Zerouno Games, a new games studio comprised of former staff from companies like 343 Industries, Electronic Arts, Mercury Steam, and Rockstar Games, will launch a Kickstarter campaign for “3D action adventure quick RPG” Holmgang: Memories of the Forgotten today at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET, the developer announced. It will seek $45,000 in funding.
The developer describes a “quick RPG” as like a typical RPG, but with eight-to-10 hours of clear time for each playthrough, each with different route maps and secondary missions, and with different endings affecting the personality of the character. Players receive different rewards depending on the results of those missions, making each playthrough a different experience.
Kickstarter rewards include a code for the game when it releases, various pieces of in-game content, t-shirts, posters, and more. The highest-tier pledge will promises the backer a permanent placement in the game with their own tombstone, as well as a physical game box that contains a copy of the game, its manual, a cloth world map, and sketches.
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Every legend has a dark side. Twenty-two years before Dragon King’s reign, an empire emerged. An empire whose single aim was the annihilation of life. Relive the tragic days of the Shadow War.
After the death of king Haziel of Draken, his son, Hazulem, proclaimed himself emperor of Dracorum. Through the invocation of the First Hierarchy demons, he imposed its reign of terror all over the planet. Experience the story of a group of ill-starred heroes that decided to make a stand and change the course of history forever.
Fight like Kandar, the barbarian, Tatsu, the ronin, and Valentia, the Amazon woman, and defeat the dark secrets of Emperor Hazulem. Reclaim your honor and take your place within the legends.
- The Combat – Holmgang is a hack n’ slash at its core, and each character will have their unique combat style and executions. Besides, you’ll be able to craft your own combos in the combo editor and evolve each character’s skill tree, to make the experience truly unique and personal. During the game, you’ll face different enemies with different behaviors, weapons and weaknesses, so your gear and combo configuration will decide if you’re victorious!
- The Journey – In Holmgang, you’ll explore the world of Dracorum by land and sea, finding friends and foes along the way. Some of them will give you quests or sell you unique items, but others will try to deceive you. Choose your path wisely, because there’s not only one, and some of them have intricate environmental puzzles that could lead you to a certain death. Besides, each main character will be able to access secret areas, with rare loot. This adds a high replayability factor, like any good old “metroidvania.” Remember, there’s no one right way to play the game… so experience them all!
- The Art – The visual art style of Holmgang is defined by a balance between soft watercolor surfaces with stylish ink touches on borders and details. An artistic mix that tries to reproduce hand-made paintings. While created in 3D, Holmgang uses several techniques that sets it apart from other games. The music is another strong pillar, and has an orchestral epic style. There’s a theme for each character, defining the emotions of the heroes and changing with the action of the game. Beautiful melodies with great orchestrations, epic drums and multiple emotions is what you will hear in Holmgang’s soundtrack.
Watch the Kickstarter trailer and a 10-minute gameplay video below. View a set of screenshots and artwork at the gallery.