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Silk, inspired by The Lords of Midnight, hits Kickstarter

International Hobo is pleased to announce that Silk, a Sandbox RPG Adventure Game, has launched on Kickstarter. If funded, the game is targeting release on Steam, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Silk is a tribute to the late Mike Singleton, especially his ground-breaking 1984 game The Lords of Midnight, and development is being directed by Chris Bateman, designer of Discworld Noir and Ghost Master.

The engine used to produce the world of Silk has an identical design to the original ‘landscaping engine’ that Mike Singleton designed for The Lords of Midnight, although it uses 2D assets rendered in Unity to create a more vibrant feeling wilderness with retro roots and a contemporary lo-fi vibe. All the exploration and warfare of the original is here, along with trading and recruiting Advisors who make up an RPG party inspired by the Clan Ring of King of Dragon Pass.

With a lo-fi visual aesthetic and a lightweight interface that delivers endless engaging decisions, Silk is an innovative role-playing adventure like no other. Rise into glory by running your caravan from the Roman Empire to war-torn Three Kingdoms China. Defend yourself from bandits, sandstorms, and rebellions by hiring Advisors skilled in everything from battle to wayfinding. Fall in love with your own unique party of Advisors and the enchanting world of the Ancient Silk Road in 200 AD.

The award-winning game designer Chris Bateman, Creative Director, International Hobo Ltd. said:

This is a game I’ve wanted to make for some time, but it never felt like the right time. But there might never be a good time to honour the influence Mike’s work as a game developer had on me, and now is a great time to be trusting fans of indie games to support something innovative and unusual, that’s not like anything else out there, and that pays tribute to a pioneer who sadly passed away in 2012 at the age of 61. I can think of no better way I can memorialise his achievements than to make a game inspired by what I loved in his classics.

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