Riversend in the US. The first and only corporate run city in the world. The place where it all begins...and ends.
Follow the story of high school student Jason Smith who lives in the city since his birth. Define who he is. What his hobbies are.
And whom he calls a friend. See his life and story unfold during Riversend's darkest hour.
After an incident in the middle of the night, all hell breaks out over the city as an acopolypse erupts. Monsters out of the legends come back into the light.
And hordes of the undead try to consume everything in their path. With people dying left and right Jason is trying to survive, but gets himself infected
by a tainted form of immortality. And you? You alone decide his fate.
Will he despair and give in to the taint itself and become a true monster right out of the blackest nightmares?
Or will he throw off the shackles of the curse and save his humanity?
Will he be a destroyer or a saviour?
Will he survive or meet his final end?
The decision...it is all yours.
- Game type: Unique mix between RPG and Visual Novel
- Resolution: 1366 x 768
- VN & RPG: The RPG and the VN are neatlessly integrated in each other (see below for more), with your stats defining your chances to succeed on the options you choose.
- Dialogue options: Every choice has consequences. Some immediately, some only later in the game with some having recuring ones
- Love & Romance: Even in the apocalypse you can find love and romance. There are more than 3 romance options open for you depending on your choices.
- Horror: During the apocalypse you will be able to meet and talk to or fight different types of mythic creatures. Meet over 4 different species including vampires, werewolves and naturally zombies.
- Knowledge is power: Find not only a CG library, but also an ingame accessable knowledge database that lets you know what you have learned so far ingame and thus gives you the power of knowledge about what is going on, and who is who.
- Define the protagonist: You can define where he comes from, what his hobbies are, who his friends are and also how he handles the situation and his own infection. Your decisions will let him become a saviour or a monster bent on death and destruction.
As mentioned this game is a unique mix between VN and RPG. Why unique?
In most games this means its either an rpg grinding feast with a few VN elements strewn in, or the exact opposite. A VN with rpg minigames.
This game is different. There is no grinding, and there are no levels. And that despite a very strong connection between the RPG and the VN parts.
You gain XP by doing the main story and doing additional chapters (or quests). These XP you can spend directly on improving your stats or unlocking abilities.
Unlocking an ability can lead to new chapters being unlocked and played through. And what is more is that these new abilities can have an effect on your available dialogue options.
So how is it avoided that you need to do grinding quests instead of monsters? Easy: You can play through the game with doing just the main story. The "side quests" or additional chapters
will just make it a bit easier to play through.
So much for the RP only part. In the VN part you will have dialogue options available as usual. What is unique here is that first the abilities you unlock in the RP part will have an effect
on your available dialogue choices (and also in some cases a direct effect on the dialogue itself). And secondly your attributes and skill ranks define the chances you have with succeeding at specific dialogue options. Like your Presence attribute and persuasion skill defining your chances at persuading others to do something or to not do something.
Additionally your choices in the VN part can have a direct effect on the RPG part. Not only creating new encounters or enabling you to avoid them but also directly affecting your stats in the RP part (like giving you access to new abiltiies or learning a new skill or increasing an attribute, ...).
Thus all in all the RP part and the VN part are strongly connected and influence each other strongly.
What is more is, that the names for things will be taken from tabletop gaming and not computer gaming. Thus attributes are attributes as normal, but skills will not be the special powers and moves,
but instead be something like deceit, stealth, persuasion, ... . The powers and abilities themselves are called powers / abilities each.
The protagonist of the game. He is an almost 18 years old brown haired student at Riversend High. He and his twin sister after whom he looks very often lived their whole lives in the city.
Due to the incidents during the apocalypse gets infected with a tainted form of immortality.
Who he was before this and what he will become. If a true monster or a saviour is up to you.
The younger twin of the two siblings is a red haired beauty. She is quite a book worm and wants to attend college after the High school in order to become a doctor and help people. She is
headstrong and loves horror films a lot. And despite him getting on her nerves for looking out for her so often on their parents wishes, she loves her brother dearly.
A mysterious beautiful raven haired girl. She appears time and again just before or after something big happens. Somehow despite him not knowing her at all, she seems to know quite a lot about Jason and his family. She seems to be right in the center of what is going down in the city.
The 3 brothers
A group of 3 best friends who formed a 3 man gang during their early teens. They soon became widely known and feared by the gangs of Riversend as they survived every attempt at squashing them and in return squashing the gangs that tried. Despite this none of them suffered any consequences for their actions leading others to believe that someone very high up seems to keep a hand over them.
- Steve Steel
A red haired good looking newbie pay cop. He is one of the "3 brothers" and the most charismatic of the 3. Despite his new job he still throws one party after the other and ditches his girlfriend for a new one every few weeks.
- Peter Wolf
A black haired almost androgynous looking guy. He is a student at Riversend High and one of the "3 brothers". If Steve holds the 3 together and Mike is the brains of the group, Peter is the muscles. His aggressiveness and ability to jump to conclusion combined with his protectiveness of those he holds dear led to others calling him just "Wrath".
- Mike Slozensky
A blonde haired student at Riversend High. He is one of the "3 brothers" and a genius when it comes to computers and technology. He is the founder of the occult research club at school and quite paranoid. Despite this and a strange aversion he feels for her he often becomes involved in and the victim of Eves plots and intrigues. His envy of others led to him gaining the nickname Envy.
Eve Wolf - Lust
A brown haired beauty she is one of the students of Riversend High. She is quite a flirt and often changes her boyfriend. Due to this and her many plots she is often called the queen of intrigue or just Lust. This is though behind her back as her sibling Wrath won't let anyone call her that openly.
A raven haired shy girl. She is the granddaughter of the leader of the blood claw gang. Despite her heritage and herself being part of the gang, she is always looking out for others and caring.
A pale faced red haired beauty who studies at Riversend High and works part time at GEN-Tech. Despite her perfect english she seems to hail from an eastern Europe country. Despite being relatively new in Riversend and very young and only working part time there she seems to have risen exceptionally high within the ranks of GEN-Techs scientists and she seems to know a lot of what is really going on in the city and about the incidents.
A mysterious pale faced blonde girl. She seems to hide a painful and mysterious past and harbors a strong hatred for GEN-Tech. Despite this there seems to be a strong connection between her and Katherine.
Groups and organizations
The company conglomerate that created and is owning the city of Riversend. They are conducting biotechnological and also genetic research within its compounds and are doing a lot of charity work. Still though there are rumors abounding about them because of a rising number of disappearances within the cities compounds and the never under control gang problem, that they are into way darker activities than one might think.
Riversend Police Corps
When the state driven police wasn't enough to get the gang problem in Riversend under control it was replaced by the Riversend Police Corps. A security company that is a subsidiary of the GEN-Tech conglomerate. Despite them often being called rent cops, many are joining the corps in order to be able to help people. Or in order to gain a prestigious position and go from there into the city council. Which is the only way for non scientists to get there.
Blood Claw Gang
They are the largest and most territorial of all the gangs. They are always hunting other gangs and also criminals in groups and making sure that their territory is under control and save. They regularly clash with the police corps and GEN-Tech and are quite brutal, but always are looking out for one another. There some strange rumours coursing about them with the least being that they employ lesser gangs to keep their territories save. Others say that they are not humans but monsters, because they never lose a battle.
Watched and catched (chapter 1):
Satiated hunger (chapter 2):