Citizens of Earth gets Kickstarter campaign, channels Earthbound

Citizens of Earth's Kickstarter campaign began on Friday, and if you've grown tired of saving the world as a young amnesiac or destined warrior, you might want to check it out. The game will follow the Vice President of the World's quest to save the day through recruiting the efforts of everyday citizens in a humor-oriented RPG that's comparable to Earthbound. If you'd like an example, the Kickstarter pitch video shows the Barista, Baker and Conspiracy Guy battling a pair of phone-crowned deer in the woods called Telefawn.

The Kickstarter page states that every person in Citizens of Earth will either be "a recruitable character or an enemy," meaning you'll be amassing an extensive party as you progress through the game. Since these are everyday people, however, they'll be managing their day jobs when they're not helping you in battle. Leveling them up in battle will improve their aptitude towards their work, allowing players to "develop the world at large" by leveling up characters instead of just bumping up stats.

Citizens of Earth's "citizens are optional to recruit and most areas are optional to explore," meaning there should be something to love for both hardcore adventurers and those hoping for a streamlined romp through a bunch of jokes.

Should the campaign's goal of $100,000 (Canadian) be met, Citizens of Earth will launch on the PC, Mac and Linux. Stretch goals include ports to the Wii U, 3DS, PS4 and Vita as well as a slew of gameplay improvements like additional stories and multiplayer battles.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.