Love Esquire - Dating Sim/RPG/Visual Novel
A romantic-comedy visual novel/dating simulator with a nostalgic touch of old-school RPG combat. Lots of plots and backstories!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 8 2018 7:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter campaign! Take a look around to know more about Love Esquire, and how you can help make it a reality! ♡
Please take note that this is an alpha demo; everything is still a work-in-progress and may change in the final game. If you encounter any problems or bugs, please let us know ASAP! Don't forget to answer the survey found at the end for a special wallpaper! :)
All ✪ DIGITAL BASIC ✪ and above backers may add $5 USD (or $40 HKD) to their existing pledge to get a FREE Steam key of The Letter. That's 2 games for $20 USD, which is their retail price (buy 1 take 1). The physical game box of The Letter is not anymore included in this promo. This promo will run until the end of the Kickstarter. Keys will be given after the campaign, once the pledges have successfully been processed.
REMINDER: If you're a ✪ DIGITAL BASIC ✪ and above backer who pledged within the first 24 hours of the campaign, you don't need to add anything because you automatically get The Letter for free, as part of the previous early bird promo.
The Great Harem Progress: 10 out of 20 points
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- Reblog this: https://bit.ly/2CklF2h (55 reblogs as of 9/12/2018)
- Like the Hype Trailer: https://bit.ly/2oHx3Mf (242 likes as of 9/14/2018)
- Join our Discord: https://bit.ly/2NtL6mn (860 members as of 9/14/2018)
- Stream the demo: 5 streams so far (here, here, here, here, here)
- Reddit: 3 posts so far with more than 20 upvotes (here, here, here)
For those who are joining the harem challenge, please tag @yangyangmobile in your posts and use the following hashtags, so we could keep track of its progress! #LoveEsquire, #LoveEsquireKS, #LEHaremChallenge, #LoveEsquireFanArt
Love Esquire is a romantic-comedy visual novel/dating simulator, with a nostalgic touch of old-school RPG combat.
In this game, you're not a famous knight, but a good-for-nothing squire who's on a quest to find man's greatest pleasure. Getting the girl won't be easy though, since most of them are waaay out of your league!
To make things worse: you have a few months left before this huge war happens, and the only thing you know is how to milk cows. Good luck cramming years worth of training into four months! If it's any consolation, you get a medal if you die. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
No one believes that a lowly squire can save the world while banging – err, bagging – the girl of his dreams... but with a shitton of dumb luck, well... you might just prove them wrong!
Welcome to the world of Love Esquire, and may the fertility god have mercy on your virginity.
Whose name will these girls cry out during those scenes? You decide! This is your adventure, after all.
On an epic quest to experience man’s greatest pleasure, you get to choose from five eligible ladies. Spend time with either the local farm girl, nurse, or perhaps that troublemaker from downtown. If you’re feeling a bit ambitious, there’s also two princesses for you to romance. Whoever you chose, these girls have their own personality quirks and unique storylines for you to discover.
Just like in real life, you’ll have to manage your time wisely in the game. Traveling, training, socializing, and searching for the girl of your dreams all take up a big chunk of your day, so plan ahead! The life of a squire may be a busy one, but that doesn’t mean you should overwork! Be careful, or else you’ll wake up late the next day...
Now that your days as a farm boy are over, you get another dirty job — being a squire! But to reach some level of decency, 'Squirehood for Dummies' suggests you train these abilities (stats):
- Charisma (CHA) - a squire should always capture everyone’s hearts.
- Intelligence (INT) - a squire should always know how to keep his knight alive.
- Strength (STR) - a squire should always be in top shape.
These stats will have an impact on your skills during combat. In addition, they also affect your relationship with the girls (each have their own preference), and influences the ending you'll get. In other words, shape up to be the ideal man for the best results!
Stats can be trained at the Barracks (STR), Tavern (CHA), and Archives (INT). Of course, the more time you spend training, the higher the resulting experience.
We’ve added our own flavor to the classic RPG turn-based combat system! Put your skills to the test and prove your worth by battling powerful monsters during campaigns!
As a squire, you have a number of “unconventional” ways to assist your needy knight by healing him, boosting his morale, taunting enemies, and looting gold. Properly time your actions to unleash the full potential of your skills which are simply... out of this world!
Get to know your waifu on a personal level by being around her and talking about stuff. Sure, she’ll think you’re a creep at first, but persistence is key! As she eventually warms up to you, find out how there’s more to her than meets the eye.
Giving gifts can also boost your relationship. After all, who doesn't love a man that knows how to treat his lady right? Just remember that not everyone will like the same gift, so don’t give your girl the wrong items!
Your fate is determined by the actions you take. As such, things can either go really great... or really wrong.
What's waiting for your squire at the end of four months? We hope you make the right choices to get that sweet and happy ending you deserve. If not, well... let’s just see what happens!
So that your waifus can partially express their partially undying love for you, we've teamed up with voice over veterans at Sound Cadence Studios to bring our characters to life through partial voice acting!
With their help, Love Esquire boasts a professional and equally stellar cast spearheaded by VO director, Amber Lee Connors:
The game contains subjects and themes your parents warned you about as a kid.
Furthermore, even though the game features a healthy amount of fanservice, ecchi and sexually suggestive illustrations, no private parts will be shown. The game will also not have an official 18+ or h-patch due to our country's legal laws.
However, since parts of the game will be moddable on release, fan-made patches are possible in the future.
Love Esquire will support simple modding. Specific parts of the game can be altered by the players, such as:
- BGMs & SFX
Further details regarding modding will be discussed in a future update. NOTE: Modding is not yet available in the alpha demo.
The game houses several backgrounds and CGs, all beautifully painted to give the game a polished and radiant look. Intimately explore not only the fantasy world of Caerulia, but your waifus as well. ;)
We want you to experience the feels while playing this game, and our soundtrack will see to that! Love Esquire has over 30 original tracks in total, with event and character themes for Squire and the five heroines. Why don't you give it a listen?
Having lived most of his life as a farm boy, you take control of the inexperienced and carefree Squire. Watch him grow to become the ideal man and overcome the various challenges he's yet to face.
His fate (and virginity) rests in your hands.
These are the lovely ladies of Love Esquire. More than just pretty faces, they have their own unique personalities, story arcs, and backstories!
For better or for worse, these plot-important minor characters are here to see you through your journey.
Depending on how smooth the development goes, we're looking at a late-2018 to mid-2019 release for Love Esquire. It will be distributed on Steam and Itch.io (Windows/Mac/Linux), followed by a mobile release (Android/iOS) a few months after. We don't have any plans for a console release, but that's something we might possibly consider once the game is out.
We've been self-funding Love Esquire's development for a year now, along with some help from our generous Patrons. But with sales from our previous game thinning down, we need additional funding to help us survive the final stretch of production. Furthermore, we want to include several features that are, unfortunately, way out of our budget. We're hoping to gather as much support as we can to realize our dreams for the game (see stretch goals).
Kickstarter is also a good way to establish rapport and communication with our players as development goes on. We highly encourage you to be involved whenever we have an update. Your feedback is essential to ensure that Love Esquire will stay on the right track!
To ensure your money is handled properly, here's a breakdown on how we plan to use the funds:
Art & Animation (40%) - we want our art assets to be beautiful and polished down to the last detail, so a huge chunk of our funding will go to this department.
Writing & Editing (20%) - while the story in Love Esquire is relatively shorter compared to an average visual novel, we still need to ensure that it has a good flow and will have the proper editing that it needs.
Programming (20%) - the game is being developed in Unity 3D, and we still have a couple of systems that need to be thoroughly tested. Our programmers are working hard to ensure that the game is stable with minimal bugs upon release.
Music (10%) - As previously mentioned, Love Esquire will have its own original soundtrack, and at least 10 more BGMs are awaiting to be composed.
Fees & Taxes (10%) - last but not the least, we need to pay the required fees and taxes to Kickstarter and the government.
To maximize our development funds, we only offer digital rewards at the moment. From our previous experience, producing high-quality physical items cost a pretty penny. We might consider adding them in the future only if there's enough demand from the community. Nevertheless, we will make sure that you will get high-quality rewards, even if they're digital.
Here are our ambitious stretch goals for the game. These goals will surely bring out the best in Love Esquire in terms of gameplay, story and overall polish.
Because of their scope, all of them require substantial dev time to implement, so the game's schedule will have to be adjusted accordingly. Further details will be discussed in a future update.
This is the bare minimum we need to ensure that we wouldn't have a very hard time finishing the game (financially, at least). This includes all the features already mentioned above.
This level of support will give us enough funding to implement animated backgrounds into the game. While we don't have any samples yet to show for Love Esquire, the image above shows how we handled background animations in our previous game, The Letter.
Reaching this goal will allow us to put at least ten more juicy CGs into the game! That's a loooot more plots and backstories for you! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Our digital dakimakuras will come to fruition! We will be able to print them in the highest quality possible (2way tricot) for your hugging comfort! They will be available as an add-on through BackerKit once the campaign ends.
Furthermore, backers in the $500 USD (or $3,925 HKD) & $1000 (or $7,850 HKD) tiers will receive one (1) dakimakura of their choice for free (including shipping)!
NOTE: This is a pillow case only. Actual pillow is not included.
This guarantees that the game will be fully voiced in English, even the faceless NPCs! Because of your support, we can now afford to compensate our stellar cast for the heavy workload!
All CGs in the game will be animated using Spine2D for a more dramatic effect. The animation quality will be similar to the game's main menu (see video above).
If you allow us to go this far, we will be able to expand, upgrade and further polish our RPG campaign by refining the gameplay and adding more enemies & levels into the game!
But wait! There's more! You will be able to bring your waifu into your adventures! Amy as your bard, or Princess Kamala as the team's mage? What could possibly go wrong!
We will produce a fully animated, frame-by-frame one-minute opening trailer for the game, which rivals what we did for The Letter's (see video above). The full song used in the trailer will be included in the game's original soundtrack DLC.
We're Yangyang Mobile, an indie company specializing in video games and mobile apps development. Our HQ in the Philippines is run by a group of passionate individuals who live off creativity and pizza! We're known for The Letter and The Diary, both interactive visual novel games.
The Letter was a successful Kickstarter project and a highly-rated game; it is our validation to everyone that we're not only capable of completing this project, but also delivering it up to standards.
With your help, we're hoping Love Esquire to become our best game yet! :)
Even if you can't pledge to our campaign, you could contribute by helping us spread the word! It's very important for more people to know about our game. You could make fanarts or do let's plays, or tell your favorite Youtuber/Twitch Streamer/Press/Media about us!
You could also show your support by using these Love Esquire avatars, and by helping achieve our social media challenge (see harem challenge above), so the game could have an official harem route!
The success of Love Esquire is all up to you!
Risks and challenges
Although there’s always a chance that the game’s release might be delayed, the completion of Love Esquire is extremely likely at this point, since we’re already half-way through the game’s development (unless the apocalypse happens).
While we cannot promise a smooth sailing development period moving forward, what we can promise is that we’ll be as transparent as possible regarding the setbacks that we’re facing, and what our plans of actions are towards resolving them.
We’re not new to game development, and this isn’t our first title, so we’re more than ready and equipped to overcome the various challenges we’ve yet to face. We hope we’ve garnered enough credibility, trust, and goodwill in the past to prove to everyone that we always keep our promises to the best of our abilities.
Thank you so much for considering to back Love Esquire, and we hope you join us in our ride! ♡Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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