Dear Esther-esque Samurai Exploration Game Niten Needs a Kickstart


The two-man indie team of Donald Macdonald and David Saunders have taken to Kickstarter to help crowdfund their game Niten, a narrative adventure about exploring a remote Japanese island to uncover a story about a Samurai master and his orphan-child student.

Similar to Dear Esther, the island’s history will be narrated via audio fragments discovered throughout the free-roam game world. Even cooler, Niten‘s narrative will be supplemented by an in-game graphic novel, with pages that will be unlocked for each audio fragment found at the end of each playthrough. Another interesting element to look forward to is a Zen garden complete with fully customizable plant life, water features, statues, and various collectible items.

Call it a story-driven first-person exploration game. Call it a “walking simulator.” Call it whatever the hell you want. Just be sure to call it beautiful, because damn those are some splendid Unreal Engine 4 visuals. Virtual reality adopters are in for a treat too, as a VR version is now being made to launch sometime after the standard version is complete. All Kickstarter backers will receive the VR version for free once it is released.

With 14 days on the clock, Niten is sitting on a little over $4k of its target goal of $21k and change, so it could definitely use a boost as the campaign enters the stretch run. The game’s already been given the Greenlight by the Steam community.

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