Fancy Fish Games is in their last week of Kickstarting their new visual novel </reality>. Fancy Fish is a husband and wife team (Natalie and David Maletz) who you might know from I Can’t Escape, Havencall, Quotidian, Deity Quest, I Can’t Escape: Darkness, and more. For </reality>, Chase Bethea has joined as composer and sound designer. Here’s the trailer:
The game has already been Greenlit on Steam, and as of this writing they’re 3/5ths of the way to their modest $5,000 goal! The story:
“Supernovas blaze in the night sky and major natural disasters are commonplace, but the gaming world is abuzz over a revolutionary virtual reality console. The Penta, developed by InterMense founder Jacob Lessard, promises a neural connection more “real” than reality itself. But what does it truly mean for something to be real?
When VR nerd Lilya Martel arrives at InterMense as a beta tester, she expects to spend the weekend battling her social anxiety in exchange for the opportunity to enter Vitalia, the flagship Penta simulation. But between the physical side-effects of the Penta, suspicious explanations from the developers, and the odd and unbelievably intelligent inhabitants of Vitalia, clearly all is not as it seems at InterMense. Ben Evers, another beta tester, claims that Vitalia is the world in which he belongs – permanently. When Ben’s life is threatened, Lilya sees that she has become involved in something much riskier and more eye-opening than she realized.
As Lilya, Ben, and Jacob’s fates intertwine, they must make some of the hardest decisions of their lives, and confront their own beliefs and perceptions of the nature of existence.”
I’m all about this concept, and it’s perfect as the current tech climate explores virtual reality and blurs the lines of what’s real and what isn’t. I also love that the screenshots show off a diverse cast. It’s over 90,000 words and promises many branching choices that will make for a lot of varying playthroughs. Romance is present from two perspectives and completely optional. AND there’s a really cool cat. What more do you want?! I’m really looking forward to playing this in a few months.
The Kickstarter ends in just a few days on December 10th, so donate here, play the pre-alpha demo here, like the team on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Tumblr. The game is set to come out in March of 2017.