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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 18 2018 11:45 PM UTC +00:00.

Renaud SAUZETBy Renaud SAUZET
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Renaud SAUZETBy Renaud SAUZET
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£25,724
pledged of £10,000pledged of £10,000 goal
964
backers
91minutes to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 18 2018 11:45 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Koruldia Heritage is a story-driven RPG with merciful fights and non-linear progression. The game combines various exploration views in a unique pixel-painted experience.

Koruldia Heritage is coming to Windows, Mac and Linux and will be available in English and French. With the support of the community, we aim to accelerate its delivery and go on Nintendo Switch and Sony PS4 consoles! Support us today and unlock rewards that will help us reach our stretch goals.

Koruldia's overworld (surface)
Koruldia's overworld (surface)

Why us? We are a small dedicated indie studio that has been part of the indie game industry since the early days of flash games (nostalgia? anyone?). Koruldia Heritage is our biggest and most ambitious project. We have been fleshing out its gameplay and its visual universe for the past 8 years.

Now is the final run! We have been greenlit for distribution on Steam in March 2017. Square Enix also noticed us 10 months ago - we had an overwhelming 94% YES votes from their Collective community. Detailed links at the bottom.


  • Your name as a Supporter in the game’s credits
  • Your name as a Supporter in the game’s credits
  • Digital copy of the game (Steam key)
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Your name as a Supporter in the game’s credits
  • Digital copy of the game on any available platform
  • Digital manual/guide of the game
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Digital art book
  • Digital soundtrack

Note: we'll send a survey to our backers to know the platform of their choice at a later date. Windows/Mac/Linux guaranteed! Nintendo Switch after base release.

  • Your name as a Supporter in the game’s credits
  • Physical collector's edition of the game on any available platform
  • Physical manual/guide of the game
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Digital art book
  • Digital soundtrack

Note: as for the digital deluxe version, we'll send a survey to our backers to know the platform of their choice at a later date. Windows/Mac/Linux guaranteed!

Limited collector's edition with Kickstarter-exclusive art! (cover is not final)
Limited collector's edition with Kickstarter-exclusive art! (cover is not final)
UPGRADED: We'll add an awesome holographic sticker to the physical cases. Think of it like a quality seal for this very Kickstarter-exclusive reward. Then, we'll also sprinkle the box with stickers from the game characters and monsters. Stick them on your laptop, coffee mug, suitcase - anywhere you want!
Sticker prototypes! Backers will be able to vote for the best stickers
Sticker prototypes! Backers will be able to vote for the best stickers
  • Your name as a Top Supporter in the game’s credits
  • Physical collector's edition or digital copy of the game on any available platform
  • Physical collector's edition or digital manual/guide of the game
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Digital art book
  • Digital soundtrack
  • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: Your face in pixel-art (Game Boy style) on a memo-cube in the game!

Note: we'll give you the file to use on social media or anywhere you like. And the first 80 members will receive their pixel-art before this Christmas! More pixel-art faces can also be added to this tier (up to 5). Add £40 (~$50) to your pledge amount for each friend, family member or pet you would like to add. Human consent is required before we use the face pixel-arts in game.

Pixel-art sample on the team!
Pixel-art sample on the team!
How it will look in the game!
How it will look in the game!

Memo-cubes have an in-game meaning. They contain a backup of their owners' consciousness, as they helped shape the game. Players are able to interact with the cubes and gain experience points as if they were learning from the owners' life experience. A great alternative to battle grinding!

  • Your name as a Top Supporter in the game’s credits
  • 3x Physical collector's edition or digital copy of the game on any available platform
  • 3x Physical collector's edition or digital manual/guide of the game
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Digital art book
  • Digital soundtrack
  • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: co-design a 16-bit character (face art + animations) and get your own line of dialog in the game. We can teach you how pixel yourself or do it for you.
  • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: get your character on a 5.9in / 15 cm squared metal panel that comes with a free standing, so you'll be able to place you creation anywhere you like!
  • Your name as an Additional Designer in the game’s credits
  • 3x Physical collector's edition or digital copy of the game on any available platform
  • 3x Physical collector's edition or digital manual/guide of the game
  • Digital wallpaper pack
  • Digital art book
  • Digital soundtrack
  • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: co-design your 16-bit character (face art + animations) as a dungeon master and immortalize your own story sequence. We can teach you how pixel yourself or do it for you.
  • TIER-EXCLUSIVE: get your dungeon's map on a 24x12in / 60x30cm panoramic metal print – it will look glorious in any home decor with its brilliant colours

An original feature of Koruldia Heritage is its battle system. It includes the classic capabilities of turn-based JRPGs, yet you can hack some of the confrontations and resolve them peacefully. Will you bring your enemies to their senses?

Choose between predation or compassion
Choose between predation or compassion

Most battles start when you touch an enemy. Try avoiding them or fight them on purpose. Your battle style is absolutely up to you but be careful as your actions will have a direct impact on how you and your loyal companion evolve. This four-leg creature is a reflection of you.

Customize your Korumon
Customize your Korumon
Advice from Juna
Advice from Juna
Fight sequence example
Fight sequence example

You will explore an alien world named Korulimbo, meeting friends and foes alike.

Into the overworld
Into the overworld
Exploring the overworld (surface)
Exploring the overworld (surface)

Go beneath this overworld to face riskier but more rewarding challenges as different kind of monsters hide everywhere. You’ll stumble upon many shrine entrances that can lead you deep into the dungeon entrails of Korulimbo.

Get rid of the weaker monsters directly on the map
Get rid of the weaker monsters directly on the map

At the end of each shrine challenge (puzzles or battles), you’ll unlock a special room. Each shrine is linked to a sleeping master: look at the big cube at the center of the dungeon. This device allows you to dive into the memories of its dungeon master to solve a trauma of their past life. Maybe it's a dream they could not achieve, a search for closure or total madness…

All the stories are interconnected. These people knew each other and you will have to connect the dots.

“Don’t expect many details when you dive into people’s memories!”
“Don’t expect many details when you dive into people’s memories!”

This explains the 16-bit pixel-art style of these sequences! Reminiscent of Super-NES RPGs like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy 6.

You are lost on Korulimbo, the moon of a remote planet. Reconnect with a forgotten culture and travel with your loyal companion, a creature made like you from bio-technologies that question humanity's heritage.

You and your loyal companion
You and your loyal companion

Each path is different. You will navigate through an in-depth story that reacts to the way you deal with confrontation.

A safe haven
A safe haven
  • A rich narrative experience: the story unfolds and adapts to your choices.
  • A variety of camera angles: from the classic top views of Final Fantasy VI (III in the US, the game’s main influence) to fixed 3D perspectives like in Final Fantasy VII-VIII-IX.
  • A non-linear exploration: there is no particular order for the dungeons, they are scattered in Koruldia’s open-world.
  • A merciful battle system: you are free to choose between aggression and compassion. If, like us, you love this philosophy in Undertale, you will find the confrontations richer and more impactful.
A fixed camera PoV with some 3D depth
A fixed camera PoV with some 3D depth

Koruldia Heritage comes with its unique style. We have developed a “Pixel Impasto” painting technique, free from the pixel-art limitations of the past.

We don't design “dot by dot” nor restrict to 8bits colors, but rather use a free-hand technique with multiple brushstrokes accumulating opacity through stylus pressure. This way, players get the retro vibe in a highly detailed way and take advantage of HD screens!

Design recording by Kayz
Design recording by Kayz

We have the same ambition for our music. Most of our musical influence comes from the RPGs of the 90s and early 2000s, but simply mimicking the style wasn't satisfying enough. Dibur spent many years refining his sound, so that it captures the true essence of classic JRPGs, but takes advantage of modern audio technology. We call this sound aesthetic “Neo-Retro” and it shares the same ideals as the “Pixel Impasto” style.

Here is an example with the battle theme:

Backing the game here on Kickstarter guarantees you to get at least the Windows, Mac or Linux version. Nintendo Switch platform will also be supported (after PC release)! If we reach our stretch goals, we will be able to fast track the ports then give you the choice to opt for a console version instead!

Help us fast track a Switch release!
Help us fast track a Switch release!

By default, the game runs on any recent PC – no need for an advanced gaming machine. You can use a keyboard, mouse (point-and-click style) or console controller. The game also supports Xbox USB gamepads, PS4 and Nintendo Switch pro-cons, whether we reach our stretch goals or not.

So play Koruldia Heritage from your couch on the TV, or anywhere on the go with a tablet-PC. Whatever works best for you.

Why Kickstarter?

Koruldia Heritage is self-funded so far. This has allowed us to explore freely and iterate on lots of prototypes. We have poured countless hours into shaping the game over the past few years, reaching the quality level we want and most importantly, coming up with a distinctive gameplay, narrative and of course visual identity.

Now that we have reached this maturity point, we need your help to accelerate. We'll use the funding to license assets and hire additional designers and – if we reach our stretch goals – go on consoles.

We know that together, we'll go further. This is why we are reaching out to the community. Every backer’s feedback will be considered and some Kickstarter rewards even give you the opportunity to be directly in the game.

This is an invitation to be part of the heritage!

Estimated budget breakdown
Estimated budget breakdown

Social networks and press

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Koruldia website.

Read our pitch page on Square Enix Collective.

A bit outdated but still valid, read our Steam Greenlight presentation.

See also the list of press articles here and get our press kit here.

Risks and challenges

Game development is challenging. We know it. We faced many technical and narrative hurdles in the past years. Today, the game’s main systems are stable and almost complete. Same for the storyline. This is why we waited to be past the early period risks of the game to do this campaign. We know where we are heading towards and feel confident with the timeline and our ability to deliver.

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