Kickstarter Check-In: Arcadia Fallen
Danish developer Galdra Studios has begun a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Arcadia Fallen, a hybrid visual novel/RPG. The game is set in a fantasy world, where players control an apprentice alchemist (with customisable appearance and gender) bound to an illegal spirit who is drawn into a war between humanity and magic forces. The campaign itself is geared towards adding partial English voice acting to the game. A number of experienced actors have been lined up, including Allegra Clark, Alejandro Saab, Laura Post, Joe Zieja, Erica Lindbeck, and Sean Chiplock.
Players will be joined by five companions, four of whom can be romanced. Gameplay is heavily dialogue-focused, inspired by Mass Effect and Dragon Age, with players choosing responses often assigned particular moods or tones. Players will find choices that help determine their character’s personality, and these can unlock additional dialogue options down the line. Companion characters will also have moments where their beliefs or traits can be challenged or affirmed that can affect their own choices.
As an alchemist, players will be required to create potions and spells, which is done through a special matching-style puzzle on the alchemist table. Between story events, players will be able to explore their town, visiting friends or helping out the townspeople as they wish before progressing.
Galdra Studios is looking for 80,000kr. (around $12,000) in funding by August 5, 2020. Those who pledge at least 133kr. (around $20) will receive a digital copy of Arcadia Fallen as part of their backer rewards. The game is being developed for PC, Mac, and Linux and is expected to launch in Q1 2021. A demo is currently available to download via itch.io.
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