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#871288 - 03/01/13 10:37 AM CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A
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You can check out the IndieGoGo campaign for the enhanced version here.

Check out flotsam's review of J.U.L.I.A. here.

For more details check out the official website here.

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Brno, Czech Republic – March 1, 2013 – CBE software announces start of a crowdfunding campaign targeted at creation of an enhanced edition of J.U.L.I.A., narrative driven, interface based PC videogame released in 2012.

Jan Kavan, CBE software director, explains why yet another crowdfunding appears on the game industry map: “When we've released J.U.L.I.A. back in 2012, the response especially from the adventure gaming community was amazing. Even if we knew that this is a new video game format, we've been well accepted and especially the story, music and game flow was generally praised.

The game was also just recently nominated for the best gameplay and the best character (Mobot) by Adventure Gamers - the largest international website specialized on adventure games. This came to us as a big surprise because we've been working on the game for more than 3 years in only two persons. The fact that we've invested only our time and my personal budget however negatively influenced some of the game aspects.

Originally we planned to use the sales budget for the enhanced edition but what we were able to obtain from our former publisher covered merely the legal expenses to reclaim back J.U.L.I.A. rights.”

Regardless of CBE software further fate, CBE software wants to iron some of the rough edges through the community based events tied to this IndieGoGo campaign:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/j-u-l-i-a-enhanced-edition

“J.U.L.I.A. is for me an extremely personal game and regardless of what happens next, I want to have the game really polished. I also perceive the crowdfunding process as something more than just getting some cash. We want the community to actively participate through polls, voting and feedback. We’ve set us very modest and realistic goal for this campaign as we want to eliminate the worst problems stemming from our former zero budget situation. That’s why it’s now too early to speak about other exciting possibilities this campaign could open for J.U.L.I.A. One of our primary goals is to let Rachel Manners climb out from the uncanny valley, where she’s now settled in.” explained Jan Kavan.

Among the goals for the enhanced version are:

• Recreating Rachel Manners from scratch
• Redesigning some of the game interface
• Introducing easy mode for problematic puzzles.
• Making some of the game parts optional (eg. material harvesting)
• Polishing some of the puzzles responsiveness and descriptions
• Extending some of the looping music tracks.
• Refine a few parts of the script when the game gets ridiculous / over the top.

The campaign is set for a fixed amount of $5000. It will end up on Friday 12th April 2013 at 11:59 PT. If CBE software doesn’t reach the target by that time, the money will return to contributors automatically. CBE software believes that this is more fair approach concerning the associated risks of the contributors.

About J.U.L.I.A.

J.U.L.I.A. is an innovative, narrative driven PC game. The story centers on Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist. She is a member of an elite group of scientists, chosen to embark on one of the most critical missions ever conceived on Earth. Now Rachel is alone, orbiting an unknown planet. Her only companions are J.U.L.I.A., the space probe’s artificial intelligence and Mobot, a huge reconnaissance robot. Together, this unlikely trio will explore the mysteries of the solar system of Salia. But are they prepared for what they will find?
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#871290 - 03/01/13 10:48 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks, Ana.

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#871291 - 03/01/13 10:56 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: MaG]
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Thanks, Ana. thumbsup

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#871388 - 03/02/13 03:54 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I think an enhanced edition of this game is worth contributing. We could tell that with more time and investment J.U.L.I.A. would have been much better, providing a more immersive universe. I really wanted to explore the planets a bit more and get larger images and more details. The graphics were astounding, I used them as desktop background images on my PC for months.

I just pledged $7, I want to contribute to the campaign.

At the moment these pledges promise a special price on the game. I clarified to find out if the game is included with the $7 pledge or if it means a discounted price on the game. Jan confirmed the full enhanced edition of the game is included in the pledge.

Jan Kavan said:

"Hi! Roland To answer: $7 includes the early backers game ($9 is non-early backers). I plan to release the game for non-backers somewhere in $10 - $12 price range. It depends on the amount of pledges though because if we get over the basic goal, the target game will be sold more expensive, thus making the backers' pledges even more attractive! $25 is game, soundtrack and PDF hintbook. Thanks! Jan"


Edited by rmt (03/02/13 10:02 AM)

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#871422 - 03/02/13 09:45 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thank you Roland! I was just too slow to answer. smile

The community support to J.U.L.I.A. is fantastic, I would never believe it myself. And there are more great things to come and be announced. If you have any other questions, put them in this thread and I'll try to answer as best as I can.

I'll be also doing Ask Me Anything during the campaign so I'll let you know!

Thank you again! If we keep this momentum we will be able to really enhance J.U.L.I.A. to be well worth the replay! Stories were left out from the original version and they may be retold.
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#871429 - 03/02/13 10:04 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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#871450 - 03/02/13 11:32 AM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Jan, I was very excited to see the momentum is still continuing today! yay

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#871462 - 03/02/13 12:22 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Nearly $2000 after... did it start a day ago? With 42 days left I think the goal will easily be reached, could easily be doubled maybe? With such a reasonable goal instead of the $850,000 we have seen lately, I sincerely hope you will get double your goal and have a few more months to make a worthy enhancement. I think I will play the game again today, it has been on my mind for some time to do so.

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#871480 - 03/02/13 01:45 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thank you for your kind words! Rest assured that what I have in my mind would bring an entirely new dimension to the story and the original J.U.L.I.A. players would feel as if they played just one half of the game. smile

Also from GameBoomers' "secret member" <3 arose an act of an extreme and unexpected generosity.

We've always had an amazing support here but this made us feel really humbled. praise praise praise

And it triggered an idea of mine. wink (super secretive me)
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#871493 - 03/02/13 02:23 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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I think the most impressive feat of J.U.L.I.A. (stop me if it turns out I am wrong), is that I think the engine used was limited, but with your cleverness you showed how even with a limited software it was still possible to create a worthy, beautiful and imaginative adventure. Just to show that ultimately we are always only limited by our creativity, abilities and determination.

I believe it proves that we can expect great adventures from independent developers in the future, especially I imagine as technology becomes better and more affordable. It gives me hope that such quality can be achieved without a huge amount of money.

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#871503 - 03/02/13 03:56 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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- warning, technical mumbling follows -

My credo is to switch technology only after I master entirely the one I use. With J.U.L.I.A. I kept bouncing limits of the engine all the way since I forced it to do things it was never meant to do. smile

Still it's one of the best engines for point'n'click adventures and I've spent many happy years with it. It's a common knowledge that it was created by 1 person (Jan Nedoma), who is one of the best programmers you can meet. The engine is an extremely polished and clean work so I'll always have fond memories.

We've switched for our later games to Unity 3D, but J.U.L.I.A. EE will remain in WME unless we would get really overfunded. Then we'd port the whole game to Unity 3D and allow the game to be played on Mac or Linux and do other unspeakable things to it. smile

- technical mumbling ends -
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#871505 - 03/02/13 04:07 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Jan, what sort of stretched goal would you require to reach before you decide to make the leap to the Unity 3D engine?

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#871509 - 03/02/13 04:21 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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It would be very bold to talk about the faraway stretch goals just now. I am extremely blown away by the support we are already getting! Asking for more would be very arrogant from me although when it happens, we are ready to return it back into the game entirely.

Over $2000 in 2 days? I wouldn't expect it in my life. Very soon we're going to get more than we've ever punched out from Lace Mamba's exclusive worldwide deal after 1 year of their ongoing theft. And no, we still don't have a valid report. smile

My major focus is on the community and right now I believe that you, players, will be more interested in longer story, more intriguing exploration, learning more about the former Salia solar system conflicts, more hair pulling puzzles etc. than to have "a different engine".
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#871515 - 03/02/13 05:10 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Maybe in three more days, once we have reached the goal, you can tell us more! wink

As a player though, my feeling is that the new engine is the most worthy stretched goal. But perhaps you are right and this will not be others priority. Or maybe you would require so much more over the actual goal before considering switching engine. I understand, it would mean practically re-starting the game from scratch, and it would take more resources and time. But I am certainly willing to wait, I don't know how the others feel though about this.

I just posted this comment on the Dreamfall Chapters' page on Kickstarter, I hope it makes a difference and that I won't get into trouble:

Please also help very small and struggling developers like CBE Software on their campaign on Indiegogo for the enhanced version of the adventure game J.U.L.I.A.:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/j-u-l-i-a-enhanced-edition/x/2569506?c=home

Their goal is only $5000 and for a $7 pledge you can get the enhanced game. Truly worth it for such a beautifully made sci-fi story. They are also one of the wronged companies we heard about recently concerning their publisher/distributor, and as a result they made no money the first time around. Very talented little team from the Czech Republic. Pease help them, the adventure is really worth playing.


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#871535 - 03/02/13 07:49 PM Re: CBE Software to Create an Enhanced Version of J.U.L.I.A [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thank you! I really appreciate that. smile Having such an amazing community behind me feels like a real dream! bravo
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