Clock Tower creator Hifumi Kono has launched a Kickstarter for NightyCry, the spiritual successor to his point-and-click horror franchise. Better yet, the crowdfunding campaign contains plenty of footage of the game in action.
Like the Clock Tower games of yore, NightCry will be controlled with a minimalist point-and-click interface. Players will assume the role of a blonde woman wearing impractically loud heels as she tries to survive a night aboard a luxury cruise liner haunted by a mysterious figure brandishing a colossal pair of scissors.
Players wont be able to fight the monster, so instead they must hide and run from it.
Like many survival-horror games, NightCry will feature multiple endings based on who players talk to, what they find, and the choices they make.
There's a bit of star power involved in this modern update to an old genre. The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu is creative producer on the project where he's collaborating with Kono on the story and directing the cinematics. He even made a live-action teaser for the game last month and another promotional short film below.
Furthermore, the team includes Silent Hill creature designer Masahiro Ito, Final Fantasy 12 concept artist Kiyoshi Arai, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Halo 4 composer Nobuko Toda, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night composer Michiru Yamane.
While not directly involved, Resident Evil and Vanquish creator Shinji Mikami gave NightCry his endorsement. "Our earliest collaboration was Steel Battalion, which I produced and Kono-san created and directed," he said. "That experience confirmed for me that he is an artist, an innovator and an all-around responsible guy. I congratulate and support Kono-san on his return to the horror game genre, which we both love and enjoy creating."
NightCry is already confirmed for an iOS, Android and Vita release, but Kono and company would like to release an enhanced version for PC, hence the Kickstarter campaign. Consoles are a possibility too, but that depends on the level of interest the project generates.
So far NightCry's spruced up PC version has only raised $53,837 towards its $300K goal, but it has until 18th February to make the rest. Backers can guarantee a copy of the game upon its estimated December release for $20, though that price will increase to $25 after the first couple of thousand folks claim it.