Skullgirls Developer Looks to Crowdsource Funds for DLC Characters

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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On a stream a few weeks ago, the heads of Lab Zero Games unveiled plans to crowdsource the funds needed to add the first of three planned DLC characters for Skullgirls, Squigly. The character, which Lab Zero claims is “approximately 1/3” done would require approximately $150,000 dollars in funding to complete ($40,000 will supposedly go towards paying the reward tiers in the crowdfunding and other miscellaneous fees). Once the amount is reached, the flex will go towards a planned second and third DLC character. Squigly will be available for free for three months after creation if the funding is successful.

The beleaguered developer has had financial trouble ever since their publisher, Autumn Games, was sued for $15 million dollars for Def Jam Rapstar. This froze the publisher’s funds, which also cut off funding to Lab Zero. It’s another sad story in a long list of things to happen during Skullgirls‘ development, including having a patch too large for Xbox Live. The game was released to critical acclaim on April 10th, 2012 on PSN and XBL.

In other Skullgirls news, the PC port is still coming, and a free Steam code will be one of the reward tiers for the DLC crowdfunding. The PC version will not support crossplay with the PS3. However, it should run in 1080p and be fairly easy to run (One of the main developers remarked on it being able to run on his “toaster of a computer”).

So what do you guys think about this? Personally, Skullgirls needs more characters, since, even though the current roster is very deep, 8 characters is very small. The team seems to be going about this in the right way, and I do like the idea of the developer sticking with their game despite all the odds.

Source: Shoryuken, Joystiq

If you want to donate, the IndieGoGo page is here: Keep Skullgirls Growing

About Daniel Gulyas

Daniel is a third year business student from Texas who got his start in JRPGs with Final Fantasy 8 and has loved them ever since. His three biggest passions are video games, technology and baseball, with anime being a growing fourth. He occasionally Let's Plays on the side as a hobby.




  • Finally, some Skullgirls news on here! Gonna try and throw some money their way later this week, at least enough to get access to the PC beta ($30).

    And unsurprisingly, they’ve already gotten past 40k after being only open for 3 hours. I can easily see them reaching enough money to fund Squigly after seeing how much we raised for breast cancer research to try and get into Evo 2013 last month. I mean if we could raise 78k in about 2 weeks, we should make 150k in a month.

    Oh, and to anyone saying 150k is a lot, its normally much worse. Under normal circumstances, Lab Zero would be paying +200K and other companies supposedly pay even *more* than that. The crowdfunding is practically chump change by comparison.

  • I wish this was a Vita game.

  • dubaloseven

    I need Black Dhalia as a playable character.