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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.

Shantae is Ret-2-Go!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

December 20th is Digital Launch!

This is it - the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The digital version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero now has an official release date of December 20!

This release includes:

  • Steam for Window PC - worldwide
  • Xbox One - worldwide
  • PS4 & Vita - North America & Europe
  • Wii U - North America & Europe (awaiting final confirmation)

If you’re curious about the retail versions, look to Xseed for an announcement shortly! Spread the word! Half-Genie Hero is just a couple of weeks away!

Backer Codes!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! We’ll start distributing Backer Codes next week! Keep an eye on your inbox (and make sure you’re looking at the email address you funded with)!

Please note that for some consoles, the codes are TIME STAMPED to activate on December 12th. So, when you enter the code, it might not activate immediately. This works just a like a timed release for any digital pre-order. If the clock flips to December 13th Pacific Standard Time, and your code still doesn’t work, then it’s time to hit up WayForward support.

On that topic - We expect WayForward Support to be slammed for the first several days, as this is the biggest indie game launch we’ve ever had! So if you’re looking for an immediate answer to your question, we’d suggest checking out our WayForums first to see if other Backers have experienced and/or solved your particular concern. Shantae Backers have been a great help to one another when dealing with up-to-the-minute info. If you go the WayForward support route, please understand that we’re expecting a lot of email traffic, and it will take some time to get to everyone.

If you love the game and just want to send a friendly note, please do so via social media, and help us keep the support lines as clear as possible!

Press Codes!

We will distribute review codes to gaming press once our Backers have been served. We expect those to go out sometime between Dec 14 and Dec 20.

Thank you!

Thanks again to all of our Backers! We can't wait for you all to play the game. And thank you, too, to Early Access Backers who have been streaming the game and helping to promote over the last few days!

December 20th is your day to celebrate the launch of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero!


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    1. Paint'Riot Studio

      ok i just understand why they not work...

    2. Jeremie Lariviere

      thanks for the update!

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      Zaein on

      WayForward only drops platforms, they don't add them.

    4. Zéfling on

      No informations Mac & SteamOS/Linux ?

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      Zaein on

      Don't expect accommodation or quick responses from WayForward. You'll only find disappointment at the end of weeks of waiting.

      And they may well just lie outright to you.

    6. John Marstall on

      So the release date is Dec 20 but backers get their codes by the 13th? Am I reading that right? Pretty cool.

    7. Blackmore on

      Hopefully by the time the game comes out I'll have figured out that one pesky room in Cape Crustacean. If you've played through the early access build, you know what room I speak of but don't wish to spoil for the rest of the backers if they've yet to play.

    8. Mark Daley on

      when should we expect the physical goodies?

    9. Meshal on

      Excited to play the game!

    10. Josef Blom on

      @Tiso Spencer - Once the full game is officially released, the early access version will be deactivated.

    11. TheRealMalek on

      Thank you i'm eager to try it :)

      i think that next week will be a shantae week :)

    12. Thomas (RadioShadow) on

      Can't wait to play! Although you've guys have been quiet on the Wii U Gamepad support. Spill the beans!

      @Jeff Conser & @Weakwall WayForward can correct me on this, but that is the retail release for the Wii U version they don't know a date (most likely it will get released on Thursday 22nd). Backers should be able to download it early on the Wii U, which is great news, unless Nintendo screw us over.

      @Tiso Spencer Everyone's Beta Version got upgraded to a Full Test Version. Everyone should get separate code(s) for the full retail game.

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      Jeff Conser on

      Hopefully the Wii U version won't be delayed, since that's the version I requested.

    14. Weakwall on

      Hurray for the codes coming soon, but how could wii u version be the only one awaiting confirmation? It..sort of stresses me.
      It will release in time for christmas and hope for you guys that this getting many copies sold.

    15. Tiso Spencer

      I still need to have my paid $15 extra code changed to XB1 because of the fact your turned my early access demo into the full game for PC.

    16. david borengasser on

      Just in time for me to finish my last final ever.

    17. Niki Coppola

      At last. Bet those extra months polished the game real good. Hopefully this will go down as a Kickstarter success like Shovel Knight and not a Pseudo success like Mighty No.9 ( still got nothing from that and debating picking up a Wii U copy) Hope the physical rewards will come soon after. Also Hoping for Shantae in the next Smash bros game.

    18. Sin Volvagia on

      Nice to see my favorite pirate lady will wield the power of Grayskull. And in classic colors.

    19. Donnicton on

      Awesome! Any plans for a launch sale on older titles? I'd love to grab Pirate's Curse before I get into this one.

    20. Gary Stewart on

      HARD CORE! It was a fun 3 years and the game is totally worth that wait judging the early access.

      So when will we get a news update on them physical rewards?

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      Michael Levy on

      Looking forward to playing this! Any update on the physical rewards?

    22. DiScan on

      Wow, such amazing news! Thank you so much Wayforward for doing right by your backers and releasing game codes to backers FIRST, especially 2 whole days before the press get their turn. This detail is a sign of respect and gratitude unfortunately not seen or given as frequently as it should. Very excited to see and play the full game!

      Well done to the entire Wayforward team!!! =^)

    23. Josh Rushing on

      Backers before reviewers? First time i've been involved in a game campaign to do that. Anyways, very excited for next week!

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      Zaein on

      "We’ll start distributing Backer Codes next week! Keep an eye on your inbox (and make sure you’re looking at the email address you funded with)!

      "Please note that for some consoles, the codes are TIME STAMPED to activate on December 12th."

      Are you actually trying to imply that you'd get the codes out before then? Because based on my attempts to get you to respond to my pleas for assistance, I wouldn't really expect a code before January, myself.

    25. Big Brother Earl on

      Woo! That's my birthday! Great to hear!

    26. Liam Rooney "BlueAura" on


      It's for the Risky Boots campaign.

    27. Professor Icepick on

      Is the Wii U version awaiting final confirmation in both regions or just Europe?

      Regardless, great news!

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      Luffink on

      Awesome news! I tried the full beta but only completed the first two levels, since I wanted to play it properly in its full version.

      Now that the game itself is settled, when will we know more about the physical rewards?

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      Adam Steen on

      As someone who has nearly completed his early access version with little to no bugs or crashes I gotta say the game is OD! The public has something to really look forward to on December 20th! Great work WAYFORWARD!

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      Jonathan Mihovk on

      Beat the early release on Steam/PC, already. I'm looking forward to having the finished product on my PS Vita!

    31. Paradoxigent on

      Will there be a launch stream celebration? I miss seeing you guys stream!

    32. Sin Volvagia on

      BTW, is the Backer Exclusive weapon for Shantae or Risky Boots?

    33. Luca Rossaro on

      The day has come. WOOOOOOOO ^_^

    34. Sin Volvagia on

      The day has finally arrived. Now I just need a new computer so I can actually play this and the rest of the Shantae games. This outdated laptop can only do so much.

      Also, I really wish I donated more to this project. It really is looking to be worth more than the $15 I threw in.

    35. Signal on

      Awesome! I can't wait to play this! :D

    36. Andrew Gossen on

      That's my Birthday, guys. Good call.

      I requested my code be for the Wii U but I might just buy it for PC as well.