Game developer and Spicy Horse founder American McGee, who’s most famous for his dark interpretations of Alice in Wonderland (Alice and Alice: Madness Returns) and various fairy tales (Grimm), is currently developing a new game that gives a dark fantasy makeover to another beloved piece of children’s literature.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters is a free-to-play RPG that takes place in 19th century Japan and borrows (slightly) from the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Although I don’t recall Red being a demon slayer.
McGee says the game is almost ready to go but he needs an additional $200,000 in order to complete it with with all the features he wants it to have and to make it multiplatform. So rather than risk his artistic vision by turning to a publisher, McGee has decided to turn to Kickstarter
to raise the money through gamer pledges.
If the $200,000 is raised, Akaneiro will be released on iOS and Android in addition to the PC and Mac versions that are already in the pipeline and some nifty multiplayer features will be added as well.
I have to say, given his name recognition, the cool concept, and that the campaign has already garnered over $33,000 in pledges with 26 days left, I can’t see this Kickstarter failing.