It was only a few months ago that indie developer CBILAB VR Studios first unveiled details about its upcoming virtual reality (VR) title, ManMade. Today, the studio has finally launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, hoping to raise €43,000 EUR towards development.
If you’ve not read VRFocus’ coverage of ManMade up until this point, the story revolves around an AI-ruled 2050’s dystopian world. You play William Kaan one of the pioneers of advanced AI. He was living an entirely happy life, but an accident changed its course and he lost his faith in AI, with Kaan then seeking revenge on the system that betrayed him.
Set in a future Istanbul, Turkey, ManMade isn’t just about Kaan as you’ll also get to choose another character, another AI scientist called Anika. As ManMade is being built as an immersive adventure with many twists and turns every decision taken, whether that’s choosing to kill someone or reply to dialogue in a certain way will have a knock on effect.
CBILAB VR Studios plans to support both standard PC and PlayStation 4 players as well as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR with ManMade. With backing tiers starting at €5, it’s the €22 version that grants access to ManMade, giving backers two codes for the standard and VR versions. Of course for the frivolous you could always go for the €4,300+ tier. This will get you every videogame and DLC released by the Cbilab VR Studios – basically a lifetime VIP pass – loads of collectable merchandise, plus, you’ll also become a secret character in ManMade.
If successful the studio will use the funding to continue development and hopefully launch ManMade in June 2019. VRFocus got a brief taster of the gameplay, finding that: “While the original trailer certainly looked very impressive the demo falls a little flat to be honest.” The demo only featured one room with a couple of tasks to complete, simply showcasing how the character moved and some of his abilities.
There’s still a long way to go until the final product, so VRFocus will be carefully watching ManMade’s progress.