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Friends to the End!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Sky, Bolo, and Rotty to the Rescue!

Howdy Backers! We’ve got some special news for you today – a first look at our next major Half-Genie Hero expansion, “Friends to the End”! Up until now, we’ve referred to this one as simply “friends mode”: the stretch goal that adds Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops as playable heroes. Today we’re ready to pull back the curtain and show off this awesome new addition!

The Missing Piece of the Story!

Friends to the End takes place chronologically in the middle of Shantae’s storyline. Unlike the (possibly embellished) tale of Pirate Queen’s Quest, this new mode would be considered “official cannon”, and fills in a part of the narrative that we, as the audience, were previously not witness to.

Shantae has been turned to evil by the foul Risky Boots by way of a polarity-swapping machine, and is reborn as Nega-Shantae! Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must enter Shantae’s mind in order to rescue her consciousness from the “Nightmare Realm”; a series of twisted memories designed to swallow Shantae whole.

This will not be an easy task for the three adventurers, who lack both genie magic, and the ability to get along.

This translates into a brand new mode with three new heroes, a whole new story, and altered memories (revamped versions of existing levels) to explore and conquer. The icing on the cake is a new final level, and a showdown against Nega-Shantae.

Friends Game Play!

For Friends to the End, you’ll be controlling Sky, Bolo, and Rotty all at the same time, swapping freely between heroes. Each hero has a special ability that is useful for overcoming certain obstacles, but players are given a wide berth as to which character they want to use for the most part. Let’s take a look at each character!

All About Sky:

Sky is quick and agile, and can make long jumps by using her bird Wrench as a glider. Sky attacks by throwing seagulls, which are somewhat weak, but can hit at long range. Her special ability is to toss eggs, which explode into instant platforms! Finally, she can spend Dream Magic to summon an orbiting flock of birds for extra defense! Sky is definitely the best character!




 All About Bolo:

Bolo deals heavy damage with his spiked Bolo Chain, which offers medium range and decent speed. He can also fire a Spring Claw at odd angles to knock away annoying airborne enemies. His special ability is to latch onto certain objects with his Spring Claw, which lets him to swing around freely like some sort of bionic ninja! To hit distant enemies, Bolo spends Dream Magic to toss a pong-style Spike Ball, which bounces diagonally at high speed. Bolo is definitely the best character!




 All About Rottytops:

Rotty attacks by removing her zombie leg and using it as a club, dealing massive damage at short range. Her special move is the Head Toss. Rotty can aim her head freely in any direction, and toss it through certain barriers and over or under obstacles. Anywhere her head safely lands, she can reform. By spending Dream Magic, Rottytops can eat a brain to replenish her Hearts! Rottytops is definitely the best character!



Leveling Up!

From a design perspective, Friends to the End differs from Shantae and Risky’s modes in that the power up system exists “in the field”. There are no menus or inventory to manage. Collecting Gems will cause a hero to LEVEL UP, increasing their attack speed and damage dealt. Getting hit by enemies incurs a penalty, dropping the power level. Enemies and Bosses have been tailored around these new concepts, dropping health and Gems to feed the player’s needs. You could say that "Friends to the End" is part puzzle game, part action game, and part player management.


Meet the Cast!

We’ve saved the best for last! The time has come to reveal the incredible talent who will be voicing Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops!

Karen Strassman as Sky!

Karen is an Actress, VO Artist, VO Director and Dialect Coach. She has created over a thousand voice-over characters of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages, and species, from classic Disney princesses, to iconic villainesses, to talking jellyfish and shy tadpoles.

Karen’s VO credits include: Monster High, DC Super Hero Girls, Sonic (Rouge the Bat), Hellsing Ultimate (Heinkel Wolfe), Ever After High, LEGO Friends, Winx Club, Rugrats All Growed Up, Resident Evil, LEGO Dimensions, World of WarCraft (Vanessa VanCleef, Chromie), League of Legends (Casseopeia, Fiora, Shyvana, Zyra & Elise), Mortal Kombat (Kitana, Mileena), StarCraft 2 (Izsha), Street Fighter X Tekken (Poison), Fallout 4 (Overseer Barstow), Fallout: New Vegas (Beatrix), Heroes of the Storm (Chromie), Persona (Aigis, Nanako), Zero Escape (Phi), Fire Emblem (Anna, Olivia, Hana), Dead or Alive (Helena), Diablo, Final Fantasy, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Silent Hill, Halo Wars 2, Bioshock 2, Bleach (Soi Fon, Momo), Code Geass (Kallen Stadtfeld) and many, many more.


 Nathan Sharp as Bolo!

Nathan Sharp is an Asian-American voice actor, musician and songwriter best known for his music-oriented channel, NateWantsToBattle. Covering a wide array of songs, his music portfolio totals up to over 200 compositions and renditions that range from parodies of popular hits to English renditions of anime openings to music about video games and anime to his original album "Sandcastle Kingdoms" released in March 2017 that charted on iTunes #1 Alternative Albums and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.

Nathan’s voice can be heard in Funimation's dub of Luck & Logic as Yoshichika Tsurugi, Attack on Titan as Marcel, Gapri in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator as Craig Cahn, Midboss's 2064: Read Only Memories as Chad, Magic Pants's Heroes Never Lose as Pronto, Skip Beat! as Imai, Kieran from Indigo Ignited, Pinstripe as George the Dog from Atmos Games, Funimation's dubs of Puzzle and Dragons X, Cheer Boys, Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Handa-kun and Endride.


 Cherami Leigh as Rottytops!

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including "Lucy" in Fairy Tail, "Asuna" in Sword Art Online, "Road" in D. Grayman, "Lizzie" in Black Butler, "Mai" in Ghost Hunt, and "Patty" in Soul Eater and has worked on over 20 video games- including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige.

She voices "Sailor Venus" in Sailor Moon, "Tome" in Mob Psycho 100, "Kudelia" in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, "Claudia Peer" in Gundam: Thunderbolt, "Ilia" in RWBY, "A2" in Nier Automata and "Makoto" in the Persona 5. And was recently announced to be playing "Sarada" in Boruto: Naruto The Movie and multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes. She has a lead role in the animated feature "Ribbit," has guest starred on "Doc McStuffins" and plays "Peanut Big Top" in the La La Loopsy Girls.

We’re thrilled to have these three incredibly talented performers playing alongside Cristina Vee (voice of Shantae and Risky Boots) in Friends to the End. Please hit them up on social media, show your appreciation, and welcome them to the project! As far as when you can hear them in action…

Release Plans!

Ok, one more bit of good news before we sign off...

Development of Friends to the End is FINISHED!

The game is being prepped for submission to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Valve right now! This new DLC will be FREE to Backers, and paid content for the public. As usual, it takes several weeks to pass submissions and get download codes. We expect this content to arrive in time for the holidays, so we hope you’ll finish Mario, and clear your calendars! 


Final Thoughts!

For those curious about the status of our physical rewards - we need to delay just a bit more on the art book and music CD so that we can include the extra artwork and music from "Friends to the End” and “Costume Mode”. We won’t be able to give a solid delivery date until everything is in hand, since it all will ship together. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Thank you, and get excited for Friends to the End!



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    1. Missing avatar

      Miraglyth on

      @WayForward Thanks for the clarification. I'll assume that means the coin too.

      Can't wait for this to be ready, it's been a while since the announcement.

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      Sergio Silva on

      Yeah, that's great and all, looks good, but... what about the deficient translations in other languages? For what I know not only the Spanish traduction is very poor, The French and Italian ones are very poor too, aren't you going to fix that? I think it's a shame, when I backed this game I was expecting quality in every way, and instead of that, I got a very deficient translation. Which is odd, because with Pirate's Curse it was OK, it wasn't excelent, but it was decent. I don't know, it's up to you, guys, but in this particular topic I'm very dissapointed with you.

    3. Mister-Nep on

      Friends to the end just reminds me of Chucky.

    4. Michael St. George Matatics

      Wow, all three of those characters sound… simply the best! But let's not forget Shantae—once she is liberated from the incumbent disorder of being stuck in the abominable state of "Nega-Shantae", she will be good as new (if not better!) Remember, Shantae is definitely the best character!

    5. Francis Tourigny on

      Thanks, keep up the good work!

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      Neo on

      Hi! But can we expect to see this game series on GOG?

    7. WayForward Creator on

      @Francis - All DLC not released yet is currently in production.

      @Miraglyth - We plan on shipping all the physical goods together. We will include the extra artwork and music from "Friends to the End” and “Costume Mode” thus everything is delayed till we can add everything to the Artbook and the CD.

    8. Darmin Hadzic on

      Pretty excited for this! I enjoyed the base game, the hard mode, and Risky, and this looks like it'll be fun to play as well.

    9. Jeremie Lariviere

      very cool update, definitely the best character :-)

    10. Trevor McDoctor - Day 0 Shantae Fan on

      How-how how did you know I was glued to Mario Odyssey?? I-it's not like I like Mario games or anything, b-baka.
      Yeah so this is amazing, the dreams of playing as Bolo and Rottytops are finally coming true! This is an incredible gaming year! Thank you for this awesome update!

    11. Vince Vazquez

      Awesome! Everything here sounds radical and that's a heckuva cast. Can't wait to leap into this... again, but on a different platform :P I haven't played this since I beat it "vanilla style" on Wii U. I really gotta get it again on PS4 or Steam, and dive into the sweet, sweet DLC expansions y'all are cranking out!

    12. Meshal on

      Sounds great!

      This has been the smoothest and most well-organized Kickstarter to date. Congratulations!

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      Miraglyth on

      ...just one mode for all three now? I guess that's not so bad. I'd rather that and some more unique content than three more iterations of the Risky mode reskin, at least.

      I presume the physical rewards are all planned to be shipped out in one wave, including the coin which wasn't mentioned in this update?

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      Howard Hamilton Whittle on

      This looks like it's going to be a great mode! Showdown with Nega-Shantae? YES PLEASE! And Rotty is definitely best character :p

    15. David Weise on

      Thank you for the update on the physical rewards, I'll continue to be patient :)

    16. Francis Tourigny on

      Any news about the color swap and Drifter Blade DLC? You said that it was ready last august. That being said, I'm happy that gameplay related content gets the priority.

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      Hippo on

      more content! you guys are awesome... :D

    18. SIMIFU on

      Darn as Douglas already asked, I was hoping I could get it for the switch version. I already own it on pc and was planning to pick up the physical version for switch cause I want it on the go. No worries though ;)

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      Adam Steen on

      Wow you guy's snagged Cherami Leigh for Rottytops? Definitely looking forward to her performance as best girl!

    20. Cyber Shantak on

      Awesome that we'll be getting this soon! Great picks on the voice talent for these characters.

      Cherami Leigh has definitely played a lot of roles, including Plutia from the Hyperdimension Neptunia series.

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      Ariel Herrera Morera on

      Just one thing, you're the best of best, thanks for everything, I'm very proud to be a backer for this game and count with in future projects.

    22. Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar

      Awwwwww, yissss! I welcome new content especially if it's free for backers (though if it wasn't, I'd have bought it anyway) also, SKYYY!!! Awesoooommmeee!!

    23. Brian Gillespie on

      Finish Mario? What if we already did that..... I had a lot of time, and it was a really gooooood game....

    24. felipus on

      Please fix the horrendous spanish translation!!

    25. Niki Coppola

      Awesome! Can't wait to play this new mode. Wii U still lives!!

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      Michael Reusser on

      See, this is what all kickstarters need: CONSISTENT UPDATES AND CREATOR INVOLVEMENT. Seriously though, looking forward to all of this and I am glad you’ve stuck with us for so long.

    27. Tom Legg on

      This DLC sounds fantastic. Just curious if there's anything (like a 4k resolution bump) planned for the Xbox One X that comes out on Tuesday.

    28. WayForward Creator on

      @Douglas - No. The switch version is not included in the Kickstarter campaign therefore is not a available through Kickstarter or to backers. This version is not include or associated to this campaign.

    29. Douglas Truong on

      If we backed the Wii U version but bought it on Switch after the fact, can we select the expansion for Switch?

    30. Xi The 11th Weapon

      Sigma Star Saga sequel when?