Rival Threads : Last Class Heroes is a 2D side scrolling action role playing game being developed with Unity by a small team of people from around the world.
They have managed to gather more then %400 of their goal, and their project seems very promising and beautiful even now.
It’s your chance to join the ride and support this wonderful game.
Rival Threads: Last Class Heroes is a 2D side scrolling action role playing game. The concept of the Rival threads universe, in both the video game and the general fictional world, stems from the idea of controlling a Marionette with superhuman capabilities.
Players in Last Class Heroes are designated as Puppeteers and the general goal is to increase the Puppeteers‘ ranking in Vermilion Academy. This is achieved by challenging the other occupants of the school and defeating the strongest representatives of each of the four classes, the MVPs (Most Valuable Puppeteers).
The player can switch between two characters coming from the bottom ranked “Class D” hence, “Last Class Heroes”. Two different play styles: Maya, (pictured above) controls Sancti – a projectile based, skill heavy marionette. And Sebastian, who controls Anino – an up close, combo based fighter. (Not yet in game. No footage available.)
Studio Kontrabida is an art studio first and a game development studio second. Meaning “Last Class Heroes” is meant to be an introduction to Rival Threads, a world we’d like to be able to continue through different forms of media: games, short stories, comics/manga and animation.
Rival Threads Episode 1: Last Class Heroes is the story of two unique students, both beginning their first day at Vermilion Academy: Sebastian, a laid-back slacker with a mysterious past; and Maya, a girl born into privilege, who intends to shake up the school’s rigid class system, and find out the truth about “The Creator”, the man responsible for inventing marionettes. Their only bond: a mysterious melody from times forgotten.
Sebastian Ashford. Appearing to other students as a naive slacker, Sebastian is more than meets the eye. Although he tries his best to make sense of his mysterious arrival to Vermilion Academy (he can’t help but shake how familiar everything seems), he is quickly drawn into the school’s darker side. He is the Point-Of-View character, allowing players to learn about the environment as he does.
Imagine a place where the technology to create real-world avatars has been perfected. These beings (called “Marionettes”) are such a staple of everyday life that all teenagers attend special schools to learn how to effectively control them.
There’s just one catch. Because they’re brought to life by using a fragment of a person’s soul, a Marionettes’s capabilities resemble their owner’s true self – In other words, who they really are, deep-down.
If you’re actually a nice guy on the inside, your Marionette will be a reflection of strength or virtue. But if your outside appearance is all an act, and in reality you’re rotten to the core, expect a Marionette that will blow your cover.
And this process first happens in high school – the place where most kids try to hide their real selves from, well, practically everyone.
For example, this is Sancti, Maya’s marionette. The large crown represents her nobility and birthright… however, it also covers her eyes – blinding her. Maya is naturally kind hearted but her pride and wealth distorts her sense of justice. She also wears a heavy gauntlet that represents the burden she has forced upon herself.
Marionettes all start out with this base model. Through a process called Imprinting, a portion of a person’s soul is transferred to the Marionette.
A Marionette is significantly stronger than a human being and is also disposable and replaceable if needed.
The game is set in a world where Marionettes are used as tools for war. Each country makes it a priority to train its people for war through schools such as Vermilion Academy.
They are then outfitted with weapons, clothes, armour and accessories. A Marionette reflects a person’s wealth and social standing.
They also come in different shapes and sizes.
School Motto: “Corpus Infecta – Anima Perfecta”
Translation: “Tainted Body – Perfect Soul”
Vermilion Academy houses four classes, after the original founders, the Vermilion Troupe who created the Academy dedicated to “The Creator”.
As Maya, you make your way up from the last class; raising your rank through duels and by challenging each class’ MVP (Most Valuable Puppeteer). Each class is unique, its students and their Marionettes as well; from the lowly Class D, the rebellious Class C, the exotic Class B and the elite class A.
As Sebastian, you’ll explore the labyrinth underneath the school. What lies in the darkness underneath Vermilion Academy? And what exactly is this young man searching for?
We’ve got a full cast of interesting characters: From the quirky but helpful school staff, students and class MVPs, school visitors and travelling adventurers to the mysterious dungeon dwellers.
We’re even assembling a voice acting cast. Currently, all the male roles are filled and we’re accepting auditions for female roles. Please see sidebar or scroll all the way down for our contact details.
The class advisers.
The cold and calculating Raven Banecroft and the off-beat alcoholic Maxwell Valentine.
The timid but brilliant, child prodigy turned teacher Rara Goddard and the wise Randall Oliver, your adviser.
There’s dozens of unique characters from each class with unique themes and backstories.
There are also the “extras” or filler characters. To make sure it truly feels like you’re in a school, we wanted to put in as many characters on each scene as possible but at the same time provide an enormous amount of variety.