Aurion: the Legacy of Kori-odan
Africa’s first fantasy RPG became a reality last year when when Aurion was successfully funded on Kickstarter. Developed by Kiro’o Games, a studio based in Cameroon, Aurion follows the adventures of Enzo Kori-Odan, the prince of Zama, a fictional state in the fantasy world of Auriona. Enzo was scheduled to marry his lifelong love Erine Evou and be crowned the new King. Without warning Ngarba Evou, Enzo’s brother-in-law initiated a coup and Enzo and Ernie were forced to flee Zama. Now the royal couple must travel the world of Auriona and gather allies in order to reclaim Zama and liberate the people from Ngarba’s reign.
Despite only having been funded 6 months ago, Kiro’o Games have wasted no time and Aurion is now available on Steam to play. The gameplay is centred on 2D real time combat sequences and powerful duels with immersive fighting dialogues.
Created by Stephen Metayer, Tephlon Funk is a manga about Inez Jozlyn, a young girl from Queensbridge, New York whose life turns upside down when she becomes involved in an ongoing drug war that could potentially destroy the city she loves. Like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, Tephlon Funk merges the anime/manga and hip hop aesthetic into a medley of awesome. “Tephlon Funk” means to be strong and stand out.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first two issues of Tephlon Funk are now available both in digital and print. So far the story has exceeded our expectations combining the harsh reality of inner city gang life with the quirkiness of Japanese manga. The art is equally impressive illustrated by the french duo David Tako and Nicoplas Safe. Their work is impeccable so we highly recommend checking out the Tephlon Funk gallery where you’ll find different prints and posters.
Implosion: Zero Day
Brought to you by Rayark, a Taiwanese game studio that created Implosion: Never Lose Hope “2015 iOS Game of the Year” as well as the coveted “editor’s choice” on both AppStore and Google Play store. Implosion: Zero Day is a full-length feature animation, set twenty years before the events of the mobile game. The story is set in the year 2179, when our planet has been pushed beyond it’s limits and the only viable alternative is to search for a new home. As a result of bold, scientific experiments in faster than light travel, human kind comes into contact with extraterrestrial intelligence for the first time but the results prove to be dangerous and unpredictable.
Implosion raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter last year however, the film will not premier until August 2018, with preproduction set to conclude at the end of this month. Nevertheless, given what we’ve seen from the teaser trailer and the short animatic concept video we are confident Implosion will be nothing short of epic. In the meantime Rayark have released an expansion of the mobile game available on the AppStore and Google Play store. They are also in the process of launching an online store where those who missed the campaign can make a contribution or pre-order the film.
In the world of Gearbolt magic is now extinct and it’s inhabitants have turned to science and technology to further their civilisation. With the Kingdom now defenceless against magic, a mysterious sorcerer known as Locke attacks and seizes control of Gerabolt. S.A.M, a Royal friendship droid is separated from her companion Prince Kelby who was forced to flee the kingdom following the sorcerer’s attack. Sam leaves the kingdom for the first time in her life on a mission to find Kelby. In order to succeed in her quest Sam is forced to team up it three individuals: Turnbuckle, an outdated an obsolete junk droid, Philly the Kid, an immortal outlaw with no memories of his past and 9ine a wandering swordsman in search of a kingdom to serve.
Led by TV animation Producer and Director, LeSean Thomas (Makestuff,LLC) Cannon Busters was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2015. This project brings together talented contributors, such as Joe Madureira (Darksiders), ThomasRomain (Space Dandy), and Producer, Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra). The campaign also garners the support from animation studio, Satelight Inc. in Japan, (Macross Frontier, Basquash!). “Think The Wizard of Oz meets Hidden Fortress with a dash of Escaflowne + Hip Hop and classic RPGS — all rolled into one ride of fun, suspense, action & wackiness,” says Creator and Director of the Cannon Busters animated project, LeSean Thomas.
Set in a dystopian future where sex is prohibited because of a deadly sexually transmitted virus. Boys and girls are now separated from birth raised to hate one another. Gender wars erupt with men and women forming rival gangs. Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and Lesya will fight the status quo and try and restore some semblance of love and peace in society.
Urbance was initially conceived over three years ago by Steamboat Studios, a creative agency based in Canada. Steamboat launched a successful kickstarter campaign in 2014 where they raised $229,301 CAD (which is about $175,000 US) to produce an animated pilot. Following the success of their campaign they spent 9months working on the project collaborating with different studios and creative agencies across the world. The result is a visually stunning animated pilot you can watch now.
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