Kickstarter Watch: Project Sen

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Project Sen by Cakemachine Games

Remember Skullgirls? I certainly do. I named the game one of my favorites of 2012, as an imaginative, challenging, and artistically inspired 2D fighters. One of the things I noticed most about the game was its absolutely brilliant character design and art direction.What if, I thought, the team responsible for the art of Skullgirls created something bigger. Something on a grander scope, with far more potential for creative environments, monsters and characters. Well, out there in space,something awesome is coming our way…

Project Sen is inspired,as many Kickstarter games seem to be, by classic Metroid and Megaman games. The moon of Barimos, orbiting planet Pario, is the result of humanity’s first attempt at interplanetary colonization. Their first colony, Pantheon City, is threatened by strange events that could potentially endanger not just the colony, but the planet below as well. Sen is a rookie soldier, crash-landing with her ship on the dangerous surface of the moon. As the only survivor of the crash, it’s up to her to uncover the truth behind the faceless threat within the moon.

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Cakemachine Studios is a brand-new group, a sort of Avengers-esque assembly of awesome people including several animators involved in Lab Zero’s Skullgirls, and artists and writers with resumes full of great, original content. Although its made clear that what we’re seeing so far may not be final, every bit of animation in the Kickstarter video looks absolutely fantastic. Between the bodacious hero Sen and her commanding officer Ella, and the imaginative monsters we’ve seen so far, creative art is set to be a signature of the game. Donation tiers include the game itself, special-access concept art, beta access, a digital or physical art book, and if you’re really into being a part of the revival of the 2D space shooter, the ability to design an enemy, or even a boss.

Project Sen is planned for release on Mac, PC, Ouya, iOS, and Android, but could potentially make it onto consoles as a stretch goal. Other goals include additional bosses, stages, and voice acting. If you thought a programmer’s salary was bad, artists have it just as tough, though; the game needs $80,000 to make it to the stars! So grab your laser pistol and head for the moon, ready to save the future of humanity! Check out Project Sen on Kickstarter, and prepare yourself for a glowing, busty, action-packed revival of 2D sci-fi action!

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