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Console Update: 

We've added a new stretch goal for ports to the PS4, Vita, and Wiiu! We'll be sending out surveys after the Kickstarter where you can select your platform of choice.

Additionally, you can add $10 to any tier to receive multiple keys for any platform.

 

PRESS KIT:  

Want to help spread the word about Death Story? Check out our Press Kit here for some materials that might help!

Death Story is an action-adventure platformer inspired by games like Cave Story, Spelunky, Dark Souls, and the slicing of Metal Gear Rising, with a focus on fast-paced combat and a rich atmosphere. If you like platforming, side-scrolling, bullet-hellin', rogue-likin', cinematic RPGs that want to destroy you, look no further.

This tale follows centuries of struggle and strife between mortal men and a group known as the Major Arcana. You are Death, a young girl who inherits the Death Arcana’s power, allowing her to slice ‘n dice anything in her way through an epic metroidvania that combines modern mechanics with timeless gameplay.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Fast melee and ranged combat with over 100+ items and weapons for a wide array of challenge and strategy.
  • Slice enemy and objects dynamically by stopping time with your new-found powers, leaving anything that stands in the way of you and your trusty scythe in pieces.
  • Travel across handcrafted landscapes, procedurally assembled as you play. The game randomizes everything including the world-map, the towns, the dungeons, and the mazes on the back of a cereal box for fresh replay ability.
  • Feed off the souls of the fallen with experience based weapon progression, gaining new abilities as you level up, losing them as you take damage.
  • Face 20+ unique bosses rumored to be unkillable.
  • Watch the story unfold with animated cut-scenes.
 

As Death, you have you have a wide variety of skills at your disposal from simple swipes to slicing your foes into bits and pieces. As you advance you will need to learn how to use them effectively or this game will be the story of your death.

CENTRAL MECHANICS:

  • Primary Weapon - Each weapon you find has two modes, melee for heavy damaging blows and a ranged mode for dealing damage from afar. The attacks can be completely different for each weapon, you may even find ones where the melee is weaker than the ranged. Try finding ones that suit your play-style and situations.
  • Arcane Ability - Available at all times, your death arcana grants you the ability to stop time completely so you can precisely cut enemies and objects how you see fit. Staying in this mode for too long slowly drains your soul level however, and once that reaches zero, it's game over.
  • Soul level - Fallen enemies drop soul orbs that raises your soul level. This level not only counts as your weapon level but your health as well. The higher the number the stronger you and your weapons are, while taking damage will in turn weaken you. Don't let it reach zero!
  • Usable Items - Under the soul level is a box where you can equip items that can buff and heal you or even damage enemies. If you find yourself losing lots of health, try equipping potions!
  • Passive Abilities - You may discover items that increase your range of abilities permanently, like a double jump to help traverse obstacles or a charm that regenerates health over time.
  • Dodge Roll - Ruthless enemies can strike at you relentlessly! You can roll into or away from them to avoid excess damage.

 

 

 

 

 STRETCH GOALS:

  • $12,666 - Initial Funding goal. The amount need to see the base game to its completion.
  • $14,000 - Theme by Basiscape. Composer Masaharu Iwata will team up once again with Hitoshi Sakimoto to write the theme song for Death Story. As a duo, they are known for their collaborations on Ogre Battle, and Final Fantasy Tactics, along with other titles, and for Opoona, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, and Odin Sphere with their other sound team members at Basiscape. They are willing to provide is with a beautiful main theme that will be used throughout the rest of the score to truly immerse you into the world of Death Story.
  • $15,000 - Console support. We will be able to bring Death Story to Sony and Nintendo platforms! You will be able to get a PS4, vita, or WiiU key!
  • $20,000 - Full local and online co-op. Summon your friends to fight beside you against ruthless enemies and tougher bosses. Right now, a max of four players is planned but we may be able to increase the number as the game comes closer to completion.
  • $25,000 - Player customization. The trick to defeating your enemies is not only in strength but in the mind as well; with your clearly superior fashion sense of course. That's right, with your new hat, hair, shirt, pants, leggings, and shoe equipment slots, you will now find the world riddled with clothing and armor accessories you can mix and match for that individual look that'll leave your enemies crying in shame. Non-essential npc characters will also spawn with random clothing, filling the world with interesting and unique characters to come across.
  • +$30,000 - With all the content in the game so far, anymore would delay the game considerably. This extra will be used for polish, any extra features we can squeeze in, and possible expansions. we can also consider the possibility of a release on select consoles.

Chosen by fate as bearer of the Death Arcana, you are feared by all because of your devastating abilities and reputation. You seek to redeem yourself but at what cost? This is a story of how the God of Death came to be.

REWARD TIERS:

All reward tiers include the previous rewards unless otherwise specified.

i. Knight at the Ready - All backers will receive a DRM-free copy of the complete game, along with a key for Steam assuming we make it through Steam Greenlight.

ii. Scribe of Scrawlings - A PDF of the Death Story art book. a custom created work filled with concept art, illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more!

iii. Keeper of the Archive - Access to all alpha and beta versions of Death Story before public release.You can play the game in an early state and help shape it with your feedback! Plus name in credits.

iv. Bard of the Court - A digital copy of the full original soundtrack composed for the game when it’s complete.

v. Blacksmith of Forging - Work with us to design a unique weapon or item the player can stumble upon on their journey. *

vi. God of Life - Work with us to design an NPC character or creature with its own set of dialogue. (Previous design tiers are not included.) *

vii. God of Minor Annoyance - Work with us to design a character or monster that’ll appear during adventures on the battlefield. (Previous design tiers are not included.) *

viii. God of Death - Work with us to design a Boss character or creature with its own set of behaviors and attacks, along with a short animated cutscene that plays when the player is about to face it. (Previous design tiers are not included.) *

viii. God of Death - Work with us to design a Boss character or creature with its own set of behaviors and attacks, along with a short animated cutscene that plays when the player is about to face it. (Previous design tiers are not included.) *

*All designs will need to be approved by the team.

Newly added physical rewards:

ix. Wielder of the Rare - A special in-game scythe only available to you, the backers.

x. Friend of the Tailor - A snazzy t-shirt with a stylized art design in small, medium, large, or XL sizes.

xi. Knight above the Ready - A limited signed physical copy of the game with physical soundtrack and an exclusive high quality printed zine of the artbook.

xii. Knight of the Tailor - A limited signed physical copy of the game with physical soundtrack, and an exclusive high quality printed zine of the artbook and the t-shirt.

xiii. Keeper of the Tome -  A limited signed hardcover print of the artbook in all it's glory. Pass it down to your kids!

All physical rewards ship to anywhere in the world.

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Death Story started as a game with only three boxes. One was the floor, the other a player that could run and jump, and the last was an enemy that could be fully sliced. Over the course of roughly two years, the game has undergone massive rehauls into what it is today with all foundations and framework in place, featuring a handful of enemies, levels, and animations. Everything has been planned out and we have the necessary resources and skillsets to transform this into a proper finished game.

Reaching our initial goal will allow us to focus fully on the game with the confidence in completing it with a quality in both design and gameplay, turning it into something truly great.

Death Story is currently in development for Windows, Mac, and Penguin, all DRM-free with a Steam copy if greenlit. Planned release set for Q4 2017.

Breakdown:

Since the project started, I’ve worked with no budget at all which made development very slow. We need funding to allow us to dedicate more time without having to sacrifice living expenses during development. This means we will be able to deliver a much more polished game in a reasonable time.

  • Development - 40%
  • Music and sfx -25%
  • Kickstarter fees and taxes - 15%
  • Legal and Licenses - 10%
  • Marketing - 10%

The estimated release date is set for late 2017, but you can experience an early taste this year with the alpha/beta backer rewards!

CREDITS:

Ice (teamneko.com- Creator and sole member of Team Neko. A self-taught jack of all trades. I'll be animating, programming, writing, and making sure everything’s in tip-top shape. I'm ecstatic to bring you a game we can all enjoy.

Carl Hansen (carlraymondhansen.tumblr.com) - Currently studying screenwriting in the Bay Area, Carl is seeking to become a screenwriter and director of indie movies. He's worked on numerous projects as a script consultant and screenwriter and gaffer, as well a TA for advanced screenwriting classes, and has recently started directing his own films.

Cat - Literally nothing.

Neko - Stuck with me since the beginnings, lending a hand here and there, contributing anything he can.

Muffywithlove (muffywithlove.tumblr.com) -A good friend and awesome artist responsible for most of the beautiful backgrounds and additional artwork.

Reillocb (soundcloud.com/reilloc) - A bro with a passion for creating melodies and effects that compliment a wide variety of styles and games.

Mangokitty (soundcloud.com/mangokitty-1) - The Cali-pop duo Victoria Tsai and Woodrow Yeakel make up the amazing mangokitty, bringing our trailer to life with their sweet tunes!

The Backers - The Kind-hearted folk who banded together to make this all possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at ryanhanster@gmail.com or leave a comment in the comment section, I'll get to them as soon as I can, we’re open to any and all kinds of feedback!

Risks and challenges

Most of the technical hardships have been resolved over in the past development of the game, leaving asset creation and putting things in its place.

The only risk is if the game is not completed in time. Death story has been in full-time development for awhile. I've invested and planned out pretty much everything from gameplay to story, and have the skillset and resources to make this game a reality. I've done my best to minimize if not negate all potential problems that could slow down progress with the time I've allotted myself and will continue to do so to the best of my ability.

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    ii. Scribe of Scrawlings

    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.

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    iii. Keeper of the Archive

    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    ix. Wielder of the Rare

    ● A special backer-exclusive in-game scythe.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    iv. Bard of the Court

    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    x. Friend of the Tailor

    ● Exclusive stylized t-shirt.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● A special backer-exclusive in-game scythe.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    xi. Knight above the Ready

    ● Get a signed, physical copy of the game with the soundtrack.
    ● An exclusive high quality printed zine of the Death Story artbook; a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● A special backer-exclusive in-game scythe.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    xii. Knight of the Tailor

    ● Exclusive stylized t-shirt.
    ● Get a signed, physical copy of the game.
    ● An exclusive high quality printed zine of the Death Story artbook; a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● A special backer-exclusive in-game scythe.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    v. Blacksmith of the Forge

    ● Work with us to create your own weapon to appear in game.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    xiii. Keeper of the Tome

    ● Get a signed, hardcover copy of the Death Story artbook; a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● Get a signed, physical copy of the game with the soundtrack.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Exclusive stylized t-shirt in any size.
    ● A special backer-exclusive in-game scythe.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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    vi. God of Life

    ● Work with us to create your own character to appear in the game as an NPC with lines of dialogue.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
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    vii. God of Minor Annoyance

    ● Work with us to create your own enemy character or monster to appear in game with its own attacks and behaviors.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
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    viii. God of Death

    ● Work with us to create a boss with behaviors, lore, location, and even a short cutscene that plays before facing it.
    ● A digital copy of the full original soundtrack.
    ● Access to all early builds of the game before public release, estimated later this year.
    ● A digital PDF of the Death Story artbook, a custom created work filled with illustrations, backstories, production notes, and more.
    ● A DRM-free digital download and steam copy of Death Story for PC/Mac/Linux.
    ● Name in credits.

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