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Atlus picks up RPG Citizens of Earth after failed Kickstarter

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Citizens of Earth, the retro-inspired role-playing game from indie studio Eden Industries, will be published by Atlus and is set for release later this year on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC and Wii U, the publisher announced today.

Vancouver, Canada-based Eden Industries attempted to fund development of Citizens of Earth with a CA$100,000 Kickstarter campaign last fall, but the funding drive fell short with a final total of CA$36,875. Upon the closure of the campaign, Eden vowed to continue developing the game. Atlus will release Citizens of Earth in North America and Europe as a downloadable title.

Citizens of Earth casts the player as Vice President of the World. The day after the vice president takes office, the people of planet Earth go crazy. It's up to the player to recruit helpers from a pool of 40 playable characters to help figure out why this happened, and to "delegate as much of the dirty work as possible," according to a press release from Atlus. The publisher is holding a contest in which it's asking people to submit designs for a 41st playable character.

You can watch a teaser trailer above, and check out Citizens of Earth's website for more details.

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