A new futuristic, 2.5D adventure game in development by Benjamin W. Widdowson called Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story, has recently been announced and has made its way to Kickstarter.
The game is inspired by classic Asian-themed horror stories featured in games like Fatal Frame and Clock Tower. The story, however, revolves around a young woman living in Neo Hong Kong in the year 2083 named Mei-Lin Mak. She has cybernetic eye implants but begins to slowly suffer from psychosis, leading her down a dangerous path of self-discovery, conspiracies and potential violence.
The game’s art was thoroughly mirrored after legendary Japanese artist, Masamune Shirow, the creator of Ghost in the Shell.
Widdowson is hoping to use the Kickstarter to bring in more artists, animators and designers to help flesh out the game. He’s also working with Top Hot Studios, who will be publishing the game if it gets funded.
You can check out the gameplay demonstration video below, showcasing some of the art and exploration.
As you can see, the game has no shortage of fan-service. According to Widdowson, he’s not just hoping to mimic Shirow’s unique take on cyberpunk but also embrace the artist’s iconic ecchi elements, which are obviously mirrored in the animations for the main character Mei-Lin Mak and her big, bouncy boobs.
It’s also quite obvious the other characters in the background have no shortage of cleavage on display. He wants to not only dive into a story-rich adventure in a futuristic setting with a distinct art-style and presentation, but he’s also hoping to include plenty of eroticism along the way.
According to Widdowson, he mentioned in the press release that he plans on finishing Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story whether the Kickstarter succeeds or fails, saying…
“With or without Kickstarter, I will continue to develop Sense into a memorable and high quality experience that I expect of the games I love and the quality I demand of myself, but with your pledges I can make it into something truly groundbreaking and unique.”
We don’t have many new games that properly take players through a cyberpunk environment utilizing traditional adventure-style storytelling, so Sense would definitely find itself fulfilling a niche that’s not filled with a lot of contenders outside of games like Wadjet Eye Games’ Technobablyon or Gemini Rue, or the side-scroller Dex, or the upcoming The Last Night.
At the moment the developer is seeking $18,000 and it’s around 7% funded as of the writing of this article with 28 days to go. If the game has caught your fancy you can learn more by visiting the Kickstarter page.
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