Beat 'em up games are a rare breed; I don't know why we don't get more beat 'em up games but we just don't. Anyway, we have a brand new game announced for PC and Mac, with stretch goals extending to Linux and PlayStation 3 if funding goals are met. The name of the game? Whilom: Sins.
Indie Game HQ spotted the latest entry on Kickstarter and it's a game called Whilom: Sins... it focuses on a side-scrolling, mid-concept beat 'em up title with a strong focus on role-playing and storytelling.
So what makes Whilom: Sins any different from all the other games out there? Well, it wants to tell a mature story while maintaining all the fisticuffs action that gamers love from classic titles like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. According to the Kickstarter video, the combat will more accurately resemble the familiar tones of fast-paced hack-and-slash gameplay found in Vanillaware titles, such as Odin Sphere or their highly controversial title, Dragon's Crown.
Considering that the game is still very early in development, Dreamken Studios didn't have a lot to show off regarding the actual gameplay of Whilom: Sins, but hopefully they'll update the Kickstarter page soon with some more fleshed out gameplay.
As for the story... the game revolves around a secret order that dominates and oppresses by controlling a human trafficking organization. Yes, folks, we're heading into the deep end Max Payne 3 territory with this one.
It will be up to players to stop the organization as well as uncover some typical story-oriented hidden-truths along the way. How well the developers will be able to make the story both engaging and progressive will be a challenging feat to see them overcome. However, if you feel like what they're selling is something worth pledging to, you can head on over to the official Kickstarter page and pledge your support right now.
The game has a rough estimate of March, 2014 as the release window, assuming they can gather the meager but honorable $25,000 necessary to complete the game in a timely manner. If you still need a bit more incentive before heading to their Kickstarter page, you can check out a few concept images below.