Kickstarter has created a new Renaissance for classically influenced western RPGs. Bloom: Memories is one of those titles that has found its salvation with the crowd-funding platform. With an initial goal of ,000, developer Studio Fawn came out ahead with an an overall war chest of over ,000. It's not Star Citizen money, but for a small developer wanting to make a niche RPG, it's enough to get the job done.
What really is Bloom: Memories? It's a bit unconventional, as the developers describe it as an action-adventure/RPG. The entire game can be played without a single bit of combat or any harm coming to anyone, according to Studio Fawn. This is done through different non-combat strategies including stealth or even... well, talking to your enemies. Of course, should pacifism be offensive to your sensibilities, the player can feed off of defeated foes to become stronger.
Bloom: Memories is about a mysterious creature, a life housed within pieces of machinery -- a golem of sorts. The story begins as this child is born into a world where the "remnants" of the past are warring with and corrupting the life and nature as it is known. It is a war for the future.
Bloom: Memories was initially funded on December 10, 2013, with a planned release date of December 2015. The team continues to send out updates to those who supported the Kickstarter, showing that the team is still hard at work creating content for the game. It still has a ways to go.