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A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
18,558 backers pledged $776,084 to help bring this project to life.

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Ultimate Reward!

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The “Ultimate” Thank You Present!

To say that we appreciate you, our Backers, is an understatement. You funded this project, participated in its design, promoted it, and displayed amazing patience and good will throughout a very long and complex development process during a major console shift. In short, you’ve been awesome fans and partners and we will be forever grateful!

Development on Half-Genie Hero is starting to wind down, and we have our sights set on a new version of the game, called “Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition”. After all the time we’ve put into this together, we’re sure that you’d want to have a copy of your own.

After discussing this with our publishing partners (Xseed/North America, PQube/Europe, and Oizumi Amuzio/Japan), we’ve all decided to give EVERY Backer a free Steam code for “Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition”. We hope this will serve as the perfect time capsule for everything you’ve helped to create. We can only offer Steam codes for this version, and are unable to offer substitutions. But as always you’ll be free to give this premium priced game code to a friend, or barter and trade as you like to get the platform you’re looking for! We’ll distribute these codes to you when the game launches in the Spring.

This is our way of saying thank you for everything!

Ultimate Edition: What’s included?

For those who are hearing about the Ultimate Edition for the first time, let us explain! It is an “all-inclusive” version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. It includes the main game, and every additional mode such as Pirate Queen’s Quest, Friends to the End, Hard Core Mode, and Costume Pack all accessible from a slick new central menu.

But wait... there’s more!

During summer of 2017, we asked Backers to give your thoughts on whether to remove the exclusivity from certain DLC, or to keep it “backer-only”. The majority of Backers who responded via the KS forums and support emails were generally the same, asking us to keep it exclusive for a time, and then release it to the public so that anyone (including Backers who’d shifted consoles) could purchase it again.

In the spirit of that request, we’ve decided to include the “Backer Exclusive” content in Ultimate Edition. By the time Ultimate Edition launches, the Tinkerbat DLC will have been exclusive for nearly a year, and Color Swaps about half of that time. We hope this will make Backers happy, while observing a fair exclusivity period for those who backed at $55 and above. Best of all, now every Backer can enjoy these features!

Costume Pack Status!

We know what you’re thinking… if “Ultimate Edition” contains the Costume Pack DLC, then the costumes must be getting close, right? That’s correct! Development of Costume Pack is nearly complete, and soon you’ll be playing brand new modes as Ninja Shantae, Beach Shantae, and Officer Shantae!

We will be ready to submit this new DLC content to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve next month, which means you’ll be playing these modes sometime late winter/early spring! As always, this content will be free to Backers, and paid DLC for the general public. We’ll be taking a closer look at Costume Pack next update. See you then!

How To Get Ready for Physical Reward Distribution!

We are planning to ship out physical rewards (shirt, poster, coin, CD, and art book) in late winter/early spring. But before we can get started, we need some help from you. Read on…!

Verify your shipping info by Feb 28!

We’ll be taking the month of February to make sure everyone’s shipping information is up to date. Unlike digital codes, a box full of physical goods will not be easy to replace! So please do us a favor by logging into BackerKit and make certain your name and shipping information is correct. We’d hate to send your items to the incorrect address!

To check and/or change your address, log into your BackerKit account and click "Edit Shipping Info" under your address.

Then click "Next" to reach this screen:

Click on "Place My Order" to save your changes. The button in the image above is the confirmation button for changing your address. Don't worry - you're not actually ordering anything!

If you have trouble logging into BackerKit, or if you can not change your shipping info form some reason, please contact support@wayforward.com. Please include the e-mail you have associated with your pledge.

Thank you!

See you next update!

Last Color Swap Codes!

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The final batch of Color Swap + Drifter blade codes have arrived!

The codes are here, and ready to go! This last batch is for: 

  • PS4 North America: Color Swaps + Drifter Blade

These are being distributed to backers as we speak. Again, our most sincere apologies for getting these to you post-launch!

With that, we’re all done distributing codes for “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”. If you have any difficulty claiming your reward, please refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for instructions!

See you next update!

Happy New Year!

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More codes have arrived!

As of today, we have received the following Backer DLC Codes:

  • PS4 North America: Friends to the End!
  • PS Vita North America: Friends to the End!
  • PS Vita North America: Color Swaps + Drifter Blade

These are being distributed to backers as we speak. Again, our most sincere apologies for getting these to you post-launch!

We are still waiting for:

  • PS4 North America: Color Swaps + Drifter Blade

Thank you for your patience as we hunt down this last set of codes! If you have any difficulty claiming your reward, please refer to the Kickstarter Update #94 for instructions!

Thank you, and have a happy 2018!

Happy Holidays + Code Updates!

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Happy Holidays, Backers!

We’d like to extend our fondest holiday greetings to all of our Backers! Thank you for being the world’s greatest fans, and for the kindness and encouragement you’ve brought us all year long!

Before we sign off for the year, we have some last minute business to “wrap up”, so please read on!

Wii U (NA) Backer Codes are here!

Due to some delays, the Wii U version of “Friends to the End” launched a bit later in North America (it released this week). Codes have just arrived, and they've been sent to your inboxes just in time for the holidays! Thank you everyone for your patience as we sorted this out, and our sincere apologies for the delay. We hope you’ll enjoy the game!

Missing PS4 (NA) and PS Vita (NA) Backer Codes

Unfortunately, this section contains bad news for a Sony Backers in North America. Since our last update, we’re no closer to having Backer Codes for “Friends to the End” or “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”. At this moment we have no reliable estimates on when these will arrive, despite our best efforts. Reasons for this are unclear, and we won’t be able to pursue these codes again until after the holidays.

We don’t want Backers to have to wait any longer. Therefore, we have just gifted all PS4 (NA) and PS Vita (NA) Backers a full set of Steam download codes. If you check your inboxes, you’ll have:

  • A code for the full game
  • A code for Pirate Queen’s Quest
  • A code for Color Swaps + Drifter Blade
  • A code for Friends to the End
  • And when it’s available, you’ll receive a code for Costume Pack

We know this won’t solve the problem for everyone. Not everyone has a Steam account and a machine that can run the game optimally. But we hope it will give most of you a way to play while you wait for your PS4 and Vita codes to arrive. Feel free to use these complimentary codes, share them, or gift them to a friend. They are yours to keep.

Reminder about finding your codes!

Watch your inboxes (and spam filters) for your download code! As always, you can refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for a quick reminder on how to claim rewards. Your codes will arrive within the hour if they aren’t there already. Again, thanks for your patience as we serve everyone.

Have a Happy Holiday and wonderful start to the New Year!

Color Swap Codes are Here!

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Code Confusion!

Happy Friday everyone! Code distribution continues today for both “Friends to the End”, but also for “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”!! First, a quick correction, then down to business!

Wii U (EU) Code Correction!

Yesterday we made a mistake with Wii U EU Codes. We sent what we thought were codes for “Friends to the End”. They were actually for “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”. Here’s the status on that:

  • Wii U (AU): If you’re a Backer who requested a Wii U Australia code, you were given the correct “Friends to the End” code, as intended. We are sending out your 2nd code today, which is for “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”.
  • Wii U (EU): If you’re a Backer who requested a Wii U Europe code, the code that each of you were given is mislabeled “Friends to the End”. But when inputted, it will unlock “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”. Your true “Friends to the End” codes are being sent out now! PLEASE NOTE: some of you will see two identical codes listed one right below the other. Don't worry, as this is how it might appear while we make the edits. The correct code is still on the way and should appear today.

Sorry for the confusion, but all Wii U (EU and AU) Backers should now be completely sorted out.

Color Swaps + Drifter Blade!

We’ve received multiple sets of codes in a row, which is great news for most (but not all) Backers. Like last time, we’re going to release all of the Backer Codes that we currently have, and then continue to chase down the remaining ones.

“Color Swaps + Drifter Blade” is a 3-in-1 download that activates the following features:

  • You can now select “Blue Shantae” in any Shantae-specific game modes from the main menu
  • You can now select “Classic Risky Boots” in Pirate Queen’s Quest from the main menu
  • When fully leveled, you will attack using the Drifter Blade in Pirate Queen’s Quest

We hope you enjoy these fun extras! These are the “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade” that we’ve sent out today:

  • Steam
  • Xbox One
  • PS4 (EU)
  • PS Vita (EU)
  • Wii U (AU)

The Bottom Line:

The codes that we are all still waiting for are:

“Friends to the End”

  • PS Vita (NA)
  • PS4 (NA)
  • Wii U (NA)

“Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”

  • PS Vita (NA)
  • PS4 (NA)
  • Wii U (NA)

Reminder about finding your codes!

Watch your inboxes (and spam filters) for your download code! As always, you can refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for a quick reminder on how to claim rewards. Your codes will arrive within the hour. 

We’ll post again when the last batch of codes arrive. We’re down to Wii U (North America) and PS4 (North America).

Again, thanks for your patience as we serve everyone!