Ex-Dreamworks Animator's Ghost of a Tale Shows Off Its Assets

Ex-Dreamworks Animator's Ghost of a Tale Shows Off Its Assets

As the game's crowdfunding campaign nears its end, the developer has uploaded some new character clips.

Ghost of a Tale is a small game where you play a little mouse on a quest in a medieval world populated by animals. The PC adventure game is being developed by Lionel Gallat, an ex-Dreamworks and Universal studios animator. It has raised just 24.176€ of its 45.000€ goal, and with just 9 days left in its IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, Gallat has uploaded some new videos showing off the kind of models and animations you can expect to see in the game.

Gallat describes the game as taking inspirations from movies such as Disney's Robin Hood and Winnie the Pooh, as well as videogames such as Zelda and Ico. "My goal is to craft a small yet beautiful game with environments that look a bit like movie sets and characters that have a sense of stylization in their design, while retaining a certain simplicity and immediacy as far as gameplay is involved," he says.

If this sounds interesting to you, you should hurry up and contribute to the campaign, as Gallat said in a YouTube comment that he would have to scrap the project if he failed to reach his crowdfunding goal. "I've been working on it full-time for more than a year, funding everything from my own pocket, so if I can't get a modest budget I'll have to pull the plug at some point."

If you're worried about his credentials, Gallat says that he has been working as a supervising animator in the movie industry for more than 15 years, first at Dreamworks on movies such as The Road to Eldorado, and SharkTale, and more recently as the animation director for Universal Studios' Despicable Me and The Lorax. The game is a one-man-project at the moment, but Gallat is hopeful he can get some additional help if he can raise some extra money.

The game will play like an action-adventure game, with mechanics focusing on exploration, running and jumping around, reading journals, finding clues, discovering secrets and fighting melee/ranged combats. It is being built on the Unity engine, and promises to be completely DRM free for its Windows PC release.

Gallat is aiming for a release in first half of 2014, with a closed beta kicking off by December 2013 at the latest.

Source: IndieGoGo

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This game does look pretty cool, though when I saw it the first thing I thought was how much it reminded me of Redwall. I miss those books.

Why does the video say powered by Unity3d but they are using cryengine 2?

TheRaider:
Why does the video say powered by Unity3d but they are using cryengine 2?

It says in the pitch - he started off using Cryengine but he's since switched to Unity as he was struggling with the C++ side of things.

I backed this game weeks ago, such a charming little project. Very sad that it doesn't look like it's going to make it.

For "early" progress, it seems they've made it through a lot of things already. I certainly have no doubt that they have the dedication to finish it. Though picking Indiegogo for the funding might have been a mistake, as it appears to lack the power of publicity that Kickstarter has. I'll try to spread the word!

At least they will be funded half way, if this is the highest they reach.

I hate to be cynical, but given the sort of game it seems he's trying to create, that's a RIDICULOUSLY LOW goal to hit. As in, I don't think this game could possibly be worth while.

All the bestto him though.

Yelchor:
For "early" progress, it seems they've made it through a lot of things already. I certainly have no doubt that they have the dedication to finish it. Though picking Indiegogo for the funding might have been a mistake, as it appears to lack the power of publicity that Kickstarter has. I'll try to spread the word!

At least they will be funded half way, if this is the highest they reach.

He didn't exactly "choose" Indigogo over Kickstarter. It's simply that Kickstarter is not available in his country, and thus he was forced to go with an alternative site. He recognizes that Indigogo only gets about a fifth of the traffic that Kickstarter does. I feel bad for the guy. If this were kickstarter then the project probably would have been funded by now.

Also, if you look on the page it specifies that they will only receive money if it is fully funded, so it's really all or nothing for them.

sethzard:
This game does look pretty cool, though when I saw it the first thing I thought was how much it reminded me of Redwall. I miss those books.

Well what Tale's ghost did you think it was?

axlryder:
He didn't exactly "choose" Indigogo over Kickstarter. It's simply that Kickstarter is not available in his country, and thus he was forced to go with an alternative site. He recognizes that Indigogo only gets about a fifth of the traffic that Kickstarter does. I feel bad for the guy. If this were kickstarter then the project probably would have been funded by now.

Also, if you look on the page it specifies that they will only receive money if it is fully funded, so it's really all or nothing for them.

Oh. That makes me sad.

Now I need to gather up whatever pocket change I've got over!

Illessa:

TheRaider:
Why does the video say powered by Unity3d but they are using cryengine 2?

It says in the pitch - he started off using Cryengine but he's since switched to Unity as he was struggling with the C++ side of things.

I backed this game weeks ago, such a charming little project. Very sad that it doesn't look like it's going to make it.

Thanks, I just read the escapist story!

It sounds like a lot of work.

sethzard:
This game does look pretty cool, though when I saw it the first thing I thought was how much it reminded me of Redwall. I miss those books.

From the crab, it seems more like Mouseguard.

I saw a mudcrab the other day...horrible creatures.

If the main character is a mouse and something like a crab will be an enemy, I can only imagine a horrible death awaits the poor mouse if we are caught (unless you can somehow fight back, which would be badass)

So why the fuck has no one made a Redwall game?

I have to say it looks pretty amazing for a few months in the unity engine

They actually looks fairly nice though. Be interesting to see how they actually come out in the game. It doesn't mention whether they are the hi-res models or the baked ones. If he hasn't baked everythink down yet, then the ones actually used in gameplay are going to look a lot different.

Wow, so it looks like they're all baked down aswell. They're impressive looking models. A lot more attention to detail than I thought an indi project would manage. Even one done by an ex Dreamworks employee.

Impressed.

I just hope they put the same attention into the fighting for the final piece. Because it looks a little undercooked at the minute. I'd honestly rather you maybe not be that competant a fighter. Be decent enough to take on a couple of lower class enemies, but for everything else. you have to either run away or use some cunning to kill.

More games need to go down that rout.

But anyway. It looks fantastic.

Thank you for your words of encouragement, guys! This represents a lot of work, so it's very nice to see positive reactions. For those interested I invite you to have a look at some of the updates from the campaign page, where I talk about the fact that combat will not really be like what you see in the video.

Being a little mouse, you won't be able to mow down enemies twice your size. So there will be much more emphasis on stealth and finding indirect ways of confrontation.

Thanks again for your support! :)

Oh and yes, I confirm that everything that's shown in the videos and screenshots is low-res models as they appear in-game.

5 days left, hope it's successful! Here's a few GIFs I made:
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