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Orphan Age is a dystopian life sim game where you play not as the soldiers of war, but as the children left behind.
Orphan Age is a cyberpunk life sim game where you play as the children left behind.
Early access for PC/Mac/Linux scheduled for this winter!
Orphan Age is a cyberpunk life sim game where you play as the children left behind. Early access for PC/Mac/Linux scheduled for this winter!
1,118 backers pledged €31,876 to help bring this project to life.

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Try the PC, Mac & Linux demo on Steam and whishlist Orphan Age
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Orphan Age is a dystopian take on the life sim genre, where you play not as the soldiers of war, but as the children left behind.

Set against the backdrop of an unforgiving, neon-lit cyberpunk warzone, your only battle is the fight for survival, scraping out a living in the face of extreme danger as war engulfs the world around you.

Sitting somewhere between The Sims and This War of Mine, you will guide a band of orphans, each with their own skills, emotions, strengths, weaknesses, and fears through a bitter struggle for survival in a dangerous and ever-changing city.

Constantly balancing risk and reward, you must make the big decisions to ensure the group stays alive. Build up your base, scavenge, craft and venture out into the city for new recruits, whilst ensuring there are enough supplies to keep goingeven when all hope seems lost.

Makeup And Vanity Set will be the guest composer of Orphan Age's Soundtrack!
Makeup And Vanity Set will be the guest composer of Orphan Age's Soundtrack!

We have a guest composer, the master of cyberpunk arpeggios: Makeup and Vanity set himself! During the development of Orphan Age, his music became the unofficial soundtrack of our creative sessions and we are thrilled to have him embark on the Black Flag ship for the Orphan Age adventure!

Here is MAVS' last OST for a video game and don't forget to check his Bandcamp too! Enjoy the trip!

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As gamers, we have Rogue-likes, Doom-likes, Starcraft-likes, DotA-likes... Yet, there are no Sims-likes. It has always baffled us that The Sims, despite its success, never gave birth to a genre.

For years we have wondered what a hardcore take on the Sims would look like. That's how the idea of Orphan Age was born in 2009: a deep micro-simulation within an unforgiving world.

Believable characters:
In Orphan Age, every Orphan is unique. Each has a specific set of skills, personality traits, likenesses...

There are five needs to oversee in Orphan Age, as you constantly try to find balance between pushing the limits and the wellness of the inhabitants of your Orphanage.

Create your own Orphan
Create your own Orphan

Orphan Age plays as a single player campaign with a lot of replayability inspired by the 4X genre. But there’s a twist! 4X stands for Exploration, Exploitation, Expansion and Extermination. In Orphan Age, we replace Extermination with Empathy, bending the 4X genre into a 4E.

Exploration:

Launch expedition in a procedural and dangerous city
Launch expedition in a procedural and dangerous city
The city of Orphan Age is ever-changing and procedural. You won't find the same building twice. There are high risks and high rewards when you explore. You can find rare resources, Orphans to recruit, but you can also get wounded or worse...

Exploration is similar to the expeditions of Fallout Shelter: procedural text adventures. They offer more complexity though, because you have to make numerous choices while you're out of the orphanage.

Exploitation:

Ensure survival by managing carefully your resources
Ensure survival by managing carefully your resources
Hundreds of resources are left to be scavenged in the Orphanage or in the city. They are classified in 6 categories:

Expansion:

Build your base
Build your base
 
The Orphanage is the place your Orphans call home. The environment surrounding the Orphans greatly affects their moods. Try to keep the rooms lit, warm, furnished and clean for the happiness of all!  

There are 38 different items of furniture to build (beds, playgrounds, science mats, campfire, heaters...) and each one can be upgraded.  

Research allows you to discover better furniture and improve living conditions for the orphans.

Empathy:

Orphan Age is a deep micro-simulation. Making each Orphan unique in personality and in gameplay. Depending on who they are and how well they are, the Orphans will take different paths anytime there is an issue to be discussed.

Orphan Age is a street-level lo-fi cyberpunk game asking a grim question: when our children judge us, what will be the verdict?

The story is set in a city that could be yours in 2027, where riots have turned into a civil war. In the midst of chaos, a bunch of kids left behind join forces to survive.

Orphan Age isn't a narrative game in the classical sense, yet every playthrough will tell a different story. When there is an issue or a matter to discuss, the Orphans gather around the fire to make decisions. This is where all your choices so far come together and unfold before your eyes, as the Orphans shape their own destiny.

The council gathers when a new Orphan wants to join the orphanage, when a dispute needs to be settled or when an unpredictable event occurs. 

You can get Orphan Age: Diaries immediately!

Orphan Age: Diaries is a companion game to Orphan Age.It is an interactive story where you are put in the shoes of Farouk, a kid left alone in his apartment, trying to blend in with a group of Orphans he has recently met.

You will have to take meaningful decisions, all leading to different fates and endings, while discovering secrets about Orphan Age's background.

Orphan Age: Diaries has been carefully crafted by our friends at Nova-Box. For years, we've loved their work - they create incredibly good visual novels. Their last project "Along the Edge" sits at a 94% userscore on Steam.

We are a fan of their games and they fell in love with the universe of Orphan Age, so we decided together to create Orphan Age: Diaries. Orphan Age: Diaries is a timed exclusive to Kickstarter and will be published alongside Orphan Age on Steam.

For every reward tier containing Orphan Age, we will add an in-game content pack.

This pack is exclusive to Kickstarter backers! It contains a unique Orphan, character trait, and special event. The only way to get this content is by supporting Orphan Age.

But wait, there’s more! You can unlock more content through backers achievements. Join forces and get more exclusive content and rewards!

We have plenty of rewards to be sent. Here is a selection of the rewards we have crafted for you!

Orphan Age: Diaries
A companion game to Orphan Age, it’s a poignant interactive visual novel giving more insight on Orphan Age’s lore.

Digital Edition
Get Orphan Age on Steam upon release in Early Access (est. late 2018, early 2019).

Complete EditionGet Orphan Age on Steam upon Early Access release, you also get instantly Orphan Age: Diaries. This editions comes with the digital soundrack and a bonus Steam key of Yrminsul, our previous game!

Alpha Access Edition
Get a Steam key of Orphan Age as soon as the campaign ends, name an Orphan and also get as well all of the complete edition bonuses!

Physical Edition
Get Orphan Age in a high quality metal DVD case (est. late 2019)

Boxed Edition
A boxed physical version containing a lot of goodies and a sticker album in which every sticker is an Orphan Age in-game quest. Complete the album as you progress in the campaign! (est. late 2019)

All editions of Orphan Age come with the exclusive in-game content pack!

Almost all of Orphan Age was made by us two. That being said, we have been helped by some talented freelancers:

  • Alexander Chelyshev: Key art and illustration
  • Aurélien Rantet: Concept art
  • Aurélien Filippi: Logo

No one has worked for free or "paid in passion" on Orphan Age we make sure that every one of our colleagues is paid a decent and livable wage for their work.

The story of this project goes back quite a while.

Adrien first pitched the concept in 2009. The game had a different title at the time - The Ascent - and the gameplay was quite different. But the idea took root, and the project went into production. The Ascent was showcased at various events, and publishers were starting to express interest. But the life of an independent studio is such that after a run of bad luck (and quite a few late payments), the company had to close its doors in 2011.

Adrien founded Studio Black Flag in 2013 with a mind to resurrect the project. In 2014, the rights were transferred to Black Flag and the idea was rebooted as Orphan Age, this time with more focused gameplay.

In 2015, Orphan Age secured some funding thanks to the CNC, the French state cultural grant for video games. With this extra funding, Maxime was hired and the pre-production started in earnest during spring 2016. Orphan Age was showcased for the first time during Gamescom, as well as at several gaming events throughout France.

In 2017, another local government grant from the New-Aquitaine Region allowed the studio to strengthen the production values and increase the scale of the project.

We are now in the final stretch!

A first beta version was showcased during PAX Paris in April 2018, garnering overwhelmingly positive feedback. A few weeks later, Orphan Age was awarded "Best Indie Game" by the jury of the renowned Stunfest festival!

After 9 years trying to make this game happen, Orphan Age will finally leave its prototype state. It has been a hell of a journey, yet it is only the beginning of the adventure!

We have also been supported by the CNC - the French fund for video games - as well as the Region New-Aquitaine.
We have also been supported by the CNC - the French fund for video games - as well as the Region New-Aquitaine.
All the post campaign delivery and surveys will be sent vie our partners: Backerkit.
All the post campaign delivery and surveys will be sent vie our partners: Backerkit.

Press quotes:

  • "I can’t wait to see more details about Orphan Age" - Game-guide.fr
  •  "One of my crushes from the Gamescom" - margxt.fr
  • "We are very excited how Orphan Age will develop until the release next year - until then we will advance a big thumbs up!" - games2gether.de
  • "It's called Orphan Age and you should definitely keep the project in mind"- gamezgeneration.de

Orphan Age has been a real labor of love for us - we’re a very small team, and have been working on the game for 9 years now, funding development ourselves rather than working with publishers. We’re getting close to the finish line now, but we want the Kickstarter community to help us get there.

In order to cover the development costs, we have to work for other studios which prevents us from being full time on Orphan Age. Receiving funding would allow us to focus all our energy on Orphan Age and accelerate development.  

Also, we are only two people - we cannot perform all the needed tasks with the level of polish we have set for ourselves. We need to hire freelancers for illustration, music, animation, etc., none of which come free. The funding we’re asking for from Kickstarter will help us to make that concept a reality, supporting additional music, art, design, sound and localization work to make the game better in every way.  

We also love the way Kickstarter can help to build a community around a concept they love. The sandbox nature of Orphan Age makes it a perfect game to create with the community! Being able to implement your input is the best way to make the best game possible!

Risks and challenges

After spending nine years trying to create Orphan Age, we have long since passed the point of no return - there is no question regarding whether we'll get to the finish line.

No video game project is without risk. After so many years of trying to create this game, we know that all too well. That's why we've waited so long before presenting the project on Kickstarter: we wanted the prototype to be really polished, with all major features implemented. The next phase of development is all about content creation and balance. There are no development risks anymore.

We have been able to finance ourselves by providing services, but it is time to accelerate development, and this can only be done with your help.

We tried to work with publishers, but we never found a compromise that respected Orphan Age's DNA. Showing children in distress is not a risk they are willing to take, and we do not want to distort this game by toning down its dark universe.

With your help, we can guarantee the independence of the studio and protect the artistic vision carried by Orphan Age. Even better, you can make it your own!

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    Orphan Age: Diaries

    You'll get Orphan Age: Diaries, a moving Visual Novel set in the universe of Orphan Age.

    (For PC & Mac)

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    Pre-Order Digital Edition (Early-Bird)

    Pre-Order Orphan Age at an Early-Bird rate! You’ll get your digital copy to play on Steam upon public release (est. late 2018 early 2019).

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    Pre-Order Digital Edition

    You Pre-Order Orphan Age at a reduced price. You’ll get your digital copy to play on Steam upon public release (est. late 2018 early 2019).

    Includes the Kickstarter exclusive in-game content pack!

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    Orphan Age Complete Digital Edition

    Get instantly Orphan Age: Diaries!

    At launch on Steam, you will get the complete edition of Orphan Age plus the Digital Soundtrack(est. late 2018 early 2019).

    Also includes the Kickstarter exclusive in-game content pack too!

    Includes:
    • The game on PC at launch (digital)
    • Digital OST
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Your name in the credits
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    Alpha Access + Us Against Them Edition

    Digital Deluxe Edition:

    Get Orphan Age on Steam as soon as the campaign ends!

    You will also instantly get Orphan Age: Diaries, the visual vovel. The digital soundtrack and the Kickstarter Exclusive pack will be sent at launch (est. late 2018 early 2019).

    The "Us Against Them Edition" contains: Private Alpha access, Exclusive Discord bonus, access to the private Discord channel and the cherry on top: you can name an orphan in the game!

    Includes:
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Name an orphan
    • Digital OST
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    Pledge €80 or more About $92

    Physical Edition

    You get instant access to the private alpha on Steam, the "Us Against Them Edition" AND a Metal Case DVD of Orphan Age upon release! You’ll also get a digital copy of the game too, which you can share with someone special.

    Of course, you get all the rewards above, plus you will get to design an in-game toy for the kids of Orphan Age!

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    • Orphan Age - Metal Case
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Digital OST
    • Kickstarter Exclusive in-game content pack
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Name an orphan
    • Design a place to explore
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    Pledge €100 or more About $115

    Leave your mark Edition

    The "Leave Your Mark" Edition contains a second exclusive In-Game content pack. In addition to that, a building will be named after you and you will tag a wall in Orphan Age. You will literally leave your mark on Orphan Age!

    In addition, you will receive the Physical Edition and the "Us Against Them" digital deluxe edition.

    Includes:
    • Orphan Age - Metal Case
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Leave Your Mark content pack
    • Your name on an in-game Building
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Digital OST
    • Name an orphan
    • Create a child's drawing or a graffiti for the Orphanage
    • Design a place to explore
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Kickstarter Exclusive in-game content pack
    • Your name in the credits
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    Pledge €200 or more About $231

    Toy-Box - Deluxe Physical Edition

    Deluxe Physical Edition

    This is the boxed edition of Orphan Age, containing a collectible sticker album in which every sticker is an Orphan Age in-game quest. Complete the album as you progress in the campaign!

    The Toy Box Edition also contains: a collectible sticker album + the stickers, the Metal Case DVD, 2 XL magnets, and other surprises!

    To stick to the theme, you will design a toy for the orphans too!

    You will also get the "Leave Your Mark" and the "Us Against Them" editions.

    Includes:
    • Orphan Age: Toy Box Edition
    • Orphan Age - Metal Case
    • Collectible Sticker Album + Stickers
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Digital OST
    • Name an orphan
    • Leave Your Mark content pack
    • Your name on an in-game Building
    • Design a place to explore
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Design an in-game toy
    • Kickstarter Exclusive in-game content pack
    • Create a child's drawing or a graffiti for the Orphanage
    • Your name in the credits
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    Pledge €500 or more About $577

    Orphan Age - Propaganda Pack

    Become an ambassador of Orphan Age with the propaganda pack containing:

    A messenger bag, t-shirt, lots of badges, flyers, stickers and posters, and a USB key with the demo and the soundtrack to spread the word!

    The Propaganda Pack also comes with the "Toy-Box", "Leave Your Mark", and "Us Against Them" editions!

    Includes:
    • Propaganda Pack
    • Orphan Age - Metal Case
    • Collectible Sticker Album + Stickers
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Digital OST
    • Leave Your Mark content pack
    • Your name on an in-game Building
    • Create a child's drawing or a graffiti for the Orphanage
    • Create a Character Trait
    • Design an in-game toy
    • Name an orphan
    • Design a place to explore
    • Kickstarter Exclusive in-game content pack
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Your name in the credits
    • Our eternal love and gratitude
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    Pledge €2,000 or more About US$ 2,310

    Jean Valjean

    Become a playable character of Orphan Age as we model your young self in 3D!

    You’ll also be able to design an in-game character trait, and your name will be immortalized on a monument within the game world.

    Not only that, we'll also have a homemade night with a unique batch of our home-made drinks and food (we are better cooks than game developer some might say)!

    We’ll also throw in a ton of extra physical goodies in a unique boxed edition of the game, signed including the Toy-Box and the Propaganda pack.

    Of course you will also get all the rewards from the other tiers!

    (We do not cover travel expenses to Bordeaux)

    Includes:
    • Yourself as a playable Orphan
    • Homemade food & drink night!
    • Propaganda Pack
    • Orphan Age - Metal Case
    • Collectible Sticker Album + Stickers
    • Create a Character Trait
    • Private Alpha Access on Steam as soon as the campaign ends
    • Orphan Age: Diaries (Visual Novel)
    • Exclusive Discord bonuses
    • Your name on an in-game Building
    • Name an orphan
    • Design a place to explore
    • Design an in-game toy
    • Digital OST
    • Kickstarter Exclusive in-game content pack
    • Create a child's drawing or a graffiti for the Orphanage
    • Leave Your Mark content pack
    • Your name in the credits
    • Our eternal love and gratitude
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