Lab Zero Games has teamed with 505 Games for their action-RPG platformer, Indivisible. It’s designed in a similar style to Lab Zero’s SkullGirls and features a mix of a dynamic battle system with Super Metoird-style exploration and upgrades.
The game recently went live on IndieGoGo with a $1.5 million crowd-funding goal. The game was already given an advance of $250,000 by 505 Games so that Lab Zero Games could produce a playable prototype of the game that you can download from over on the official website.
They released a three minute pitch video for Indivisible featuring protagonist Ajna and the gameplay from the prototype, showing what Lab Zero Games is aiming for with this rather risky adventure. Check it out below.
Honestly, the game looks marvelous. The animations, the platforming, the combat – it’s the sort of game I kind of wish that Mighty No. 9 should have been. There’s a lot of life in the game, it looks and feels vibrant and the animations are as smooth as silk. The character designs definitely stand out and the the ability to charge up attacks and transform adds a nice touch to the overall battle progression system.
Speaking of the battle system… it’s mirrored after Valkryie Profile, so each of Ajna’s companions are linked to a face button on the controller. As the characters level up and grow stronger, new moves and abilities are added to their arsenal. Using the direction button with the face button unleashes different combat moves, and players are able to chain-link special combos together.
As mentioned in the press release…
“Built with the unique characters and gameplay depth Lab Zero is known for, Indivisible takes a fresh spin on action/RPG gameplay, featuring a deep storyline inspired by Southeast Asian and other world mythologies. Lab Zero’s trademark feature-quality 2D hand-drawn animation and a lush soundtrack from legendary Secret of Mana composer Hiroki Kikuta further enrich and enhance the game.”
Speaking of the soundtrack, the theme song is really cool. They offer a few samples you can listen to from the game’s score that Kikuta provided that you can check out below.
If Lab Zero Games can manage to hit $1.5 million within 40 days, 505 Games will contribute the remaining $2 million to turn the game into a reality. It’s a joint venture between gamers and a small time publisher. It’s basically 505 testing the waters to see if this is a viable project.
For all the media out there talking about a lack of diversity in gaming, you would think this is the kind of project they would shout about to the heavens. Interestingly enough, though, if the project fails then what does that say about the media trying to force the issue of diversity?
Anyway, I think Indivisible looks cool and if you want to learn more about the design prospects and the team’s goals, you can do so by paying a visit to the IndieGoGo page.