Depression Quest creator Zoë Quinn has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a game that's about as far away from Depression Quest as you can imagine.
Dubbed Project Tingler (not the final name), the FMV oldschool adventure game will be based on the works of Chuck Tingle, a pseudonym for someone who write lots of laughably bonkers monster erotica on Amazon.
No really! He actually has books with titles like Helicopter Man Pounds Dinosaur Billionaire Ass, Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt, and the more recent topical piece Pounded By The Pound: Turned Gay By The Socioeconomic Implications Of Britain Leaving The European Union.
Indeed the Tingleverse, as it's known by fans, is a strange and sexy place where love is real. As such, Quinn and co. want to bring Tingle's tantalising talents to the video game playing masses.
The plot will revolve around searching for your "cute son (name of Jon)", which will take players to such exotic - and erotic - locales as a desert, bus depot, beach, jail, and something called "the void".
Quinn is adamant that players need not be familiar with Mr. Tingle's works to enjoy Project Tingler. "You don't have to know the Tingleverse to be a Buckaroo. Project Tingler is ultimately a story about positive sexuality, self-acceptance, love and personal growth," Quinn stated on the Kickstarter page.
The developer noted that Project Tingler will deal with sexual themes, though it won't actually contain any real porn. "While we're working with video and real actors (the cast will most certainly SURPRISE and AMAZE you), there won't be explicit footage of people taking a trip to bonetown," Quinn wrote. "Our salacious scenes are literary in nature and read aloud by talented performers, intended to pound the most sexual of your organs...Your imagination."
The question is, who are these actors? At a GDC 2014 talk attended by Eurogamer, Quinn spoke of her wish to one day get Jeff Goldblum to make a cameo in one of her games. Will such dreams come true? Hard to say, but according to the About section of Quinn's personal site, the two have met.
Due in early 2017 for PC and Mac, Project Tingler will be a pay-what-you-want offering, like Depression Quest before it.
It will also be fairly brief. "Like Doctor Tingle's 4000 word masterpieces, Project Tingler will be a brief but sexily refreshing respite, rather than an hours-long epic journey," Quinn wrote.
Should you wish to Kickstart Project Tingler, you can get your name in the credits along with a "special in-game surprise" for $5. For $15 you'll also receive early access to a beta and behind-the-scenes "making of" updates.
Having just launched the crowdfunding campaign this afternoon, Project Tingler has already raised $19,443 of its $69,420 goal and it has until 16th November to make the rest.