The team behind the next generation 2D RPG, Elysian Shadows, launched their Kickstarter today (which has reached over $20,000 since it’s launch at 2PM)!
Elysian Shadows takes place in a world in constant conflict between magic and technology. Those who are part of a religious group that is looked over by The Creator, are gifted the power of magic, while those who are non-religious rely upon technological advances to maintain their daily lives. It isn’t until a mysterious artifact is uncovered throughout the land that Julien finds himself in the middle of the conflict, and must solve the mystery of the ancient civilizations, before the destruction of their own.
The developers, Elysian Shadows Inc., plan to create a gigantic, open world with an emphasis on Zelda-style exploration and environmental interaction, while retaining the rich storytelling and combat mechanics of an RPG.
Elysian Shadows is drawing inspiration from games such as Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, and Final Fantasy. But what sets Elysian Shadows aside from so many other games inspired by the same genre-defining titles is that the developers plan to push the envelope of how those games are conceived. They aren’t trying to create a ‘retro’ game; they’re trying to capture the essence of what made those games appealing in their youth, and create something that is modern and relevant, while maintaining its roots.
Elysian Shadows Inc. are teaming up with Sprite Lamp, a powerful lighting tool that creates dynamic lighting in pixel and 2D art games (Sprite Lamp also came from a successfully funded kickstarter that you can check out here). Sprite Lamp is giving the developers the ability to create a depth of detail not commonly seen in 2D pixel art games. The developers have also architected their own engine from the ground-up to function cross-platform!
The game will be coming to PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Ouya and Sega Dreamcast. That’s right. The Sega Dreamcast. The team aims to give the lost, but not forgotten, Sega Dreamcast one last, great RPG. They hope to eventually create ports for the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PSVita, 3DS, and Oculus Rift if their stretch goal of $260,000 is met.
Elysian Shadows Inc. are offering a load of great reward tiers, including a one year subscription to Indie Game Magazine if you donate $60! Also be sure to check out IGM’s August issue sneak peek, featuring none other than Elysian Shadows on the cover here!