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December 24, 2012 : Adam Syndrome Pre-Production Complete

Dark Motif today announced that the pre-production phase of their title Adam Syndrome has reached completion and that the studio is now actively searching for a backing publisher. Please visit the Developer's Diary for a more detailed update on the studio’s status and for a previously-unreleased video of an older internal tech demo.

June 6, 2012 : Dark Motif's Re-Designed Website Launched

Dark Motif today launched their newly re-designed website in anticipation of the upcoming completion of Adam Syndrome's pre-production phase.

February 16, 2012 : An Overdue Update

Dark Motif today announced that they have started providing Unity development services to third party studios in addition to working on their own title Adam Syndrome. Please visit the Services section for more details and tech demos, and also the Developer's Diary for new details on the status of Adam Syndrome and the studio in general.

February 9, 2010 : Adam Syndrome Postponed - Again

Dark Motif today announced that Adam Syndrome has been pushed back again. Details on the exciting turn of events that brought up this delay will become available in a few months' time, along with a new release date.

September 1, 2008 : Adam Syndrome Postponed

Dark Motif today announced that Adam Syndrome has been postponed. Be sure to visit the new Developer's Diary for further details and extra behind-the-scenes information on this development.

September 1, 2008 : Dark Motif's Website Updated

Dark Motif today updated their website with a new Developer's Diary (that also includes two new screenshots) and a slight facelift.

July 28, 2007 : Adam Syndrome Announced

Dark Motif today announced production of their title Adam Syndrome. Be sure to visit the Games section for the latest details about the game.

July 28, 2007 : Dark Motif's New Website Launched

Dark Motif today launched their brand new website. Watch this spot in the future for periodic updates and news about the studio and their projects.

Games

About the Game


Adam Syndrome is an original adventure game based on a dark mystery of novel-like size and depth. As the plot unfolds, the player will take control of Professor Adam Reed on his quest for answers following a strange chain of occurrences that ends with the sudden and mysterious death of his wife.


During the course of the game, the player will guide Adam through more than fifteen unique locations all over the world; locations that include ancient lost cities, futuristic laboratories, underwater complexes, gloomy old cemeteries, and many other fascinating places, as the character is plunged into an intricate web of conspiracy and secrets dating back to the very beginnings of mankind.


Blending real-life historical facts along with provocative fiction, Adam Syndrome brings storytelling back into the focus of gaming in a contemporary tale of survival, extinction, and the choice that lies between.


Backed by cinematic techniques, Adam Syndrome utilizes detailed, high-resolution locations along with real-time special effects and a moody and suspenseful original soundtrack, to create a dark, immersive atmosphere that provides the perfect feeling for the game. Adam Syndrome makes use of the very powerful and extremely popular Unity Engine, taking full advantage of its many advanced features such as dynamic lighting and shadows, particle systems, physics, and a multitude of visual effects - all of which play a major role in the creation of the game's believable world.

Story


In a desperate attempt to discover what happened to his beloved wife, Professor Adam Reed becomes entangled in a web of conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the tapestry of his own life. Through a shocking series of revelations, Adam learns that he has unwittingly been playing a major role in a dark and mysterious conspiracy. By following a 400 year old trail left behind by John Dee, the 16th-century occultist and famous advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, he unearths secrets of the biblical giants known as the Nephilim and the ancient myth of the Great Flood, and finds himself facing powerful adversaries - the members of a strange and elusive society - as he uncovers a malevolent plot. With time running out, Adam must stop these men from wreaking monumental catastrophe by unveiling a secret buried thousands of years ago by blood and by time itself - a shocking truth that will shake the very foundations of humanity.

Concept Art


Tech Demo Screenshots


key features


  • Complex storyline, filled with exciting twists and surprises
  • Cinematic approach to scene composition
  • Dark and immersive atmosphere
  • Moody and suspenseful original soundtrack
  • Real-time weather effects (thunder-storms, rain, fog, etc.)
  • Puzzles written originally into the plot
  • Classic-style point-and-click interface
  • 3rd person perspective
  • 140+ locations rendered in real-time 3D
  • 35+ real-time 3D characters

Tech Demo Video


  • If you are having trouble watching this video online, you can also download the entire video file and watch it locally.

Diary

December 24, 2012 : An End of an Era and a Beginning of Another


It's been only a few months since our last entry and here is another one bearing some good news. As mentioned before, among the many other things that have kept us busy lately, we have also managed to squeeze some time to work on the pre-production of Adam Syndrome as well, and I'm happy to say that the design document of the game is now complete and ready for production. This means, of course, that the pre-production phase has reached completion and that we are at last ready to push Adam Syndrome forward. All we need now in order to finally go to full production is a good publishing house to take us in and back us up. It's nothing easy to come by these days but we are committed to our goal and we will do our best to find one.


We have also considered raising the necessary funds via Kickstarter, as is the trend these days, but decided against it for now – the main reason being that we are pretty much an unknown studio with no big names behind us. We do get quite a lot of fan mail but we fear that it would not be enough for a successful campaign at the moment. We

make a point of backing other adventure game projects for now and hope to one day be able to use this platform ourselves.


But back to the present, for the occasion of pre-production completion, we have also decided to release a video of one of our older internal tech demos

as a small compensation to our fans who are still contacting us and following our progress even after all this time. Bear in mind, though, that this tech demo has not been designed with the general public in mind and is not meant to showcase neither the story nor the puzzle quality of the game. The purpose of this tech demo is quite different and is of the kind that almost never reach the public; it is a one-scene technology demo designed for publishers only for demonstrating the technological and artistic capabilities of the studio and the game engine. It

serves as a vertical slice and features many of the game’s technological aspects. This specific tech demo was implemented using our previous game engine (Wintermute) and not the current one (Unity), and it features 2.5D technology, a 3D actor with animations, dynamic actor lighting and shadows, background animations, particle effects, various weather effects, voice acting, artistic look and feel, sound effects and general atmosphere. You can watch the video by clicking the image to the left or, if you are having trouble watching it online, you can also download the entire video file and watch it locally. Last thing, don’t forget to take a look at the Services section as well for some of our more recent tech demos.


Go ahead now, check out the video and let us know if you liked it or not. And speaking of like, you can also Like our Facebook page (by clicking the "Like" button at the top of this page) to receive all our updates as soon as we post them.


See you all on the next entry.

February 16, 2012 : An Unexpected Turn of Events


Well, quite some time has passed since our last update and although we have kept fairly quiet during this period, we have, nonetheless, been working all this time on the pre-production of Adam Syndrome. We did make a small detour, however, and I would like to explain it here. As it happened, we were reworking the Adam Syndrome story about a couple of years ago in order to make some necessary improvements to the plot, when all of a sudden we realized that our good old story had become a full-length novel of approximately 450 pages! And even better; as the game has always been on our minds while working on the story, all 450 pages still fit perfectly into the 140 scenes or so that we had in the game design. Which meant, of course, that we could still produce the story as a game without expanding the game any further. But more to the point, since we found ourselves with a real novel on our hands, we thought it would be quite a waste not to explore this vein as well. So we showed a preliminary draft to a number of industry professionals in the field of book publishing and, to our delight, they really liked it and insisted that we should write our final draft of the novel and then go ahead and approach publishers with it.


As a result, we have been working on a draft for a book version of Adam Syndrome most of this time,

but we have also managed to squeeze some time to work on the pre-production of the game as well, and to almost complete the relatively hefty design document. You see, regardless of our wish to publish Adam Syndrome as a novel, the sole purpose of the story has always been to be the game's backbone, and nothing has changed in that regard. But the inevitable downside is that as a result of our detour, the everlasting necessity to still hold our day jobs, and one more reason I will mention shortly, the release date will have to be moved once again. We realize that all these delays never look very good, but according to various tests we ran with numerous experts, we are now more confident than ever that we have a winner on our hands and we really believe that it will be worth the wait.


The additional reason I mentioned earlier as one of the causes for the delay in our schedule is that we had to switch engines. Up until now we have been using the wonderful Wintermute Engine and liked it very much. The problem started when, as time went by, publishers started demanding more and more advanced technological features that are not part of that engine. A second generation of the engine is in development at the moment but unfortunately, we simply do not have the luxury of time to wait for it to finish its development cycle.

As a result we were forced to move away from that engine and choose another instead. After weighing the various options, we decided to go with the very powerful and extremely popular Unity Engine. We have been studying and working with it for a few months now and are very happy to say that the switch has been successful and we are now fully capable of producing the full game with it, taking advantage of all the bells and whistles that come with it and that publishers demand so much nowadays. In addition, we have also started providing Unity development services to other studios looking to outsource their Unity-related work. You can take a look at the Services section to get a glimpse of what we can do with Unity.


One last issue, we have had some problems with our mail servers and possibly lost some emails along the way. So if anyone has sent us emails and got no response from us, please accept our apology and re-send your emails. We are doing our best to respond to each and every one of the emails we get.


That’s it then, that's our update for this time. Be patient with us and don’t lose faith. We certainly haven’t lost ours.

September 1, 2008 : An Evolutionary Year


It's been a year since we first announced development of our first title Adam Syndrome on July 28, 2007, and although the game isn't here yet, a lot has happened during this passing year that has helped us evolve and have a considerably better view of the future of Adam Syndrome. Before the July 2007 announcement our plan had always been to produce the game on our own and then go for self-publishing. Funding production on our own meant, of course, that our budget couldn't possibly be very high but we were confident on our ability to produce a great game even on a modest budget.


Well, things started to change pretty much right after that announcement. First, it started with a torrent of email requests from the media regarding the coverage of Adam Syndrome, not only on countless gaming websites, but also on local news websites and radio. Then it went on with an avalanche of fan mail and job applications that caught us completely by surprise as we had no idea that our simple announcement would cause such a huge stir. And last, but not least, came also the publishers, and with them came the possibilities they represented. At that moment it dawned on us that we needed to rethink our whole

strategy as we realized that we actually had an opportunity to go for a real full-scale professional production instead of the modest production we previously had in mind. After quite a few sleepless nights trying to figure out what to do next, we decided to change course and aim instead for a larger game with significantly higher production values compared to our original plan. We quickly hired an art studio, started working on a small tech demo for publishers and then moved on to complete all further aspects of the game that suddenly were in desperate need of adaptation in order to conform to our new view of Adam Syndrome.


All these changes meant, of course, that we also adjust the release date. As it is, if all goes well, we are currently aiming for Q3 2009. We realize that some people might feel a little disappointed by this delay but we hope everyone will come to understand the necessity of this move for us. Most people will be glad to hear that the game's story has evolved considerably during the last year and it is now a lot more complete than it used to be at first. In addition, we've gained a lot of experience creating game environments and special effects -

things that will no doubt have a huge impact on our final product.


Finally, as you can see, we have decided to add a new developer's diary to our website in order to keep everyone a little more up-to-date with what is going on behind the scenes. We added two

screenshots as well, taken from a couple of our internal tech demos so that everyone will be able to get a glimpse of things to come. And last thing, we also gave our website a slight facelift to better fit the tone of the Dark Motif production studio and to better fit modern viewing resolutions.


That's it for now then. Enjoy these two new screenshots and see you all on the next entry.

Services

Unity Development


Apart from creating games in-house, Dark Motif also provides Unity development services to third party studios looking to outsource Unity-related work. Depending on our client's needs, we take care of any part of game production, be it the implementation of entire games, specific scenes, or even small specially-tailored scripts. We offer over 15 years of software design and development experience (working with C++/C#), we offer the talent of our very experienced artists and we offer our extensive background in filmmaking – all of which play a major part in the quality of our work.


In order to demonstrate our skill and experience working with Unity, we chose an arbitrary scene from Unity’s own “3rd Person Shooter” demo and re-imagined it in several different flavors, infusing it with our own artistic style and technical expertise.


The image to the right shows the original scene, while the live demos below it offer various glimpses into our own imagination and our ability to put our visions into practice with Unity. You can compare between the two to get at least an idea of what we can do with Unity for any game or scene. In addition, the "Snowy Winter" live demo is included in this set to demonstrate our skill in designing and implementing 3D main menu systems as well as 2D GUI programming in general.


We hope you like the results.


Please contact us so that we can discuss the various ways we can assist you with your projects.



All these demos demonstrate high-end game scenes. Because of that, they all require a matching higher-end hardware than the usual fare to be able to view them the way we intended. That said, we were definitely not aiming for the absolutely newest gaming hardware available, but rather something more in the middle. We tested all demos on a Core 2 Duo rig running at 3.00GHz with 4GB RAM and used an NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU with 1GB and alternately an ATI Radeon HD 4850 GPU with 1GB as well. In both cases all demos ran ok.

Live Demos


Rainy Night
Autumn Twilight
Underwater
Snowy Winter

About Us

Company


Dark Motif is a young, independent game development studio dedicated to creating original adventure games based on complex stories, rich in atmosphere and strong in characters.


Founded in 2005, the studio is composed of a core team of professionals in fields like Film, Art, Animation, and Software Development, that have had a great affinity to the adventure game genre ever since its early years. Dark Motif also works closely with independent contractors in order to cover all aspects of game creation in such a way that keeps the studio as flexible as possible.


Our primary goal is simply to make games to remember. To create rich experiences that will leave a lasting impression on the player. Dark Motif's goal is to innovate where innovation is most needed; by delivering highly-polished products, heavily based on immersive storytelling and atmosphere, on strong characters and on excellent writing.


Currently we are hard at work on the title Adam Syndrome - an original, classic-style adventure game in real-time 3D.

Management Team


Daniel Vierna, Founder and CEO

Daniel is Dark Motif's co-founder and chief executive officer. He is a veteran software designer and developer with over 15 years of experience in creating software and managing diverse projects and development teams.


Daniel has also been an avid adventure gamer ever since playing the game Transylvania on his old Apple IIc back in 1985, then all through the Sierra and LucasArts years, and on to this very day.


During the past 9 years, Daniel has been dedicating his spare time to studying new game engines, creating game design documents and co-writing the extensive story behind the title Adam Syndrome.


Recently, Daniel has also started backing prominent adventure game projects going up over at Kickstarter out of his passion for the adventure game genre and his desire to help other struggling studios.


Daniel holds a B.A. in Computer Science.


Amit Goldsobel, Founder and CCO

Amit is Dark Motif's co-founder and chief creative officer. He is a longtime artist and animator, having previously worked in television as part of an art studio, which he co-founded and co-owned, and specialized in classical animation. Prior to that, Amit also filmed, directed and edited documentaries and worked as a freelance film photographer and editor.


Amit has also been playing adventure games ever since their early days, with Sierra's adventure lineup during the mid-eighties being his introduction to the genre, and the original King's Quest – his very first.


During the past 9 years, Amit has been dedicating his spare time to studying new 3D modeling applications, creating game art and animation and co-writing the extensive story behind the title Adam Syndrome.


Amit holds a B.A. in Film and Television.

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