Last year, we covered the announcement of the beautiful hand-drawn Metroidvania Afterimage. Created by Shanghai-based developer Aurogon Shanghai (famous for creating the GuJian games — a series of RPGs set in ancient China) released a Kickstarter campaign a few months after revealing their game. And today, the company has announced that they have smashed their target by over 600%.
Aurogon Shanghai aimed to hit HKD$117,384 (USD$14,978) but that target was surpassed within 40 hours of the Kickstarter launching. Today, the final total sits at HKD$729,949, which is over USD$92,000!
This means multiple stretch goals have been reached for the game, which means more new content! This includes new gameplay areas, a traditional Castlevania-style boss rush area, dubbed cutscenes, more equipment, a new weapon class, and even a brand new character! The additional character will be available as DLC, but those who backed the game will receive them for free as a nice little bonus.
Executive producer Yang Ziliang spoke of his inspirations for Afterimage, which include some of the Metroidvania genre's best:
I enjoyed Metroidvania when I was a kid. Even when I barely knew about game genres, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night created a lasting impression about what a game could be. After Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, a long time passed until Hollow Knight and the Ori franchise brought Metroidvania to a new level.
You can expect the polished excellence of many indie Metroidvania's with Afterimage, but with that added layer of gorgeous, unique visuals. You'll be getting:
- 2D side-scrolling ARPG Metroidvania, all in hand-drawn art style
- Seamless semi-open world with over 15 different areas to explore
- Roughly 25-30 hours for a first playthrough
- A diverse selection of weapons with special attacks and skills, plus various talent upgrades will help you form your own battle style
- Over 40 epic original soundtracks created by Aurogon Sound Team
- Choose your own adventure – a massive storyline and multiple endings await you!
- …and of course Kickstarter exclusive rewards!
We still don't have a firm release date for Afterimage, but it is expected to find its way onto the Switch late this year. We think it's one to keep an eye on, even amidst the sea of Metroidvanias on the console. You can find out more about the game on its Kickstarter page, and you can also try out a free demo on Steam.
Have you backed Afterimage? Will you be picking this up? Let us know.
I took a punt on this after getting strong Hollow Knight vibes. If it turns out to be even half as good as that then I'll be happy.
If it plays as well as it looks then it's gonna be a must buy.
That's one eloquent reply to "slow down with metroidvanias on Switch", I guess.
From some reason the only metroidvanias that I like use either pixel art or 2.5 D graphics.
I feel like the issue is not that there are too many metroidvanias on Switch, its that there are too many good ones so we feel bad missing some of them. 😝 This game definitely looks promising, so it will at least make my wishlist.
Looks like Ender Lilies. That's a purchase.
Member Bloodstained RotN? No Kickstarter pledge for u
One of the more promising Metroidvania next to Ender Lilies, Souldier, and Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth.
I feel so good when Kickstarters like this do well 😊
It looks great. Definitely interested depending on reviews once it’s done
Looks pretty fantastic. I'm always up for another Metroidvania, regardless of how saturated the market for them is
@BootyMessiah Same here, look really good, but so did Bloodstained, and I'll be honest, they made too much hype to what the game really delivered. I'll wait until a proper preview of the game.
Crap I would've backed this if I remembered.. I swear there's no reliable way to keep an eye on (NEW) Kickstarter releases. NintendoLife does a wonderful job and has definitely turned my eye to quite a few worthy ones but this One I completely missed somehow. I always end up missing something some way or another! That's life I guess...
Anyway, this looks really great and I'm probably going to buy it as soon as I hear how performance is on Switch.
If it's watered down too much, ala Bloodstained when it first released (even though I had zero issues with it whatsoever), then I might spring for a Playstation copy.
The aesthetics of this definitely is interesting. I'll be following this one.
Also, editing opinion - $ and USD/HKD are redundant together. How about just US$800 or HK$800?
Too many games of this genre for me. I'd rather just replay that dreaded Queen again.
Looks great, terrible name. Sounds like a budget post-effects program
Does it explain what they do with the money? Not sure how to make a game out of 90K let alone 14K. Is it an army of one?
Wished they give a Physical option....
I backed it, cause I'm a weirdo who gets off on this sorta thing.
@BeefSanta I’m sorry, but that is one disturbing avatar. Like, I can’t comprehend what’s going on there! No offence intended, I just had to comment.
From the video image: 622% FUNED ON? Looks like they should have spent a few bucks on a spell checker. Game has potential though IMO.
The game looks cool. The person in the video. There shirt looks cool, anyone know where its from?
I backed on KS as well it's scrolling but looks good to play.
PC demo is INCREDIBLE!!! If this runs good on switch when it comes out it's an insta buy for me!!
@Picola-Wicola that's just what Santa looks like existing for millennia. Think of all the surgeries and experiments he must undergo to cling to something resembling life. For the children. You don't get a lot of quality nutrition from just cookies and milk.
I usually don't care for games that start in Kickstarter, but this looks great. I'm definitely interested. I doubt it will come out any time soon, so i hope i remember it when it finally gets a release date.
@NintendoJunkie ...on top of it looks almost finished, & says it will be out at the end of this year. Really strange. Maybe they just ran out of money?
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