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Red Ash Game Prototype Video Streamed

posted on by Karen Ressler
Kickstarter for Comcept's game has eight days to go

Game developer Comcept began streaming a prototype video for its Red Ash: The Indelible Legend (Red Ash: Kiganjō KalKanon no Majo, or "Red Ash: The Witch of Mechanical Armor Castle Calcannon") game on Saturday. The video uses place-holder assets (including Mighty No. 9 characters) to "show off the atmosphere" the developers want to create.

The game is being funded by a Kickstarter seeking to raise US$800,000 by August 3. The Kickstarter will fund the prologue, "The KalKanon Incident," which will then launch development of the full game. The goal is to create a "true anime in a game."

As of press time the Kickstarter has earned US$465,188 of its US$800,000 goal with 8 days remaining.

In addition to Comcept founder Keiji Inafune, the game staff will include other members of the Mega Man Legends team, such as art director Kazushi Ito, game director Masahiro Yasuma, and lead background artist Miki Kijima. Manami Matsumae (Mighty No. 9, Mega Man) is handling the background music and Shusaku Uchiyama (Mega Man 8, Resident Evil 2) is in charge of sound.

The game Kickstarter is running concurrently with Studio 4°C's anime film Kickstarter, Red Ash: Magiciada. If funded it will seek to combine the first-person perspective of games with anime. The Kickstarter is aiming to raise US$150,000 by August 3, though the initial goal is for a 12-minute episode. Each stretch goal will "unlock" a new minute of the story, with the ultimate goal of US$2,480,000.

As of press time, the Kickstarter has earned US$94,301 of its US$150,000 goal with 8 days remaining.

Yuta Sano (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent storyboard) is on board to direct. The anime will not use cel-shading, instead using 2D painting in conjunction with 3D animation models.

The story of both follow treasure hunters who also seek out lost technology in order to help rebuild humanity in the wake of the "Robot World War." Feral robots still hunt humans in this world. The Kickstarter page for the game states that the goal is to create a story with a "grand scale," and that the ending is already planned.

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