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2D Platformer Afterlight Seeks Funding to Tell a Sci-Fi Story of Mental Illness

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Silent Road Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its emotional, thought-provoking puzzle platformer Afterlight.

The developer is seeking a total of USD$35,000 and has already raised almost a fifth of that within the first day of crowdfunding.

Afterlight takes place in the far-flung future, casting players as Xin, an astronaut on Saturn’s moon Titan. A corrupted AI slaughtered Xin’s fellow crew members when they landed, and so she sets out to repair the computer.

However, being isolated causes Xin to spiral into mental illness, and so the game also deals with the effects of traumatic experiences. To ensure that the portrayal of mental illness is respectful, the team has worked alongside medical and psychological professionals in creating the story and themes.

Meanwhile, the gameplay will centre around exploration, interaction with a mechanical assistance called C.O.G., and physics-based puzzles.

If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, Silent Road hopes to release Afterlight in November 2020. While few stretch goals have yet been revealed for the project, the extension of the environment will be unlocked if $50,000 is raised.

The Kickstarter will run through until June 15.

The team released a brief, beautiful trailer for Afterlight a few months ago, which is available here.

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