Another day, another high profile indie game winding up on Kickstarter.
Classically trained game developer WayForward has taken to crowd-funding to fund the next entry in its popular original series, Shantae. This latest game in the series, called Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, will be the first to bring WayForward’s popular mascot to HD with a release on all major consoles and the PC platform.
WayForward is best known for taking old and faded licenses and breathing new life into them with a classic sense of style. DuckTales: Remastered, Contra 4, A Boy and his Blob, and Aliens all come to mind as great games from them. Shantae gives the team an outlet to be create and make their own worlds a reality, and it is just dying to bring her to a larger audience with a bang.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero‘s look is a little more cartoonish than the pixel-art the other games have. The sassy genie has shed a few years off her age and looks more youthful and giddy in the new art style. This adventure sees her waking up from a deep sleep in her lighthouse suite and stumbling through a a trapdoor in the nearby town, discovering the evil which lurks below.
The story will unfold in chapters, each with its own subplot and boss for Shantae to unravel.
WayForward’s series has always been a hit on Nintendo handhelds with the original debuting on the Game Boy Color and sequel, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, landing on DSiWare in 2010. Another game, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, will be released as a Nintendo 3DS downloadable title this winter.
WayForward has requested $400,000 to complete the title, a very modest amount given the successful history of the company. It currently sits at $110,386 after the first day, and will more than likely achieve its goal before the campaign is up.
It’s fitting to see WayForward’s Kickstarter campaign launching alongside Keiji Inafune’s popular Mighty No. 9 campaign, seeing as many of the developers at WayForward have been inspired by the Mega Man creator in the past. Several former WayForward employees also took to Kickstarter last year when they successfully funded Shovel Knight.
Should it be successful, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Steam.
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