Cyberpunk Indie RPG, Kitaru, Finds A Home On Kickstarter

By Ishaan . May 18, 2012 . 4:01pm

A lot of indie developers use Kickstarter to create retro-styled RPGs, but Aoineko Studios are trying to create a 3D cyberpunk role-playing game instead. Titled Kitaru, the game is in development for the PC, MAC and iOS.


You can read about Kitaru’s background and story over at the game’s Kickstarter blog, but if you want a quick overview of what the game looks like at present, you can watch one of the more recent video updates for it below:



Kitaru is planned for release this October.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Wowow, now THIS is a kickstarter game project I can get behind! I’m getting some VTMB vibes! They even got some great voice actors in there.

    I am a little worried that its gonna be on the phones too as that might hurt it but its for PC so thats great. Totally gonna pledge.

    • As long as they focus development on PC and then port to IOS, I don’t mind.  

  • CirnoLakes

    There seems to be a lot of jRPGs being worked on in the West thanks to Kickstarter. I guess there really were a lot of developers in the West who cared about the genre, just not the publishers.

    I hope this is a sign of things to come.

    • I completely agree.  I hope to see much more of this.  I am just not a fan of WRPG.  Little narration, massive amount of hack n slash and dungeon crawling.  I would like to see more of this because Japan seems to be trying to move to more western style influences.  They for some reason think that is going to make their games better.  For the most part it hasn’t.

      • SirRichard

        “Little narration, massive amount of hack n slash and dungeon crawling.”

        To be honest, that describes a lot of ’90s JRPGs, mate.

        • True.  Though that may have very well been due to the limitation of the systems those games were being made on.  Most JRPG’s were produced on consoles and not PC’s during that time.  As consoles got more powerful, we saw the scope in storytelling increase in JRPG’s.  Where it seems that the focus in WRPG’s was in the battle system.  Which is fine.  But like Equinox said, there needs to be a balance in both.

          •  @SirRichard:disqus @facebook-100003292245169:disqus For it’s time, Final Fantasy 6 (or 3 when it first came out over here), was pretty deep and complex for a JRPG. Actually there was a decent bit of JRPGs and some WRPGs that were pretty deep. You need to look no further than many of Enix’s old catalog of games for the SNES, and many of them were action RPGs at that.

        • Guest

           Don’t think you have any clue what you are talking about.  Little narration? in the 90’s? JRPG? Hack n slash? Maybe some but definitely not the majority for JRPG’s in the 90’s


          • SirRichard

            “Not the majority” can still be a lot. I don’t think you have a clue what you’re talking about; saying that they have little narration and hack ‘n’ slash gameplay is not automatically a bad thing, the likes of Secret of Mana and Illusion of Gaia are still good games.

            You’re asking me “Seriously?” when you’re the one jumping on me for basically nothing?

      •  Actually there just needs to be a coherent balance, both styles have their flaws but one doesn’t make the other worst or better. Also little narrative? Not every Western RPG aspires to be massively open-ended and sandbox like, and actually the Souls/King’s Field game do a good job of hailing material from both camps for their games.

        • You are very correct and I was generalizing for the most part.  I agree there needs to be a balance.  

          •  One I would like to point is the Legend of Zelda series. That has pretty much been a forerunner in minimal story telling and dungeon crawling while still taking some elements of standard JRPGs right over in t.

          • Guest

             Dragon Quest

            This isn’t anything new.

            It was only since the start of FF II did we start to get really character and story driven. And FF IV solidified it.

          • @Galactor:disqus Yeh I know, I wanted to use an example that everyone would know about, well besides pulling a list of a bunch of old Enix stuff.

            Edit: Don’t forget FF6 took it and ran down the field with it to the goal.

  • scratchbach

    I’ve been a backer for this, so I really hope it turns out well. It seems like it could be pretty cool.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • It looks interesting. PC for sure.

  • Looks intriguing. I will definitely be funding this one. 

  • I’m so encouraged by this – both as an RPG fan and an aspiring developer.  I will definitely fund this one and look forward to playing it!

  • Alexandra Cordes

    My main concerns right now are the camera… and the music. The soundtrack sounds so amazing! It just sucks that my pledge only gets me volume ONE of the ost… The second volume costs considerably more. Kinda sucks. Other than that, I am loving the heck out of the style.

  • Barrylocke89

    Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt doing some voice acting? Wow. The game itself looks pretty unique too. I may just send off a pledge.

  • neetyneety

    Man, I really need to find a way to pledge to all these Kickstarters. They’ve been grabbing my interest more than most console game releases these days.

  • Kitestwinblades

    Just saw their channel. Definitely backing this one up with what I can.
    Hope it turns out great :3

  • Doesn’t look shabby at all. Cyberpunk is always a good thing to me :D

  • TheGoddamnedKamina

    I think people should actually focus on the smaller projects, really. There’s this jRPG called Alcarys Complex that looks really amazing, and to me; more appealing then most of the other stuff there. I hope that sites like these spread the word not only the big guys in the KS business but also the little ones.

    Just my 0,02 cents tho

  • “Cyberpunk”



  • Guest

    Put it on PSN too

  • Testsubject909

    It looks good. I’ll see what else comes up for it but this is something I can support. Cyberpunk is something that’s always appreciated anyways.

  • This looks promising. I have just one favor: release it for the PS3 and Xbox360 because PC, Mac and Ios were not made for games.

  • Ninja

    jrpg is shit and crap. not need.

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