Inspired by classic action JRPGs, Destiny Chronicles is an action role-playing game about a squire named Celeste who begins a journey to prove herself worthy of becoming a true knight. Her quest takes her far from her home, across the continent in pursuit of a thief whose actions stem from a sinister plot.
Its character-driven plot focuses on the interactions between Celeste and her companions as they hunt down the thief. Our goal is to make the game lighthearted and humorous, yet still tell a compelling story.
Destiny Chronicles features an exciting and fast-paced action combat system, and Celeste’s fighting style can be customized to suit your playstyle with a talent tree and upgrade system.
Click on the image above to download the Kickstarter demo. The Kickstarter demo showcases some pre-alpha gameplay as Celeste only and does not include party members.
The length of the Kickstarter demo is around 10-30 minutes.
- Character-Driven Story – As Celeste travels across the continent with her companions Valana and Ruby, they’ll learn more about the world and its history, as well as a sinister plot about to unfold.
- Exciting, Dynamic Battles – Take on a variety of enemies with an exciting action combat system. Plan your battles, unleash special attacks, and devastate your foes.
- Beautiful, Mysterious World – Explore fields, towns, and dungeons across a strange world still haunted by its elusive past.
- Customization – Use an expansive talent tree to customize Celeste’s fighting style.
- Quests – In addition to the main story, side quests and optional activities allow you to further explore the world and characters of Destiny Chronicles. Dig deeper into the lore, help the people you meet, and join your party members as they resolve their personal struggles.
- Party Interactions – The three main characters learn and change throughout their journey and humorous banter fills their interactions as they come to know each other. Optional conversations add greater depth to their friendship.
- Enchanting – Upgrade your gear and boost your skills by enchanting them with magical relics.
For centuries, the Ashen Order has protected the people of Darencia from monsters. Celeste, a young squire training to join the knighthood, is sent to the forest village of Ornwood to prove herself worthy by retrieving an ancient artifact that has corrupted the forest.
When a mysterious young woman steals the artifact before Celeste can take it, she fails her initiation. Determined to prove herself, Celeste leaves home to find the thief, reclaim the artifact, and become a knight.
But the outside world is much different than the isolated society Celeste grew up in, and she joins forces with the mercenary Valana and the researcher mage Ruby. Their journey takes them across a continent filled with mysterious ruins, remnants of an ancient civilization that crumbled ages ago. No one knows who they were or why they fell, and the stolen artifact is one of the few remaining relics from their era.
The more Celeste sees of the world, the more she questions not only her mission, but also the role of the knighthood. Is it right for them to remain separate from the rest of the world? Do they protect people as much as they claim, or have they prioritized the artifacts they seek above the lives of the people they claim to protect?
One thing is certain: the woman who took the artifact is no ordinary thief, and the stolen artifact is only the tip of a dark plot. A mysterious destiny ties them together, and this journey will change Celeste’s life forever.
Destiny Chronicles features seamless battles that occur right on the field. Its fast-paced combat system gives you full control of Celeste as you use melee attacks, special skills, and magic to defeat your enemies.
Whether you prefer hack-and-slash melee, powerful magical attacks, or a mix of both, customize your fighting style and put your skills to the test.
To perform a skillshot mechanic, you will need to perform the correct action with perfect timing when you are about to take damage.
By using roll right when the attack hits, you will perform a Speed Roll.
This temporarily increases your movement speed and allows you to use Dash Charge, which closes the gap between you and your enemies.
There are two ways to perform a Guard Counter. You can either use guard right when the attack hits, or you can enter guard stance and then use attack when the attack hits. The first is more difficult to execute, as it has fewer detection frames, but either will trigger Guard Counter.
This gives you a 100% critical strike chance for your next few attacks, allowing you to deal more damage.
There will be three different talent trees for you to choose from to customize Celeste's fighting style throughout your journey. Talent nodes mostly provide passive skills, along with a few special skills that empower Celeste's combat capabilities. Your talent tree choices determine whether Celeste’s fighting style focuses on melee attacks, ranged attacks, or a hybrid.
Melee Talent Tree – Enhances Celeste's skills as a knight, unlocking special physical attacks and improved physical stats.
Magic Talent Tree – Unlocks Celeste's innate magical prowess, granting her access to new magical skills and boosted magical capabilities.
Endurance Talent Tree – Boosts Celeste's general capabilities, making her more nimble and able to survive longer in combat.
In Destiny Chronicles, Ruby and Valana will fight alongside you as AI-controlled party members. You will be able to customize the AI's combat style and actions to suit your playstyle.
Each party member will have a finisher ability gauge. When it is full, you can perform their finisher ability, which will deal devastating damage to your enemies.
Here are some of the enemy monsters we have designed to be used in the forest zone. You can fight against these enemies in the Kickstarter demo.
Enchanting allows you to upgrade your character’s equipment and skills. This crafting system uses scrolls, artifacts, or relics to enchant your equipment. These materials can be found in chests, dropped by enemies, bought from special NPC vendors, or obtained by disenchanting magical equipment.
Enchantment materials can be mixed together for a chance to get special bonuses that will make your characters even more powerful.
Destiny Chronicles features a character-driven story, in which dialogue and character interactions play a key part in the game. Conversations will be handled through visual novel sprites.
It will also include optional conversations, similar to the “skits” found in the Tales series and Arc Rise Fantasia. These conversations won’t be critical to understanding the plot, but will enrich the character development and storytelling offered by Destiny Chronicles.
This game’s world is presented through distinct regions, towns, and dungeons accessed from a beautiful world map. The world map allows you to select any area currently accessible to you, so you can instantly fast travel to your destination.
From ancient ruins to a sprawling city by the sea, Celeste’s journey will allow her to explore numerous beautiful locations and environments.
Houses built along the Azure Bay grew into the beautiful city of Ancora, which became prosperous thanks to a lively fishing business. Its location makes it an ideal place for vacationing, and many tourists visit it each year. The military force assembled by Lord Aldis ensures the safety of Ancora's people.
Long ago, a great civilization crumbled, leaving behind no history or clues about what happened to it. The few ruins that have survived to the present day are cherished by scholars and archaeologists for the knowledge they might hold—but monsters flock to these ruins, making research a dangerous proposition.
Far north of the cities, freezing winds transform the land into an icy wasteland stricken by constant snowfall and bitter temperatures. Few people venture into the Aurean Tundra, and those who do prefer not to linger. Rumors say a group of people have set up camp here despite the inhospitable conditions, but most people dismiss these claims as nonsense.
An advanced civilization once thrived in Darencia, but an unknown calamity wiped them out. Since then, humanity has struggled to reach those same heights, challenged by the monsters that prowl the world. Some people believe the rise in monster activity is connected to the civilization’s destruction.
In the aftermath of the calamity, defenders rose to protect humanity and eventually banded together into the Ashen Order. They established a base from which they could train and prepare their knights, and a measure of peace returned to the world.
Nowadays, however, not everyone relies on the knights for protection. Militias and mercenary groups are common, and Lord Aldis has a standing army. One phenomenon, however, always results people sending a message to the knights: the discovery of an artifact from that long-vanished civilization.
Those ancient people had an affinity and talent for magic unparalleled by any living mage today, and their artifacts hold such vast power that they corrupt the environment around them. Only knights of the Ashen Order can safely contain them. Some people believe they were weapons, while others believe they have a secret purpose. The knights diligently study every artifact they can find, but they’ve found few answers.
Researchers believe the ancient ruins could reveal much about the past, but finding that information isn’t easy. Monsters, traps, and magical forces make the ruins deadly traps for anyone who wanders in unprepared. Most of their secrets remain undiscovered, leaving scholars to dream about the answers they might contain.
Nevertheless, humanity’s skill with magic is on the rise. Combat magic has been continually improved, and academies around the world train new mages to wield their powers. The discovery of enchantments that can enhance weapon and equipment has spurred new interest in magical research, along with the hope that one day humanity will recover the glory of the lost civilization.
The soundtrack for Destiny Chronicles will be composed by Kannnaduki. Here is a sample of the amazing music written for the game so far!
Additional Information About Rewards
Help us with the development of Destiny Chronicles by testing the game in our closed beta! You will receive a beta build where you can try out the game. We hope to be able to fix bugs and adjust balance issues during our closed beta.
The artbook will contain the art assets that we will use to create Destiny Chronicles. Here is a list of what you’ll get in the artbook:
- Concept art of characters, environments, monsters, bosses, etc.
- Character Designs CGs used in the game
The soundtrack is an original OST that will be composed for the game by Kannnaduki.
Here is a list of what the soundtrack includes:
- Boss fight OSTs
- Combat OSTs
- OSTs used during key scenes
- Environmental BGMs such as the Town BGM, Ancient Ruins BGM, etc.
The T-shirt will feature either Celeste, Ruby, Valana, or Kylia. After the Kickstarter ends, we’ll conduct a poll to decide on the character and design for the T-Shirt.
Click the "manage your pledge" button on the top of this page. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s). After the campaign we will send out a survey on Backerkit asking what add-ons you want.
- Digital Copy +$20 USD (Any Platform)
- Physical Copy +$30 USD (PC)
- Physical Artbook +$30 USD
- Physical OST +$20 USD
- T-Shirt +$30 USD
- Poster +$25 USD
- Character Keychains +$15 USD
Destiny Chronicles is a large, complex game that will require a lot of funds to reach its full potential, especially when it comes to art and animations.
It is currently in a pre-alpha state, but the final game will be much more polished.
Additionally, we are using some placeholder assets such as the current forest environment that you see in the Kickstarter demo, but with your support, we’ll be able to create original assets such as:
- Unique environment assets
- 3D character and monster models
- New character designs and concept art
Additionally, the Kickstarter funds will also allow us to finish the soundtrack and fully flesh out the story and character interactions.
wraithseeker – Developer
I write code, handle the game design, and manage the project for Destiny Chronicles.
Samantha Lienhard – Writer
Samantha, our writer and longtime JRPG fan, works on developing the world and characters, planning out the story, and writing the dialogue.
Pierorabu – Character Artist
Our character artist Pierorabu creates beautiful character designs as well as CGs for the game.
Nagu - Character Artist
Our character artist Nagu creates visual novel sprites as well as CGs for the game.
XkungWork – 3D Character Modeller
XkungWork is our 3D character modeler who is in charge of bringing our character concept art to life.
Kannnaduki – Composer
Kannazuki is our composer for Destiny Chronicles who creates the OSTs / BGMs for the game.
Ashton Morris - Sound Designer
Ashton Morris is our sound designer who creates the sound effects inside the game.
Risks and challenges
We know that developing games always has a large risk factor and many things can go wrong. However, we will try our best to reduce the risks involved with the development of Destiny Chronicles.
We have previously worked on smaller games such as Ascendant Hearts & Anime Studio Simulator which gives us a clearer picture of how to handle projects. We can't promise that there won’t be delays for the launch date of the game, but we'll post regular updates to keep you updated about the development of Destiny Chronicles.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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