New RPG that teaches Japanese to English speakers seeks funding
A new innovative Kickstarter project is taking a fun and entertaining approach to teaching Japanese to people who speak English. The project is an RPG called Koe, and its number one function is to teach players to be fluent in Japanese. Creator Jitesh Rawal compares Koe to the classic role playing games Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Pokemon.
Rawal said of Koe,:
"Essentially, what I want to do in the game is give you an introduction to the Japanese language within the game itself. I know people who are interested in this style of gaming, as well as Anime and Manga, and who have wanted to learn Japanese because of it, but have no idea where they should start. So why not a fully-fledged story-driven JRPG that gives you a nice start with the language itself?
Before I lose you with the education side of things, I want to tell you that the game itself is a game before anything else, not a flash-card application nor a voice recognition translator, but rather I have put the game, and therefore the gameplay, before anything else. This means it plays like a JRPG, there are random battles, bosses, a story, pets, wizards, cities, houses as well as cats and you will play through collecting items, experience points, weapons and everything else that comes with a traditional JRPG."
The campaign is asking for £35,000 and most of the money will go towards the major elements of game creation, including getting a composer, creating new art, and obtaining licenses. If the campaign is successful, the creator will make Koe available on Mac OSX, Windows and Linux and aims to release it on Playstation Vita.