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Moebius: Empire Rising

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Phoenix Online Publishing
Developer: Pinkerton Road Studio
Release Date: April 15, 2014

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'Moebius' Kickstarter Campaign Exceeds Target, Second Game In Development

by Rainier on May 8, 2012 @ 12:34 a.m. PDT

Moebius: Empire Rising is a point & click, 3rd person adventure game with a 2D graphic novel look, a metaphysical sci-fi thriller in the vein of Fringe, Jane’s novel Dante’s Equation, and Gabriel Knight.

Veteran game designer Jane Jensen is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Moebius’s development. As of this writing, the campaign has exceeded the $300k funding goal with 11 days to go.

Backer rewards include behind-the-scenes involvement in the development, downloadable and physical copies of Pinkerton Road’s games, and “design bibles” from Jane’s Gabriel Knight days. (More rewards will be added this week!) If enough funds are raised, Pinkerton Road will pursue a second adventure game this year as well.

All Kickstarter funds will go toward development of Moebius, the paranormal thriller backers selected as Pinkerton Road's first game. On Friday, Jane revealed that Pinkerton Road will also make a second adventure game with outside funding -- and Kickstarter backers will get that, too! Anyone who pledges $50+ will get both Moebius and the as-yet-unrevealed "Mystery Game X." (Backers at the lower tiers can choose one or the other, when more info about each game is available.)

Jane Jensen is best known for her Gabriel Knight adventure series, and she's beefed up the Kickstarter rewards with goodies that GK fans won't want to miss. The $50 tier now includes ebook versions of the two (out of print) Gabriel Knight novels. For $200+ you can get Jane's "design bibles," comprehensive design documents used in the Gabriel Knight games' development. And for $500 you can snag a one-of-a-kind Sins of the Fathers production sketch, signed by Jane and former Sierra artist John Shroades.

Pinkerton Road plans to give backers a behind-the-scenes look at their games’ development, and the fun has already started with a series of Kickstarter video updates. In recent videos, Robert Holmes talks about composing the music for Gabriel Knight and Gray Matter, Jane introduces the development team who will work on Pinkerton Road's first game, and actor Dean Erickson (who portrayed Gabriel Knight in the FMV game The Beast Within) delivers a special message to Pinkerton Road's backers.

Antiquities dealer Malachi Rector hunts down artifacts all over the world and compiles dossiers on their history. He has a knack for sensing “the soul” of an object. After his upscale Manhattan store is destroyed in a fire, Rector is hired by millionaire Amber Dexter to investigate a series of events and document them in his meticulous way.

The first event is the death of a young woman in Venice, who was found hanging from a bridge. As Rector investigates her life, he soon realizes that this beautiful and talented young woman -- and the interrupted path of her life -- had great hidden significance. It appears that Amber Dexter and his associates are playing with the fabric of life in a way Rector never imagined possible. Even he, Rector himself, is part of a larger pattern.

Malachi Rector must figure out who is doing what -- and whether their intentions are for good or ill -- before he can decide whether to play his pre-scripted role or try to change the outcome.

Moebius will have two modes: Casual Adventure and True Adventure. Casual Adventure mode includes hints, a hotspot revealer, and a simplified interface. True Adventure will be more of a challenge along the lines of Jane’s past adventure games (Gabriel Knight, Gray Matter).

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