Kickstarter Watch: The End of The Sun

The line between Slavic myth and reality is blurred in this non-linear story-telling experience

“As the Ashter (Volhv) who is gifted with the ability to travel in time and knowledge about Navia (the space where human fates shape), following the trail of the secretive fugitive, you come to a mysterious village, but you cannot find anyone there, at least not in a way you wanted to. All you can see are smothered fires around.”

So begins The End of The Sun, an upcoming story-telling/adventure game from Polish indie studio The End of the Sun Team. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, they’ve already met 20% of their 12,000 goal within 48 hours and have earned the coveted “Kickstarter We Love” badge from the platform. With their fundraising efforts ending on June 7, it’s imperative that those interested back soon so that this beautiful game come to fruition.

The End of The Sun is driven by the richness of Slavic folklore; the story follows a Volhv, or an ancient Slavic shaman, who can see into the past lives of the inhabitants who once lived in a mysterious village. The Volhv focuses on each of the four seasons spanning decades, following the same villagers across time during the four important Slavic festivals. Through the Volhv’s eyes, players can uncover what transpired in the lives of these people and solve mysterious riddles all while learning about real Slavic rites and rituals.

The dev team went to great lengths to ensure historical accuracy while creating The End of The Sun, including scanning hundreds of objects and even entire buildings from ethnographic museums. All the items hold cultural significance and offer players a peek into the lives of Slavic peoples of yore, including activities that are no longer practiced today and outdated tools that have since fallen by the wayside due to technological advances.

The environments in The End of The Sun are nothing short of stunning, and the time-travel factor really takes it up a notch by showing days, seasons, and years pass right before your eyes. Time-traveling will also impact certain parts of the story, as things you do in the past may affect the outcomes of the present. Proceed with caution.

The beautiful, educational experience that is The End of The Sun focuses primarily on the puzzle-solving aspect; although you can certainly get lost in this sleepy Slavic village, foul play is definitely afoot. By using your mystical powers to travel through time, you can figure out exactly what transpired and solve an age-old mystery once and for all.

Should The End of The Sun receive its funding, the dev team will be able to complete this delightfully unique title, with a slated release date by the end of 2021 at the very latest.

Want to learn more about Slavic culture? Interested in solving the mystery of this quaint village that holds far more secrets than answers? Head on over to the Kickstarter page to back the project — in the very least, Wishlist The End of The Sun on Steam to follow news about its development!

Heather Johnson Yu
Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.

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