The men and women behind the GaymerX convention have formed a new indie development studio called MidBoss Games and have announced their very first game: Read Only Memories. MidBoss Games has also launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign today to raise funds for ongoing development.
MidBoss Games describes Read Only Memories as a single-player adventure game set in a far-flung future San Francisco. The game is heavily influenced by cyberpunk stories and classic point-and-click adventure games from the 1990's such as Sam & Max, Maniac Mansion, Snatcher, and The Secret of Monkey Island.
Read Only Memories is set in Neo-San Francisco in 2064. Players will explore the futuristic city to learn its mysteries and experience its seedy underbelly, along with meeting a host of characters that they can team up with or fight against. Obviously the game will also explore unique social themes and heavily feature gay, lesbian, and transgendered characters.
"Despite video games being the largest segment of the entertainment industry, queer characters do not receive adequate representation in storylines," quoted John James, Lead Designer of MidBoss Games. "Rather than waiting for big publishers, we decided to take action and do something about it."
The developers of Read Only Memories are seeking $62,064 from the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to complete development and test the game on Mac, PC, iOS, Android and Ouya systems.
MidBoss Games says that the "value of each pledge will be doubled through matching funds provided by Ouya’s Free The Games Fund, up to the first $62,064."
Additional stretch goals are planned, and will enable the team to bring the game to more platforms including Linux, Steam, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita and Wii U.
The team behind MidBoss Games also founded the GaymerX convention, a safe space for queer gamers, which was successfully funded through Kickstarter in September 2012. GaymerX had their first convention in August 2013, and GaymerX2 is scheduled for July 2014.
To learn more about the game, you can check out its Kickstarter page, or simply watch the pitch video to your left.