Shoji Meguro, the composer of the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series, has launched a Kickstarter for his next title.
Guns Undarkness is planned to be a strategy JRPG with turn-based combat and stealth elements. Inspirations for the game include Persona and Metal Gear Solid. This game is Meguro’s first project since leaving Atlus, a studio he was with for nearly three decades.
The Starter is set to run September 12-15 with an initial target of $30,000 for a PC release. Additional stretch goals will be available for the Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch versions.
Besides Meguro, other people working on Guns Undarkness include Ilya Kuvshinov and Lotus Juice. The first is an illustrator best known for having worked on the Ghost in the Shell series and the second is a Japanese rapper who has already worked with Meguro.
As for the premise of the game, Guns Undarkness is set in the year 2045. The world has been ruined by nuclear war. The player character is a member of a paramilitary organization operating in the post-nuclear landscape. The game will feature a relationship system through which the player can get closer to his teammates throughout the plot.
In the game, players will be able to command up to three allies in addition to the main character. Using hand signals, the player will be able to instruct teammates to perform actions such as taking cover. The turn-based system seems reminiscent of the genre, with basic attacks, moves, guards, and special skills that deplete a resource. Outside of the missions, there will be a central area called Maroon where the player can select missions and buy and sell items.
The background of the nuclear war that devastated the world in Guns Undarkness involves a faction that wanted to “reset” humanity to its pristine state, using nuclear war to do so. The player character is a young paramilitary. According to press materials, “The game’s story will focus on the main protagonists as they fight to revolutionize the human race and come closer to the idea of true love.”
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