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Grave is a first person, open world survival horror experience. Survive the night with a arsenal of defensive tools, and explore an ever-changing world filled with frightening creatures. Grave is a hybrid of environmental exploration and combative horror, creating constant tension as the player balances exploration and survival. 

Dynamic Reality

In the world of Grave, things are not always as they seem. Explore a surreal, lonely wasteland by day, and fight off hideous creatures after the sun sets. With each passing day, the world changes around you. Presenting not only new threats, but new locations to explore. 

Light Is Your Only Weapon

In Grave, darkness brings terror, but not hopelessness. The world of Grave is scattered with tools that can be used for protection. Ward off creatures with flashlights, gasoline fires, portable generators and more. Grave is about survival, so no tool is a strictly intended for offense. Multiple uses of tools allow players to decide how best to survive the night. 

  • Unique day-night gameplay woven into the experience - split gameplay between survival and exploration. Fear the night, hope for day. 
  • Highly procedural world. Not only are the creatures unpredictable, but so are the environments. Each night produces changes to the surreal landscape of Grave. 
  • Multiple characters and stories to explore, each with their own sets of challenges and experiences 
  • Frightening AI creatures see and hear you, with complex behavior to stalk you. You are the hunted, not the hunter. 
  • Over 8 Unique tools for defending yourself against the creatures of the night, including matches, flashlights, flares, generators, fire and more. 
  • Craft new resources using items found in the environment. Build up your defenses or create unique items for combating the creatures of the night. Just be sure to watch your back...

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2 comments by TristanParrish on Apr 21st, 2014

As we move into our final week on Kickstarter, I wanted to give everyone an update on how the game has been doing and encourage those who have not yet pledged to consider helping us with the cause. We've managed to get 67% of our goal as of this writing, and with a significant final week push I think we can achieve our goal.

We have had a bunch of awesome developments over the past few weeks, and I wanted to get everyone caught up on the state of the game, what news is important to note and how we're planning to move forward with production. We've put out new trailers, made art style tweaks and even been able to announce a console version, so there's a lot to cover.

New Trailer

One of our biggest and most unexpected hurdles was in messaging the game to our audience. We get really limited responses early, and a strong part of that was the public perception of the game. Bluntly, they didn't know what it was about. We've been slowly building up Grave's story and haven't wanted to reveal too much. The game is very inspired by surrealist art and film, and we don't want to ruin the experience by revealing too much. Part of the journey is that discovery.

That being said, what we found out was that we hadn't hit the right tone with our original trailer. The first trailer, which was produced in our hotel during GDC with footage taken from me playing on a rented laptop, hadn't done much for communicating the game's tone or style. Many people thought it looked generic, and couldn't really see what made the experience stand out.

Updated Art Style

On observation we made early on is that the game wasn't expressing it's more surrealist nature in a lot of elements of our presentation. Our original goal for the game was to build a realistic style, but to create abstract and strange imagery within it. This seemed like sound logic, but it can be really difficult to express to the audience. It also has a tendency to fall into the crowd of other quasi-realistic games. After some debate, we decided to explore a few changes.

Updated Art

The new visual style is primarily a shader and color change, but is based on our observations of surrealist paintings, particularly those by Salvador Dali. We've noticed a tendency for his imagery to include dark gradients around the edges of surfaces to create depth, so we're now employing a similar technique on our characters, almost like an inverse rim-lighting effect.

Updated Art

So far, we're very pleased with the reactions we've gotten and feel it matches our intended expectations for the audience a lot better. It helps us reinforce the concept behind the experience and is also really interesting to look at. It's particularly striking to observe in the Oculus Rift, almost like you are inside a surrealist dreamscape. We're excited to be providing a demo with the new visuals soon.

Xbox One Version

We managed to connect with Microsoft during The Mix at GDC, and we were able to announce that Grave is now being produced featuring Xbox One support. This is our first move to a console release, so we are extremely excited.

We are going to be self-publishing through the ID@Xbox program, and so far Microsoft has been great to us. Our personal contact is super responsive and they have a large infrastructure of support. Once we have access to a version of Unity that builds to Xbox One (which should be forthcoming soon), we will be able to officially start developing with the console version.

The deal with Microsoft is not exclusive, and we are currently attempting to move forward with negotiations with Sony, as well. As a small studio, it is certainly going to be challenging to tackle multiple versions, so we don't want to become overburdened.

Press Coverage

Whether we reach our goal or not, Grave has been featured at a huge number of press outlets, including some prominent ones, such as these listed below:

We are extremely pleased with the response we've gotten so far. If you haven't checked out the game on Kickstarter yet, please do! We'd love to hear from you as well, so let us know what you think of the game and how it is shaping up. This past month has been tremendous for us, and we are very thankful for all the support we've gotten. Thank you!

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Grave Free Kickstarter Demo - Windows Version

Grave Free Kickstarter Demo - Windows Version

Apr 5, 2014 Demo 33 comments

We're providing our GDC press build as a playable release for all fans of Grave! Get an early taste of some of the Grave gameplay!

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Jerejoe 12hours 29mins ago says:

Hey man! :D I really liked this game, the graphics were beautiful, the monsters looked awesome (Is the monster based off The Rake?), and it was very confusing but if a game confuses me it sort of adds to the scare factor so I enjoyed it even more :P! Can't wait for this full release! I hope the kick starter runs until the end of this week cause I get paid on Friday and can help then :D
Like many others I made a video on it, being a dummy, but I really liked it nonetheless! Really excited! You are awesome developers :D!

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TristanParrish 5hours 48mins ago replied:

Thanks man! Our Kickstarter actually runs until Sunday night so that should be totally cool!

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Times 14hours 18mins ago says:

Like many others I made a let's play aswell and i enjoyed it alot!

A question tho, will this have some kind of story to it or will it be more about surviving aslong as you can? D:

Here's the video:

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TristanParrish 5hours 47mins ago replied:

We have a full story planned for the final version of the game, with 3 acts and multiple characters. The demo was just a taste of the experience!

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TristanParrish Apr 19 2014, 10:14pm replied:

We won't be able to say what the final cost is until we've negotiated with distributors; they do have a say in what the price is when it goes to market. We're expecting it to be in the $20-30 rang but certainly no higher.

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icanglqueen Apr 18 2014, 1:27am says:

This game is beautiful! Love the sounds and look of the game. I didn't play very long, but I have a brief video of the game here. I even played with a friend!


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Volklin Apr 17 2014, 12:57pm says:

I finally got around to playing it again, gotta say I enjoyed it. I loved the part in the beginning, without spoiling it, when things... change.

I'm definitely looking forward to the full version.


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TristanParrish Apr 18 2014, 6:51pm replied:

Thanks! we're going to have a lot more of that stuff in the final release. That's meant to be a bit of a taste!

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