Over the years, Kickstarter has become an increasingly acceptable way for new and proven developers to fund games. Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is one of the latest titles to be backed by an entire community.
During an interview with DenFamiNicoGamer! earlier this month, that was recently translated by Siliconera, Iga was asked about how he made use of fan feedback during the development of his latest game. While he was open to many different suggestions, he said adding all of the ideas would have resulted in no sense of uniqueness. According to Iga, the final decision must always be made by the developer, rather than the fans:
"There are many opinions from people, but if you heed them all, the game won’t have any uniqueness. We’re a bunch that likes to stand out from the crowd, so I believe that the final decision must always be made by us.
"With that in mind, Kickstarter is a great way to show off the unique features while collecting all sorts of opinions."
As for how the experience compared to "normal" game development, here's what the Japanese producer had to say:
“Also, I believe that being able to see whether the fans will be satisfied with the game is both good and bad. In normal game development, game info will release around 1 year beforehand. However, by that time, we are unable to change how the game works. With this sort of development method used this time, I was able to communicate with the fans during a period where such changes were still possible.”
If you would like to find out about the current status of the Switch version, take a look at the previous update.
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