puzzle elements, very much in the vein of Zelda games with a dash of Souls-like. 

You are Asterion, last in a long line of minotaurs bred to brave the dangers of the Labyrinth of Crete: an ancient, enigmatic, massive structure.

Its purpose is a mystery, but yours is not: you must go in and keep the world from ruin

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Inside the cyclopean dungeon you will explore the Five Warden Realms from a central hub. Each is a unique, hand-crafted and interconnected environment with its own fierce enemies and challenges to overcome.

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To aid you in your quest and face the risks of the Labyrinth, you are equiped with the mighty Labrys: a powerful ceremonial axe of heros of old, key to unlocking the mysteries of the past. Without the Labrys by your side, you'd be doomed. 

In each Realm you must seek one of the Five Wardens: powerful entities that will test your mettle in epic boss battles. Why they are here and what they are guarding is yours to uncover. 

Overcome their challenge to prove worthy of their Blessings: fractions of an ancient ritual and key to unlocking new, upgradeable abilities.

Only then will you be ready to face the final challenge and risk saving the world.

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The world hangs on a thread, Asterion: heed the call of the Labrys, face the Wardens, acquire their Blessings, uncover mysteries and prevent catastrophe! Fulfill your destiny!

TLDR: Your classic, Zelda-like get-the-five-McGuffins-save-the-world action/adventure set in a mix of Bronze Age Mythologies. Also, you are a minotaur, Harry.

Features

  • Amazing 3D art
  • Epic, challenging boss fights against the Wardens
  • Big, hand-crafted, interconnected environments to explore
  • Intricate environmental puzzles
  • Hidden secrets and challenges for the bravest souls
  • An enthralling story with deep lore to uncover
  • Amazing music, tailor-made for each gameplay moment

You can listen to our tracks in our Soundcloud page here!

ASTERION's gameplay revolves around combat and puzzles. We were directly influenced by our experiences with classics like Ocarina of Time plus more recent games like Dark Souls, and indies like Jotun and Hobb. Our level design and layout has been influenced by new and old Metroidvanias and, recently, Tomb Raider's tombs.

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Puzzles

Solving puzzles will allow you to navigate the environments and uncover the secrets of the Labyrinth. The more you advance, the more intricate and involved they will be.

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Some puzzles will be the solve-this-right-now-to-cross-the-chasm, but bigger puzzles will be level-wide and multipart. We have good assortment of puzzle ideas (tested and untested) and we'll be posting our experiments/results as we go!

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Combat

We are designing our combat to be tough so every encounter poses a mechanical challenge, but avoiding just padding the baddies with a ton of health or programming erratic behaviors.

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Having your wits about you at all times is key.

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Experience awarded throughout the game can be used to upgrade your Labrys and the abilities granted by the Blessings, which will in turn aid you in level navigation, discovery and unlocking secrets.

TLDR: No hacking. Dodge! Use powers! Use your brains! Fun.

We've developed fully customizable keyboard and gamepad controls for the PC version of our game. Our basic layout is a comfortable recommendation of what we felt was right, but every gamer has different needs, so don't hesitate to make the controls your own!

*HINT*: we hope there won't just be a PC version.

Your basic action verbs will be: move, attack, charge, dodge and block.

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Asterion can perform a basic 3-hit combo, charge up an attack and perform Blessings: special abilities limited by an action pool.

Combat in ASTERION aims to be a challenging. Enemies hit fast and strong and you need to be on your toes. 

The key is positioning and patterns: learn enemy behavior to time your attacks, blocks and dodges.

Dodging projectiles and incoming attacks is your bread and butter, but if you are caught off-balance you can always block and reduce the damage you take.

TLDR: Dodging good. Rushing bad.

Initially we plan to launch ASTERION for PC on Steam. You can actually wish list it here!

However, we are also aiming to launch ASTERION on the Nintendo Switch: "The Cretan Labyrinth to go!"

It seems like the right fit for the game.

PS4 and Xbox ports are also a possibility further along. So keep your eyes peeled!

TLDR: STEAM. SWITCH. More success = more platforms. Simple.

As Asterion you will face Five Wardens before tackling Chaos head on:

Ariadne 

Mistress of the Labyrinth and weaves of fates.

Talos 

Immortal and gigantic bronze automaton.

Icarus 

 Winged misfortune, brave and bold.

Right now we can show you two final concept arts we are currently in the process of modeling. And stay tuned for lore updates!

You can check out our amazing concept artist's portfolio in his ArtStation page.

More concept art and 3D models *coming soon*!

Asterion was a fairly Greek-myth centered ordeal (Cretan), but our writer decided to mix in some other Bronze Age mythologies (Egypt and Mesopotamia).

Although we have our own ideas for enemies and such, we are always in the lookout for obscure and fun mythological creatures we can add to the game. If you have any suggestions, send them our way at contact@glass-bear.com.

Here is a fun, table break-down of the rewards to better orient you.

If we do really well we'll add more things and we'll take suggestions as well. 

We'll put our hearts and souls into it (extra souls if necessary). 

Myth-sonas:

(We were gonna do Knights of the Zodiac but some of our members [mermaid-goat members] are not too pleased with their Zodiac Sign and clearly dislike their Gold Saints)

Collaborators:

Juan José Betancourt - Music Composer
Sergio Escobar - 3D Artist
Michael Bulla - Concept Artist
José Carlos Nevarez - Concept Artist

You can also learn more at our studio's website or at our press kit!

Here is a breakdown of how we plan to spend the money you donate. I know most of it has this fancy-pantsy things like "art and design" and "story", but most of the money will go to buy us coffee. Lots of coffee. 

Because coffee is like game development rocket fuel

But really. This is a rough estimate. We've run the numbers in a couple different scenarios.

If we get amazing support we will have to teak this.

The following is not absolute, but an approximation we have made considering we reach our goal. Game development is a fickle thing, so things might change a bit a long the way.

We will, however, deliver the game when it is ready. No "early access" or a gutted rushed product. Not our style.

  • 5-6 months after campaign = Alpha
  • 8-9 months after campaign = Beta
  • 12-13 months after campaign = Launch (Woo!)

Kickstarter has catapulted some amazing projects. From cute plushies, hilarious card games and some of the best video games of recent memory, we've seen how great ideas, amazing talent and community involvement work together to make these projects a reality

Projects that otherwise wouldn't have found their way to our hands.

We think we have a great idea and amazing talent and Kickstarter give us the chance to connect with people and make our dreams a reality.

We've worked very hard and we are asking you to trust us: ASTERION will be amazing. Your support, feedback and money will be well invested.

Thanks!

This project is part of the Fondeadora for Latin America Initiative. A resource for select creators in Latin America to help them join Kickstarter’s global community and bring their ideas to life.

Risks and challenges

Games are expensive to make. So far we've done a lot with a 0 dollar budget, but for this game to be what we know we can deliver we need your help.

We know backing a game project in its infancy is inherently risky, especially in today’s market... but we also know this is not some pipe dream of ours.

This is an all-or-nothing shot.

There are many unforeseen challenges we will face as we make progress. Game development is very complex and we can mitigate these risks with experience, proper planning and passionate, hard work.

But throughout this year of development we have successfully overcome all kinds of hurdles to lay the foundation of what Asterion is and will be, and we feel confident in our ability to tackle new problems intelligently and effectively

We’re eager to continue working hard and excited to make you part of this journey.

This is a labyrinth we will navigate together.

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