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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 16 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00
$10,689
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
212
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 16 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Check out our demo HERE!


It was a day like any other. You wake up, feel the sun on your face, wag your tail, and look forward to the day ahead.

Moments later, your life changes forever.

You don't know what to do. Your owner is nowhere to be found. You have no option but to go.

To chase.

To be lost.

To get back to what matters most: family.

This is the story of a lost dog trying to reunite with its owner, the emotional roller coaster of a grand adventure in pursuit of the most important thing in life.



We all grew up with animal stories. From films about overcoming obstacles to ancient stories and motifs about animals that shaped the course of history, animal journeys are part of our collective cultural DNA. And yet, we still haven't had the animal game!

That's what we're making.

DOGGONE is a game about a lost dog trying to find its way back home, inspired by the animal movies we all grew up with. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we believe that this game needs to exist - and that's where we need your help!

We want to bring DOGGONE to life as an episodic game, and your pledge would help us create part one. This episodic structure gets the game into your hands sooner rather than later and helps us generate additional revenue to fund the rest of development. We'll discuss that in further detail below - for now, here's more on the game!



DOGGONE is a fully-fledged dog experience. The core gameplay revolves around platforming and puzzle solving, reminiscent of Playdead's INSIDE. 

On top of that, we're adding in "dog things" because... well, you're a dog and sometimes you need to do dog things!

For example, you'll be able to "sniff out" pathways and hidden items.

Other abilities include smell-o-vision to guide you in the right direction, barking, and rolling around (for no reason other than you are a dog).

Our story will take the dog through a roller coaster ride of environments, encounters, and excitement. Happy ending, we promise! It wouldn't be a good story without bumps along the way, but in the end we want to bring you that warm and fuzzy feeling you signed up for.

While you're on this journey, we're meticulously crafting the game to feel like a fully-imagined 3D space through unique camerawork. Think of the camera as a director framing your journey, moving it to just the right place every step of the way.

Remember that screenshot from earlier? Here's how that shot is introduced!

Our visual direction is something we're very proud of, so let's discuss that some more!



From the beginning, we wanted this adventure to be aesthetically breathtaking. Our game is heavily inspired by the works of Eyvind Earle, who made his name as a background artist on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (1959).  

The art team experimented with many aspects of the Eyvind Earle style, while keeping the same core tenets of vibrant colors and sharp edges. Some trees had very fantastic elements like angular branches and bush-like leaves!

As we narrowed things down and worked hard on the style, we created more detailed ideas of how spaces could look. This led us to the overarching visual style you see today!

Our art director Abdullah has expertly guided our talented art team in the creation of this visual style, and we're very excited to continue bringing this world to life.



Here's a quick breakdown of how the campaign funds will be used.


There is a ~10% "safety net" incorporated into this budget accounting for if we missed something in our planning process. If everything goes according to plan and that budget doesn't need to be used for that purpose, it'll go back into the project to create more content in the form of an additional level.

We also mentioned earlier that this project is going to be episodic, and we wanted to give you an idea of where that will take us. Here's a look at our tentative roadmap for the game.



This campaign will fund Episode I, the major first steps of our dog's journey. You'll experience the inciting event that sets our hero on their adventure, and traverse the first one third (roughly) of our narrative.

The journey won't stop there, though. After completing your first playthrough of this episode, you'll unlock Challenge Mode! This will offer additional gameplay depth and replayability options, with new challenges being available at a regular cadence between episodes. Right now, we envision that as meaning weekly and monthly challenges.

Your first playthrough will allow you to experience the dog's journey the way we narratively intended. Challenge Mode gives you the option to re-experience the adventure with different modifiers and twists! Think of the recent Hitman games and how you could keep coming back.

Completing these challenges will provide rewards, and these rewards will carry over into the other episodes. We're not saying you might get silly costumes and hats, but... ;)

We'll use sales from Episode I to create the remaining episodes (aiming for Summer and Fall 2020, respectively) culminating in a release of the full package at the very end of that timeline.



Animal stories are universal across cultures, and we're living that ethos: Raconteur Games is made up of talented folks from all over the world! 


Abdullah Kassem, art director and concept artist -- California, USA

Eric Grossman, level designer -- California, USA

Michelle Chen, character modeler and animator -- Skovde, Sweden

Sebastian Bularca, programmer -- Skovde, Sweden 

Jess Gloder, environment artist -- London, United Kingdom

Elise Kates, sound designer -- Washington, USA

Ari Fisher, composer -- California, USA

Karinya Song, producer -- New Jersey, USA

Nicholas Laborde, lead producer -- Louisiana, USA


We also want to extend special thanks to Mark Tassin and John Melancon for their help in creating our project video!



We appreciate you taking the time to read about our project! Send us any questions you may have, or hang out with us through these other channels:




Risks and challenges

Games are risky, no matter what they are or who is making them. Our team is ready to hit the ground running if we're funded, and every single person on our team has shipped at least one commercial game before. It's not our first rodeo -- we have set a clear scope for what we're going to create. The biggest challenge will be staying within that scope to finish on time. The ~10% extra safety net will account for any extra time we have to spend making the game polished and ready for you to play, and if it turns out we didn't need it, it'll go back into the game to create an additional level. We have a vision, and we think we'll be able to bring it to you within the time and budget we provided.

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