A SCI-FI REIMAGINATION OF THE LITTLE MERMAID
A SCI-FI REIMAGINATION OF THE LITTLE MERMAID
The Lost Pisces is the story of a machine looking for a soul. A story about salvaging what one can among a sinking world not too unfamiliar to our own. And it is a story set to the unrelenting drumbeat of time counting down to an end.
After significant reworking throughout 2015 and 2016, we've recreated our vision of The Lost Pisces. The gamer will need to employ strategy and cunning to defend the final resting places of man's greatest achievements... catacombs of technology... from the onslaught of 11 massive mechanical gods. Use all of the advantages this lost civilization left behind to your advantage. Sculpt the battlefield as you see fit using equally massive weapons and machinery. And when those fail... use yourself: crawl over the giants and find their weaknesses close-up.
Our 2015 Kickstarter taught us a lot. We heard you loud and clear, and based off of feedback we stepped back and re imagined our game... and we think you'll love the new direction. So that's what we've focused on. Simple.
Hans Christian Anderson created a piece of art in 1837, named "The Little Mermaid." It was a story about a creature looking for a soul. The concept of death with no continuation of consciousness terrified the character... and so she became obsessed with the idea of gaining an immortal soul. Same as a human being. That's where The Lost Pisces begins. It's a re-imagining of a beautiful, meaningful story.
The setting has changed... it's set sometime at the end of humanity's technological peak (though we're not saying it's set in the future... wink wink), and instead of a mythical mermaid, we've created a synthetic creature that desires the same thing... a soul. But her journey is similar. It spans an amazing science-fiction world. One filled with massive denizens that stand in the way of our Little Mermaid.
See that water in the image above? You can dive into it. In fact you'll be spending half of your time under those waves... this is a retelling of The Little Mermaid after all. The massive denizens that occupy the land are spawned from those icy depths, and they know no bounds when it comes to hunting their prey. The world beneath the surface becomes especially treacherous the more Pisces becomes human... it's hard to survive under water when you need air to breath.
The tides of time have drowned the world, and there's plenty of valuable items hidden in the crevices of the ocean floor. Sunken ships, cities, and technologies hold the keys to defeating your foes. The only way to reach them, is to dive in.
The Lost Pisces showcases a diverse set of landscapes. It's a living, breathing world filled with mysteries and hidden pieces of technology. Beneath the collapsed skeletons of a once-great civilization, The Deluge, amazing things rest in silence for you to discover... some things magnificent, and some unimaginably dangerous.
Lost pieces of weaponry, mechanized barricades, and vehicles wait for the brave to claim them. And so do the mechanized gods which brought destruction to this world. Tread lightly... adventure lies in the crooked shadows of The Deluge.
There's more than one way to peel a potato. We didn't want the gamer to be restricted in how they destroy the 11 terrifying god-machines... we want you to be creative with your destruction. Move massive blockades with a hovercraft to set traps. Scale tall buildings quickly with your grappling hook to get higher vantage points within the shattered city scapes. Use a submarine to lure a land-based god into its watery doom. Or go completely crazy, and try to take one over from inside, and use one god to fight another. There's a lot to play with here.
We've spent time building-in options in how you play through the world. We want you to play through more than once... to be inquisitive and to try new ways to solve the puzzles. We want you to feel as though there's always a few more secrets that the world holds, and they're worth searching for.
This is just the surface of something big. There's a lot more to be revealed in time, so stay tuned to IndieGoGo launch on June 1 2016, and we'll soon be adding a development blog to compliment our efforts and achievements.
To find the lost god, Pisces, you'll need to work with Orchid... an AI built for discovery. A "siren-class" machine, she's searching for a soul, and the only way to attain one appears to be by eliminating the 11 massive god-machines stalking the world once ruled by mankind. The more you interact with her throughout the game, the more she'll discover about you. And unlike you, she begins the story as nearly indestructible. Careful though: the more human she becomes in her quest to become one... the more fragile she becomes as well.
Work together to adventure through the beautiful,decaying world and use her unique attributes to survive this tale. The world's secrets will shake your expectations and traverse your understanding of what companionship with an AI is. Orchid is a partner in crime. Just be mindful of her intentions...
The Lost Pisces is planned for PC and XBOX One; though stay tuned as more details emerge for possible additions to that short list. We're developing Pisces to be somewhat scalable, though as always, a more powerful machine provides a better graphical experience. Unreal Engine 4 is our weapon-of choice, and can deliver extraordinary performance for many machine specs. Our suggestion, however, is to invest in an nVidia GTX 10-series graphics card, as it opens the doors to a more fluid and visually-overwhelming experience. Especially if you try our VR feature...
We're also working on a small experience using the HTC Vive, which will let you briefly explore an otherwise inaccessible moment in the game. It's a special feature we'll provide for free to those interested in VR (as we are) to better get to know the AI named Orchid early on! VR is incredibly interesting as a new way to tell stories, and so we thought we might port a small section over to try out. It's an experiemtn more than anything else, but we love the potential.