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$117,891
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
1,158
backers
39days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, September 26 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome To Zenith 

Zenith is a VR MMO inspired by our favorite animes and JRPGs, where millions of people can play, socialize, and create their own unique experience together.

Fight, craft, explore, and live in the first cross platform VR MMO. Forge alliances and friendships in guilds and parties. Participate in epic raids and world events, or go blaze your own path. Become forever immortalized in a world that will become as important as the real one.

If you don't have VR yet, you'll be able to play Zenith on your desktop, too! 

Enter Zenith and become the hero you were destined to be.

Zenith is first and foremost about immersing players in a gorgeous world that you want to get lost in. 

Ruins outside Zenith
Ruins outside Zenith

We grew up playing games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and more recently Nier: Automata. We loved Sword Art Online, Castle in the Sky, and other classic anime. We religiously read books like Snow Crash, Ready Player One, and Rainbow's End. These worlds were integral parts of our lives but it always felt like we were seeing those worlds through a small window. We’re building Zenith because we want to you to experience living in these worlds.

Desktop Support

Zenith will be playable on a desktop PC.

All backers will receive both a VR version of the game, and a desktop version of the game, tied using the same account ID. Play Zenith in the same world as your VR counterparts! The desktop gaming experience will feature a completely different playstyle and a different class that is custom designed for desktop.

Then, when you are ready to switch over to VR, you'll have the VR version ready to go, and we'll even port your progress into your new VR character!

Dynamic Living World 

We want your life in Zenith to feel as visceral as your real life. That's why we've invested so much time and energy into crafting the environment to be visually striking, and beautiful. 

In game vendor stall
In game vendor stall

We're partnering with Improbable and using Spatial OS, the worlds most advanced MMORPG platform, which will enable us to create huge, dynamic, open worlds. 

In addition to powering huge worlds, the platform will enable previously impossible things in an MMORPG, like real physics, complex AI, and a landscape that evolves and is shaped by players and NPCs alike. We have plans to fully utilize Spatial OS for features like conquerable player settlements, crafting, and customizable player housing. Zenith will also feature a large, open world, with no loading screens. 

Class and Character Customization

Play your character exactly as you want. Instead of the typical holy trinity of Tank, DPS, and Healer, every class in Zenith can become each role, depending on which skills you equip.

Want to play the role of a paladin? Or maybe a mage tank? The choice is yours! 

Customize your character's looks with a variety of different facial features. Zenith will feature full body avatars and animations. No floaty heads and hands typically seen in VR games.

Also, change the way you sound, so you can really remain anonymous, becoming who you want to be using voice modulation and filters. 

Advanced AI

A fully immersive world must be filled with believable characters and AI. Monsters you face off against in Zenith will dodge, hide, and hunt in lifelike ways, unlike any MMORPG you've seen before.

Keep your wits about you, or you might be ambushed by wolves on the prowl, and step lightly when you enter your first dungeon! Beasts in the deep have most likely heard your footsteps already.

Streamlined Combat System 

Combat in Zenith fully leverages the physicality of VR to deliver satisfying gameplay. 

Pull earth shields out of the ground, suck creatures in with devastating gravity wells, or simply blast them with ultimate power using chain lightning.

Mastering each class will feel like mastering a new sport or martial art. For example, the ranged Essence Mage relies heavily on ranged throwing and aiming and accuracy, while the melee Duelist relies on timing combos. 

And while we want the game to feel real, and immersive, we also want it to to be easy to learn. Combat is designed to feel satisfying at all skill levels.

And More!

Player Guildhall
Player Guildhall

Of course Zenith will also feature guilds, crafting, social, instanced dungeons, world events and all the other things you know and love about MMORPGs. We look forward to announcing more about those features in the coming months.

--- Incoming Transmission from Zenith Skywave ---

Hey you! Yes, I'm talking to you -- sitting right there, on Urth? Erth? Eh, nevermind. Before you cross the portal into our world, there's some stuff you need to know..

Are you the hero we've been looking for? (◕‿◕✿)
Are you the hero we've been looking for? (◕‿◕✿)

In our world, Essence is the life force inherent in all living things that enables those versed in the Old Way to weave magic. The Zenitheans, citizens of Zenith, harnessed Essence using their amplifiers and engineers to power and run the massive city-state. 

Hundreds of years ago a massive vessel from the stars commanded by the God-King Rhel'ka crashed into our world and unleashed unspeakable horrors, creatures, and beasts upon our world. The Zenithean Council made the decision that day to close their gates -- sealing off the city off from all outlanders, forever dividing those within, and those without.

Eventually Rhel'ka was sealed away in the darkest depths of the world, but the end of the war marked the deaths of half the peoples of our world.

The only city to emerge unscathed, was Zenith.

Outside the city gates, people have learned to live with nature, rather than rule over it. We have come to love the green, the forest, and even the dark night. But every day the seal over Rhel'ka grows weaker, and there are those who have forgotten the lessons of the past, who would see another Calamity befall us. 

But there are some things that can only be seen in person. Every fiber in my being tells me you have a part to play in our history. Enter the portal, and I will tell you more. 

--- End Transmission---

For more story, check out our choose your own adventure game on itch!

Adam Hetenyi - Principal Lead MMO Game Designer, Cryptic Studios

Adam is an amazing narrative and game designer that is currently the lead game designer on a secret MMORPG for Cryptic Studios. In the past, he lead game design for The Surge 2, as well as Trove and worked as a game designer on Everquest. Clearly, Adam brings an amazing wealth of experience, and we are super lucky to have him.

Here's what Adam had to say about our project:

 For people who love online worlds, a game like Ramen VR's Zenith is a bit of a holy grail -- often sought after and wished for, but difficult to find! Which gamer hasn't wished for a fully immersive game experience in a beautiful, atmospheric world with fun and addictive combat gameplay? In Zenith, that's exactly what you'll find, and a whole lot more! Trust Lauren, Andy, and the rest of the Ramen VR team to deliver. They're in it to win it, and you're going to want to be along for the ride.

Emi Evans, Lead Vocalist for NieR:Automata

 Emi’s vocals have brought us to tears many, many a time, so it really feels like a dream to have her collaborating on this project.  We are so excited to being working with this gaming music legend.

Here’s what Emi had to say about her collaboration with us: "'I'm really looking forward to helping players become delightfully lost in this beautiful and enticing world" 

Cross play between all VR Devices (including Oculus Quest) and PC will be available, and the PC version will feature a novel game experience that's built from the ground up!


Ramen VR is a VR studio that’s creating the metaverse. 

Andy and Lauren started Ramen VR in 2019 after coproducing Conjure Strike with Oculus starting in 2017. They have decades of combined experience in software engineering from companies like Unity, and Google.

Lauren and Andy Finalizing Their Founders Contract on the Slopes :D
Lauren and Andy Finalizing Their Founders Contract on the Slopes :D

Lauren and Andy are lucky to be working with 5 other amazing teammates from all across the world to bring Zenith to life. 

Will, Environment Concept Artist, Florida

Jessica, 3D Environment Artist, Arizona

Jordan, Composer, California

Majid, Character Artist and Animator, Turkey

Sun, Character Concept Artist, Korea

Funded by some of the world’s best investors and Oculus, we’re building Zenith, the first Cross Platform MMO for both VR and Desktop where millions of players can adventure together in a gorgeous, anime-inspired world. 

We believe fun, online games can be life-changing experiences that let players realize their full potential. We're driven by our belief to create a cross platform metaverse where you can fulfill your wildest dreams.

Risks and challenges

We quit our jobs three years ago to work on VR, and are staking our entire reputation and income on the success of this game. Building a VR MMORPG is an extremely complex endeavor, but we have decades of combined experience in gaming and companies like Unity, Google, and Oculus. We’re also collaborating with Improbable, whose platform, SpatialOS, makes it much easier to build an MMORPG. In addition, we have already previously shipped a multiplayer VR competitive shooter, which we co-produced with Oculus, and was critically acclaimed.We've already built 7 prototypes, and have been running user playtests with our Discord community for over a month.
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    Make a permanent mark on Zenith by designing a digital billboard, subject to our approval and dimensions, that will be shown for 15 seconds at a time on a prominently displayed in game in the town square. No commercial ads, please.

    Also receive a limited edition high resolution print of Zenith concept to hang on your wall.

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    You'll get a 30 minute video chat with us where we'll brainstorm ideas with you and share anything you want to know about Zenith.

    Last but not least: Receive all expansion packs, skins, and DLC that we release for Zenith free of charge forever.

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    You love Ramen and VR as much as we do! Make a huge dent in our development costs. Your trust in us is what gives us the power to work day and night on Zenith.

    Work with us and other Ramen Lovers to craft a side quest. Depending on number of backers, there may be multiple backers per quest we design.

    We'll also model a statue of your likeness and it will be erected somewhere in the city. The statue will be custom crafted using a reference image from you, and you'll forever be immortalized in Zenith. You'll receive all the model files so you can 3D print it if you'd like.

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    Become a game designer for a day. We'll fly you out and pay for hotel (up to $800) and we will spend the full day building a custom VR experience together with you that you can keep forever, the experience could make it into Zenith if you'd like.

    Next, let our expert artists recreate you in our world. This will be your in game character you control forever.

    Then, be the first to own a player house, before our housing system is even released. We'll design the layout, and then you can decorate it with props.

    Lastly, our artists will work with you to craft an custom in game prop that you can pick up and place anywhere permanently in the world for all to see. We will then turn this trinket into a physical product and send it to you.

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    Also, receive access to the Founder's Only role on Discord, and unlock a private founder's only channel where you'll get early access to teasers and content.

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