Echoes of the Fey - Fantasy Visual Novel Series
Echoes of the Fey - Fantasy Visual Novel Series
Magic meets mystery in Echoes of the Fey, a series of detective stories in a world of high fantasy.
Magic meets mystery in Echoes of the Fey, a series of detective stories in a world of high fantasy. Read more
Echoes of the Fey is an ongoing series of detective stories in a high fantasy setting. Play as Sofya Rykov, a private investigator with a dangerous secret of her own: she’s the only Human who can wield magic. Each episode offers a standalone experience with unique gameplay and branching story-lines.
When first creating this project, we wanted to explore a variety of themes through the war-ridden landscape of Oraz. The primary conflict brews between two races: Humans and Leshin (elves).
The first episode, Echoes of the Fey: The Fox's Trail, is already released on Steam, Xbox One, and PS4. This series differs from traditional episodic games in that each installment is a full game with a standalone mystery. This is especially true of The Last Sacrament, which will be the biggest episode yet and the most epic project our studio has ever created. Developed in Unreal Engine 4, The Last Sacrament contains 3D environments and visual effects beyond the scope of most visual novels.
Although the world of Echoes of the Fey is rich, complex, and filled with lore, none of that would matter without Sofya Rykov: the true heart and soul of the project.
We’ve all seen the angsty detective struggling to solve some hard-boiled noir mystery a hundred times over. But usually it’s a man. For Echoes of the Fey, we wanted to put a woman in that role instead.
Ever since surviving the tremendous explosion of a Fey reactor, Sofya is the only Human who can wield magic. She sports a sassy, optimistic attitude that laughs in the face of danger, but this is a cover for the fear and helplessness underneath. As a result she sleeps around, drinks heavily, and knows she could die at any moment from the strange magic trapped inside of her.
Large segments of The Last Sacrament will play in the traditional visual novel style with choices to manipulate the story. Choices will affect your relationships with each character, offering multiple romance options throughout the game. Your dialogue options can also help Sofya solve her case.
The player can also traverse the world between story segments by controlling Sofya on side-scrolling maps. You can find extra clues by exploring Vodotsk beyond the main story path.
But in a unique twist, The Last Sacrament also features an in-world tabletop RPG called RiftRealms.
Inspired by story-focused pen and paper games, Sofya will play RiftRealms games with various supporting characters as dungeon master. Players will build a character in RiftRealms to fight increasingly more powerful foes. Meanwhile, Sofya's companions will reveal new layers of their personalities by how they choose to tell a RiftRealms story.
At Woodsy Studio, we believe strongly in the power of music to set the mood of a game and even the tone of a story. Among our reward tiers, you have a chance to get the soundtrack for The Last Sacrament as well as all previous episodes of Echoes of the Fey! Here are some music samples from the series.
At the core of Woodsy Studio are two people: Jenny Gibbons and Malcolm Pierce. We are two married screenwriters who moved out of Hollywood in 2008. Malcolm Pierce worked as a lawyer and Jenny Gibbons published novels before we decided to combine our powers and make video games.
But we also collaborate with other artists and developers from time to time, and we hire amazingly wonderful voice actors to help bring our stories to life!
------ CREDITS ------
Written by Malcolm Pierce and Jenny Gibbons
Music by Jenny Gibbons
Programming by Jenny Gibbons and Malcolm Pierce
------ VOICE ACTING ------
SOFYA RYKOV – Amber Leigh
HEREMON IR-CALDY – David Dixon
ARKADY VANZIN – CJ Aulenbach
KATERINA LAPIDUS – Sara Secora
NIKOLAI MELINKOV – Christopher Vitemb
LUKA TETERIV – J.P. Daman
ANYA SAITOV – Helen Edgeworth
SIMION IR-SHEAF – Jacob Anderson
NADEZHDA MELINKOV – Felicia Valenti
ALMA MELINKOV – Amber Cunliffe
MORVYN IR’CROMADH – Jeremiah George
- $10,000 = More CGs. This extra money would enable us to spend even more time on art to illustrate as many exciting moments as possible
- $15,000 = Full, detailed lore codex available in the game
- $20,000 = More costumes and shop items. As is, the shops will offer a few costumes and hair options, but we could add a lot more with the proper resources
- $30,000 = Full voice acting! Right now, only the most important scenes of the game will be fully voiced. But at this amount we would get the whole game voiced!
Risks and challenges
Although we're a small studio, we have shipped 6 games in the course of about 5 years. We work hard, and we have proven time and time again that we can stick with a project from concept to completion.
The primary challenge we face now is funding, which is why we've decided to try Kickstarter. No matter what, we will finish Echoes of the Fey: The Last Sacrament; the only question is when. A successful Kickstarter would enable us to focus all our efforts on completing this project and adding all the features we envision. Barring any significant setbacks, we hope to release this episode on PC (and possibly consoles) by Spring 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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