Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
March 25, 2019
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Press Releases
  It's a Secret to Nobody!
  Share on Twitter RSS

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

October 16, 2018-  Aloft Studio is happy to announce that we have set a date for our long-anticipated Kickstarter for Hazelnut Bastille!  The Kickstarter will begin on October the 23rd, on 8:00 am Eastern Standard time, and will run until the 29th of November!


We are also happy to announce there is a free demo recently released! Anyone can download and try a 2-3 hour slice of the full experience for themselves, to help them decide if the project is something they'd like to back and support!


The campaign will seek to fund: basic development, software licensing, QA costs, localizations, more content, devkits, additional console development, more tracks from Hiroki Kikuta, special minigames, and a host of other extended goals.


* * * * * * * *

About Hazelnut Bastille:


Hazelnut Bastille, for PC, Mac, and Linux, and now Nintendo Switch, is a lush, topdown Zelda-like ARPG in a16bit style, which seeks to continue the great lineage of superior design from the mid 90's. We strive to emulate this period in most ways, from graphic presentation, to audio production, to general level design philosophy.


Hazelnut Bastille tells the story of a young woman who travels to a foreign shore on the outskirts of her world, in order to seek out the promised gifts of mythological ancients, in hopes of retrieving something which was lost to her. On the way, her story becomes irrevocably intertwined with the lives of those living in this far off land.


The public is heavily encouraged at this time to share the work with others in any form they choose.


The October 11th, 2018 Demo is available by either visiting our direct link page, or through signing up for our newsletter:


Press may download the demo and publish its link at:


Public may sign up for newsletter and access demo at :

You can find the Teaser Trailer, released earlier here:

(Different from the Kickstarter Trailer)


The Kickstarter Draft can be accessed at:

About Aloft

Aloft Studio LLC  is a small group of professionals in their 30's founded in 2013, working on several projects for public release, most notably Hazelnut Bastille and Sticks & Starships. We believe in a heavily design-centric approach, which places user experience and meaningful mechanics at the center of our creative process. You can find our Bios on the Presskit:


Aloft is joined by our two composers:


Hiroki Kikuta, age 55, Guest Composer. Hiroki Kikuta is an acclaimed Japanese video game composer, best known for his work at Square, which he joined in 1991. He was the lead composer for Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Sōkaigi, and later Koudelka, for which he also acted as producer and concept designer at his own company, Sacnoth.

Shannon Mason,  age 36  is a lifelong composer who has worked on indie and casual mobile games for around 7 years. Shannon writes in a wide range of musical styles, but has found a particular niche in the romanticism of the 16 bit era.

Press Contact


Name:                      Dennis Varvaro

Skype:                      dvarvaro1

Email:                      [email protected]  

Hazelnut's Site: