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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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Backer Code Status!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Howdy Backers!

Another update already? Yes there is! We've been getting new info every few hours, so we felt that it was time to reach out and get everyone caught up!

Codes, Codes, and More Codes!

Codes are coming in, and we've been sending them out to you as quickly as possible!  Here is the status of all Backer Codes:

  • Xbox One (Global) have been sent to Backers!
  • Steam for Windows PC (Global) have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PS4 North America have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PsVita North America have been sent to Backers!
  • Sony PS4 and PsVita EU have been sent, and will activate on Dec 12!
  • Wii U codes (North America and EU) aren’t ready yet, but they’re coming! Stay tuned! 

Digital Price!

The digital version of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will sell for $19.99 USD (prices in other territories vary slightly due to exchange rates). All digital versions will release on December 20th!

Retail Update:

The PS4 and PsVita retail versions, published by Xseed, will also release on December 20th. The retail Wii U version will arrive a week later on December 27th. Check out the Xseed website for more details!

That's all for today! See you next update!


Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Dear Shantae Backer,

We have started to receive download codes for the game! We’ll start sending them out to you in the order we get them! Our goal is to serve all of you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Soon you will receive an email from Backerkit with a link to your Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Backer code!


  • Emails will be sent to whatever address you used to fund the game. Make sure you’re using the correct email address, and check your spam folder.
  • If you need to refer back to your code in the future, you can review your rewards via Backerkit. You can create a Backerkit account by following this link (
  • PS4 and Vita codes are time stamped. If you try to enter your code on a Vita or PS4 before Dec 12th (10:00 AM PST) the code will be invalid, but don’t worry! Hang onto the code and try again on Dec 12th.
  • Xbox One and Steam Codes are already active when they arrive.

This is our biggest launch ever, and we’ve got our hands full! Our support lines will be very busy over the next few weeks, so when possible please make use of the WayForums, as your answer may already be there! Thanks for your patience, and for making this dream game a reality!!



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!


Posted by WayForward (Creator)

Happy December, Backers! Here’s some holly jolly news that’s sure to bring joy to your day!


Thanks for your help last week! Everyone’s platform selections are in! We’re now in the process of updating Backer Kit to reflect any changes that we received via support email, which will take several days. Remember, if you never made a selection, we’ve selected Steam for Win PC for you.

And with that, the platform selection period is now closed!

With the final tallies in hand, we’re working with Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Valve to get codes for each platform and territory. We’ll do our best to get them into your hands at the same time, but since there is a lot of coordination needed we ask for your understanding if some people get codes slightly ahead of others.

Your download codes are expected to arrive sometime in the next few weeks! We’ll update you the moment they arrive. We can’t wait for you to play the game!!


Early Access Backers, guess what?! You can go and play Shantae: Half-Genie Hero RIGHT NOW!!

Long ago, each of you received a STEAM PRODUCT KEY which granted you early access to our Beta levels. Today we replaced it our beta levels with an Early Access version of the full product! If your Steam Account is set up to auto-update, that’s it! You have it!

But hold on... there are some things you need to know before you play:

  • The PC version of the game is still in test. You might experience bugs or crashes, and the content you see may differ from the final version. You aren’t playing the official release. 
  • Steam Achievements and Trading Cards have are not active in the Early Access version of the game, and your save files may not be transferable to the official release. In other words, enjoy Early Access, but be prepared to play the game again when the official version launches.
  • You don’t need a special code to download this game. The Early Access code you received previously is the only code you need. Log into Steam, and you’ll find the game already in your Game Library. 
  • The Early Access version of the game is English only, but the final version of the PC game will include multiple languages.
  • Finally, the Early Access version of the game will be deactivated when the official game is released, because it’s technically a demo. Until then, please enjoy this early version of the game!

Please note: if you never redeemed your Early Access code at all, there are three steps you need to take:

  • Step One: Create a Profile (Instructions here:
  • Step Two: Claim your code (Instructions here:
  • Step Three: Launch Steam for Win PC, and navigate to the dropdown “Games/Activate a Product on Steam” located on Steam’s main menu. There! You're done!


When the game launches, some Backer credits will be missing. When parsing through the data, we had to omit names like:

  • Pikachu (trademark)
  • Matt “slightly receding hairline, friend of Frodo Baggins” Bozon (short phrases or extra names between quotes)
  • 0010111000111 (looked like code)
  • Name that was all emojis or wingdings (our fonts can't handle it)
  • Voldi “games for sale at” Way (can’t have an ad, or a URL in your name)

You get the idea. Basically, if your name was withheld for any reason, we’ll be reaching out after launch to get it sorted out. Your credit will be included in a future update!


Similar to the above! If you contributed to the “Your-Art-in-Game” feature, that means you are about to see your artwork in Scuttle Town’s Art Gallery! If for some reason you don’t like what you see, we can work with you to adjust the image for inclusion in a future update.

That’s all for now!

Have a great day and see you next update!

Hello Early Access Backers!

Posted by WayForward (Creator)

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