The video game industry has many members, but a select few have gained industry-wide recognition as a result of the games they’ve worked on and the influence they have among gamers and other developers. These minds have crafted some of the greatest save-the-world adventures in gaming, but what would happen if they, or at least parodies of these individuals, were actually tasked with saving a world? That’s what a new game on Kickstarter, titled “Dawn of the Devs,” seeks to answer, as players will take control of industry icons “Tom Schiffer,” “Biff Klozinski,” and “Hiro Komiya” to rescue a world which houses every evil of gaming.
“Dawn of the Devs is a 2D puzzle platformer where three game industry gurus (Tom Schiffer, Biff Klozinski and Hiro Komiya) embark on an epic quest after they are drawn into the Wicked World of Gaming, an alternate world where every negative aspect of the game industry has come to life thanks to the dark arts of a sinister character.
“Together they’ll have to combine their unique abilities while they journey through twisted lands, defeating enemies and solving puzzles to rid the World of Gaming from the menace that has risen and threatens to destroy the game industry forever.” — Underdog Studios
Each character will have abilities inspired by the games their real-life counterparts are best known for. Tom Schiffer (based on Tim Schafer) has the powers of point-and-click adventure games, letting him interact with objects and the environment from afar, Biff Klozinski (Cliff Bleszinski) has a gun with both bullets and a saw for slicing apart his foes, and Hiro Komiya (Hideo Kojima) carries a cardboard box that allows him to sneak past enemies. Together, they’ll set out to conquer the many regions and dangers of the Wicked World of Gaming—from the Trolls and Twitbirds of the Gameyard, to the Vampublishers of Ivory Tower Island, to the Zombie Fanboys of the Console and Computer Church (a.k.a. “C3”).
Depending on how much money the Kickstarter makes, there could be even more industry legends for gamers to take control of, with stretch goals aiming to add in “Milo Deveraux,” the ‘King of Hype’ based off Peter Molyneux; “Nick Gable,” a new take on Gabe Newell; and finally “Shiro Miyata,” a parody of the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto. Further goals promise console versions, voice acting, animated cutscenes, and more. The game is targeting $65,000 for its Kickstarter campaign, and it’s currently sitting at about $13,500 with 25 days to go.
Check out the video for their Kickstarter campaign above, as well as some images of the world and characters in the gallery below! Does this game sound like a fun idea to you? Will you be backing the project? Let us know in the comments!