République is an action adventure of the usual kind. The story:
“You receive a desperate phone call from Hope, a young woman trapped within a shadowy totalitarian state. Using a stolen phone, she calls and begs you to hack into the nation’s surveillance system, assume control, and help her escape from the clutches of the omnipresent Overseer.”
In République you don’t steer the main character directly but only tell her what to do and when to do it. Through hacked surveillance cameras you follow her movements, tell her when to move, fight, kill. Featuring elements of action, voyeurism, surveillance, stealth and hacking and a story heavily influenced by George Orwell’s 1984, this unique game concept shows lots of promise to become an indie hit.
The game is being developed by industry veterans behind AAA games like Metal Gear Solid, Halo, F.E.A.R., Kinect, and cutting edge videos like the Skyrim television spot and the iconic iPod “silhouette” ads.
One of the primary goals of the developers is to create a mobile action game with a heavy atmosphere and story specifically for touch-based devices. Besides iOS, there will also be a version specifically developed for PC and Mac.
Beyond digital gaming
Besides the digital game, there are also plans for real-world add-ons. A journal, replica of the item found in game will bring even more atmosphere to the gaming experience and the collector’s edition will feature another book, the Overseer’s Manifesto.
Help the game
Now, with only 7 days too go to the deadline, the game has only raised half the money needed to kick start it. So please, watch the proof of concept videos and interviews about the game, look at the great images and ideas and then help fund it.
République at Kickstarter
Kickstarter has been around for a while now and has helped fund lots of great games (e.g. Wasteland 2) and ideas (e.g. Elevation Dock). The principle is simple: a project presents itself and sets a funding goal and a deadline. Anyone can now pledge money to the project. This money is only if the project manages to reach its goal within the deadline. Otherwise the project simply dies. Usually there are rewards arranged in several tiers for the funders. For example you’ll get the iOS Edition of République if you pledge 10$. For 15$ you’ll get the game for PC & Mac. This is probably less than the game will cost on the market after release. Higher tiers give you in-game credits, and for the top tiers you will even get a game-character modeled after you.
République at Kickstarter