Tokyo, Japan - GAMKIN Inc., formed by veterans of Square-Enix, Capcom and SEGA, announced today they have begun a crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo platform for their latest game: X-Tactics. X-Tactics, is an episodic RPG, set in the modern world, that combines tactical gameplay with elements of urban exploration.
The campaign starts today and will last until Monday, September 15.
"When we set out to make X-Tactics, we didn't want to make just another tactical game, nor create some sort of perfect tactical experience. Our goal was to create something new," said Robert Gould, X-Tactics's producer and lead designer. "Leveraging our expertise, we combined equal parts of tactical gameplay like that of 'Final Fantasy Tactics' and 'Valkyrie Chronicles', with fighting game mechanics and aesthetics, like those found in the 'Street Fighter' series, to create a new gameplay experience, that we at least, have not seen done before."
"It is our mission here at GAMKIN, to mashup our gamedev expertise with other fields. So we are using real world data streams, like weather, and location-based data, to enhance X-Tactics gameplay, creating an urban exploration sandbox mode for our players. This combined with the curated episodic nature of X-Tactics will allow us to build a living game, and allow us to expand the X-Tactics universe based on our community's feedback."
Regarding crowdfunding, Kengo Okinaga, founder and CEO of GAMKIN, explained that "unlike most other game-related crowdfunding, that depends on funding to start production, we wanted to wait until we had the game's systems nailed down before starting our campaign, so we could reduce the risks for both our supporters and partners." adding that "the development team is now focusing on improving features and creating the remaining content needed for release, not simple tasks, but tasks that we feel confident we can handle."
"We chose Indiegogo as we are based in Japan, and Indiegogo is the best truly global crowdfunding platform out there. And that same global reach will also play an important role to help us build an international community of players that will be able to make the most out of the title's unique urban exploration features."
About X-Tactics ("Cross"-Tactics):
X-Tactics, pronounced "Cross-Tactics", takes place in a world, something like our own, where top-secret government agencies and secret societies, maintain the world order. X-Tactics puts players in command of a ragtag cast of secret agents, adventurers, and treasure hunters, as they risk their lives trying to keep the truth in check. Wrapped in dark humour and a stylish anime punk art style, X-Tactics brings a new twist to modern conspiracy theories and urban legends, by placing the player in the shoes of those that know, and manipulate, the truth to maintain the peace and civil order. X-Tactics, is an Episodic Tactical RPG, which blends tactical and fighting game mechanics for a fresh take on the genre; and also offers an online collaborative urban exploration sandbox experience to players, by leveraging GPS and other real world data streams.
GAMKIN, is a small Indie studio formed by Square-Enix, Capcom and SEGA veterans, as well as talented young creators. Established at the end of 2013, and dedicated to creating new forms of entertainment by combining their game development expertise with other media. Besides working on games, GAMKIN also works on interactive children's television in Japan, and collaborating with local game schools and text publishers to help bring up a next generation of game developers.
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