aerannis_hostages.gifDeveloper ektomarch is working on a mission-based metroidvania with stealth elements. They want to create an action game that dedicated gamers can sink their teeth into, but they also want to take the opportunity to tell a story that tackles social marginalization with a non-traditional heroine.

The Kickstarter pitch for Aerannis promises an open-ended world for players to explore, with a variety of missions available for advancing the plot. Some are to be more action based, some more stealth based, and some mixed, with major missions culminating in what appear to be interesting boss battles. Players will be able to do things such as take hostages and use them for their security clearances, and perhaps as meat shields if the opposing gunner isn't too much of a sociopath to care about killing an innocent.

The game's setting is the last city on a war-ravaged Earth, a place where one is either a woman or not really considered a person. It's an extreme setting and a dystopian one, with a seemingly peaceful facade preserved by the actions of assassins hired to regularly take out rivals. The game's main character is one of these assassins, but she's also a trans woman, considered a lower-class human. As the game goes on, she becomes aware of a great threat to society but must struggle with questions about whether preserving a society that despises her is a worthwhile use of her energy.

Aerannis is slated for Windows, Mac, and Linux in late summer of next year. They have raised about $1,000 of their $6,000 Kickstarter goal with 24 days to go at time of this writing. Backers can pledge for a copy of the game for as little as $10. They are also running a Greenlight campaign.