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Heart of the Woods - Voice Acting & Merchandise

Full English voice acting for the yuri visual novel "Heart of the Woods," available on PC and coming to Nintendo Switch

Heart of the Woods - Voice Acting & Merchandise

Full English voice acting for the yuri visual novel "Heart of the Woods," available on PC and coming to Nintendo Switch

$24,614
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511
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 31 2019 7:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Open your ears to the sound of gentle snowfall whistling through the woods. Can you hear the forest sing?

Heart of the Woods is a fantasy yuri visual novel about supernatural adventure, ancient intrigue, and a blossoming romance between two women that defies destiny. The hit game was released in February 2019 as the first title launched by Studio Élan and was met with critical acclaim. Now, we’re inviting you to revisit this modern fairytale once more - this time, with fully voice-acted dialogue on all platforms, including the upcoming Nintendo Switch release! Whether you’re experiencing the story for the first time or retracing your footprints through the snow, this reimagined experience isn’t one you’ll soon forget.

Thank you to everyone who's helped make our campaign a success!
Click to check out the Steam page for HotW, which includes an unvoiced demo of the game to try!

With YOUR help, we're going to be adding full English voice acting to the game, adding another layer of magic to the story. This update will come out at the same time as the Nintendo Switch release of the game. This will be our first time publishing on a console, ever, so we're really freakin' excited about it. Everyone who already owns Heart of the Woods on PC will receive the voice acting update for free when it's out.

PayPal: If you'd like to support this project but not on Kickstarter, send as an email at melanie@vnstudioelan.com to discuss making a PayPal pledge instead. If the campaign is unsuccessful, your pledge will be refunded.

Other Pledging Options: A couple weeks after the campaign ends, we'll open up pre-orders for the Kickstarter merchandise on Backerkit, which is a 3rd-party pledge-management service. Items will be priced the same on Backerkit as they are on KS and will be available for approximately a month and a half to two months after Backerkit opens. All funds raised there will count towards our stretch goals if they're not hit during the main campaign.

Cast:

Maddie Raines - Allie Goodell

Abigail - Heidi Tabing

Tara Bryck - Stephanie Arata

Morgan Fischer - Kira Buckland

Evelyn - Tara Langella

Fairies - Lisa Reimold, Tina Kim, Anairis Quinones

Fairy Queen - Emaline Tuck

Casting is being handled by Studio Coattails, with Wyatt Abernathie handling casting and direction.

Synopsis:

Maddie Raines is ready to move on. As editor, manager, and eternal sidekick for her best friend Tara’s supernatural investigation vlog channel, Taranormal, she heads towards adventure, but all Maddie feels is held back. Despite Tara’s boundless enthusiasm and internet popularity, she has yet to make a true discovery, and Maddie is ready to move forward with her own life and leave the channel for good.

A strange young woman named Morgan from Eysenfeld, a village an ocean away, invites Tara with the promise of undeniable proof of supernatural activity. Tara leaps at the opportunity, but Maddie has her doubts. The last thing she expected to happen was for Morgan to be telling the truth.

 One particular encounter tugs at Maddie’s heartstrings - Abigail, the ghost of a young woman from centuries past, reveals herself after countless years of solitude. Wronged in life and isolated in death, Abigail’s soul lingers within the forests of Eysenfeld. As Maddie grows closer to the spirit, she soon finds that their bond has blossomed into one passionate enough to transcend the barrier between life and death.

However, as Tara and Morgan investigate, Maddie realizes that it falls upon them to uproot the curse that has the village of Eysenfeld bound in a vile spell - both to set a centuries-old injustice right once and for all, and to make sure that the woman she’s come to love can know peace.

Stretch Goals:

We're only including a couple stretch goals here since the game is effectively complete.

At our base goal, the voice acting for Heart of the Woods will be fully funded! We'll be voicing all of the game's dialogue, aside from the H-scenes, which will not be voiced.

At $20k, we'll be able to do a couple touch-ups to the game, including refreshing a couple of the art assets. We'll also get a couple of the non-dialogue parts of the game voiced, mostly some narrated parts that we think would be extra powerful when voice acted.

Finally, at $35k, we'll be able to offer physical copies of the Nintendo Switch version of the game. The stretch goal is priced that way because we would have to order a minimum number of cartridges - several thousand, in fact - and we need to make sure we've got the funds to do so. Please note that the digital Nintendo Switch release is not dependent on this Kickstarter. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will be released digitally even if this stretch goal is not achieved.

Beyond $35k, we'll be investing everything we have into making long Geladura even longer. You have our word.

(No but really, anything raised in excess will go towards the development of future games.)

Rewards:

We've teamed up with a host of amazing guest artists in order to offer some memorable merchandise. Many of these items are limited to this Kickstarter campaign, so don't miss out! If you want to add one of these items to your order, please add the item's price to your pledge. So, for example, if you just wanted the regular PC Game and the set of magnets, you would choose the PC Game pledge tier at $20 and add an additional $20 to your pledge amount. Once Backerkit is open, you'll be able to apply that $20 to the magnet set.  Please note that physical items will have separate shipping prices that will be added in Backerkit after the campaign is over. 

Backerkit is a third-party service that lets you add items to your order, update your shipping information, and just generally make life easier for you and for us. Everyone who pledges to the campaign, no matter which tier, will receive an email invitation to Backerkit a few weeks after the campaign ends.

Miss out on the campaign or don't wanna use Kickstarter? Our campaign merch will be available on Backerkit for a limited time after the campaign ends, but once Backerkit closes, that's it.

Remember, these prices don't include shipping! Those costs will be added in Backerkit.

Please note that cover designs for the game, artbook and box are placeholders and will change prior to release. The physical game copy will include a new reversible cover illustrated by Rosuuri, and the Collector's Edition box will feature a new illustration by Sanglim.


Digital Nintendo Switch Copy - $15

Physical Copy - $20 -  Get a physical copy of Heart of the Woods on disc in a DVD-size case, featuring a new reversible cover! This is the full, fully voiced version, playable on Windows, Mac and Linux. If the Nintendo Switch physical copy stretch goal is met, then a version of the game on a Nintendo Switch cartridge in a standard Nintendo Switch game case will be available.

Artbook - $20 physical / $5 digital - A softcover artbook featuring art, developer commentary, and behind-the-scenes details about Heart of the Woods. Page count to be determined, but will be at least 24 pages. Currently, the digital version is only planned for PC. However, it will not require a PC copy of the game to redeem.

Original Soundtrack (OST) - $15 - A two-disc set including both halves of the mystical HotW original soundtrack, composed by Sarah Mancuso and Kris Flacke. Please note that this does NOT include the ending theme by In Love With a Ghost.

Paper Dolls - $10 - Designed by Kaiami, this set of paper dolls is printed on cardstock and includes Maddie, Tara, Abby, Morgan and the fairy queen! Also includes alternate outfits for Maddie and Abby. Cut out the pieces with scissors and use them to dress up the dolls! You can even mix-and-match, in case you ever wanted to see what Tara looks like in Maddie's glasses and jacket.

Acrylic Keychains - $10 each or $35 set - Illustrated by Konatsu Hare from Alice In Dissonance, these keychains feature the main 4 girls in special, fairy-tale themed outfits. Available individually, or as a set with a discount!

T-shirt - $35 - Featuring a lovely image by ___girlfriends, this comfy tee also stars all four of the main cast. It'll be available in US sizes XS-XXL. You'll choose your shirt size in Backerkit a few weeks after the campaign ends.

Magnet Set -$4 each or $20 set - A very serious reward, designed by minute and utilizing game art by Rosuuri. Measuring 2x2 inches and available individually or as a set of 6, you can stick 'em on your fridge, on your whiteboard, or wherever else you'd like.

Coffee Mug - $15 - Or hot chocolate mug, or tea, or cider. The possibilities are limitless. These 11oz ceramic mugs come with your choice of design: TaraMorgan or MaddieAbby. Both have a different seasonal aesthetic, and both were illustrated by minute!

Postcard - $3 - Get a physical copy of the thank-you postcard illustrated by adirosa, delivered directly to your mailbox (or included in the package with everything else). Once again, the illustration includes the four main girls in their fairy-tale outfits designed by Hare-san!

Collector's Edition - $75 - The deluxe version of the game, for, well, collectors. Includes the physical game, artbook and OST in a sleek chipboard box, featuring a new illustration by Sanglim. Also includes a unique Fairy Queen keychain by Hitsu, a postcard and enamel pin by Clivenzu, a digipak CD of the Heart of the Woods Ending Theme by In Love With a Ghost feat. Ukuletea, and a letter from us, the developers. D'aww. All of these items are exclusive to the collector's edition, and are not the same as the items available as addons. If we hit the Nintendo Switch physical copy stretch goal, then a version of this item including the Nintendo Switch version will be available. 

Studio Élan (yes, we also copy and paste the É) is a game development studio built around our shared love for two things: the fantasy genre and girls. We exclusively make games featuring romance between women. We released Heart of the Woods in February of 2019, and alongside Studio Coattails are the creators of Highway Blossoms. Our biggest aim is to increase the amount of positive representation out there. We hope that our stories will resonate with you.

Wanna keep up with us? You can follow us on a whole smörgåsbord of social media platforms, although we're most active on Twitter:

Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | Discord

You can also follow us on itch.io or subscribe to our newsletter! We sometimes send out exclusive sneak peeks and hold giveaways for newsletter subscribers =)

Risks and challenges

The game is already finished and completed, and even voice acting recording is well underway, so we're confident in our ability to get everything finished. There is a chance that we could encounter delays in the porting process, however at this point in time the game looks good for a Q1 2020 release, with the merchandise following a couple months after. We're working with our publisher, who's very experienced in Kickstarter campaigns, to help get everything printed and fulfilled. And of course, we promise to keep you guys updated on progress every step of the way.

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