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Shishi : Ballad of the Oracle

Explore a colorful world full of cute creatures in an accessible turn-based RPG inspired by The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy!

Shishi : Ballad of the Oracle

Explore a colorful world full of cute creatures in an accessible turn-based RPG inspired by The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy!

CA$ 10,614
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76
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 20 2019 12:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

The easiest way to describe this game is as Legend of Zelda meets Final Fantasy. Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle is a single-player role-playing game, with gameplay that is accessible to everyone. During your adventure, you will travel across land and sea to save the world.

In this game set in a fantasy world, the Kingdom is in danger. To save it, you will have to venture across its lands to find magic artifacts. During the adventure, you will explore dungeons full of mysteries and fight your way through to awaken your true power.

The game will be available in English and French when it launches. However, we would love to support as many languages as possible! That's why we'll need 100 backers per language to unlock Italian, German and Spanish. To help us reach this goal, you just have to share this campaign with your friends!

If your language isn't featured, feel free to leave us a comment and we'll see if it can be done.

The game will be available first on PC. We will then release it on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in the months following launch.

The main idea with Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle, was to create a turn-based role-playing game with a more dynamic twist by adding exploration elements from action-adventure. The four pillars of our game are Exploration, Combat, Puzzles and Accessibility.

Why make an accessible game?

Our game designer, Frederic, lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative disease that causes permanent muscle loss over time. While he can still play games without problems, that’s not the case for everyone. Many gamers can’t play all the games they want because of their physical condition, whether it’s a mobility, visual or hearing impairment.

In most games, AAA or indie, the developers do not always think about accessibility. With Ballad of the Oracle, we want to make the first fully-accessible game!

Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle stands out by offering an open world that adapts to the player. Indeed, the different parts of the scenario do not need to be played in a specific order. The difficulty of fighting therefore varies according to two factors, the progression in the main quest and the player’s ability to face the enemies.

Xbox Adaptive Controller
Xbox Adaptive Controller

To make sure everyone can play, the game features customizable controls and interface. It includes native support for the Xbox Adaptive Controller, one-handed mode and visual options for visually impaired players like high contrast and colorblind modes.

While exploring the world of Shishi, you will need to solve puzzles to proceed in your quest. Sometimes, the clue may be hidden in an alternate timeline. Thanks to her Oracle vision, Elia can see through those timelines and unveil new paths.

The battles are made to be simple and fast to prevent breaking the flow of the exploration. Also, it makes it easy to understand for newcomers to the genre. When facing an enemy, you can either attack with your main weapon or use any equipped Magic or Item. As you become more powerful, you’ll unlock special moves and even more!

During her quest, Elia will meet strong opponents called Guardians. If they're impressed by her strength, she will be able to summon them in battles when she needs help. However, fighting them won't be easy, you may fail many times, so you will have to get good!

With her spear and powerful magic attacks, Athena can be a strong ally!
With her spear and powerful magic attacks, Athena can be a strong ally!

In Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle, you play as Elia, who is a powerful mage known as an Oracle. She is sent by the Goddess to save a world on the verge of destruction. However, she lost all confidence in herself after failing to save the world many times. To regain her confidence, she will need to overcome many challenges while trying to awaken her true power.

To do that, she will need to learn songs in the four temples of the Goddess. Each song represent an emotional state: Empathy, Passion, Endurance and Wisdom. They will be the key to compose her final song, the Ballad of the Oracle! Elia will only awaken her power when she'll complete the legendary ballad.

But Elia won't be alone in this quest, she will meet Ethan, who is a great warrior. He is also a dear friend in different timelines, even though they never met in this one yet. The two heroes will team up to face many dangers as the world comes to an end...

Your journey in Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle takes place in the Kingdom of Lana. At the beginning of your quest, you will discover many areas as you travel through fields, forests and sea. As Elia, you will also have the power to see the world in alternate timelines to solve puzzles and find treasures.

We want the world of Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle to be really immersive. That's why we want the sound design and soundtrack to perfectly fit our game. Since a big part of the game is set in a traditional Irish-inspired world, a lot of the music will be in a celtic style.

Reference only. Final design subject to changes.
Reference only. Final design subject to changes.
Reference only. Final design subject to changes.
Reference only. Final design subject to changes.

Shishi Studios is an indie game studio based in Montreal, Canada. We want to make a difference in creating ambitious, innovative games by experimenting new visual styles and genres, while being accessible to everyone. Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle is our first game.

Frederic McNamara, Alexis Foisy and Maude Martin-Carrier are graduated students from Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). Sam Mongeau graduated from Université de Montréal (UDEM).

Also, a very special thanks to Tiffani Trogi, who helped us as a Concept Artist. It's because of her if Elia and Ethan are that cute!

The main reason is to fund the game, but we also want to create a community that will follow the development of Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle and give us feedback as we progress. After following many Kickstarter campaigns, we know that it is a very important part of development. Also, there are cool features that we want to add, but we need more resources to do it. That’s where reaching stretch goals could help us to get these features done.

The media coverage of this campaign will help the game get better known. This campaign being Shishi Studios' first public appearance, is good exposure is crucial for the game's success. As the first fully accessible game, it's even more important for players looking for this type of game to know it exists.

More Stretch Goals to come!
More Stretch Goals to come!

We have some digital surprises to announce! To unlock them, help us with these community achievements so we can level up! You'll find our social media links below.

From all our team at Shishi Studios, we want to thank you for helping us in this great adventure! As Kickstarter is known to be a good place to start a community, we can’t wait to hear from you soon. Now, let's save the world of Shishi together!

Thank you! 

Risks and challenges

Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle is our first game and we are a small team. However, the game is now in a state where all the features are mostly finished, so the remaining work is on the environments, characters and quests. Despite some potential delay of the game or some consoles support, we'll do our best to avoid the wait.

Also, we know it may be difficult to make a game that everyone can play. However, we want to do our best to make it possible. That's why we encourage people to tell us how we can make sure they enjoy our game regardless their condition.

While our team may be composed of junior devs, but we got mentors from the industry who shipped games before. The Montreal ecosystem is also really helpful. Shishi Studios is part of many groups of game developers where we could ask for help.

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    You've enjoyed hearing stories of adventurers since you were a kid and you dream of travelling the world someday.

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    After a long training period, you are now part of the royal army! We're counting on you to protect the kingdom.

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will also get a beautiful digital art book featuring artwork from all of the characters, environments, bosses and much more!

    Also, you will get the beautiful official Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle digital soundtrack!

    In addition, your name will appear in the game's credits as "Knight" and you will get a Kickstarter exclusive skin: King in the North!

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    In addition to all previous rewards, you will also get a beautiful digital art book featuring artwork from all of the characters, environments, bosses and much more!

    Also, you will get the beautiful official Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle digital soundtrack!

    In addition, your name will appear in the game's credits as "Knight" and you will get a Kickstarter exclusive skin for Ethan: King in the North!

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    Being one of the rare people who can use magic, you have a special place in the royal army! We're counting on you to protect the kingdom.

    In addition to all previous rewards, your name will appear in the game's credits as "Mage" and you will get a Kickstarter exclusive skin for Elia: Goddess Champion!

    Also, you will get access to a Kickstarter exclusive closed Alpha! (PC only)

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    Being one of the rare people who can use magic, you have a special place in the royal army! We're counting on you to protect the kingdom.

    In addition to all previous rewards, your name will appear in the game's credits as "Mage" and you will get a Kickstarter exclusive skin for Elia: Goddess Champion!

    Also, you will get access to a Kickstarter exclusive closed Alpha! (PC only)

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Shishi BotO on PC, Switch or Xbox One
    • Backer Exclusive HD Wallpaper
    • Closed Beta Access
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    King Pack

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    You’re the one and only King! You rule the Kingdom of Lana, doing what is best for your people.

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will also get a limited edition 12x17'' print signed and numbered by the development team!

    On top of that, you will get a cool Kickstarter exclusive Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle backer t-shirt!

    Also, you will be named as "King" in the credits and you will get a Kickstarter exclusive skin for Elia: Cloak of Time!

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    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
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    Hero Pack

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    Everyone is singing songs about your adventures throughout the kingdom, you’re a real hero!

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will be named as "Hero" in the credits and you can write a name on a grave in the Castle Town! (within lore)

    Includes:
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    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
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    Ancient Pack

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    You know the story of the kingdom more than anyone because you were there making it.

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will be named as "Ancient" in the credits and you will receive a digital and physical signed print of your portrait in the game’s cute style!

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Shishi BotO on PC, Switch or Xbox One
    • Backer Exclusive HD Wallpaper
    • Closed Beta Access
    • Closed Alpha Access
    • Appear as “Ancient” in Credits
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Art Book
    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Goddess Champion
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Cloak of Time
    • Backer Exclusive 11”x17” signed poster
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    You were the First One, the final creation of the Goddess of Time and the God of Space. They sent you to this world before entering an eternal slumber…

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will be named as "Protector" in the credits and you can name a in-game NPC! (within lore)

    Includes:
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    • Backer Exclusive HD Wallpaper
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    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
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    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Cloak of Time
    • Backer Exclusive 11”x17” signed poster
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    You are one of the world’s most powerful being! As a guardian of the Goddess of Time and the God of Space, you’re nearly as strong as they are, so you can protect them.

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will be immortalized with a statue of yourself placed in the game! Also, you get to name the statue and give a short description.

    Includes:
    • Digital copy of Shishi BotO on PC, Switch or Xbox One
    • Backer Exclusive HD Wallpaper
    • Closed Beta Access
    • Closed Alpha Access
    • Appear as “Guardian” in Credits
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Art Book
    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Goddess Champion
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Cloak of Time
    • Backer Exclusive 11”x17” signed poster
    • Backer Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Immortalize a name on a grave in the Castle Town
    • Digital and physical portrait of yourself in the game’s artstyle
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    Divine Pack

    You are the one and only Goddess of Time/God of Space! No one in the world is stronger than you!

    In addition to all previous rewards, you will be named as "Goddess" or "God" in the credits and we will pay for your flight and accommodations to join us in Montreal, Canada for the exclusive Shishi: Ballad of the Oracle launch weekend! Join us to party, play games and meet a bunch of developers from the big and small studios across Montreal! (Must be 18+)

    Includes:
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    • Appear as “Goddess” or “God” in Credits
    • Digital Soundtrack
    • Digital Art Book
    • Kickstarter exclusive Ethan skin: North King
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Goddess Champion
    • Kickstarter exclusive Elia skin: Cloak of Time
    • Backer Exclusive 11”x17” signed poster
    • Backer Exclusive T-Shirt
    • Immortalize a name on a grave in the Castle Town
    • Digital and physical portrait of yourself in the game’s artstyle
    • Name a in-game NPC
    • Obtain a in-game statue of yourself with a story
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Funding period

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