WayForward is starting off E3 with shaking hips and a bit of swagger this year, showing off a brand new trailer starring its one and only purple haired mascot, Shantae. The half-genie hero, in the game Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, has been coming along nicely since it wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign last year.
True, we are coming up on a full year after the original promised Oct. 2014 release date, but that delay has become something of a standard for Kickstarter titles. In the end, time doesn’t matter as long as the quality remains high, and WayForward is obviously putting everything it has into this one. Shantae and her colorful friends have been made over in full blown HD art, making the pretty pixels of the handheld games a thing of the past.
I’ll leave that up to you to determine if that is a plus or a negative. I’ll call it even because I miss the pixels but love this new look too.
Perhaps even moreso than the gameplay and the graphics, though, I am in love with the music. WayForward’s composition has a weird combination of the Japanese tracks, similar to Nihon Falcom RPGs or Mega Man games, powered by hard guitar riffs found in more Western soundtracks. It’s a pleasant mix of the two. I’m a fan.
The trailer shows off Shantae with her full arsenal of magic tricks, her animal transformations, and of course, her natural whip: the long purple locks which stream from her scalp. Snap! Love that hair!
No release date yet, but Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS Vita and PC.