Is the Noid really the villain this time? Or is he the true hero we all need?
For those of you not following crowdfunding news, Keiji Inafune’s new Mega Man Legends successor Red Ash is now on Kickstarter. But here’s the kicker – Red Ash has two Kickstarters. That’s more than just one.
This isn’t because Red Ash is two games, but because it is one game and one anime. Or at least, that’s the plan: STUDIO4℃ is set to produce the anime, but the $150,000 goal on the Kickstarter is for a mere five minutes of animation. Stretch goals include $650,000 for a second 15 minute episode, or a whopping $2,480,000 to pull it all together into a feature film, but it remains to be seen if the Kickstarter can garner even enough support for the base goal: The campaign has only raised $50,000 at the time of publication, two days after being launched. (Editor’s note: Kickstarters often see the bulk of their funding at the very beginning and end of their campaign.)
The game itself is set for a goal of $800,000, and since Mighty No. 9 made just over triple its initial goal and crowdfunding for Shenmue 3 has already broken four million, its reasonable to assume fans will pull together to fund the project. The concept of a storytelling universe unified by a simultaneous game and animation is pretty interesting, but only time will tell if it can be pulled off.