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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 18 2019 5:10 PM UTC +00:00
€10,165
pledged of €15,000pledged of €15,000 goal
259
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 18 2019 5:10 PM UTC +00:00

About


Summer's here and school's out! Join Kevin and his friends as they leave for a much-anticipated trip into the wild outdoors. There will be camping, fishing, hiking... Oh, and campfire stories, of course! But don't believe everything you hear. All the nasty rumors surrounding Wright Lake are surely just that - rumors. Or are they?

Whiteheart Woods is a visual novel that explores the themes of friendship, love, and personal secrets, set in a world on the brink of a great change. Experience a story- and character-driven narrative, and make meaningful choices that affect your relationships and determine what endings you get.

Genres: supernatural, mystery, comedy, romance, suspense

Romance: BxG, BxB


  • 4 pursuable characters (3 female, 1 male)
  • Over 50k words of script (over 5h of gameplay)
  • Multiple endings that depend on your choices
  • Character sprites with blinking animations and various outfits
  • CG, Background and Ending Galleries
  •  H-scenes

A lot of players praised our previous project for having intimate scenes "done right", where they weren't just about fanservice, but also added to character dynamics and its development. For Whiteheart Woods, we want to take things a step further and show/write those scenes in a bit more detail.

We also like to give options. The player can always pursue a character romantically, or just with the intent of strengthening their friendship with them. In case of romance, all intimate scenes will be optional. They might affect some of the dialogue, but won't affect the endings.

  •  Steam Achievements and Trading Cards
  •  Available for Windows, Mac and Linux 

Content warnings: general mature themes, strong language, use of alcohol, nudity, sexual content.

Just like every summer, Kevin takes a break from the noise and hustle of big city life. Bringing along a group of close friends, he leaves for a week of cabin camping on the shores of a remote lake, deep in the wilderness. But despite being known for its breathtaking, serene beauty and crystal clear waters, the area also holds a reputation for bizarre, unexplained happenings. 

It isn't long before the group begins to discover that there is more to Wright Lake than even the most outlandish campfire stories would suggest...









We are big fans of game music, and part of why this Kickstarter campaign is happening is so that we can gather funds for an original soundtrack for Whiteheart Woods. If we manage to hit our stretch goal for it, we will commission a composer. Otherwise, we will keep using royalty-free music (like we're doing in the demo).


All backers get access to backer-only updates and to BackerKit once it goes live (where you can pledge for add-ons later).


Copies of the full version of Whiteheart Woods will be distributed for Windows/Mac/Linux on its release date to everyone who backed at the Digital Copy EARLIEST BIRD tier (12 EUR / ~13 USD) or higher. Itch.io Keys will come first, Steam's release will follow shortly after.


Filled with sketches, concept art, game assets and development notes, the artbook is perfect for anyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world and characters of Whiteheart Woods. Pledging 25 EUR (~28 USD) will earn you a .pdf file of the artbook at least a month before its public release.


Are you excited to get your hands on the full version of the game ahead of the crowd? You're in luck - anyone who backs at least 45 EUR (~50 USD) will have access to the game's beta build once we're in that stage of development. Not only will you get to play the full version of the game before everyone else, you will also be able to help beta-test it together with us! 

  • If you take part in our beta-tester survey, you'll get listed as a beta-tester in the credits.
  • As a beta-tester you will also get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a short message.

Pledging 80 EUR (~90 USD) will earn you a hardcover physical copy of the artbook, filled with sketches, concept art, game assets and development notes. We will send out physical artbooks at least a month before releasing the digital version publicly - meaning that you should be the one to see it first in all of its printed glory. We think this is the ultimate collector's item - we are still very fond of how our SoulSet physical artbook turned out - and we have no doubts that the one for Whiteheart Woods will keep the same quality, or possibly go beyond it.

The artbook will be ~A5 in size. Below are real-life photos of our SoulSet artbook to give an idea how Whiteheart Woods' will look like. 

Our SoulSet artbook!
Our SoulSet artbook!


Pledging 120 EUR (~135 USD) will earn you both a physical copy of the artbook and a Whiteheart Woods T-shirt! Design preview below.

T-shirt design preview
T-shirt design preview
Nayru: Here's also a real-life photo! Just please don't mind the T-shirt being 3 sizes too big on me, haha! ^^;
Nayru: Here's also a real-life photo! Just please don't mind the T-shirt being 3 sizes too big on me, haha! ^^;

 The 160 EUR (~180 USD) tier holds a physical copy of the artbook, a T-shirt AND a Whiteheart Woods mousepad with a CG of your choice! (We'll be asking about what CG you'd like to have printed once the game is out and all CGs will be available to see).

Real-life photos below!

PLEASE NOTE: PHYSICAL ITEMS WILL NOT BE SOLD OUTSIDE OF THE CAMPAIGN

*Shipping is included in all backer reward tiers (worldwide!)



Did you ever want to leave an unique mark of your own while helping a project come to completion? With this tier, not only can you help us beta-test the game, but also get a small piece of your art immortalized within the project!

It can be either a piece of art that already belongs to you, or something you'd like for us to draw with your guidance. It will be added to one of the backgrounds (either the classroom, inside of the cabin, or in Kevin's room). 

  • If it's something of our making, you will also get an exclusive hi-res version of the poster and its .pdf file (max poster size: A6, 300dpi). 
  • It will also get showcased in the game's gallery and in the artbook.
  • As a poster creator, you will get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a message.

Be quick if you want to get a spot of your choice, though! Spots are limited and whoever pledges first gets to pick first.

(Subject to dev approval) 

Ever dreamed of having a character cameo in another project? Work with us to get a character of your creation make a minor appearance in the game! 

We will draw a character sprite based on your design and include it in the game as Student A or Student B (they can be seen in the demo and will also appear in the full game). The character must fit into the theme of the universe (humanoid appearance). 

  • The sprite and initial designs will get showcased in the game's gallery and in the artbook.
  • You will also get an exclusive hi-res version of the sprite and its .pdf file.
  • As your character co-creator creator, you will get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a message.

(Subject to dev approval)


If you ever entertained the idea of becoming a co-creator for a game project, this might be the perfect tier for you! Work with us to design the teacher's appearance and a secret ending involving them! This tier also comes with a Scene Art CG!

We will draw a character sprite based on your design and work with you on writing a short epilogue scene, including the CG. Some key points regarding the teacher are already established story-wise, but we can be flexible with ideas if you have some of your own. 

To avoid any potential misunderstandings, it's advised to contact us first if you're interested in getting this tier.

  • The sprite, initial designs, as well as the CG will get showcased in the game's gallery and in the artbook.
  • You will also get an exclusive hi-res version of the sprite/CG and its .pdf file.
  • As this character's co-creator, you will get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a message. 

(Subject to dev approval)





Are you interested getting an additional game copy for a friend? Or perhaps an additional artbook? Add-ons make that possible!

All add-ons will be available on BackerKit once it goes live, sometime after the campaign ends. To receive an add-on reward, simply increase your pledge amount by the corresponding value of what you're interested in. You'll be able to use up your credit later, once we send out the BackerKit surveys.

  • DIGITAL GAME [+14 EUR / ~15.5 USD]
  • DIGITAL ARTBOOK [+15 EUR / ~17 USD]
  • PHYSICAL ARTBOOK [+50 EUR / ~55 USD]
  • T-SHIRT [+50 EUR / ~55 USD]
  • MOUSEPAD [+50 EUR / ~55 USD]

As an example, if you're interested in getting two copies of the game, you should pledge an additional 14 EUR after backing at one of the Digital Copy tiers. If you'd like just the game and a T-shirt (without all the available tiers in-between), that would be an additional 50 EUR while backing at the Digital Copy tier. 







[Original Soundtrack]
19k EUR (~21,3k USD)
If we manage to hit this goal, we'll commission a musician to compose an original score for Whiteheart Woods! We're all fans of game music ourselves, and we think it's an important part of every game, so this would be a dream come true!
If this goal is hit, all backers who pledged for the Digital Copy tier (12 EUR) and up will get the Digital Soundtrack for FREE.

[Additional Story DLC: Christmas Episode]
29k EUR (~32,5k USD)
Spend post-game Christmas time together with your chosen love interest and the rest of the cast! We'll work on this short heartwarming story after completing the main game and release it as DLC. It will be available for FREE for all backers who pledged for the Digital Copy tier (12 EUR) and up. 

[Partial Voice Acting]
39k EUR (~43,7k USD)
With this stretch goal hit, we will commission voice actors to breathe more life into the characters. Important scenes in the game will become voiced!

[A Short Live Action Parody]
69k EUR (~77k USD)
We will film a short lighthearted video featuring (badly played) characters from the game! (What do you mean nobody asked for this?) 



Game development includes pretty much everything - from project management, asset creation, script writing and programming to PR - everything that will be consuming Nayru's and MstMori's life and time during the development of the project.

A big chunk of the campaign funds will be going toward commissioning Marcianek for Background Art.

Others include: BackerKit fees, the Steam Direct fee, Trailer commissions, potential VAT and income tax.



NAYRU: Lead Developer / Artist / Writer / Programmer
Fell in love with video games when she was five. Quit her architecture studies in order to pursue gamedev dreams. Enjoys seeing her characters suffer.
NOTES: Loves black coffee and salmon.
Nayru's Twitter

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MSTMORI: Developer / Artist / Writer / Wise Guy
Doesn't really remember much before his Amiga years. Committed his first crimes against digital art using Deluxe Paint IV. Avid gamer with a very eclectic taste in music (some say he has no taste at all) who also enjoys non-fiction literature. Dreams of becoming a known NSFW artist.
NOTES: Has the ability to speak solely in memes.
MstMori's Twitter 

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MARCIANEK: Background Artist / Beta Tester / Spiritual Support
Illustrator by daylight, Comic Artist by moonlight, causal horror enthusiast, fervent supporter of Nayru's sentiments towards characters.
NOTES: Agonises way too much over details.
Marcianek's Twitter | Marcianek's Webcomic 

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1. This project has been self-funded so far, and we've come to the point where all our funds have been depleted. Gamedev is hard, time-consuming and costly. Considering everybody needs money to live and to pay their bills, we need this campaign to succeed if we want to keep working on Whiteheart Woods.

If we don't get funded, the project will be put on hold, while the team disperses to look for other sources of income. In this case, we might try tackling the project again once we're all more financially stable, but nobody can really tell what the future might bring.

2. This campaign brings the opportunity for us to gather funds for an original soundtrack for the game, while giving you the opportunity to receive our exclusive Kickstarter-only merchandise. Physical items won't be available outside of the campaign!

3. Stretch Goals! We wouldn't have considered them otherwise.



SoulSet on Steam | SoulSet on Itch.io

Check it out!

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Risks and challenges

Creating a video game always comes with a set of challenges - it requires skill, time, and dedication, as well as luck and perseverance. We're a small team, but we're passionate about the things we create, and we're confident in keeping our focus on finishing this project. We know each other in person, and being able to occasionally discuss ideas over a burger can really help in keeping our enthusiasm up.

Our first commercial project, SoulSet, has been a success. We will use our experience from that to help bring this one to completion.

Having backed over 150 Kickstarter campaigns between us, we know how frustrating it is when a campaign goes silent for lengthy periods of time. We know communication is key, and we're determined to keep you updated through the development process. If delays are going to happen, you - our backers - will be the first to know.

TL;DR: We know people only put stuff here that is meant to reassure you that this is not a scam. We've read it all before. So, we'll make it quick: We're not scamming you, yo.

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    Work with us to get a character of your creation make a minor appearance in the game!
    We will draw a character sprite based on your design and include it in the game as Student A or Student B (they can be seen in the demo and will also appear in the full game). The character must fit into the theme of the universe (humanoid appearance).
    The sprite and initial designs will get showcased in the game's gallery and in the artbook. You will also get an exclusive hi-res version of the sprite and its .pdf file. As your character co-creator, you will get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a message.
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    [Design Teacher]

    (~2000 USD)
    Work with us to design the teacher's appearance and a secret ending involving them! This tier also comes with a Scene Art CG!
    We will draw a character sprite based on your design and work with you on writing a short epilogue scene, including the CG. Some key points regarding the teacher have been already established story-wise, but we can be flexible with ideas if you have some of your own.
    To avoid any potential misunderstandings, it's advised to contact us first if you're interested in getting this tier.
    The sprite, initial designs, as well as the CG will get showcased in the game's gallery and in the artbook. You will also get an exclusive hi-res version of the sprite/CG and its .pdf file. As this character's co-creator, you will get a special spot in the credits where you will be able to leave a message.
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Funding period

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