Rosebud Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an open-world first-person shooter named Death In Candlewood with a stretch goal promising support for virtual reality (VR). It’s the first videogame from the Barcelona-based team, consisting of developers that have worked on landmark franchises such as Silent Hill, The Witcher and F.E.A.R., with consultancy from BioShock Environment Lead Jay Kyburz. The project is hoping to raise $60,000 USD before 2nd May 2014. A stretch goal of $100,000 promises to add support for the Oculus Rift VR headset.
The title is described as a gothic psychological FPS influenced by iconic author Edgar Allan Poe. Players step into the shoes of Ray Rune, who is on a quest to find his adopted son in the Candlewood Mountains. The team claims to have created an expansive environment with over 1,000 buildings and 6km² of mountain ranges, where Rune will battle inhuman enemies.
It’s set to feature over 20 different kinds of weapons as well as stealth elements and driveable vehicles, which are operated in third person. Characters in the world will have reactive dialogue and players can expect to encounter a range of randomised events.
Should the team reach the $100,000 stretch goal then it will publish an ‘optimised’ version of the title for use with the Oculus Rift. Those interested in backing can secure a digital copy for $15 if they’re one of the first 1000 backers, which rises to $20 after that. Two especially excited backers can pledge $10,000 to get a range of rewards include designing an entire level and securing all of titles Rosebud developers free for life.
The team hopes to ship the game in April 2015. Mac and Linux versions will also be developed if a $70,000 stretch goal is reached. VRFocus will continue to report on Death In Candlewood as the Kickstarter campaign progresses.