Ekuator Games, located in Bandung, Indonesia, is making an epic looking RPG game called Celestian Tales: Old North. The game strives to tell a story that does not rely on fantastical beasts or dueling deities, but rather unearths the concepts of greed, loyalty, dishonor, and love within every human. Through the perspectives of six different characters, players will have to see with their own eyes that nothing is one-sided.
The art for Celestian Tales is comprised of pixelated sprites, similar to older Suikoden games. Each pixel is hand-drawn, giving the style a unique look all of its own. The environment is a mixture of water-colored sceneries that have been digitally retouched and combined in a beautiful way.
Another intriguing aspect of this game is the fact that it spans three decades. This change is shown in the world environments and even in the characters themselves. They will age and they will learn. The choices that each character makes help shape the future profoundly. So before you decide to blindly follow orders, take a moment to consider the consequences that your actions will have later on in your life. Will you regret doling out punishment just because someone ordered you to, or will you instead regret taking a stand and deliberately disobeying a direct order? The choice is yours to make.
The battle system is comprised of turn-based combat with customizable and branching action choices for each character. Yet, to enter battle, you must physically interact with an enemy, similar to Persona or Grandia. Yet, “To purposefully avoid or chase enemies is integrated as part of the story-line elements. For example, not fighting any single fey creature when you attempt to pass through an elven forest would raise your standings as a friend of nature. This will in turn affect how persuasive you are to the elven-kin, who may not aid those they distrust.”
So, strategically avoiding certain battles, or aiming to engage in particular fights, will affect the story down the road.
Celestian Tales: Old North is on Kickstarter right now, and at the moment, has exceeded their goal. Nine days remain in the campaign, however, so you still have a chance to lend your support and help Ekuator Games reach their stretch goals. The game will be presented in three parts, one for each decade. Part one is scheduled to release late 2014, with the other two parts to be distributed by mid-2015.
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