Funding DLC can be a tricky proposition, especially for indie developers without the largesse of a huge publisher. For Lab Zero Game, making new DLC characters for Skullgirls
meant taking their plight straight to gamers with an Indiegogo campaign
. Yesterday, the team announced that the campaign had not only met its $150k goal, but blew it out of the water by raising $829,829, meaning the game is going to see a new crop of characters.
The first character is Squigly, who will be getting her own stage level and story mode.
Squigly is the last "surviving" member of the Contiellos, a famous line of opera singers and long-time clients of the Medici family.
Fourteen years ago, tragedy befell Squigly’s family when the Medici mafia came close to obtaining the Skull Heart. During this incident she became one of the Skullgirl's undead minions. Once the threat had been defeated, only Squigly’s body was recovered, and she was buried in a service provided by Lorenzo himself.
Fast forward to the present: Bloody Marie's emergence has awoken Squigly from her long sleep. As part of the Skullgirl’s undead legion, Squigly should have become nothing more than a mindless servant of the pale maiden. However, thanks to the powers of her Parasite Leviathan, she is spared this fate.
Squigly is graceful, calm and well-mannered, but tough and determined to complete her mission. Her past experience with a Skullgirl gives her a unique perspective and a greater understanding of the situation over most.
Having been passed through the Contiello family for generations, Leviathan is refined and dotes on Squigly like her father and previous host did. This long familial history has made Squigly's bond with Leviathan deeper and more fundamental than that of most Parasites, and allows them to work harmoniously both in and out of battle like synchronized dance partners. Their unique circumstance also seems to have given them abilities beyond this world, as well.
The second, new character (also getting his
own stage and story line) is Big Band.
You read that right, Skullgirls
is getting its first male character.
Ben Birdland has seen a lot in his time, including the worst of the Grand War. But nothing was worse than what he saw as a beat cop in New Meridian. When he ran afoul of his crooked unit he was given a violent early retirement, and his broken body was left to spend the rest of its days in an iron lung.
That would have been the end of Ben’s story if it hadn't drawn the ears of the Anti-Skullgirl Labs. With little left to lose, he agreed to be rebuilt with their experimental procedures. Melded with the machinery that allows him to breathe and a powerful an array of pneumatic weaponry, he was reborn as “Big Band.”
Now a senior member of Lab 8, he’s become a father figure of sort to the younger ASG soldiers. A firm believer in their cause, he has stayed with the project through its controversies and still sees his place on the front lines against the Skullgirl. His technology may be dated, but he more than makes up for it with experience and fortissimo.
In addition to Squigly and Big Band, the team has also revealed that Robo-Fortune will become a playable character with her own stage level and storyline and that there will be two more playable characters (each with their own stage level and storyline) will be coming soon as well. These final two characters will be chosen by fan vote.
Lab Zero Games has also promised that each of these characters will be released for free for a limited time (a period of three months) and then, after that period elapses, will cost $5 (400 MSP to you and me) for those who didn't get them while they were free. So jump on them while they're free!
As always, be sure to check out Lab Zero's Indiegogo page
for complete and full details from the developers themselves.
No release date has been provided for these characters, but we'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as Lab Zero Games makes an announcement!