Greetings and Salutations, Backers!
We're back! The weeks leading up to E3 were incredibly busy, and it’s been a maelstrom of activity over here ever since. Let’s dive into this update and fill you in on the many details surrounding the project!
Temmie from Undertale!
Please welcome to the Shanate dev team, Temmie! You probably already know Temmie from her indie smash hit UNDERTALE. Now she’s lending Shantae her expertise to help bring our massive animation load to a speedy conclusion. Look at the rad animations she's created for our Backer Enemy Slimegal! Thanks for the helping hand, Temmie!
Target Release Date!
The end is nigh! We’ve set a target release date of 9/27/2016. That includes PC, Wii U, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One. Our goal is to launch in all territories and on all platforms at the same time, which we really hope can line up just right in order to get the game in the hands of all backers at the same time, with the full release right afterwards.
As for the term “target date” – yes, that can shift and is not guaranteed to be the street date. Once we submit the game, we might have to make corrections and resubmit. It could (hypothetically), pass Nintendo of America but have a translation error with Nintendo of Europe. So the date might shift around as we come closer to launch, but that would be purely out of necessity. So mark your calendars, but use a pencil until the date is finalized and locked in.
Xseed brings Physical Copies to the US!
Our friends at Xseed will be publishing Half-Genie Hero at US retail stores! Dubbed the “Risky Beats” edition, this version will come packaged with music from the game. It’s coming to Wii U, PS4, and Vita (pre-orders are live now, so tell your friends!). WayForward is still the primary publisher, so you’ll get Backer Rewards from us as previously planned, and Backer Exclusives are still just as exclusive as ever. In case you have questions, we’ve assembled the following FAQ for you. With this physical release now, Half-Genie Hero can reach even more players than before!
Boxed Copies - Questions and Answers:
Since E3, we’ve received a barrage of letters from folks interested in Xseed’s physical versions. We’ve replied one-one-one via social media and support, but here are answers to the most popular questions as a quick reference:
Q: Can I change my platform preference to a physical copy?
A: We can’t offer that option, because WayForward will not have the ability to distribute physical copies. However, we expect that Backer DLC will be compatible regardless of whether you bought a physical copy or downloaded the game (Example: If you have PS4 digital with Backer DLC, the PS4 disc version would have the same features unlocked). We don’t want Backers locked away from the content they’ve backed.
Q: Will the Physical Game's Soundtrack be the same as the soundtrack backers will be receiving?
A: No. Although many of the songs will be the same, the Backer CD includes backer-exclusive bonus music. Both discs are expected to look somewhat different as well.
Q: Will there be a separate music CD you can purchase for SHGH?
A: Presently there are no plans for a separate music CD.
Q: Will there be physical EU copies? Is it only in the US? Does this effect the EU release date for digital copies?
A: We have not announced a publisher for EU yet! This does not affect the target release date for EU digital. We hope to release all versions at the same time if at all possible.
Q: Is Game Stop the only place you will be able to pre-order the game? Can they be pre-ordered at EB Games in Canada? Can they be pre-ordered on Amazon?
A: No, this is not exclusive to GameStop, and you can find the pre-order on Amazon. More pre-orders should appear at various retailers during the following months.
Q:Will there be an Xbox One physical release?
A: Currently we do not have any announcements regarding Xbox One retail.
Q: Will there be another Early Access Build for backers before the game is released in September?
A: We aren't planning another update for Early Access, as we're busy preparing the final version.
Q: Will there be a Steam pre-order option?
A: Possibly. We are looking into this.
If you have a question that’s not answered here, please check out our Shantae Half Genie Hero FAQ and Support page.
Until Next Time...
We’re working our brains out as we push to the end -- Wish us luck!