Ergastulum is a first-person fantasy horror adventure game that blends a mix of Asian and Western folklore to create a terrifying vision that will test a players faith to the extremes. The game focuses on psychological horror which relies on the character’s fears and abnormal psyche to frighten players. It is inspired by the Dark Souls/Kings Field series as well as Amnesia, Gone Home, Ultima and Alien Isolation, all of which helped me design and develop a dark unforgiving atmosphere.
If I can manage to raise the additional funding necessary, I plan to release the game in 2018 in its full glory on PC.
All backers from Lucid Dreamer Edition and above will receive a demo through Kickstarter.
The demo can be redeemed through Steam and includes a section from an early part of the game.
You are encouraged to take screenshots, stream or record your play through, and share them online on your favourite site.
An Ergastulum is a underground building used to hold dangerous slaves, or other creatures. This is the Dark World. The player must traverse between the Dark World and Light World to find the answers they seek and this is done through an in-game hypnosis mechanic.
The game seeks to challenge and confuse the player’s grasp of the narrative by creating doubt about their own perceptions of reality or questioning their own sanity. With only your Crucifix and the Light as your only defence, you must explore the Dark World of Ergastulum to unlock the secrets in the House.
Here is a breakdown of some of the key features in the game.
- Combat-less stealth gameplay with only a Crucifix and Light to protect you
- Real-time light and shadow gameplay to hide and manage your sanity
- In-game sanity levels affect your surroundings and how enemies react to the player
- 100% procedural-generated maps in the Dark World so every time you enter it will be the unknown
- Inspired by both Western and Chinese folklore to create new forms of horror
- Traverse between the Light World and the Dark World through hypnosis
- Intuitive puzzles to solve to unlock hidden secrets
- Over 14 creatures each with their own unique AI and attacks
- Distract enemies by making sounds from throwing or using objects in the world
Ergastulum is filled with many creatures conjured up from my twisted mind. With my prior experience in creating a successful horror game, I have designed new enemies that are fresh and horrifying for the player to experience.
The House in the game acts as the main HUB to connect the player to other worlds.
Many of the secrets are held in the House and must be unravelled by finding items in both the House and the Dark World.
Once in the Dark World, the dungeons in the game are 100% procedural. This means that every dungeon you encounter will be different, including the creatures that lurk inside.
Here is a selection of screenshots of some of the locations that you will explore in the game ranging from the House (HUB), graveyard (HUB) and Dungeons in the Dark World.
The game will be released for PC and will be delivered via the Steam platform.
I plan to release the game in English.
Additional Platforms and Languages will be added to depending on the Stretch Goals listed below.
EXCLUSIVE UPGRADE to the "Dungeon Nightmares" mode that was specifically created to test the extremes of the dungeons and enemies. Available on PC only.
Write your very own personal message to be featured on one of the gravestones in Sorrow Wood Catacombs for all to see.
Remember to include the name and message you want to be featured.
Unique opportunity to design a hand tattoo for your in-game character that will be featured on the players left hand.
Be one of the voices within the dungeons as one of the Trapped Souls.
Send us 5 lines of dialogue to be used for one of the many trapped souls you will encounter in the dungeons.
Receive a very special figurine of Mary to put on your table or shelf.
This figurine will be custom made from the actual game model of Mary and very limited.
In addition, you will get a custom USB stick which includes a DRM free version of the game so that you can take it with you anywhere.
- 10% Kickstarter Fees + Credit Card Fees
- 25% Tax, Business, Legal Fees
- 65% Development Fees
Here's how our budget is distributed and where the money is going after we get funded:
Kickstarter and credit card processing fees are 10% of total funds.
After that I need to pay for reward fulfilment, taxes, business and legal fees which will costs 25% of everything I get.
65% of the budget will be for the rest of development including the art for the game, 3D modelling, textures, animations, programming, sound, music and SFX. A portion of the funds raised to get better equipment and hardware to develop the game with the better tools. The remaining funds will be used for living expenses since this is my full time job.
Former PlayStation developer that has worked on several titles over the 9 years in the studio. Last worked on VR Worlds for the PlayStation VR.
- Joey - Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Sound Designer, Artist, 3D Artist and Animator, Project Manager
- Oraya - Public Relations (PR)
For the past year, I have been working hard on the development of Ergastulum. K Monkey Games is currently just myself as the sole developer but with 9 years games industry experience when I was at PlayStation, I believe I can deliver a horror game to light up the genre.
After working on this project for a full year which was self funded, I have come to the conclusion that it would be required for me to try and obtain additional funding to bring this project to its full potential and original vision, rather than just releasing something I wasn't happy with and missing the original goal. This is currently my full time job and has been for the past year. With your help, I will be able to work on this full time and finish it without sacrificing anything to get there.
Since I have prior experience in developing a VR title while at PlayStation, my dream is to also support VR in my current game. However, due to the specifics of getting the VR experience the best it can be, it is required that this would be a Stretch Goal as it will take more time to do it justice.