There’s a Tool-Inspired Video Game in the Works and It Looks Dark as Hell

Tokyo-based developer Cherrymochi is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund ‘Exit Veil’

Photo: Imazato

Published Jul 14, 2022

Tokyo-based indie game developer Cherrymochi has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Exit Veil, a JRPG video game inspired by Tool’s music and visual works.

Speaking with Loudwire, Cherrymochi head Jon Imazato — who’s also a fan of Deftones and Nine Inch Nails — described Exit Veil as “a Final Fantasy game inside a Tool music video.”

Exit Veil‘s Kickstarter page points to the devs’ additional passions, including “Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Aleister Crowley … tarot cards, Magick, the occult & psychedelic weirdness” as considerations in making the game.

A description reads:

In Exit Veil, you step into the role of Tori, a young woman desperately lost and cut off from our world, struggling to come to terms with her new reality as it crumbles and decays around her. Deep within the Labyrinthine Realms lies the source of decay, relentlessly destroying all it touches. Can Tori pacify the heart of it all and heal the realms? Will she ever find her way home?

Imazato elaborated: “In gameplay terms, the player will explore twisting dark-psychedelic dreamscapes while battling entities in turn-based combat using tarot cards made of emotions harvested from the dead. Much like a typical weekend at Burning Man.”

And while there doesn’t appear to be any of Tool’s actual music incorporated in the game, Imazato assured that the soundtrack, combining “dark atmospherics with experimental psychedelic metal … should make any Tool fan’s ears perk up.”

As of press time, Exit Veil is roughly $10,000 CAD short of its $64,000 CAD goal with another month left to fund the project. Check out a preview below, and head to the Kickstarter to back the project.

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