Incompatible Species – Character-Heavy Sci-Fi Kinetic Novel
Incompatible Species is a story detailing the daily adventures of a specialized (read: self-important) pest control unit.
This story, a very small fraction of the full thing, is approximately 6,000 words in length, works on Windows, Mac, and Linux!
Incompatible Species is a story detailing the daily adventures of a specialized (read: self-important) pest control unit. Despite the mismatched nature of each member and the world around them, what keeps them all together runs deeper than the surface.
Human life has experienced a prosperous boom worldwide. Living conditions are above the minimum on a much broader scale, previously unsolved cures appear one by one, and surgical repair is as simple as spraying yourself with a specialized powder.
But, of course, there's always room for even the tiniest improvement. Especially when these critters that can mutate themselves at will are popping up in unexpected cracks. When that happens, someone has to do the grunt work. Spotting an opportunistic foothold, Lucius Godwin forms the Exterminators and gets to it with his… companions?
- Stylish, expressive character art within a variety of locations
- Around 20 "cutscene graphics" (CG) to capture the most important moments
- Voice acting for all the major characters (everyone on this page and a few more!)
- Extra side stories about the crew and those around them in their downtime.
- Diverse cast mainly focused on queer characters, especially the mains
Incompatible Species is a kinetic novel undergoing development in Ren'Py, slated to have full and expressive character sprites, background art from lush bio-technological cityscapes to dingy offices, voice acting, and some fun short episodes on the side.
As far as an age rating, Incompatible Species is expected to be around the range of 13+ or 16+.
Featured is the emotional kickball writing by Poxnixles and gorgeous artwork by Kaibuzetta. Scenes will be accompanied by tunes from the likes of Colorgeist, Leila “Woofle” Wilson, lukepi and Joe "brainfoam" Aquaire
[Character Voice: DJ Horn]
[Believes that working hard in the niche he has carved out will earn him the praise he thinks he deserves. Comes off as loud and arrogant, but actually crumbles around those he cares for.]
[Character Voice: Kira Buckland]
[Despite aiding Lucius as an Exterminator, she sees his task as meaningless in the long run while making this but a step toward greater goals.]
[Character Voice: Penelope-Sophia Smith]
[Scatterbrained and a bit dorky, Vitiel stuck to Lucius ever since they first met. Vitiel hopes one day for more breathing room to calmly explore this fascinating, human-cultivated world.]
[Character Voice: Kim Gasiciel]
[Nurturing and a tease, Anelia’s interests usually lie in the stability of others’ well-being, mostly for her kind and closest friends. Always looks to mediate problems before worrying about herself.]
[Pi-zan][Character Voice: Darcy Maguire]
[Recurring pizza delivery and buddy of Vitiel, they often stop with the group. Rather obnoxious but content with their place in the world. Seems irrelevant. Probably is.]
Margaretta Hemsworth (does not appear in demo)
Looks stern and focused on practically keeping the world running and people going, but her actions are driven by the desire for as many people to live happy, healthy lives as possible. In charge of many big name companies while carrying a guiding wing to even those as small as the Exterminators.
Based on progress as of the Kickstarter launch and only taking into account the main goal, the percentage of the budget will be distributed as:
[All Art - 55%]
[Voiceover - 30%]
[Remaining OST and other assets - 5%]
[Kickstarter Fees - 10%]
Other assets include additional music, sound effects, proofreading, and so on. Art counts for character sprites, backgrounds, CGs, and others. Note that much of the music used for this visual novel is already completed, but you won't be hearing it all in the demo!
As of the moment, there are not necessarily plans for how excess funds will be distributed, but all will go to Incompatible Species for additions like accessibility (primarily referring to non-English localizations), additional content such as more side story episodes, costume swapping, or additional cutscene graphics (CGs).
Leila "Woofle" Wilson
Joe "brainfoam" Aquiare
Logo by Reikun from Lemmasoft
Risks and challenges
In order to reduce the risk in creating the project as intended, much of the writing is already completed, with a chunk of the code already in place. In addition, all the planned content has been noted, along with listings for the exact work that needs to get done; much of it being additional art assets and voiceover work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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