American McGee, the man behind Alice
, and most recently Alice: Madness Returns
, is the latest prominent developer to try out Kickstarter. McGee and his Shanghai-based Spicy Horse studio are seeking $200,000 in funding for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
, a free-to-play action RPG detailing the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but with a Japanese slant.
The more modest sum compared to some of the big names of last year
reflects on Akaneiro
having already been in development for around one and a half years. According to the Kickstarter page
, Spicy Horse needs the money to provide Android and iOS ports in addition to the already planned PC and Mac versions, cross-platform support, co-op multiplayer, community support, and an equipment crafting system. The page also lists potential stretch goals including two new expansions, a Linux version, a player versus player arena, and guild creation.
Spicy Horse collaborated with EA to release Alice: Madness Returns
in 2010, but McGee since said
that will be the studio's last physical release in light of much better returns from F2P games like Akaneiro
. In the video on the Kickstarter page, McGee says his studio's goal is now to "deliver console-quality content to mid-core gamers, and to do this without having to rely on traditional publishers" and that "Akaneiro
is the result of those efforts."