Sat, Sep 28, 2013 | 23:25 BST
Drop is a Kickstarter with a heartwarming story
Drop creator Bryan Heemskerk isn’t just developing his Megaman-inspired game because of his love of the genre. He’s also doing it for his one-year-old daughter.
In his Kickstarter pitch video, Heemskerk discussed his love of the Megaman series as a youngster and how it gave him an indescribible sense of joy to play the games. He’s hoping that his daughter can experience the same kind of love for a game, through a game that he’s developing for her.
“The day she was born I did a quick sketch of an older version of my daughter with a guardian robot,” wrote Heemskerk in his Kickstarter, “which developed into the story of a father that built all of his children robotic guardians.”
The game is set in a dystopian society, where people are mysteriously being snatched away by the government. Tay, the main character, has her mother taken from her at a young age. Now, her father has gone missing too and she must fight against the government to track him down.
Unfortunately, Heemskerk has made little headway into his $85,000 CAD Kickstarter and has only raised $5,318 CAD. He chose an unfortunate time to launch his Kickstarter, as it kicked off right around the time that Keiji Inafune announced the Kickstarter of Mighty No. 9, the spiritual successor to Megaman.
Heemskerk doesn’t have a big production team behind him, only the experience that he has from working in the industry as a concept artist and an animator. He hopes that he’ll raise enough Kickstarter funds to complete the project in a timely manner. Without the funding, development will continue, but he doesn’t foresee the game being made for another 5-7 years.
With the project ending on October 9th, there’s not much time for Heemskerk’s Kickstarter.
Watch and listen to Heemskerk’s story in one of his videos: