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Austin, TX Video Games
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Knuckle Club is a real-time Brawler with RPG elements set in cyberpunk era.

Austin, TX Video Games
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Distant future. Overwhelmed by crime, helpless government have legalized all use of martial arts in hope of citizens start trying to defend themselves. Quickly, the newly established law has widespread an even more vicious wave of crime, and now entire cities were filled with mobsters, marauders, and robbers.

Trying to bring peace, government has decided to create a special task force that consisted of genetically engineered group of superhumans, who each had their own set of skills and powerful psionic abilities. This task force was named Knuckle Club, and it remains the most powerful tool ever created in fighting crime.

Concept

Knuckle Club is a 2D combat-focused action Brawler with RPG elements including collectible weapons, unique perks and powerful psionic abilities.

With a special fighting system, the game keeps players alert on their toes while trying to throw a new challenge into the mix, such as rare enemies, bosses, hidden rooms and secret weapons. 

Every level is completely hand drawn and is deeply interactive featuring special events, hidden passages and alternative storylines.

There are several types of enemy per level, each with their own individual set of moves and weapons. Some foes are easy to predict and eliminate, while others become a difficult challenge quickly.



Pixel art post-processing

Knuckle Club features an innovative graphical API called FALSE 2D, which is a special toolset that simulates 3D conditions in 2D environments. With this API we are able to simulate dramatic hand-drawn scenery that wasn't simply generated via traditional lighting algorithms, thus giving us a total control over the final visual result.

This toolset allowed us to implement such features as ambient occlusion, dynamic shadows, volumetric lights and many other features, which resulted in pixel-perfect sharp and vibrant animated visuals.

At Kilobite, we believe that beautiful dynamic pixel art is a lost medium, and we are putting a lot of research into bringing this exciting part of video game industry back. We hope that one day, charming pixel art visuals will rival even cutting edge AAA 3D engines.

Features

Knuckle Club features many RPG elements, including an inventory system and a separate skill tree for each character. These two combined can customize player's gameplay style to achieve distinct character builds that can help overcome challenging bosses and unlock secret locations.

Every weapon has exclusive hand drawn special effects and animations, which not only leads to exciting combat gameplay, but also makes item hunting much more rewarding.

 The game also features highly interactive environment that makes every fight unique and rewards players who use surroundings to their advantage.

The game also features highly interactive environment that makes every fight unique and rewards players who use surroundings to their advantage.

And thanks to built-in multiplayer co-op mode, you can now share this adventure with your friends! Playing together increases strength of your enemies, making co-op as challenging as singleplayer mode.

 Up to 4 players will be able to play at the same time, and with support of over 22 controllers (including next gen consoles), you can enjoy a deserved flashback to simpler times in comfort of your sofa.

$5 - RECRUIT: A PDF game manual + exclusive wallpaper set with a special thank you from us!


$10 - APPRENTICE: In addition to rewards above, you will receive a Digital copy of Knuckle Club

$15 - ROOKIE: All rewards above and plus a copy of the original soundtrack


$25 - VETERAN: Above rewards plus all future pre-release access, including Alpha and Beta versions


$40 - EXPERT: All rewards above plus a limited edition numbered poster signed by head animator of Knuckle Club

$75 - MASTER: digital Copy of Knuckle Club + all early access including Alpha and Beta versions, a PDF game manual, an exclusive wallpaper set, a digital copy of original soundtrack, plus a Knuckle Club T-Shirt (size of your choice, color white/black)


$100 - GRANDMASTER: digital Copy of Knuckle Club + all early access including Alpha and Beta versions, a PDF game manual, an exclusive wallpaper set, a digital copy of original soundtrack, plus a limited edition hardcover art book signed by head animator of Knuckle Club

With emerging crowdfunding culture we believe that Kickstarter is a great tool for fans who want to not only see a project grow and blossom in front of their eyes - all while interacting directly with the developer - but also get a finished copy at a greatly reduced price.

This setting helps developers explore new ideas, genres and game mechanics, and extensive library of successfully funded indie games proves that. These are the reasons that led us to choose Kickstarter as our primary crowdfunding platform, and we hope that with its enormous community Knuckle Club will reach as many fans as possible.

 The funds obtained from this Kickstarter campaign will be used towards development and licensing costs, as well as producing audio assets and backer rewards.

Risks and challenges

Having experienced video game development first hand, we understand that it is a very complicated process that requires hundreds of hours spent on developing software and producing accompanying art and animations. At Kilobite, we are carefully coordinating every action we take, and our streamlined automated workflow helps us reduce the number of hours spent on mundane tasks, and focus on more important assignments which ultimately accelerates the entire development process.
We have achieved significant results in research of 2D pixel art animation and rendering, and with help of our proprietary development tools it reduces the total amount of work significantly.

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