Champs-sur-Marne, France – 27th June 2013 - Lexis Numérique, one of Europe's leading independent video game studios, announces the launch of a crowd funding campaign via KickStarter.com for its forthcoming game, Taxi Journey.
With the video game market going through a historic transition period, crowd funding for games is really taking off. Studios have used KickStarter.com to raise record budgets of $3.3m (Double Fine Adventure), $3.9m (Project Eternity) and even $4.2m (Torment: Tides of Numenera).
However, no French studio has yet gone down this road.
Lexis Numérique is the first French studio to launch a video game funding campaign on KickStarter.com. The 30-day campaign begins today and ends on 27th July, and aims to raise $230k (£150K or €177K) to complete the funding requirements for Taxi Journey.
Taxi Journey is an original game, mixing adventure and puzzle gameplay in a universe that combines poetry, humor and mystery.
Gino, a big man of few words, has a taxi with a difference: he's broke, so he gets on his bike and his customers hop on his back. After an encounter with a mysterious young girl called Zoe, he ends up journeying to strange faraway lands. Together they meet some engaging and amusing characters but also some more sinister types who will do everything in their power to stop them.
Fully pencil-drawn, Taxi Journey has a powerful and highly personal graphic universe which draws inspiration from a range of very attractive sources, including the films of Tim Burton and the Japanese filmmaker Miyazaki and the beautiful Limbo.
According to Djamil Kemal, Marketing & Business Development Director, "this funding campaign is consistent with the desire of Lexis Numérique to retain its independence and bring gamers innovative games. We hope that gamers will join us in this adventure".
The fundraising page on kickstarter.com is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lexisgames/taxi-journey
About Lexis Numérique
With over nine million video games sold worldwide (putting it in the same category as Ubisoft, Disney, Konami, etc.), Lexis is one of Europe's leading video game design studios. Having topped the sales charts several times (the Uncle Albert series, Imagine: Fashion Designer, Alexandra Ledermann, In Memoriam and more), Lexis is often cited by the American and European press as one of the most innovative studios in the world. Lexis creates games for desktop (browser and Facebook games), mobile, smartphone, tablet and games consoles, and has also been making games for businesses and brands (advergames and serious games) for over 15 years. Lexis Numérique's latest creation, Alt-Minds, is regarded as one of the most ambitious transmedia projects in the world.