Welcome to CompCorp! What's that? Your new coworkers are office supplies that came to life? How silly! These are real people who would love to get to know you! As our newest intern, it’s crucial that you get to know your new coworkers. After all, you’re going to be spending a lot of time together!
Play the demo/see more info here: https://www.heavythoughtstudios.com/devblog/
We at Heavy Thought Studios are excited to bring you The Office Type, a comedy dating sim game where group interaction takes center stage. Pick your roster of eight characters, choose your ideal relationship path with each of them (relationship, intimacy, or friendship), and get to know their friend groups to uncover deep storylines. After months of hard work and preparation, we’re ready to get things rolling in order to bring our unique cast of characters to you. See below for details on our goal, our reward tiers, and our stretch goals. We have the inventory list, so to speak, but we need your help!
In the world of The Office Type, you, a new intern at the computer company CompCorp, have been seemingly forgotten by your coworkers on your birthday. After a wish on a stale birthday cupcake's candle, an online quiz magically fills the company with individuals who strangely resemble everyday office supplies. The last month of your internship is packed with countless adventures to flesh out each character’s story, and it’s entirely up to you who you decide to get to know.
Three character options within each character set allow players to express their interest in whatever ways they please, while still making any roster combination cohesive through the different types of eight different office supplies. The world has so much to explore, so why can’t your office be the same? Twenty-four possible characters means several different personality types, ranging from stiff upper-management to the playful HR department and everything in between.
Talk with three characters per day, navigating their stories and gaining experience. Knowing them well will create a bond more quickly, but you'll also be learning to love yourself along the way!
Mid-date minigames test your ability to make a connection with specific characters, with varying levels of success available. Click and drag to chain together same-color sticky notes and create the biggest combos possible! You can also gain bonus points with certain characters by scoring with their favorite color.
Your time in the office is yours to enjoy again and again, with buddy characters granting you insight into characters in their friend circles. Different character rosters create different friend groups, allowing for a wide variety of gameplay experiences.
It’s a truly unique office environment. What will your internship be like?
Where did this idea come from? Who even thinks of dating office supplies? Surely the designers didn't pick up a pencil and a pen and imagine them as siblings and then look around to see what other office supplies looked like they'd turn into attractive people to date. Uhhh, yeah... That's... totally not what happened...
The idea popped up as a funny concept in the midst of several fun and interesting dating games. The game is a blend of the premise of Boyfriend Dungeon, the story depth of Dream Daddy, the wacky antics of Hatoful Boyfriend, and basic mechanics from various other games, with our own special twist on the classic match-three minigame. Our inspirations have done so much to pave the way for games like this, and we're eternally grateful for the experiences their teams have created.
And they're not the only ones making an impact on The Office Type! Our team is a perfect mixture of talented, thought-provoking ideas, and memes. Our brains tell us to make meaningful stories about these characters and the world they live in, but our hearts tell us that we also need more nods to Homestar Runner and Vine references. See our Twitter for a thread of our inspirations!
The characters in The Office Type were a big undertaking. 24 unique characters? That's so many! But we spent a ton of time designing them, their personalities, their occupations, how they interact within their friend groups, and so much more. We wanted a large cast of characters that were grouped within sets for a huge variety of game options while still being cohesive.
Keeping track of 24 completely different characters could be a bit much. But eight sets of three? That's a little more manageable! Grouping the characters like this allows players to choose their preferred roster the first time, basing their choices off of which type of each office supply fits them best. Do you want the simple ballpoint pen? Or maybe the elegance of the brush pen? Perhaps you like to put in the hard work and keep up with the fountain pen! These choices create the eight characters you'll get to know, and new choices in a second playthrough will still keep you in the mindset of the eight object types.
And who the player character becomes is up to each individual player. The story may follow a shy summer intern, but who you are is as flexible as you want it to be! In addition, we felt that it was important to highlight the range of people you see in real life. Male, female, and a variety of non-binary characters make up the roster options, with each non-binary individual having their own identity.
Meet Cyril, the charcoal pencil! He's a little goofy and could use some grounding in his life, but he's a talented client recruiter for CompCorp.
Or maybe you'll take an interest in Cyril's sibling, Benny, the fountain pen! Benny is pretty rude, but you can dig under their talents as a corporate architect to reveal the heart of their passion to improve the company.
Perhaps Cal, the graphing calculator, is more your style. A little timid, this marketing photographer just wants to fit in and express their interests like they've never been able to.
Or Trey, the briefcase three-ring binder! There's more than meets the eye with him. His role as the head lawyer keeps him busy, and only you can help him connect with the past he's pushed away.
Each of our 24 characters have deep and interwoven stories to explore in the full game. To see more detailed descriptions of each of the characters, visit our website's project page!
But enough about CompCorp! Enough about what the game is about! Who is making the world of The Office Type? Who are we? Well, that's a bit of a story.
We'll give you the office memo version. Heavy Thought Studios is a team of independent game developers, writers, artists, programmers, and more who are dedicated to making impactful experiences. In short, we create ideas, build them up, and redefine what an indie studio can do.
We have many talented people involved in this project! Our character artist has worked on big projects like Dream Daddy. Our composer has made music for various clients, games, and independent films. Our voice actors have been heard in everything from SMITE to Five Nights at Freddy's to Aphmau videos to Dark Souls Twitch streams. Plus many more! All of these people come together to make a stellar team that is creating a huge and detailed world for people to dive into.
But if you want to know more about all of the wonderful people involved, check out our team page!
You can also find us on Twitter @muchtooheavy! We post updates, news, fan art, and more on there!
Are you a member of the press? See our contact page for answers to F.A.Q.s and our press kit!
And we've already come a long way because of our fans. We really appreciate everything the community has done so far, and The Office Type wouldn't be what it is without it. And we're so excited to bring you an amazing collection of stories that anyone can explore, so thank you for any support you can give! Can't pledge right now? Share the campaign with a friend or two! Have enough to pledge extra? Get an extra copy to share with someone you know! Or it could be for someone you don't know, I'm not your boss.
Credit (from top to bottom, left to right): @whiskyarts, @alarnia, @frozenflights, Cheerio Keiichiro, @FibiDraws
We're asking for $20,000 to keep working on expanding the world of The Office Type. But most of that cost is the art! Our main focus is paying our artists to complete what we envisioned: an office dating sim with at least 30 locations to visit, with favorite and least favorite locations for each character! This level of variety will help show how deep our characters' stories go, as well as will help round our characters' personalities.
Here's how it breaks down:
"But wait!" you say. "Something must be wrong in the accounting department! You're an office, you should be good at pie charts!" But the chart is correct, we double-checked! The majority of the new content we need is art-based, with our writers, designers, and programmers putting the rest together behind the scenes. Our team is dedicated to finishing this game, with most of us working overtime on this alongside our normal lives. The core team is working on this project part time without up front payment, but we've all been putting our heart and souls into this and we're not stopping now! We believe in this game and ourselves, and reaching our goal will allow us to finish the art on our projected schedule. And this breakdown can be updated if we exceed our goal, so please help us get there!
We have several reward tiers for you to get your ideal office romance experience! Each reward tier has all of the rewards of the previous tiers, including limited tiers! (This doesn't include combining the early bird game copy tier with the regular game copy tier, or the Employee of the Month tier.)
Summer Intern - $5
Get your own piece of The Office Type world with a special PDF art book! This art book will be packed with behind-the-scenes information about our characters and the world they inhabit. Anything from last names to favorite locations to backstory will be included, plus exclusive sketches and early looks at the final art. It's labeled with the same release date as the game itself, but you might see it earlier than that! In addition, you'll have the option to put your name or pseudonym in the game's credits. Every little bit helps!
Sales Rep (plus Early Bird version!) - $15
This reward tier adds a copy of the game when it's complete, as either a Steam key or DRM-Free copy for PC, Mac, or Linux. Get your early bird copy before they run out!
Employee of the Month - $20 (CLOSED)
In this special reward tier, backers who selected or upgraded to Employee of the Month will get several exclusive rewards! Not only will you have your own name plaque on our custom Employee of the Month board, you'll be included in special perks! Anytime we use a large list of people in relation to the game's content (Antonella's art followers, Bee's music patrons, etc.), your name will be incorporated into the list! You'll also get behind-the-scenes updates from the team on the game's progress. We'll be sharing regular updates for everyone, but these backers will get exclusive info and extra looks at what we're working on!
And we wanted this reward tier to be truly special. You showed that you care about this game, so these backers will get an alternate version of our art book. This special version will have all of the content from the regular art book, plus extra team commentary about characters, concept art, behind-the-scenes details of how we made some decisions, and more!
If you already pledged more than this tier, first of all, thank you! If you already pledged at least $100, you'll automatically be included in this tier! You can also join this tier by backing at the CEO tier or higher, even after the limited time period has closed!
Break Room Buddy - $25
What's better than a copy of the game? How about TWO copies of the game?
Client Recruiter - $50
If you're reaching for a higher position in the company, maybe consider joining our sponsor tier! These backers will have their name, pseudonym, or company name displayed in a prominent special thanks area of BOTH the game's credits AND the art book. Get yourself up on that Employee of the Month wall!
Copywriter - $75
The Office Type has 30 dates for each character. You can help us design one of them! Leave your mark on an integral part of a character's storyline, plus get all of the previous rewards!
CEO - $100
You did it. You made it up there with the rest of the big dogs. Thank you so much! This tier will get you a special message, joke, or reference in a notable place in the game AND an Easter egg in the game's artwork! Want to design a character's catchphrase? Want to see a statue of yourself in the game? Want your band to be on stage at a concert? Work with us to leave a lasting impression in The Office Type!
Angel Investor - $200
Every office has its secrets. That's why the team put theirs into these little paper shredders! Wait a minute... Most of the secrets didn't get shredded! Oh no! Now each person who gets one of these mini paper shredders will find behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive artwork from the team, and more, all customized for each individual backer! Good thing we shredded a piece of the biggest secret and put one into each shredder. There's no way that people will work together to see what the whole thing reveals once it's put together!
Chair of the Board - $500
You must be really interested in The Office Type! We don't blame you, there's a lot to explore in the world we're making. But it all started somewhere, and the person who takes this reward tier will receive the one and only notebook with the first handwritten notes about the game! You'll see initial thoughts, exclusive designs, and bad jokes from the mind of the creator. This tier includes the paper shredder collectible!
WE'VE REACHED OUR FUNDING GOAL! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed! And now we have some exciting stretch goals to reach for in the last 24 hours!
Our project is already heavily focused on the artwork, with more than 30 locations to visit. But what if those locations included more specific additions? Spending time in the office? Why not in the break room, or the server room? Going to the beach? Why not take a ride on a boat? Reaching this goal will mean a more detailed world in which to get to know these characters.
We have more exciting stretch goals to reveal, but one step at a time! We're so grateful to people who can contribute to the campaign, and we'd love to reach the secrets we have planned!
While we'd like to see this game on consoles, this campaign will focus on PC, Mac, and Linux builds to start. See our FAQ section for more details!
Thank you so much for your support! It means the world to us, and we're so excited to bring this brand new dating experience to you. We want to make the most varied, most replayable, most enjoyable dating sim game out there, and we're well on our way with your help. Find the pledge that works for you and share the campaign with a friend!
Risks and challenges
The only risks that this project comes down to is time. We have a solid plan to meet our release goal, but more funding means more we can do immediately to reach that goal! We have every confidence that we'll finish this game no matter what, but without initial funding it'll take much longer to do so. But we've put a lot of dedication into this project, so it's a challenge that we'll no doubt overcome with your help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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