Ramen VR, an indie VR studio that’s creating a unique VR metaverse, today revealed that its crowdfunding campaign for Zenith, a fantasy cyberpunk VR MMORPG for VR and PC, has hit over 1,000% crowd funding by hitting a total of $250,000 with 24 hours left to go. The campaign continues to prove out the appeal of being able to play, socialize, and create unique experiences in the first cross-platform VR MMORPG, and Ramen is celebrating with the release of a new Spellcasting Teaser video.
The studio also released the first concept art for the new Mineko race added in the game’s sixth funded stretch goal:
The Mineko are a race of humanoid cat people from a distant land who will be playable in Zenith. They are distinguished by their cats’ eyes, pointed ears, and tails. They are, on average, the same height as humans, but they tend to be slender and more lithe, able to jump long distances and maintain their balance well. For many years, the Mineko Ballet has been a popular Zenith attraction; humans and Mineko alike love to watch the graceful dancers. The only thing that sets them off? Dogs, of course!
Inspired by anime and JRPG classics and reimagined as a dynamic living world with cross-play between VR platforms and PC, Zenith offers a futuristic universe in which players will fight, craft, explore, and live as they forge alliances and friendships in guilds and parties. In the game world, heroes are needed to venture forth to save Zenith from calamity. Characters who take up this challenge can participate in epic raids and world events or go solo to become a powerful leader whose deeds will be forever immortalized. With the $250,000 milestone, the game has now added seven stretch goals including the new Mineko race and the final goal of a level editor that will allow players to design their own levels.
Zenith is the brainchild of Andy Tsen and Lauren Frazier, co-founders of Ramen VR with a decade of experience at Unity, Google, and building startup companies. In addition to the game’s success in passing over $250,000 of funding on Kickstarter, it has attracted investment from Y Combinator, the highly respected provider of seed funding for startups that has funded startups such as Airbnb, Dropbox, and Twitch.
The Kickstarter campaign will help the team at Ramen VR further develop the epic adventure while sharing early benefits with fans who help create the exciting world.