Van Helsing - Q&A and Sequel Details
Incgamers interviews the Community Manager, Narrative Designer, and Lead Writer about NeocoreGames The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 1 & 2.
IG: So, where did the inspiration come from to make The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing? From the film(s)?
V: There are plenty of literary works and movies that affected us, but the most important sources are Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the movie and the novel), Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde and all sorts of classical gothic stories. I particularly liked the atmosphere of The Brotherhood of the Wolf (which is a great French movie) so there might be glimpses of that too somewhere.
IG: Did you think about using Kickstarter to fund The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing?
O: It did cross our minds, yes. But we decided not to take that route because a Kickstarter campaign would have taken up too much time in the beginning from the actual development and we didn’t feel we were known enough in the industry to easily draw people in. We couldn’t really find the game’s place in the so popular stretch goal system either when Kickstarter reached its true potential and the game already started to shape up nicely anyway. To be honest, we never really thought it through as a real option.
Although a crowd funding might have made things easier for us of course, we didn’t really need it. Fortunately, we were able to fund the development on our own so we wanted to keep it that way. However, around the game’s beta stage we launched a pre-order page with different support packs where our fans could support us in the last stages of development and it truly helped a lot. We might consider crowd funding in the future though if we’ll have a project we can’t start on our own.
IG: How did you come up with all those witty and funny moments like the Domovoy Baggins, the two-headed cow or the epic chicken egg drop etc?
V: Fortunately the dark humour in Van Helsing made it a perfect playground for us to include all sorts of popcultural references from games, movies, books and turn them into secret and funny easter eggs that we love so much.
Information aboutVan Helsing
SP/MP: Single + MP
Genre: Hack & Slash