TemTem isn't the only Kickstarter project attempting to recreate the magic of Pokémon. Nope, there's another one by the name of Kindred Fates. In case you missed our original story, it's described by the developer Skymill Studios as a "love letter" to the open-world monster battling RPG genre.
In the latest update, the Kickstarter campaign has now reached its $155,000 stretch goal - meaning the game will be released on the Nintendo Switch. If you've already funded it long ago, there's no need to worry, as the developer intends to send out a survey at the end of the campaign asking backers which copy they would prefer (either PC or Switch).
As previously explained, the game will be quite similar to Pokémon - with gyms and monster types that are weak and strong against others. One major difference is the real-time combat, and when your monster (known as Kinfolk) falls in battle, they die instead of faint. Fortunately, you can still revive them if you collect the blue flame representing their soul, but if you don't make it in time - they're gone forever. It's serious stuff.
There's also the usual added extras like PvP, online trading, camps, guilds and even the ability to recruit. According to the road map, the full release of the game is scheduled for June 2023. Do you like the look of this game? Did you back this? Leave a comment down below.
Dang, this some dark stuff. Emo Pokemon!
I'm not wishing them failure, but at the same time, I don't see them ever really challenging and succeeding against Pokemon. Not them, or TemTem.
Pokemon is like Mario, Mickey Mouse, Marvel/DC super heroes or Dragon Ball. It's just established and it's never really going away. Not unless the people who own it just decide they want to keep the rights but don't want to sell products anymore. And then keep the series dormant for years and years and years.
I wish them luck, but the scope of this project seems too big.
I like the more grown-up theme with the risk of death and your partner consoling you after a party member dies.
I hope they expand on the mature and heart-wrenching aspects that Pokémon never could.
This looks like a mixture of Breath of the Wild, Sword & Shield, and Pokkén Tournament. The trailer definitely got my attention, and I hope it can live up to its scope. I wish them well in the uphill battle against Pokémon; I’ll definitely buy it.
I'm liking the darker tone that the game has, and it also looks really good
i only wish the combat was turn-based
Its gonna be like Yo kai watch, its gonna be big for a month then die out. Temtem will suffer the same fate. Its not that they are bad, its just trying to have a game like this compete against a franchise as big as Disney is near impossible
2023? Like we'll be alive at that time lol
I like the darker and more mature atmosphere this game has compared to others in the genre... And using real-time combat instead of turn based looks interesting. Definitely going to keep an eye on this one.
Another Rival for Pokemon, let's see how long it lasts.
Just kidding, it's good when there is competition, since it helps to have more variety, and even though there have been several Pokemon-style games in all these years (some did not succeed, and others, a vile copy), the point is, that while more variety, more fun for everyone and in fact, in Pokemon they always mention that, a healthy rivalry helps to improve the competitors, and well, good luck for these new games.
Nice. Fix the combat system for more fluidity and I'll give it a shot for sure.
@Heavyarms55 They can still be worthy entries in the genre, there's space for Pokémon and other monster games to co exist
Getting very sick of these "Pokemon killer" taglines these articles give.
Lol sad part is game freak probably couldn't pull this off even with the one thousand people and the money they've made that surpasses some of the richest companies on the planet
And it looks pretty good if they improve the combat preferably changing to turn based I'll definitely buy it
@May_Nyan Fair enough.
@bignrules What makes you think these developers can pull it off though? Creating a good open world game is not easy and not cheap. The stretch goal was super low for whatever reason and the developers have no experience. The world looks super barren and the combat looks rough. I'd hold my expectations in check on this one
Wanted to back it, but 2023 is too far to put my money down, would rather they raised funds closer to release IMO someone commented earlier I might not even be alive LOL
Gotta say, this looks promising. I'll keep an eye on it.
Dang I can’t believe I’m almost crying over a fake animal dying lol. But seriously, I don’t think it can take down Pokémon, not in a long shot, but it looks really fun to play, and I’m hyped for it. I’m not going to support it, it’s just to far away to come out.
Idk about this one. Just looks so empty & boring. The combat looks repetitive too.
@RyanSilberman How about you take a minute to think about why those taglines are popular?
Also, people don't necessarily want Pokemon to be "killed", they want Pokemon to finally have a viable competitor in the market so that Nintendo will feel inclined to tell GF to up their game more. Digimon has become so much it's own thing they aren't even occupying the same sphere anymore.
I'm intrigued and 3 years is plenty of time to add some more polish, world density, and improve the battle mechanics. Pokémon needs some competitors, or they'll just keep on lazily popping out sequels.
@Heavyarms55 I don't see them going straight for gamefreak's coin purse, this is just an alternative option to Pokemon. Sure, it won't do as well as Pokemon but its just a different flavor that appeals to a different crowd. Like some people have mentioned, its a more mature version which I think is neat
The concept and game mechanics seem fantastic. These are all things I wish Pokemon would implement into their games. Even the combat system seems fun and its in real time instead of the traditional turn-based system. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one
Please don't rush this. And please hire a Texture Artist. Please
@MegaVel91 Maybe people could stop assuming every type of game that's inspired by Pokemon, or occupying a similar space, wants Pokemon dead and gone? It only makes things more hostile online, no one's going to benefit unless the competitors get Game Freak's attention, and that'll probably only happen after the new guys go through plenty of growth and overcoming their own issues.
"Pokemon Killer" is just a clickbait-ey term to describe monster collectors right now. Yokai-Watch and Digimon had way more going for them than the recent big names, proved themselves with longevity, and didn't get attention because of salt generated by Pokemon. So far, those deserve the term "Pokemon Killer" far more than games that are either brand new (Temtem) or still under development (Kindred Fates).
Looks rough but with potential...but I'm wary about their ability to deliver on it.
There isn't really an Open World monster battling genre and even Pokémon is just dabbling in it with the Wild Area. Yo-Kai Watch 4 had real time combat but had to drastically cut down its roster and suffered delays.
Could a crowdfunded game really pull off leapfrogging both Pokémon and Yo-kai Watch? It seems incredibly ambitious when it's going to be this studio's 1st game.
Backed it — hoping it can deliver something decent and will become a platform for more
It was one of the stretch goals
Time will tell
@jamesthemagi i didn't notice that, thanks
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