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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.


Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Hellooooo Backers!

We hope you all had a relaxing summer and are ready to get down to business -- we’ve got a game to launch! There’s a TON of detail in today’s update – don’t blink or you’ll miss it!

Update on Release Date

First things first – we are going to have to adjust our Target Release Date, moving it back from our 9/27 Target Release date by about 6 weeks, give or take. We know this will disappoint some of you, but we feel that it’s necessary to take that extra time for bug fixing and adding additional polish. We know you want the final product to be excellent and so do we! Thanks for your patience and support as we approach the finish line!

The Game is Content Complete!

And here’s the GOOD NEWS! We’re VERY pleased to announce that Half-Genie Hero is now CONTENT COMPLETE!! In other words, the game’s development phase is over. From now through the end, our focus is entirely on fixing BUGS. The steps from this point are all by-the-book:

  • We continue for several weeks of intense testing on all platforms
  • Once verified by our internal Quality Assurance team, it’s off to Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft (the 1st Party Publishers).
  • The 1st Party Publishers will test the game for compliance. In most cases, this is done for each territory.
  • When we get a green light from all 1st Party Publishers, we can build the digital storefronts and, in the case of retail versions, send the game to manufacturing.
  • Finally, we can select a Release Date that works for all groups involved. At that time our “Target Release Date” will be updated again, and will become the actual Release Date.

Thankfully WayForward has shipped well over 200 games. We’ve been through this process a ton of times, and are intimately familiar with the pitfalls. But pitfalls do exist. A persistent crash bug, an unexpected firmware update, rejection at any level from 1st Parties, or long waits due to the pre-holiday season... ANY combination of these things would be enough to cause a delay. If that happens, we’ll turn around a quick fix, test, resubmit, and will update Backers immediately so you know exactly where things stand. Remember that any release date you see or hear is still just a “target date”, or estimated release date, until we clear 1st Party Submissions, and lock down our launch day. It’s going to be a busy month!


You didn’t forget that this is a world-wide launch, right? So, we need a bunch of languages! The game’s script has now been translated from English into French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese! As you can probably imagine, not every joke and reference benefits from a direct translation, so we’ve been working with our Localization partners to keep the storyline and offbeat humor intact. We’ll do one more pass at languages as we sort out any text-related bugs, and discover any need to add extra hints or punch up a line of dialogue here or there.

Ratings Boards!

Yup, this update just keeps on coming. This week Half Genie Hero is packing its bags for a trip to the RATINGS BOARDS. And not just ESRB here in North America -- but every ratings board IN THE WORLD!! Well, or at least to the territories we’re shipping to. This is no small task. Every costume and pose, any implied danger, tongue-in-cheek jokes, explosions, monster-bashing, scary imagery, oofs, grunts, screams, hair whipping, belly dancing... ANYTHING that could affect the game’s final rating needs to be called out, documented, and captured in video. Ratings vary significantly from one territory to the next, so a Teen rating in one place might be a Cartoon Mischief rating in another. So don’t be too surprised if the final ratings don’t match exactly. The actual content is all the same! 

Farewell to Xbox 360 and PS3

Some months back we asked you to please confirm your platform of choice, and there was a mass migration from the previous generation of consoles to Xbox One and PS4. Because we’re down to 1% of backers who still prefer Xbox 360 or PS3, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel these versions of the game. We feel that the months it would take for the team to release these versions would be better spent on the game’s DLC, which serves the majority of Backers in the best possible way. We’ve been working through the remaining list of Backers who have no other means of enjoying the game, and are working with them one-on-one to make sure they’re taken care of in light of their very long wait for this product. If you fall into that category and have not heard from us yet, please contact us. Our goal is to make sure you can play the game, and that you are completely satisfied.

DLC Plan!

On the subject of Downloadable Content, what’s included in the “Launch Game” anyway? Answers for you! The first release of the game is what we call “Shantae Mode”. You’ll be able to play the full game, beginning to end as you would with any previous Shantae release. The base game includes all of the Bonus Chapters which were funded as Stretch Goals, nestled right into the main storyline.



After that we’ll have DLC a-plenty, arriving as quickly as we can finish it. Every DLC character has been in development for several months, and all of them are currently playable in varying stages of completion. This includes Risky Boots, Sky, Bolo, Rottytops, and also Ninja Shantae, Officer Shantae, and Beach Shantae. All “Paid DLC” will be free to Backers, naturally.




Backer Exclusive DLC like Blue Shantae, Classic Risky colors, Drifter Sword, and the Tier-Specific Tinkerbat Transformation are all currently being worked on as well. Once the game has launched, we’ll start having regular updates to detail these game-changing new characters and play styles! 


We’re gearing up for Shantae’s first world-wide multi-console launch, and we couldn’t be more excited! Please bear with us as we wrestle this beast to the ground and try to get all of these dates and platforms to line up! It’s going to be crazy, but we’re glad to have Backers like you cheering us on! See you next update!!


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    1. Mark Daley on

      Has there been any progress on the physical rewards?

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      Neo on

      No GOG? No Linux? No Russian? And ALREADY talk about DLC! Fine.

    3. Bradley Davey on

      I think I asked for a WiiU code, can I change that for a PS4 one?

    4. Nosgoroth on

      I'm not affected by the removal of PS3/360, but I still think it's a pretty bad move. The only satisfactory way I see to resolve this is to offer anyone affected a device to play the game on. I will definitely be weighing this against any future kickstarters you make.

    5. Xi The 11th Weapon

      Uhhh da hell guys that's still 180+ people who gave you money for a game (some of which probably put in more than 1%) as others have expressed here they backed at a certain level and have access to only those systems. As someone who literally went thorough this with another game last week, this isnt cool at all and hurts my desire to back you guys again and tell other people it's a good investment. I'd rather you get people the game they wanted for the system you said you'd get it to them then to have them stepped over for dlc

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      James Wright on

      And this is why I don't back anything in Kickstarter anymore.

    7. Chris J Capel on

      Can't say I'm not disappointed that it's not coming out this month as it was the only game I was looking forward to in September, now it's due out in the peak holiday rush and might be either overlooked or I might have other games I need to play. Nevertheless take your times guys, you know what you're doing.

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      Benjamin Vandergrift on

      Yay, polish! :D :D :D
      Good luck with chasing down any particularly nasty bugs!

    9. Nakano

      I'm also disappointed by the removal of PS3 version. A deciding factor why originally support the campaign. My PC can handle the game, but not a preferred option. I haven't been contacted yet whether there are any "bonuses" (like one selected of your previous game; that would be satisfactory) when forced to change platform from a promised one.

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      Luffink on

      Well, there go my gaming plans for october XD.
      Can we expect some DLC to be completed by the time the game launches? Is there any update on the physical rewards?

    11. Mike Landers on

      Still no info on physical rewards like shirts/coins

    12. Weakwall on

      Aw, wont be released on my birthday month,huh. Well you did mention that there was no guarantee for that release because of game check so im fine.
      But fair words, don't go delaying more times than necessary. At least not so the game comes out next year. (And there's a certain update i wonder you are going to do not not)

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      Charlene Pyper on

      I missed the e-mail to confirm my platform of choice. What should I do, can someone re-send me the survey? I want to get it on Wii U.

    14. Sin Volvagia on

      I can't wait to play as Risky. I also regret not paying more for this Kickstarter. Oh well, I hope the game gets all the praise it deserves.

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      Kyle on

      DLC/Backer Bonus Question: I currently am backed for the Steam version of the game, but my friends recently bought me a Vita. I might want to play it on both systems, so I was considering buying a Vita copy after it comes out. Is it possible to have the DLC/Backer codes work for all versions of the game? Or will it be locked to one version?

    16. Cyber Shantak on

      While the delay is a bit disappointing, it is quite understandable. Things happen. I am still looking forward to this game. Good luck, WayForward.

    17. T.J. Fuller, Jr.

      Thinking on the PlayStation versions, will the DLC be Cross-Goods between Vita and PS4?

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      Tim Jared Getty on

      Am one of the people who has a ps3 product key in the list. What should I do to fix this?

    19. Keichi Morisato on

      good thing that i own a Wii U and recently purchased a PS4. i am really looking forward to this game. i recently beat Pirate's Curse 3DS, and i have beaten the game on the Wii U as well.

    20. David on

      Sounds good! Take whatever time you need to make this game awesome, I don't mind.

    21. Jonathan Robertson

      Thanks for the very informative update and especially for being so clear in your explanation about how we're still just looking at target release dates. I've backed a lot of game-based Kickstarter projects and this part of the process often seems to me as one of the more stressful phases for Backers. By setting reasonable expectations and explaining the "why" behind those expectations, I think you've saved your fans a lot of heartache and I wanted to take the time to say how much I appreciate it :)

    22. Daniel Schibuk on

      @Chris: I am in the same boat with the 360 version.

    23. Maximiliano on

      I'm a bit sad that the game won't be released on the 27th, because my birthday was on the 26th; but I understand that you want to give us the best experience possible, so I'll wait eagerly. Good luck, guys! :D

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      Saija Rantala on

      Very glad for that impulse purchase of PS4 I made back in spring, otherwise I'd be up shit creek without a paddle.

    25. Adam Aeyne on

      I'm okay with a delay for polish. Things looking good.

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      ukshadow on

      All good to me. Glad to see that the game is coming to a successful conclusion.

    27. AlexFlame116 on

      This all sounds super awesome and I'm okay with waiting! I have two questions though, will the backer exclusive content DLC as well as the free DLC be compatible with the physical copies? I'm also buying a physical copy to support the game further but I'm really hoping that's the case. The second question is when will we hear about the pledge rewards??? I'm dying for that art book!

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      John Johnson on

      Some might be disappointed it won't have everything at launch, but that just means I'll be able to go back and replay it as the DLC comes out. :) Are the characters going to be released one at a time, or all at once? One at a time would probably be better. Get them out sooner, get to focus more on polishing one playstyle, and it'll keep buzz about the game going longer.

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      Kyle Pacai on

      Awesome! Can't wait to play this game again after the amazing demo you guys made! Just one question. Will the backers get the game early? If so, when? I marked mine as PC/Steam.

    30. WayForward Creator on

      @Lucas, E-mail support and let them know the e-mail address you used to pledge. They can access your profile in our database and change it manually.

    31. Chris Denney on

      What the crap! I wanted the PS3 version! I only have a PS3, a 360, and my laptop is most likely not able to run this game!

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      Lucas Wilkins on

      Is there any way to change my system of choice for a download code?