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A 2D Action Platformer in the classic Japanese tradition, featuring local co-op and modern game mechanics.
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VIRUS is our debut project. It is a 2D action platformer inspired by games in the Mega Man tradition, but with new features, new stories and new weapons. You move through the game in the classic sense by running, dashing, jumping, and firing your weapons, but we take a fresh approach to the classic gameplay you may be accustomed to, including a stacking feature that allows you to quickly plow through a wave of enemies in one fatal blow.
It is 20 years into the future. Computer technology has taken a huge leap with the development of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. It has become more than just a game experience; by plugging into their computers, humans now access data and manipulate it directly with their minds, keyboard optional. But with new technology, new security challenges rise up to threaten computer systems and ultimately their human masters.
To counter these threats, the world governing body commissions a new global internet security team called NETForce. Their task: design a new breed of security programs capable of search and destroy missions at the deepest level of computer technology available. Their answer: Virtual Intelligent Replicants Used for Security or VIRUS. The Replicants are designed with human sentience, human emotions and human intelligence, giving them the ability to analyze and solve problems with lightning speed.
In our game, you play as Yara, the best sentient anti-virus program ever conceived. As the game starts, Yara is awakened by her Creator, the nameless programmer working for the global security conglomerate NETForce. Finding herself in the middle of an attack on the server where she resides, her intense will to survive, along with guidance from her creator, lands her in the central hub where all internet traffic is routed. She quickly analyzes the situation and realizes that servers all over the world are being targeted for specific data as part of a murky plot that only becomes clearer as you move through the game. To complicate matters, she discovers that human users are endangered as well as the computer systems she is tasked with protecting.s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/00…
As you play, you will progress through seven unique environments guarded by the most vile super-viruses imaginable. You must overcome each one to get into the next environment and free the users that are trapped there. Along the way, there are skills to learn, new weapons to master and deploy, and information to acquire to finally learn the cause of all the mayhem. In the end, Yara learns the secret of her origin which may give you a glimpse of things to come in the not so distant future.
VIRUS will have several weapon upgrades. Yara begins the game with only her pistol, which can fire a single shot. Early on, she acquires the charge shot, which can pierce through a row of enemies. She will also find other weapons such as an automatic rifle, an aerial artillery cannon, and other powerful energy weapons.
VIRUS will have semi-linear progression. Stages will be completed in a certain order, however there is an open zone that you exist in between stages, and you can go back to any of the completed stages at any time. There will also be side missions that you can complete optionally at any time, though some might prove difficult without proper equipment or upgrades.
Some of the other Replicants in the game will offer bonus missions that Yara can complete if she meets the proper level requirements. In those missions, Yara is on her own with no help from the Creator.
You will begin the game at Level 1, and gain experience points by defeating enemies and completing missions. Every time you level up, Yara will gain a few ability points to spend on skills to increase her powers. There will be a comprehensive skill tree where you can spend those points to suit your play style.
As for the Creator, he acquires additional skills by finding Data Fragments throughout the stages. Most Fragments are common and provide modest improvements to his abilities, while others are rare and can give him a much greater edge in the game.
♥SECRETS & ARMOR
Yara will find both optional and required upgrades and armor throughout the game. For example, the dash movement is a required upgrade that you will find in the first stage. However, there might be an upgrade that is hidden or impossible to get to at first, and you may have to revisit a stage later with a different upgrade to be able to reach it.
Some examples of upgrades include: an improved aerial dash, an enhanced mid-jump boost, and various armor upgrades.
Combat is fast-paced and intense. Every time you shoot any enemy with the basic shot or the charged shot, enemies become targeted for destruction. These are stacks that max out at three per enemy. Detonating three stacks on a wave of enemies has the potential to completely obliterate them instantly.
Due to the fast paced platforming of VIRUS, it is best played with a game controller, as it was designed from the very beginning to be played that way. There is keyboard/mouse control, but only as a last resort. Some stages in VIRUS can be quite difficult at times, and while they can be beaten with the keyboard/mouse controls, expect more fluidity and overall control with an XBox 360 or PS4 controller at your disposal versus the keyboard.
♥$65,000 - NEW GAME + / COSTUME
After you beat the game, you will unlock what is called New Game +. You will have the option to begin the game over again at a harder difficulty, however you will have all of your upgrades that you found in the normal game. There will also be new weapons and upgrades only available in New Game +. Apart from New Game +, this goal will also allow us to design an alternate costume for Yara.
♥$75,000 - SURVIVAL MODE
Survival Mode is an unlockable game mode where you face endless waves of enemies until your imminent defeat. The longer you last, the stronger the enemies become, and the higher your score will be.
♥$80,000 - LOCAL CO-OP
Also known as "Couch Co-op", this will let you team up with a friend on the same device. The difficulty will be scaled up to accommodate the extra player, so be prepared to face an interesting challenge in 2-player Co-op.
♥$85,000 - TWO MORE STAGES
We will use the extra resources to create two entirely new worlds each with their own enemies and bosses. This will expand the story even further, giving VIRUS a total of 9 stages and 8 Super-Virus bosses.
♥$95,000 - NEW CHARACTER
Apart from Yara and her Creator, we will have a complimentary character in the game with his own abilities and story. He will have several unique stages apart from the ones completed in Yara's storyline.
♥$110,000 - TRANSLATIONS
We want to include as many fans of our game as possible, so we will translate VIRUS into various languages depending on their apparent demand. Potential candidates include: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese.
♥$130,000 - VOICE ACTING
To further improve the immersive experience of VIRUS, we will hire many talented voice over artists to record the dialogue. English only.
♥$170,000 - ONLINE CO-OP
We will expand the experience of Local Co-op to the internet, allowing you to play online with your friends on the same platform.
♥$190,000 - NINTENDO 3DS
The final platform for development will be the 3DS. We will make use of the 3DS's unique capabilities to give VIRUS an awesome handheld experience.
♥$250,000 - MANGA
Our final stretch goal at this time will be to fund a complete graphic novel in the Japanese Manga style, showing Yara's journey through the digital world she calls home.
☺FORUM ACCESS - $5
We'll put your name in the credits under "Thank You." You will also be given access to our exclusive Developers' Forum where you will be able to interact directly with the Plexcom Team. This will be available after the Kickstarter campaign is over.
♥YOUR COPY OF VIRUS - $20
You get the game on your platform of choice. Our planned platforms upon release are PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Vita, XBox One, and Wii U. Includes previous tiers.
♥DIGITAL SOUNDTRACK -$25
This reward includes the game as well as a download of the entire game's soundtrack. Includes previous tiers.
♥DIGITAL ART BOOK - $40
A download of the full digital art book featuring concept art, background story, design concepts, and notes about the development process straight from the team. Includes previous tiers.
☻VIRUS T-SHIRT -$50
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An original cotton T-shirt with your choice of small, medium, or large, in either male or female. We will update you with the final design as we progress throughout this campaign. Includes previous tiers.
♥VIRUS PRINT POSTER - $75
An exclusive backers' 24" x 36" promotional print poster only available through this Kickstarter. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards.
♥COMPLETE DIGITAL BUNDLE - $99
This reward includes all previous digital rewards, as well as the digital guide book with details about every level, powerup, and enemy in the game. There will be maps of every level and detailed information about how much health each enemy has and how much damage their weapons will do, as well as your weapons. Also includes previous physical rewards.
♥ALTERNATE YARA SKIN - $100
You will get a limited edition skin for Yara, only available through this Kickstarter, which you can redeem via a serial key. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards.
♥PHYSICAL ART BOOK - $150
A printed copy of the full art book featuring concept art, background story, design concepts, and notes about the development process straight from the team. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥PHYSICAL GUIDE BOOK - $150
A printed copy of the guide book with details about every level, powerup, and enemy in the game. There will be maps of every level and detailed information about how much health each enemy has and how much damage their weapons will do, as well as your weapons. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥PHYSICAL ART BOOK + GUIDE BOOK - $200
You get both the printed art book and guide book. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
☺COMPOSE A MESSAGE - $300
Insert a message of your choice into the game as a news broadcast on a screen. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN AN ENEMY - $400
You design an enemy to be put into the game. We will have a Skype meeting with you to work out the details of your enemy. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥YOUR LIKENESS IN VIRUS - $500
Become a part of the Neural Network by uploading your likeness into the game as an NPC with a custom dialogue quote. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥YOUR LIKENESS IN VIRUS (PREMIUM) - $550
What's even better than uploading yourself into a computer? Getting trapped and needing to be rescued! Have your likeness inserted into the game as an NPC who must be rescued by Yara. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN AN ITEM - $750
You create an item for Yara to find in the game and use for a stat boost. We will have a Skype meeting to discuss the details of your item. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN A MINIBOSS - $1,000
Design and name one of the toughest enemies in the game for Yara to fight. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN A WEAPON FOR YARA - $1,000
You design a weapon for Yara to use in the game. We will have a Skype meeting to discuss the details of your weapon. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN A WEAPON FOR A BOSS - $1,000
You design a weapon for one of the Superviruses to use. We will have a Skype meeting to discuss the details of your boss weapon. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN A HIDDEN ROOM - $2,000
You can design a completely custom hidden room in the game. You choose the look of the room, and any objects contained within. You will also be an NPC in this room. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥BECOME A REPLICANT - $3,000
You will become one of the Elite Replicants in the game. The Replicants offer Yara various bonus missions that will provide unique rewards separate from the main story. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
♥DESIGN THE 2ND PLAYABLE CHARACTER - $5,000
ou help design the second playable character in VIRUS. He will be the Player 2 character during co-op, as well as the unlockable character for the second campaign. You will design the look and abilities of this character, as well as influence the storyline. This tier only. Also includes previous physical and digital rewards (excluding Alternate Yara Skin).
If you would like to add an extra reward, add the corresponding amount to your pledge. Just click on "manage pledge" and add the amount for the item you want. Remember, you don't need to change your reward tier. We'll send you a survey after the campaign to confirm your rewards.
♥Add $5 - PS4, Vita, XBox, or Wii U version
♥Add $15 - Additional Copy of VIRUS for PC, Mac, or Linux ($20 for PS4, Vita, XBox, or Wii U)
♥Add $15 - Digital Art Book
♥Add $20 - T-Shirt
♥Add $30 - Print Poster
♥Add $60 - Printed Art Book
♥Add $60 - Printed Guide Book
We chose Kickstarter because we recognize the community has the power to help us remain an indie game company, while giving the community the opportunity to participate in the creative process. Without you, it may not be possible to achieve our goals. Some of us will find it necessary to acquire part time employment, which means less time spent on bringing VIRUS to completion by our projected release date (Q4 2015). With proper funding, we can spend 100 percent of our time focused on the game development, bring it in on schedule, and provide it on multiple game systems as well. With that said, we thank everyone for their contribution toward our success!
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