Candle Finishes Kickstarter, Heads To Greenlight For Final Push
After finishing up a very successful Kickstarter run, Teku Studios' side-scrolling game is now officially confirmed to arrive for the Wii U, Mac, Linux and PC. The game is a passion project by the developers and now they're looking for that final push into the marketplace as they seek your approval and support on Steam's Greenlight.
This isn't just another hipster indie game, though. This is one of those titles that could become a classic entry for the platforms that it releases for, with the developers noting that key gameplay features will drive the experience...
The most important feature of the gameplay comes from a very specific ability of Teku, the main character: instead of a hand, he carries a candle that can be lit at certain spots, and he must do whatever he can to prevent it from being extinguished. The flame of the candle is key to solving many of the puzzles, as well as uncovering lots of secrets and clues.
In order to bring the candle-hand to life, Teku designed their own DirectX 11 shaders for illumination and shading techniques, used in cohesion with their elaborately hand-painted artwork. That's right, the entire game is hand-painted and laser scanned. So the environments, the characters, all of it – has an authentic watercolor look to it that pops and jives for the eyes in similar fashion to some of Disney's older hand-painted films.
It's also interesting that this little studio was able to convert those same DX11 shaders over to work with the Wii U's GPGPU. What's also fascinating is that Unity's CEO, David Helgason, also mentioned that they would make it possible for licensed Unity developers to make use of the higher-end shader technologies available in the engine for the Wii U. Helgason wasn't lying because it's happening.
I suppose the really surprising part is that it wasn't an AAA studio or am mid-budget studio pushing the Wii U's shader capabilities via the GPGPU, no... it was an entry-level indie studio working on their first game that is pursuing the higher-end of graphics technology for the Wii U.
Anyway, Teku Studios' Candle is prepping for release for the multiple systems after hitting its Kickstarter goals. The game now seeks additional support on Steam's Greenlight in order to appear on the Steam Store. If the developers can successfully get their game released on the platforms in a timely manner, then maybe it can set them up with enough cash flow to get to work on their next game.
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