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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.

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Wii U codes (EU and AU) are here!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Good news for Backers in Europe and Australia: Our Wii U Backer Codes for “Friends to the End” have arrived, and we’re distributing them right now!

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 Nintendo (North America) and/or Sony (North America) codes arrive!

Again, thanks for your patience as we serve everyone!

Xbox One Codes are Here!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Happy Friday, Backers! Our Xbox One Backer Codes for “Friends to the End” have just arrived for all regions, so we’re sending those out… RIGHT NOW!!

Watch your inboxes, or refer to Kickstarter Update #94 for a quick reminder on how to claim rewards. You should see those within the hour. 

We’ll post again when Nintendo (all regions) or Sony (North America) codes arrive!

Again, thanks for your patience as we serve everyone!

Friends to the End Launch!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Friends to the End Code Distribution!

Hello Backers! We’ve got some wonderful news, along with some MESSY CONFUSION so please read carefully! You will either be A) happy now, or B) happy later!

Our second DLC Pack “Friends to the End” is ready to launch to the public on December 12th – that’s next week! That means it’s time to get all of you Backers your download codes first, so you can enjoy the game early! Serving Backers first is always our goal!

Now the snag: Although we started the code purchase requests for “Friends to the End” back in September (right after completing the “Pirate Queen’s Quest” distribution), we still do not have all of them. We’re working with our partners to sort this out quickly, and they’re doing their best during this busy season. Purchasing codes from all over the world can be tricky!

This time around, we’re going to send out codes the moment they show up. This approach will allow roughly 75% of Backers to get codes before the public launch. For everyone else, we hope you understand this decision, and will be patient while we chase those remaining codes down. Here’s what we are sending out TODAY, so please check your email!

  • STEAM, all regions
  • PS4, Europe
  • Vita, Europe

If you’re confused about how to claim your code, please refer to Kickstarter Update #94, which contains step-by-step instructions.

Shantae Development Status!

2017 was all about making DLC modes and lining up our physical rewards. We’re coming in for a landing, so here’s a summary of everything that’s left:

Friends to the End DLC: Like it says above, this is done and on the way! You’ll be playing as Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops in no time, and we really hope you love it! We’ll be watching your Let’s Plays and Twitch streams, and we’ll be all over social media as usual. This is your game, so please help promote it whenever you can! Thank you!

Color Swaps + Drifter Blade DLC: For those of you who pay attention to game patches (aka, the silent updates that download behind the scenes), we’re up to Patch 3.0 right now. Patch 2.0 added support for the Color Swaps and Drifter Blade content. Now we’re just waiting for Backer Codes to arrive!

Costume Pack DLC: This refers to the final stretch goal, which is the alternate Shantae costumes Ninja, Beach, and Officer. We’ll talk more about this in our next big Kickstarter update, but we’re nearly done with these as well! Each costume is a full arcade-style mode, not a mere “player skin”! We’ll start work on submission and code distribution as soon as we’re back in 2018, and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Physical Rewards: We’re in full production on these, and are moving on to the Art Book! We’ve been collecting all of the concepts, key poses, sketches, character designs, background paintings, visual effects, and promotional images possible. This is going to be an incredible book! Remember that the Backer Art Book is exclusive to backers, and will feature content not seen anywhere else (even when other art books become available to the public)!

That’s all for now!

Please keep an eye out for more updates over the next few days, as new Backer Code deliveries come in. We’ll be serving everyone right up until our doors close for the year towards the end of the month!

We hope you enjoy Friends to the End!

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!


Pirate Queen’s Quest PS4 Codes in Hand!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Hi Backers!

Thanks for your patience while we distributed reward codes for Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest.

Final status report:

  • PlayStation 4 (North America): Delivered - (codes will activate Sept 1, at 10am PST)

Sorry that these codes went out with a time stamp. That was unintended! Right now, you'll just see an error if you type it in. Just hang onto it, and re-enter it in the morning and you'll be good to go. Even if you've tried to use it, your code will still be good.

And with that, all codes have been delivered! As a reminder, we do everything in our power to serve backers first. But it’s an unpredictable business and sometimes things take longer than expected, so we appreciated your understanding.

See ya next update!