A few years ago, Wayforward announced Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, a continuation of the metroidvania series that has brought the studio the most attention. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign and a lengthy development process, it seems that the game is in the last leg of its journey to release. To keep backers up to date on what's going on, Wayforward recently posted an update to the Kickstarter page with some more information about the game's release.

For one, it unveiled the official "cover art" for the game, which will be used in its E3 appearance and all promotions going forward. Next, the studio showed a few variations on a design for a Shantae's rival genie, who will make her appearance in the Kickstarter-funded extra storyline, "Fire and Forget". Those who backed the game can vote for their favorite design here, as long as they do it by midnight on the evening of 13th May. Finally, the studio revealed that it's entered negotiations with "top tier publishers" for a physical release of the game, hopefully in an effort to appease those who are hesitant to buy digital games.

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[source kickstarter.com]