Narrative RPG Selling Sunlight begins its Kickstarter campaign. Inspired by Sunless Sea and its developer Failbetter Games, Selling Sunlight developer CoseBelle Productions has been able to turn to Failbetter for development advice.
Selling Sunlight is a Narrative RPG With a Focus on Kindness
In Selling Sunlight, players take on the role of a wandering merchant who has angered the Sun. Their face has been hidden with a mask and they must trade, explore and make friends with other characters in order to get their face back and exact revenge or pray for forgiveness from the Sun himself.
CoseBelle Productions previously confirmed to me that Selling Sunlight will be inclusive. It will include same-sex romances, the player character can be a person of colour (there are several skin tones to choose from), and it will include non-binary characters too.
What players won’t see in Selling Sunlight, however, is any combat. In an email, CoseBelle’s Giada Zavarise tells me that Selling Sunlight is “above all, a game about being kind.” Zavarise explains that “video games are often seen as a mean of escapism, but they can be much more important than that. I hope that by playing Selling Sunlight, players will realize that if we all strive to be kinder, our world will become a bit less scary.”
The game’s Kickstarter campaign page also describes it as “chamomile for the soul” and this approach seems to have gone down well with backers so far. Hoping to raise €12,000, CoseBelle has already raised over a third of that goal (€4,581) after just a few days of being on the platform.
“The hardest part of development has been taken care of,” says Zavarise, who tells me that core gameplay and the skeleton of the game is complete, and just new locations, characters and storylines are left to be added. Moreover, as Selling Sunlight does feature such a diverse cast of characters, with different genders, sexualities, and viewpoints, the crowdfunding campaign will allow the developer to get feedback.
Selling Sunlight will be released on Windows PC in 2019. A demo is available here.
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