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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 20 2019

Kwest: Location Based Augmented Reality Storytelling (Canceled)

The first AR storytelling experience at scale. Immersing users in real-world exploration via episodic narrative adventures.

Kwest: Location Based Augmented Reality Storytelling (Canceled)

The first AR storytelling experience at scale. Immersing users in real-world exploration via episodic narrative adventures.

$2,241
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 20 2019

About


 Watch: Demo Gameplay footage from the launch-day Wonderland story. Meet the Cheshire Cat and make sure some turtle doves continue on their journey. 

Try Kwest NOW: 

You can download and try our Home Demo for Android or iOS for free RIGHT NOW at www.kwest.app/demo

This is available publicly, and you don’t need to back our Campaign to get access. If you try it out and enjoy it, we ask that you at least pledge $5 (Our “Stray” level) to help us continue our development process.

Think "Quest."

Kwest is immersing players in real-world exploration via episodic narrative adventures.  What does that mean? It means that you're going to get to be the hero.

Players will be able to play in their favorite worlds from books, TV, shows, movies, and more as the main character in an interactive narrative adventure - with their city as the setting through the power of Augmented Reality.

Think “Pokemon Go + Netflix” with a bit of Telltale Games sprinkled in.

You will make choices that mold your own unique outcomes, changing and shaping the story worlds with your decisions. 

Our aim is to work with as many entertainment partners as possible - bringing everyone's favorite books, audio books, TV shows & movies to life, with YOU as the central hero.

We’ve been in discussions with entertainment companies like Nickelodeon, Netflix & HBO - all expressing interest in our vision, and YOU can get exclusive rewards and bonuses in those and many other story worlds for helping make Kwest a reality.

What we AREN'T is:

  • Affiliated with Kanye West
  • The Rapper Kwesta
  • Pronounced Kay-West (our name is actually based on the phonetic pronunciation of Quest " kwɛst "

At launch, we will be featuring three original stories for Players to explore.

 Watch: What IS Kwest? Our Product Summary, for you to enjoy.

 Watch: Welcome to "Kwest Labs" where Augmented Reality engagement is explored and honed.

 Augmented Reality shouldn’t be a gimmick.

We’re dedicated to creating moments of magic for our players, and Augmented Reality is a key component of that development process. AR has, in our opinion, been overused and underestimated.

We ask ourselves, “Why is this being played in AR?” If the mechanic / scene can easily be played without AR, it will likely not create the moment of wonder we are hoping to achieve.

 The choices players make will impact their experience on many levels, including what happens within that particular AR scene, aesthetic shifts, and even how their story progresses between Arcs (and throughout the entire Kwest universe).

There is no hard limit on the number of max branches, choices or endings for the story, allowing our writers to have creative freedom, and easing the process of adding in new features as stories grow, maximizing replayability as well.

Although a core pillar of the Kwest experience is branching narrative, each experience is also brought to life through new and innovative uses of AR technology and gameplay. 

 
 Our focus, as always, is on the technology and storytelling.

Due to popular demand, we’re updated our T-Shirt Reward and now, if you back the campaign at ANY point, you’ll get our awesome “It’s All Real” Kickstarter Exclusive reward. Backers at the $25 level will be getting a logo t-shirt as a special thanks, but then ALL backers who previously would have had shirts will get both “It’s All Real” and Logo shirts as well.

And did we mention that the enamel pin will be Glow-In-The-Dark? Yeah. Awesome.

All In-Game Currency Bundles are subject to change based on economy assessments and adjustments, but will scale relative to both final economy and other Bundle sizes.

Projected sizes are Small (300 Koins, 50 Kourage), Medium (500 Koins, 75 Kourage), Big (1000 Koins, 100 Kourage), Huge (2000 Koins, 150 Kourage), and Massive (3500 Koins, 300 Kourage) “Koins” are used to purchase in-game items and outfits. “Kourage” unlocks new worlds and adventures

Oh, also, there are NO DIFFERENCES between our $50 and $65 backer levels.

 Watch: Demo Gameplay footage from the launch-day Wonderland story. Meet the White Rabbit and battle one of the Queen's Card Guards.


Why Kickstarter?

Until this point, Kwest has been 100% bootstrapped without taking any outside capital. 

While on track to launch a full platform regardless, Kwest’s development process and funding status has reached a point that our options are either undervalue and take a short-term investment (which would damage the company in the long run), or continue to push forward slowly as a bootstrapped organization and delay our launch timelines.

With the funding from this Kickstarter, we can continue to build the best product possible without compromising our creative and technical strategy.

Merch

Kwest is extremely conscious of the unique environmental and ethical impact that technology companies, especially startups, have on textiles, plastics, and paper consumption.

We're using the richness of our collective voices to work with manufacturers, vendors, shops, and individuals to create products, both promotional and consumer, that are as positive for the world as possible.

Our t-shirts are organic cotton with non-caustic dyes and processing. Pins and other merch are sourced from small manufacturers and casting/design businesses and within the US whenever possible. In addition, all of our paper products (notes, books, etc) are printed on recycled paper using soy based inks.

What does this Kickstarter pay for?

After Kickstarter’s fee, and the cost of physical rewards & shipping, which we estimate will equal about 30% of our final raised amount, the remaining funds will be spent solely on the development and production of Kwest and our launch. 

Though our goal of $40,000 may seem high for a mobile app, it is an extremely modest budget for the kind of experience that Kwest is creating. Consider us somewhere between a basic mobile game and an fully developed indie-title on a console or PC.

One of the primary uses of our crowdfunding profits will go directly to the coders and artists that have worked to make this game happen.

 Watch: Gameplay and Tech Demo built for Nickelodeon, featuring a re-launch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Brand. Explore our narrative and gameplay development process with your favorite green do-gooders.

We have grown to an amazingly talented team of around a dozen, and have been hard at work building this brand new version of Kwest for the world. We released our first tech demo March 9th, 2019 for early consumer feedback. 

In the first month of our Demo Release we had more than 1500 downloads, with 4000+ scenes played, and players LOVE it. 

83% of demo players said they enjoyed the experience and rated us at 4 or 5 stars.

We think you should try it for yourself. It's available on both Android and iOS, and you can even play it without AR scenes enabled to try the story alone!

 Connect with us on social media and get extra info and bonus content.

Interact directly with the Kwest team, get sneak peeks are upcoming developments, and stay current with our overall progress.

Delivering Extra Podcast - https://anchor.fm/deliveringextra?fbclid=IwAR0zFYb6uMhYEogJvGaHYSEMofNEBx5Ar6fgOIiHg3SRk7GaaCmnOjSgBUY

Superb Crew - https://www.superbcrew.com/kwest-narrative-adventure-meets-augmented-reality-an-interview-with-the-founder-ceo/

Thrive Global - https://thriveglobal.com/stories/how-a-strangers-dog-drives-storytelling-and-technology-from-the-cosmos-to-kwest/

Dom B Podcast -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIZUi5wVzks

Risks and challenges

Producing interactive entertainment is a very complex business, and we take it seriously.

Though every project has inherent risks, and there are plenty of unknowns associated with any large endeavor, our experience gives us certain advantages as we anticipate the exciting and complicated task ahead.

We've filled our team with experienced game designers, writers, artists, and developers who themselves have delivered successful projects before. Before we considered crowdfunding, we ensured that we could complete short sprints with functional products. We also have a publicly available Home Demo which backers and other interested players can try out immediately (www.kwest.app/demo)

We feel extremely confident that we can deliver a game of this scope with minimal delays.

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    The easiest way to get a the whole Kwest experience at launch. With The Drifter package you'll be able to unlock new worlds immediately AND get a snazzy digital wallpaper for backers only.

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    Leave your mark on the Kwest Universe by naming one of our many secret items scattered throughout the adventures AND have us thank you directly for it. Win-win!

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    Your time as a Voyager has resulted in the expertise needed to create EXACTLY the kinds of customized outfits and items needed for your adventures. You'll be saving the day in a style that fits your personality perfectly.

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