“Karmaflow: a rock opera videogame” launches crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back in 2008 Ivo van Dijk wrote the rock opera Equilibrio with his band Xystus, and now the composer has embarked on a new project. Karmaflow is a rock opera video game that is planned for release in October 2014 for PC and Mac and will be a third person puzzle/platform game. The press release cites Journey, Zelda, and Darksiders as direct influences. Ivo van Dijk has already confirmed some well known metal names will take part, as members of Dragonforce and Epica are confirmed to be contributing to the soundtrack and Marc Hudson is confirmed for the cast.

Van Dijk has teamed up with Barrelman Games to help make the project a reality, and like many other independent game developers they are turning to crowdfunding to help tackle the costs associated with hiring and recording musicians for the musical narrative. The Indiegogo campaign is open for the next two months or so (53 days left as of this posting) and is using Flexible Funding, meaning that even if the full funding goal is not reached the team will still receive whatever funds they raise.

The game is currently in pre-production so there isn’t any gameplay footage available, but it’s an interesting and ambitious idea and I’m glad to see that there is already some familiar talent associated with the music side of the project. I don’t know much about the development team so it remains to be seen what the actual video game part will turn out to be like, but based on what I remember from Equilibrio the musical narrative should definitely be interesting.

“Karmaflow: a rock opera videogame” is a unique project which just went into pre-production. You take on the role of the Karmakeeper, who has been burdened by the task of restoring the balance of different worlds by finding the long lost Karmaflows. What makes this game unique is the fact that the narrative will be told through (interactive) music and song. The soundtrack will be performed by the world famous Dutch Metropole Orchestra, and members of Dragonforce and Epica amongst others.

Composer and initiator Ivo van Dijk wrote the rock opera “Equilibrio” in 2008, which was performed live with over 120 musicians, dancers and actors. “Karmaflow” can be seen as a spiritual successor. Van Dijk: “The idea was born about a year ago. Currently I am studying composition for media at the School of Arts Utrecht, and am specializing in game-audio. I have gotten in touch with several game-developers throughout the years. When the time was right, I pitched my idea to the guys of Barrelman games, with whom I work often, and we decided to start working on the game”.

“Karmaflow” is a third-person puzzle/platform game, and draws it’s inspiration both visually and gameplay wise from games such as Zelda, Journey, and the darker tone of Darksiders. The narrative will be brought through music, and is a mixture of a rock band, an orchestra, ethnic instruments, choir and electronics. Currently a cast is being put together consisting of different singers, who will take on the role of the in-game characters. Marc Hudson of the English speed-metal band Dragonforce is the first singer to be revealed as part of the cast.

Because of the high costs involved in both hiring and recording these musicians, the “Karmaflow” team has given a shot at starting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. A perk is available for a digital download of both the game and the soundtrack, and can be claimed for only EUR 10,-. Other perks include a physical limited edition copy of the soundtrack and in-game
statues. The game will be released October 2014, and will be available for PC and MAC.

Visit the Indiegogo campaign:

Twitter: @karmaflowgame

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