WayForward has built quite the reputation for developing quality licensed products, such as the recent DuckTales Remastered
, or the Adventure Time
game on DS/3DS. In fact, WayForward has developed over 200 licensed titles in all. While much passion goes into making these kinds of games, WayForward also wants to make original games, too. An original game can be a bit more of a risk sometimes, so when they sought to bring their original character and series, Shantae
, to HD screens, they looked to Kickstarter for a bit of help.
The campaign is officially a success, as they have secured over $400,000 in funding to make Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. As the title suggests, Shantae
is half genie, and uses powers like belly dancing to transform into different creatures, or whips her hair to attack her enemies. The platformer also features exploration, unique character design, and story-telling with an off-beat sense of humor. The series started on Game Boy Color with a subsequent release on Ninetendo’s DSiWare service and an upcoming entry in the series on the 3DS eShop as well.
Wait a second though. Are we seriously expected to pay for WayForward to make a game and then reap the profits from it!? It isn’t exactly like that. Those who choose to back the campaign can choose from a wide variety of donation rewards, ranging from a desktop wallpaper to an invitation to the wrap party for the release of the game. The most practical option is a $15 backing which grants you a copy of the game when it comes out, regardless if it ends up being higher or not. Think of it more as a pre-order and peace of mind for WayForward knowing the game is desired and they won’t go broke making the game. That’s not to say that they won’t be trying hard now that they have the money ahead of time as this still needs to be a viable product at release to non-backers as well as their studio reputation being on the line.
We have a pair of videos with the development team that had been released previously during the Kickstarter campaign, as well as a big thank you from the team now that their initial goal has been met.
Just because the $400K has been reached doesn’t mean WayForward is done just yet. There’s a variety of stretch goals that, if met, will add bonus chapters and features to the game. This additional time also allows you to lock-in that $15 price point for a copy of the game if you haven’t backed the campaign yet. You have until the end of the month to contribute, and there are pricier backing options for those looking for collectible items or in-game design involvement.Shantae: ½ Genie Hero
is in development for Xbox 360 and Xbox One with an estimated release around October 2014.