By Josh Speer / March 25th, 2020
You can ask anybody that knows me well about my Kickstarter obsession. It ran white hot for a while there, and I was finding new games to help fund every other week. And though my passion for crowdfunding has cooled somewhat, it’s still there. And today’s game looks to fan those flames – 9 Years of Shadows.
Firstly, it’s a Metroidvania Kickstarter. So it has my attention. Then I read that the developer, HALBERD STUDIOS, is trying to pattern the title after some greats in the genre – Super Metroid, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and even a personal favorite, Demon’s Crest. When you add the fact that the soundtrack will be composed by none other than Michiru Yamane and Manami Matsumae, then I’m really getting excited. Best of all is that the game is already half funded and still has a month to go. I suppose being stuck at home has benefited the crowdfunding industry.
In any case, I’m very interested in this new Metroidvania Kickstarter project. Most especially since it’s slated to release on PC and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021. Certainly gives fans of the genre something to look forward to. To read more details about this promising project, just check out the site, Kickstarter page and press release below!
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO – March 25, 2020 – Independent developer Halberd Studios is excited to launch their crowdfunding campaign for the emotionally-charged metroidvania title 9 Years of Shadows. Inspired by the likes of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Mega Man Zero, Super Metroid, and Demon’s Crest, 9 Years of Shadows follows battle maiden Europa as she explores her tragic past in a world devoid of color. Players will explore the abandoned mechanical castle of Talos, which once served as an orphanage, and also the outside world by entering paintings of the castle’s missing orphans. Composers Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and Manami Matsumae (Mega Man) are contributing music and appear as in-game characters whose healing melodies will expand Europa’s magic and health meters. 9 Years of Shadows is seeking approximately $15,000 USD to complete development and is now on Kickstarter where it is already about 50% funded after a single day:
9 Years of Shadows on Kickstarter
Copies of 9 Years of Shadows are available at the 300 MXN (about $12.50 USD) backer level with the game’s soundtrack, art book, physical swag such as T-shirts, and the ability to contribute to the design of one of the game’s bosses available at higher pledge levels. Stretch goals include an animated intro and ending, more music by Yamane and Matsumae, and additional game modes.
9 Years of Shadows is planned for release on Steam and Nintendo Switch in December 2021.
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