Boston-based Day for Night Games has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $500,000 for a new first-person video game known as The Black Glove. The company has assembled a team of former Irrational Games developer, who helped create famous games BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
According to the campaign’s website, The Black Glove takes place called the Equinox, an eerie 1920s theater that appears unstuck from conventional reality. The building is pervaded by weight dream logic, inexplicable holes in space, unshielded x-ray art installation, and tasteful use of crush velvet.
Inside the theater, there are three creators: the artist Marisol, the filmmaker Avery Arnault, and musical act Many Embers. Their work is in bad shape when you, the player, arrives and its taken a strange toll on the building. Time flows backwards in areas and weird things begin to peek out of the once-sealed doorways.
Playing the latest Curator, you are responsible to get The Equinox back on its feet by changing the creators’ past to improve their work in the present. How is this possible? The hosts Hazel and Cribbage share that there are certain “games of skill and chance” that allow everyone to interact with the “fourth-dimensional space.”
The Space Minotaur, a sort of boogeyman who is relentless, nihilistic monster that current resides in The Equinox. His taunts cause a mix of “existential angst and nervous laughter.” You must overcome him and his minions in order to perform game “feats.”
Explaining why they have turned to crowdfunding, the developers stated, “We’re not only colleagues, we’re friends with a shared love of making games. We’ve had ENORMOUS fun working on the project, but we can’t do it without you. We’ve brought The Equinox this far on our own without external funding, but there’s still much left to do.”
- Build dozens of unique, immersive environments.
- Model and animate a full cast of unique and compelling characters.
- Implement and tune dozens of gameplay feats and time alterations.
- Write, record, and implement hours of dialogue with top tier voice actors.
- Write and record scores of original in-game music.
- Script and refine dozens of surreal in-game events.
- Polish the entire game like a diamond.
Noting how addictive The Black Glove is bound to be, Eurogamer reported that the developer revealed that the game is “designed to be fun to replay many times over for gamers who want to see and hear everything.” They then added, “Random surreal moments, challenging arcade feats, and dozens of unique narrative scenes and environments will make it a narrative game with surprising replayability.
Since its launch Monday (October 6th), the project has raised $48,212 from 1,563 backers. It is set to close on November 7th.
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