A quick glance at the most-funded Kickstarter video games shows what a powerful role nostalgia has played in the largest crowdfunding successes so far.
Koji Igarashi’s Kickstarter campaign for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night became the website’s most funded video game when its campaign ended at $5,545,991. Did you shell out to meet the reward tier requirements for a hard copy, or have you fully embraced a digital-centric future?
Sitting at $5.8 million as of this writing, Shenmue III might be the first game-based Kickstarter to cross the $6 million mark, and it’s already in the rarefied air enjoyed by only a handful of Kickstarter efforts.
“Shenmue 3” is undoubtedly one of 2015’s biggest reveals. Shenmue 3 will be a continuation of these action RPG games featuring a new adventure for characters Ryo Hazuki and Shenhua. It’s the third game promised in a series of seven, with the last title – Shenmue 2 – ending on a dramatic cliffhanger.
Created for modern platforms (PC and PlayStation 4) and built-in Unreal 4, Shenmue 3 will continue the legacy of Shenmue. After that $6 million will see an expanded battle system, but that’s looking pretty unlikely at this stage.
They are closely followed by Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity, computer roleplaying games that hearken back directly to late 90s classics like Planescape: Torment and Baldur’s Gate, and that were also led by some of those games’ original creators.
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