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Pitch Black is a narrative driven, 3D binaural audio game, featuring explorable, immersive sound worlds, and a complex, dramatic story.
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Pitch Black: A Dusklight Story

 Pitch Black - The 'AAA' Audio Game

Get ready to usher in a new era of audio games.

Pitch Black is a narrative driven, 3D binaural audio game (entirely accessible to the blind and VI community), featuring explorable, immersive sound worlds, a complex dramatic story and multiple innovative audio mechanics based on psycho-acoustic principles. It's an ambitious project, that has a scope larger than anything of its kind. It's set to release in October 2020, for PC/MacOS/Linux, and for iOS/Android.

..but don't take our word for it. Demos of the current build of District 5 (in the City) are below! Have an explore and take in the sounds of the City.

Play the Demo!

We understand that new ideas are sometimes difficult to imagine, and trust is more important than ever on Kickstarter, so we'd like to invite you to have an explore of an early version of District 5 within the City of Dusklight, downloads via Dropbox below (please wear headphones, and listen carefully to the instructions in-game).

Don't Have Time to Download? 

- Watch Illegally Sighted Play-through the demo (wear headphones)!

Stretch Goals

  • £6000 - Transferable saves from PC/MacOS/Linux to iOS/Android. That means you can take your game on the road after making progress at home, and vice versa. 
  • TBA

 Pitch Black Features 

- A 5-6 hour, fully voice acted narrative

A Story told through characterful, wonderful voice acting. From market sellers in the City, to Guards at the gates, to Ghouls in the sewers. Listen to three of our lead characters below! 

- A Fully Alternate Developed World!

Pitch Black is set in a fully developed alternate world, and this narrative takes place in and around the densely populated City of Dusklight, listen to an overview below (the game is audio-only, artwork shown is to be seen as a mood board and is not ours

- Unique Audio Mechanics based on Psycho-acoustic and Physical principles, including:

  • Auditory Focus Mechanic (enhanced cocktail party effect) - in the demo! 
  • Audio Sign-Posts (aiding cognitive mapping) - in the demo! 
  • Activated Distance Sonar (for use when navigating confined spaces) - in the demo! 
  • Cognitive Biasing (directing attention through evolutionary importance) - discussed in the thesis! 
  • Audio Occlusion Puzzles (using partial and total occlusion) - already coded! 
  • ..and many more.

Read MA Thesis by lead developer Harry Cooper

Watch a thorough discussion at Spatial Audio convention Sounds In Space 2019

- 3D (Binaural) Audio

Complete 3D Audio featuring state-of-the-art spatialisation, listen to the trailer below (please wear headphones):

- Dynamic Replayability Model

  •  Three fully voice-acted versions of each main character in the game!
  • Unique, emergent soundscapes at each play due to randomisation - in the demo! 
  •  Procedural generation of occlusion puzzles in-game.
  • Audio-based arcade mini-games, featuring audio versions of classics like pong, and space invaders.
  • Dense, and rich, fully explorable sound worlds, with hidden world building to those that venture off the beaten-path - try the demo! 
  • Additional Soundscapes within Soundscapes through in-game simulations - in the demo! 

Listen to Interview with Lead Unity Developer - Harry Cooper (click here)

Development Timeline

- December 2018 - Initial inception of idea and experimentation starts!

- March 2019 - Connor and Jordan come on board, and the world building commences!

- May 2019 - Production Begins (see the vlog!) and the community grows!

- July 2019 - Basic Mechanics Coded and the City build is under construction!

- September 2019 - Play testing with blind and sighted participants is underway!

- October 2019 - The first pre-alpha demo is created and the Kickstarter launches!

- November 2019 - March 2020 - Production of first full alpha build of the game

- April 2020 - July 2020 - Refinement until beta build is complete

- August 2020 - September 2020 - Preparations for release and production of the Audiobook. 

- October 2020 - Launch!

Who are we?

Purple Jam consists of three audio specialists turned game developers, upon reassessing our omnidirectional lives, we decided to gather our intellectual resources and create the game of all games; Pitch Black: A Dusklight Story. We first graced each other in September of last year, powering through Master's degrees at The University of Derby. Harry Cooper, commonly known as ‘The Mastermind’ in a flash of inspiration, had the idea of creating a binaural based audio game. Naturally, Connor and Jordan were instantly on board. Using our past experience in sound design, composition, game development and narrative construction, we combined forces to create the company that we are today. With an unprecedented desire to excel in creative industries, we set upon our journey to create a diverse, deep and exciting journey through our dark and eccentric world.

 Get to know the team! 

Want to get to know us? Watch the full development process from start to present-day on our YouTube channel, as well as interviews, community spotlights, and much more!

Why do a Kickstarter?

Game development takes resources, one of those resources is funding. We've raised over half the development funds through excited angel investors, and are now hoping to use this additional backing to complete the game. This is a unique project without truly comparable projects within the industry, but with an eager and enthusiastic following. Rather than go to a publisher and lose control over the development, we're trusting in our wonderful and supportive community to show that audio games are genuinely viable commercially in the gaming industry. A success here could pave the way for accessible games, and for the genre of audio games to become mainstream.

 Keep track of developments on our socials! 

Thank-you for your help on our journey so far!

Finally,  we'd like to say an absolutely huge thank you to all in our community who have helped the project so far with their fantastic voice acting:

Ahmed Dragunov - Alexandra Tricamo - Alex Cain - Alex Lamoureux - Alex Moore - Andrew Grandpierre - Andrew Hay - Aurora Gautheur - Becki Clarke - Brandon Jenkins - C.S.R. - Christian Banas - Dallis King - Daniel Gold - Devon Dixon - Duelley Noted - Eamon Kane - Eli Harris - Elijah Ramsey - Emma Elizabeth - Erick Nita - Erin Evans-Walker - Forenza - Glenn Bulthuisvo - Haley C.M. - Jack Frank - James Alexander - James Molloy - Jef Leeson - Joe Griffiths - John Christie - John Patenuda - Jonathan Doorenbosch - Josh Brabant - Josh Pedder - Justin Ball - Katie Otten - Kayla Ott - Kevin Paculan - Kirsty Woolven - Lauren Clare - Lillian Warkentin - Marcus Bailey - Marlene Leeson - Melissa Sheldon - Mike Vajdic - Mikecia Carter – Mirta - Moogle - Morgan Winter - Naida Mortem - Nathan Smith - NIXY - Noko ‘Flow' Mabitsela - Racheal Harrell - Rebekah Amber Clark - Rob Van Dongen - Ryan Do - Ryan James - S.L. Holmes - Sam Dutton Taylor - Sarah Lynn - Shawn T - Sovereign Elise - Stephen Carlock - Tiffany Witcher - TJ Anthony - Tristan Stone – Vladibear - Vincent Fabbri - Walter Mack - Walter Mack - Wiley Bottcher - William Poultner - Yu Wang - Zach Arbogast - Zane Sexton

And to those that have helped play test, or helped spread the word so far: 

Aaron Linson - Anthony Parker - Calvin Botha - Dean Wilcox - Glen Turner - Frank Vanbuskirk - Jason Bolte - Jeremy Wood - Kate Healey - Kimberly Miller - Kyle Tyler Noremberg - Malik Qamar Hussain - Paul Lemm - Ross Meegan - Suhas Dharwad - Tim Wood – Tj - Toby Ott - Tristan Stone - Viv Keenan  

Risks and challenges

The main challenge, as with all creative/commercial projects, is keeping within the proposed time frame and not letting feature creep, the most prevalent scourge of game development, push the production over time and over budget. To combat this we've created very defined parameters of how long the game is, what game mechanics need to be implemented (and they're already coded), and what platforms we're initially launching on.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    Support The Project!

    For those that think accessibility should be a requirement, not an after thought, and for those that think the genre of audio game should be fully explored, but don't have the means to pre-purchase a copy right now.

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    The Wastes (Full Game)

    Congratulations! You are now set to become the proud owner of two copies of Pitch Black: A Dusklight Story, one copy for PC/Mac, and one for iOS/Android. To be distributed the moment the game is ready and a week before general release. You also get your name immortalized in the spoken credits of the game.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • Upgrade to District 5 on the PB Discord
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    District Five (+ Original Sound Track)

    All of the rewards from the previous tiers..

    Plus! A digital copy of the original sound track, composed and performed through the combined efforts of the team (all established musicians in their own right) and recorded in a state-of-the-art studio, this features all music from the game (over an hour!); from the dark and bombastic main theme, to haunting solo acoustic guitar, to the 8-bit joy of the arcade (all part-heard in the video).

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Upgrade to District 5 on the PB Discord
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    District Four (+ Binaural Audio Book)

    All of the rewards from the previous tier..

    Plus! A perfect play-through of the game in an audiobook format, ideal for experiencing the sound worlds, story and audio mechanics whilst on the move. This is over an hour long, and a deeply immersive experience that truly highlights the voice acting present in the game, as well the unique soundscapes of Dusklight and the surrounding areas.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
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    District Three (+ Latest Build Access)

    All of the rewards from the previous tiers..

    Plus! Game development is often a rocky road to creative glory, and Pitch Black’s development process will be the same. This reward gives you access to every step of the way, with every new level, mechanic and feature available to you as they’re implemented. We’ll also keep informed as all major development milestones are reached so that you won’t miss a beat.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
    • Constant Access To The Latest Build
    • Upgrade to District 3 on the PB Discord
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    District Two (+ 3D Audio Masterclass)

    All of the rewards from the previous tiers..

    Plus! Four 30 minute spatial audio masterclasses (via video or audio chat), given by lead developer of Pitch Black- Harry Cooper MA, either on a specific topic of your choosing, or an overview of how and why the binaural audio in-game works. We'll also support of any of your own creative ventures to do with audio games, and put you in touch with audio game fanatics who would love to help play test your project.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
    • Constant Access To The Latest Build
    • 4 x 30 Minute Spatial Audio Masterclass
    • Upgrade to District 2 on the PB Discord
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    District One (+ Creators Commentary)

    All the rewards from the previous tiers..

    Plus! A creators commentary build of the game. The game world, the script, the mechanics and everything else that you’ll experience in game is the result of endless hours of research, discussion and passionate debate. This is the case for every game and joint creative project, but it’s very rare that the player gets to be inside the heads of the creators. This commentary will give you the experience of being a game developer at Purple Jam, and an idea of the huge amount of thought that has gone into every aspect of Pitch Black: A Dusklight Story.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
    • Constant Access To The Latest Build
    • 4 x 30 Minute Spatial Audio Masterclass
    • Creators Commentary Build of Pitch Black
    • Upgrade to District 1 on the PB Discord
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    The Emperor (+ Custom Game Build)

    All of the rewards from the previous tiers..

    Plus! A unique version, with a name of your choice as the main character’s, spoken by the main characters throughout the game. This will be a bespoke copy, made specifically for you, with custom voice acting to match. A truly wonderful thing to own and a massive thank you from us for being such a strong supporter of our audio game revolution!

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
    • Constant Access To The Latest Build
    • 4 x 30 Minute Spatial Audio Masterclass
    • Creators Commentary Build of Pitch Black
    • Custom Build featuring Your Name as the Main Character's!
    • Upgrade to District 1 on the PB Discord
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    The Director (+ Life Time Subscription)

    All of the rewards from the previous tier..

    Plus! Every digital thing we ever make forever! Thank you so much for your support. You're truly a hero to our ears, and with this level of support, you're a major contributor to the audio game revolution!

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • The Pitch Black Original Sound Track
    • Binaural Audio Book
    • Constant Access To The Latest Build
    • 4 x 30 Minute Spatial Audio Masterclass
    • Creators Commentary Build of Pitch Black
    • Custom Build featuring Your Name as the Main Character's!
    • Life Time Subscription to all Purple Jam Digital Content
    • Upgrade to District 1 on the PB Discord
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    EARLY BIRD: The Wastes (Full Game)

    Congratulations! You are now set to become the proud owner of two copies of Pitch Black: A Dusklight Story, one copy for PC/Mac, and one for iOS/Android, at an even more reduced price as a thanks for coming on-board so early on. To be distributed the moment the game is ready and a week before general release. You also get your name immortalized in the spoken credits of the game.

    Includes:
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for PC/Mac
    • One Copy of Pitch Black for iOS/Android
    • Your Name Spoken in the Credits
    • Access One Week Before Official Release
    • Upgrade to District 5 on the PB Discord
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