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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Headup Games
Developer: btf
Release Date: 2018

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'Trüberbrook' (ALL) Kickstarter Funds Doubled, More Stretch Goals In Sight

by Rainier on Dec. 11, 2017 @ 11:57 a.m. PST

Trüberbrook is a thrilling mystery adventure game set in rural Germany in the late 1960s. Think Twin Peaks meets The X-Files.

The year is 1967. The world policy is dominated by the Cold War and Vietnam, Russia and America are racing to the moon. At the same time in Europe, students take to the streets from Paris to Berlin.

On a larger scale, the world is locked in turmoil, but most people are unaware of the events unfolding in an overlooked, sleepy part in the German province. Hans Tannhauser, an American student in his late twenties is caught by surprise: Out of the blue, he wins a trip to a small, German village, Trüberbrook. Truber-what? No idea! It doesn’t help he can’t remember taking part in any lottery in the first place … Happy to put some distance between him and his Ph.D. in quantum physics, he makes his way to Trüberbrook, Germany, bursting with curiosity.

Tannhauser receives his lodging in the Pension Waldeslust, a charming hostel at the village square. But shortly after his arrival, inexplicable things start to happen: A mysterious stranger breaks into his room and steals a paper on physics. It also seems someone is trying to get his attention – But who? And why?

Gradually, he gets to know the various villagers and spa guests, only to find the next more peculiar than the last. Only young anthropologist Gretchen Lemke, who is on a research trip to Trüberbrook, seems normal to him. But before he knows it, Gretchen becomes Tannhauser’s accomplice on the adventure of a lifetime. It slowly dawns on the aspiring physicist that his presence in Trüberbrook is not accidental – he is here to save the world!

The Trüberbrook kickstarter campaign has been extremely successful so far: the financing target of €80,000 ($94,2160 was reached after only 30 hours - to the great delight of the developers btf and publisher Headup Games, and currently sits at $215,752.

We have prepared some exclusive Stretch Goals: An additional playable chapter, new Lore Items and a "handmade" soundscape have already been unlocked by the supporters. A second bonus chapter and a making-of video on the unusual development process of the game are still within reach. This is one of the reasons why we are still looking forward to your support.

Upcoming Stretch Goal: New Chapter! The Interlude (220.000 €): Another new chapter, a stranger and more bizarre part of the plot, another twist, another turn, a detour, a pocket in subspace that needs to be rediscovered, a new little story to be experienced.

Besides lovely created characters and a moody soundtrack, the game’s most striking feature may be its unique, distinct visual style. In order to immerse the player to the fullest, we chose to physically build the world we envisioned. All of our scenic sets are genuinely handmade. 'Handmade' as in: 'Manufactured using real hands! And fingers! Not the most efficient way of doing things, but we're loving it! Every little detail is custom built, meticulously crafted, piece by piece, painted, arranged, rearranged and put into boxes in between. If you were wondering...yes, there is glue involved. Lots of glue. By the sweat of our brows, we think it’s worth it.'

The models are digitized using a technique called photogrammetry and later retopologized, digitally polished and then blended with animated characters, visual effects and set extensions.

This way the developers aim to achieve an exceptional and magical look that visually reflects the world of Trüberbrook.

Key Features

  • Suspense! Thrills! Mystery! After all, it’s a single player adventure game. We want to keep you entertained. 
  • Inspired by Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Stranger Things & Star Trek
  • Never-seen-before clash of genres : Sci-Fi, “Heimatfilm” and mystery
  • Join American physics student Tannhauser, stranger in a strange land (cold-war rural Germany)
  • Challenging puzzles!
  • All kinds of strange village residents and spa guests, many eccentric characters that’ll grow on you
  • Indulging in universal themes such as love, friendship, loyalty, feeling disconnected from home, self-discovery and dinosaurs
  • Handmade miniature scenery: From the rotten boat rental to the cozy old-fashioned guesthouse, caves and woods, everything is in there
  • Digitized scenery through the mysterious technique of photogrammetry 
  • English and German localization with full voice acting!
  • An atmospheric, moody soundtrack
  • A likely mobile port at a later time.
  • Up to 10 hours of super exciting, seamless gameplay

Trüberbrook is scheduled for late 2018 for Windows, Mac, Linux (all DRM free & via Steam), PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in both English and German versions.

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