- Introduction -
It has been, uhm, almost five years since the release of Karma Flow - The Prototype, right (four for the English version)? It has been a really long time indeed! I was still going to University at that time, I was still naive and carefree... those were the days!
The "definitive" Karma Flow, the game that will put the sign "close and out of business" and finish Florien Kealborn's saga, is still under heavy work in progress.
But, taking advantage of the third Seasons Event, I decided to give you some sort of an appetizer. Both because I would like to deploy the new system and see what you think about it and also because... I miss these characters! And I want to tell some stories about them.
So this, what is this? A spin-off. Nothing more, nothing less.
Presenting to you: Tears of a Ghost.
- Synopsis -
Rolsara, capital of Hardnam.
It has been more than a year since the strange phenomenon called "Karma" began to spread around the country.
To this day, no one still has a clue about what this mysterious force is and how it operates.
The only thing that's certain is that it's real. Since its appearance, criminals began to face all sort of consequences for their actions. Meat Hunters in particular.
Those who kill would instantly die the same way as their victims.
Eye for an eye.
The whole city is living in terror both because of this strange situation and also because of the appearance of the Karma Patrol unit, led by Duke Eathan and his right hand Steel Skin. These masked criminals can kill without the Karma retaliating against them and they dispose of anyone who tries to defy the law of the Karma.
That's because there are people who managed to find ways to trick this Karma, through unconventional killing methods. People who try their best to challenge fate.
One of them is Florien Kealborn, the most skillful Meat Hunter in all of Rolsara. She decided to defy the Karma in order to earn enough money that could help her secure a future for her family.
And she's ready to do whatever it takes for them.
Even confronting her own torments.
- Gameplay -
Tears of a Ghost's gameplay is an improved version of the first Karma Flow's gameplay system and it will also serve as bridge between the old gameplay system and the one from the definitive version of Karma Flow.
Tears of a Ghost is a Stealth action game which gives a certain degree of freedom to the player.
You must carry out your mission objectives without getting caught by the enemies. If you do, you'll have to find a way to either flee from them or completing the mission even if the whole area is alerted to your presence.
You play as Florien Kealborn, a Meat Hunter, an assassin, and during the course of the game you'll receive missions that either involve assassinating someone or carrying out different kind of tasks.
Each mission can be completed in multiple ways, you have total control over the flow of action. Equipped with your binoculars, your weapons and your watch, you, the player, must figure out a way to dispose of your victims.
Decide when, how and where. Your target moves around according to the time of day. Plan an ambush, charge head on... your decision!
The game features a sort of "Karma System". Every time you hit someone directly you lose one Hit Point. When your Hit Points are equal to 0 you die and it's Game Over, mission failed. Of course you're free to defy the Karma this way and hit your target at the cost of one Hit Point but there are much more clever ways.
If you kill your target indirectly, by ricocheting bullets or by setting up traps, the Karma will not be able to tell who killed who and will leave you alone. So think outside of the box and kill your target indirectly if you want to avoid getting hit by the Karma!
Tears of a Ghost features a ranking system. After a mission has been completed, your performance will be evaluated based on how stealthy you were, on how many times you managed to trick the Karma successfully, etcetera etcetera.
Among the improvements made since Karma Flow - The Prototype we have enemies being able to hear sounds, chasing you without getting stuck as much as before, and the ability for the player to move around the map more freely than before. For example, you can now jump whenever you want in order to reach high grounds and take much more unconventional roads!
- Media -
Dev Update #1
Showreel Update #1