Indie developer Tale of Tales recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest narrative-driven videogame, Sunset. The team is hoping to raise $25,000 USD to help fund the first-person title before the campaign closes on 17th July 2014. At the time of writing, some $17,612 has already been raised, giving the campaign 29 days to make less than half of its initial goal. What’s more, the developer has teased that the experience could utilise the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset, if it fits.
Tale of Tales revealed as much on its Kickstarter campaign page. The FAQ section towards the bottom of the page asks if support for the headset is possible, to which the developer simply replies: “We’ll try and if it’s nice, yes.”
Sunset is story-driven exploration title similar to the likes of Gone Home and Dear Esther. The videogame casts players as housekeeper Angela Burnes in a fictional South American city during the early 1970s. Angela takes care of the bachelor pad of Gabriel Ortega once a week. As players explore the apartment they will learn more about Ortega, eventually uncovering a plot against the city’s notorious dictator, Generalísimo Ricardo Miraflores.
The title is split into fictional hours in which Angela has until the sun sets to carry out her list of tasks and explore the apartment. Players can perform jobs in a number of ways and receive responses from Ortega in the form of notes the next time they visit. Unlike the titles referenced earlier, Sunset will give players choices to make throughout the story. While not altering the narrative itself, the developer claims these changes will affect the player’s role in the story and the ’emotional impact’ of the overall experience.
Should its Kickstarter campaign receive funding then the developer hopes to launch Sunset on PC, Mac and Linux in March 2015. Those interested can pledge $15 to secure a digital copy of the title upon release. Backer rewards continue up to $10,000 in which one person can have the developer clean their house and leave notes for the backer in the style of the videogame itself. VRFocus will continue to follow Sunset‘s progress and report back as soon as we hear news on Oculus Rift support.