There’s a bit of Studio Ghibli in your Mirror’s Edge, Failsafe

Isn’t it nice when people take a product and remove it from having any possibility of being original by claiming it is a sum of pre-existing parts? It does feel nice. Failsafe [Kickstarter page] is the debut game of indie studio Game Over, and it looks good. As an integral part of my “job” is convincing people to fund games I might want to play showing the interesting gaming tidbits from crowdfunding pages, here’s a bit more on the game.

Slated to release on a handful of platforms, of which only the PC actually matters, Game Over is seeking funds in the amount of USD 80.000 in order to finish their game, which is already in an alpha state that’s being showcased at expositions and conventions.

 

Failsafe is a parkour adventure game inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s storytelling, reminiscent of the fluidity of Journey and the monolithic scale of Shadow of the Colossus.

 

The concept art evokes the minimalism of both Journey and Shadow of the Colossus, and the developers claim the storyline is heavily inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's works.
The concept art evokes the minimalism of both Journey and Shadow of the Colossus, and the developers claim the storyline is heavily inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s works.

You’ll play as Isra, a girl from a small village that suffers from the disease that’s been the end of many an adventurer: curiosity. Gameplay is reminiscent of Mirror’s Edge, her parkour aided by a grappling hook, and much like DICE’s game will be in first-person. Drawing artistic inspirations from the likes of Hayao Miyazaki, Shadow of the Colossus and Journey, Failsafe seems to have a style unique to it and an emphasis different from its Le Parkour sister, with Isra accompanied by XJ, a robot who can tap into the world’s ancient technologies.

The developers expect to release the game by summer 2016, though by now we’ve all learned to accept that Kickstarter release dates are in a more fluid than solid state, and all this will depend on whether they manage to garner the remaining 62.000 USD to reach their goal.

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