Australian dev team TAPRR are looking to raise funds on kickstarter for an exciting project which not only looks totally awesome on it's own merit, but also has a fundamental Anti-Bullying message.
Whilst in development since 2013, the goal to attract AAA talent has paid off and has evolved from a 2D sidescroller into something much more deep and immersive.
"Inspired by the emotions associated with bullying and the anti-bullying movement, SumoBoy encourages you to find your voice and to stand up for yourself and others."Developer Henry Walsh Commented on Kotaku : "As the lead designer on SumoBoy I was bullied personally as a child. We took a lot of personal stories into account when making the game. The game deals with bullying in a more metaphoric and symbolic way and we do delve into things like, "Why bullies bully." and ways to stop yourself from continuing a vicious cycle."
"SumoBoy is a classic 2D adventure game for PC, Mac and mobile, focused on delivering a thoughtful story, colourful characters, a unique art style and an unlikely hero."
"Experience faced-paced, challenging combat in a beautifully stylized journey of discovery! We have crafted this action-oriented gameplay to be reminiscent of a few of our own favourite games, like Bastion, Diablo III, and the old Legend of Zelda."
The team has been drawn from a multitude of AAA sources, spanning the production, design, code, music and artwork aspects and with a collective portfolio including:
Games: Call of Duty, Halo: CE Anniversary, Battle: LA and Fallout: Lonestar.
Movies: Happy Feet 2, The Lego Movie, 300
Music: Jeff Broadbent and Sandro Friedrich
At any rate this looks to be a very promising and gorgeous title with a technical powerhouse behind it and a message that will likely resonate with a lot of readers of this website, this writer included.
Just remember what Wil Wheaton said: "it absolutely gets better as you get older."
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