Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story is now live on Kickstarter! Developed by Suzaku and published by Top Hat Studios, Sense is a 2.5D game inspired in design by Clock Tower and Fatal Frame, and story-wise by sci-fi classics like Bladerunner as well as heavily from Traditional Asian Folklore.
Set in the year 2083 in Neo Hong-Kong, the story follows Mei-Lin Mak, a young woman with cybernetic eyes pulled into the maelstrom of an unsolved supernatural mystery from centuries past. As she peers deeper into the mystery, her perception of reality slowly crumbles around her, leaving her to question every intricacy of her surroundings.
Sense utilizes a Hand-Painted 2.5D style for its art, which combines the benefits of 3D – such as shifting perspective – with the intricate, colorful style of 2D illustration. Locations are fully animated to bring out their full potential, letting players immerse themselves in the world and observe the little details that bring Neo Hong-Kong to life.
Sense happily embraces eroticism and fan-service in it’s art, which can especially be seen in character designs. Their biggest inspirations for character design is the legendary Masamune Shirow, Creator of Ghost in the Shell and Dominion Tank Police and Chifumi Suzuki, the character designer at Tecmo Koei responsible for the last several Fatal Frame and Dead or Alive titles.
The Kickstarter is in place to help fund important aspects of Sense, including high-quality animations for character movement and interaction, more dynamic lighting and higher quality art, more advanced and in depth coding and gameplay, fully animated cutscenes, 3D environments, and a larger and longer game than could be done otherwise.
“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.” – Sense – 不祥的预感: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story creator Benjamin Widdowson