Salix Games is resurrecting Arthurian legends, knight Sir Lancelot Du Lac and sorceress Morgana Le Fey in their new narrative adventure. Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death sees the two immortals teaming up in a Victorian era buddy cop mystery. With help from the secretive Mary Kelly the duo work together to solve the infamous Whitechapel Murders of 1888.
The project is funded through private investment, but the developers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to provide gamers with the most complete experience possible. Salix plans to use the $53,058 (£40,000) funding goal to hire an external QA team. The funds will also help them port the game to various platforms. Additional funds will go towards further polish and language options.
While plenty of previous games have attempted to tackle the legacy of Jack the Ripper, the quirky premise of Du Lac & Fey promises a fresh perspective. After the fall of Camelot, Du Lac and Fey found themselves cursed with immortality. Also, Fey’s curse has left her trapped as a talking dog. Since only Du Lac is able to understand her, they’ve found themselves forced together by the circumstances of their curses.
Smog-Shrouded Streets of Victorian London
When the occult nature of The Ripper’s crimes catches the attention of Du Lac and Fey they must hunt for clues to solve Whitechapel’s most famous mystery. This involves players visiting famous locations, all beautifully recreated in the developer’s uniquely crafted backgrounds. The distinctive style falls somewhere between concept art and 3D rendering. Think of it as exploring a painting in 3D space.
Gameplay consists of traditional adventure elements as players search for clues and advance the narrative through dialogue options. The campaign promises that choices will have consequences as players interact with the diverse range of NPC’s who make up the residents of Whitechapel.
Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death looks to be a curious crime drama with superb production values. It took a bit for the story to grow on me (because it’s kinda out there), but once you get past that the game looks like a solidly entertaining adventure.