Digital Art Book is Ret-2-Go!
Hear ye, hear ye, all Backers at Tier $35 and above! Your Digital Art Book Reward is ready for download!
To claim it, log into your Backerkit account and click... Read more
Backer Rewards Extravaganza
Ultimate Edition PC codes for all!
Good day, Backers! Today we’re sending every Backer free Steam code for “Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - Ultimate Edition” for use on Windows PC. This... Read more
Costume Pack Launch!
Costume Pack Code Distribution!
Hello Backers! Awesome news today - Our final (yes you heard that right!) DLC content “Costume Pack” will launch to the public on April 10th! That... Read more
Shantae Costume Pack DLC draws near!
A Stylish Game-Changer!
Welcome friends! Today we’re diving into the Costume Pack DLC! This is the FINAL Stretch Goal for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and it will be Ret-2-Go in just... Read more
First look at the Backer Shirt!
Happy day to you, Backers! It’s time to unveil the Shantae Backer T-shirt!
For this reward, we reached out to popular Japanese graphic designer... Read more
Tomorrow (Feb. 28th) is the Last Day to change your Shipping!
Please take a moment to log into BackerKit, and make certain that your shipping information is correct. The LAST DAY to change your shipping address is TOMORROW (February... Read more
FEB. 28th is the Last Day to Update your Shipping Address!
Please take a moment to log into BackerKit, and make certain that your shipping information is correct. The LAST DAY to change your shipping address is February 28th... Read more
The “Ultimate” Thank You Present!
To say that we appreciate you, our Backers, is an understatement. You funded this project, participated in its design, promoted it, and displayed amazing patience... Read more
Last Color Swap Codes!
The final batch of Color Swap + Drifter blade codes have arrived!
The codes are here, and ready to go! This last batch is for:
- PS4 North America: Color Swaps... Read more
Happy New Year!
More codes have arrived!
As of today, we have received the following Backer DLC Codes:
- PS4 North America: Friends to the End!
- PS Vita North America: Friends to the End! ... Read more
Happy Holidays + Code Updates!
Happy Holidays, Backers!
We’d like to extend our fondest holiday greetings to all of our Backers! Thank you for being the world’s greatest fans, and for the kindness and encouragement... Read more
Color Swap Codes are Here!
Happy Friday everyone! Code distribution continues today for both “Friends to the End”, but also for “Color Swaps + Drifter Blade”!! First, a quick correction, then down to... Read more
Wii U codes (EU and AU) are here!
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... Read more
Xbox One Codes are Here!
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... Read more
Friends to the End Launch!
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... Read more
Friends to the End!
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... Read more
Pirate Queen’s Quest PS4 Codes in Hand!
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,... Read more
Pirate Queen’s Quest Code Status: Update #2
Hi Backers! Good news!
After some unforeseen delays, we’ve now been able to distribute even more of the “Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest” reward codes to Backers!
Shantae:... Read more
Pirate Queen’s Quest Code Status
Hi Backers! We’re back after a busy week of Backer Code distribution for Shantae: Pirate Queen’s Quest. If you’ve received your code, we hope you’re having a great time playing... Read more
Risky Boots DLC is Here!
Pirate Queen’s Quest On Deck!
Today marks the biggest day for our Kickstarter campaign since the game’s initial launch! THIS IS THE BIG ONE! Risky Boots DLC is ready to... Read more
Tinkerbat Dance How-To Guide:
At this time, the “Tinkerbat Dance” Reward has been sent out to everyone at the “$55 and above” Tier! We hope you’ll have a blast transforming into the... Read more
Set Sail for Pirate Queen’s Quest!
This update delivers some BIG NEWS! Hold onto you hats, we’re diving straight in!
Pirate Queen’s Quest!
The Risky Boots DLC, “Pirate Queen’s Quest” is now complete, and... Read more
Happy E3 2017 Week!
As you know, E3 week is the busiest week of the year for the game industry, with folks flying in from all over the globe to meet, play... Read more
Update of EVIL!
Greetings and smellutations, Backers!
You asked for it, and oh yeah, you’re going to GET it. Nasty villainous DLC, that is! We’ve got some updates for you, so pardon our... Read more
Update 1.01 is Ready! Hard Core Mode and More!
Hi Backers! In our last update we mentioned that a fun surprise was on the way. We know it’s difficult to wait for Risky Boots and other DLC characters to... Read more
Happy 2017, Backers!
We’re already a month into 2017, and what an exciting new year Shantae is having already! First, a huge thanks to everyone who helped make the launch of... Read more
Just when you thought we were done with 2016, we’ve got ONE MORE SURPRISE in store! Ahem!
Digital Soundtrack Cometh!
Hear ye, hear ye, all Backers at Tier... Read more
Backer Codes for Wii U (EU) Are Here!
Jolly Old St. Nick swung by earlier today to deliver our missing Wii U (EU) Backer Codes! Apparently they were lost on... Read more
Shantae’s First HD Adventure!
Today is the day! Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, the game to which you have GRANTED LIFE ITSELF is now LIVE all over the world!! It’s SO AWESOME... Read more
Tomorrow is Shantae Day!
December 20th 2016 is Shantae: Half-Genie Hero’s launch day! It’s hard to believe that we’re finally there! Yes!! This is really happening!!! So... we’re just going to keep... Read more
Wii U Codes, Press Codes!
We have another update for you regarding Wii U Backer Codes. We've been sending a lot of Updates lately, so we'll keep this short and to the point!... Read more
It’s Backer Code Week!
Howdy Backers! This week is all about getting your Backer Codes to you! We already sent the bulk of them out on Friday to get the ball rolling... Read more
Backer Code Status!
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... Read more
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... Read more
Shantae is Ret-2-Go!
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... Read more
TIME TO CELEBRATE!
Happy December, Backers! Here’s some holly jolly news that’s sure to bring joy to your day!
DOWNLOAD CODES COMING THIS MONTH!
Thanks for your help last week! Everyone’s platform selections... Read more
Tinkerbackers and Shantaerians, we did it!
We’re excited beyond human comprehension to tell you the news... Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is done! Did you hear that correctly?! We know, right? It’s crazy! Wow!!!
What an incredible... Read more
Happy Anniversary, Backers!
This month marks the 3rd year since we embarked on this epic adventure together! The game is almost done, but the fun doesn't end there! We still have plenty of post-launch... Read more
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... Read more
Greetings and Salutations, Backers!
We're back! The weeks leading up to E3 were incredibly busy, and it’s been a maelstrom of activity over here ever since. Let’s dive into this... Read more
Rival Genie Vote is In!
After a week long debate the ballots have been tabulated and the results are in! Our winner is here in all her snotty glory! Next she's off to the animators... Read more
Promo Art, Voting, & Retail Partners!!
An Update of Major Proportions!
Hey Backers – We’ve got big, big, BIG surprises for you today! Let’s kick things off with a bang!
Check out our new cool promo... Read more
Good day loyal backers! It’s been a while since our last update. The reason is WORK! It’s been a madhouse over here as we move ahead at a... Read more
Happy 2016, Backers!
The Last Backer Enemy is in Captivity… the Galaxy is at Peace.
This is it! The final Backer Enemy to appear in Half-Genie Hero! Say hello to Tuki, the sneaky,... Read more
Shantae Cameo & Hypno Baron!
Shantae Joins the Cast of Indivisible!
Last week, Skullgirls developer Lab Zero announced the inclusion of Shantae in their newest game, Indivisible! The game looks amazing, and we’re pleased... Read more
Ding Dong! Trick or Treat!
Oh look, you’re all dressed up like Shantae Backers! Isn’t that adorable! Wait here on the porch while we go and get some treats! Don’t... Read more
Early Access Time -Round 2!
It's that time again! If you backed the game at the EARLY ACCESS Reward Tier, your Backer Demo is ready!
It's playable through Steam, just like last time. If... Read more
Backer Enemy #3 Revealed!
Happy Monday, Backers!
We’ve got an exciting update for you today, which includes our vote results, and backer build info! But before we go there, let’s take a look at... Read more
Rottytops Costume Vote!
Hi Backers! We’re back with another rip-roarin’ update for you!
Let’s kick things off with another vote. And to vote properly, you’re going to need a little context. Remember that... Read more
We'll have a full Shantae: Half-Genie Hero update for you VERY soon! But in the meantime we’ve got a special message from Half-Genie Hero Director Matt Bozon:
Hey... Read more
Mini Update #74
Happy Friday Tinkerbackers!!!
We’re seeing this question a lot and wanted to provide some clarification!
Due to all of our wonderful backers being spread out amongst Kickstarter, PayPal, and BackerKit,... Read more
Mini Update #73
REMINDER! PLEDGE FUNDS and REWARD LOCKDOWN will occur AUGUST 17th!
Thank you for the big push! We’re getting close, but we still have 2,600 backers who need to complete their... Read more
Time For Some Leg Work!
ATTENTION! This update contains important info regarding PLEDGE PAYMENTS and REWARD LOCK DOWN ON AUG 17th
First, say hello to a new foe!
We’ve got a brand new enemy to... Read more
Early Access Time!
For those who backed the game at the EARLY ACCESS Reward Tier, it's time to get your Shantae: Half-Genie Hero E3 Demo Backer Build! You'll get 3 levels at Beta... Read more
Sand Worm, Backer Builds, & More!
Greetings and salutations to all of our backers! We’re here with another update after several weeks of heads-down time as we prepare for E3 and beyond. We’ve got some big... Read more
A Smashing Good Time in Scuttle Town
Things are moving at breakneck-speed over here, and Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is looking more and more amazing with each passing day! Don't believe us? Check it out for... Read more
Slime, Sand, and Silver (Anniversaries)!
Greetings and salutations Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
Say Hello to SlimeGal!
While for most of you it’s been a while since our last update (sorry about that), a smaller group of... Read more
Crab Form Voting Results, Concept Art, and More!
Hey there Tinkerbackers!
We promised more regular updates, so here's latest scoop on Shantae:
Crab Transformation Voting Results!
The votes have been tallied and we have a winner! It was... Read more
Shantae sure seems crabby...Transformation Vote!!
We thought we'd kick off a new year with a lot of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero info, so let’s jump right in with some sweet new game content!
Gameplay... Read more
'Tis the Season for Backers and Bad Guys!
Ho ho ho Tinkerbackers!!
We have a lot to share, but at this time of year we just have to say:
Everyone here at WayForward wishes you the... Read more
Let's fill up that Art Museum!
Hope everyone is having a genie-tastic Friday! Just a little business up front and then on to the fun!
Final Days of PayPal
We're getting down to the... Read more
Closing the Store and Locking the Scope!
Hey there Tinkerbackers!
The holidays are upon us, and we’re all looking forward to spending quality time relaxing with friends and family. BUT NOT TODAY!! We’ve still got... Read more
Friends and foes, draw your bows, thar Curse goes!
Hellooooooooo Tinkerbackers and Shantaerians!
It’s a landmark day for ShantaeFans! We've got so much stuff to share we're fit to burst! First off, let's look at a few more... Read more
You guys and gals are our HEROES!!
We realize we’ve been hitting you up with a hefty number of updates recently… but here’s one more you’ll need to hear about! Over the weekend we reached ... Read more
VOTING RESULTS - Vote #1: Archer!
Ladies and gents, we have a winner!
Despite having one little speedbump along the way we have completed our first vote! With over 1500 votes we have our Archer:
There... Read more
REMINDER - Vote #1: Archer ends Tomorrow, 08/22/14 17:06 PDT!!
We just wanted to remind everyone that if you haven't participated in our first vote, time's running short!
Remember, to vote you must be a Contributor level backer... Read more
We've found an error with the voting plug-in! Many of your votes have been counted multiple times. That's no good. Since this was a trial run in the... Read more
Gameplay Footage, Stretch Goals, and Voting!!!
Helloooooooooo Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
How would you guys like to see some in-progress game footage? Nah, we didn't think so...
Psych! Today we’ve got some “off-the-glass” footage of... Read more
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut...AVAILABLE NOW!!
By popular demand, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cut is now available on Steam for Windows PC! This brand new version combines all of the award-winning content from previous... Read more
Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut on Steam next week!
Hey Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
Remember asking for a PC port of Shantae: Risky’s Revenge back in October? It was a popular topic during our live streams, and many more... Read more
The all-new WayForward.com
Hello Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers! We have some exciting news!!!!!
Yes, the greatest (WayForward) website the world has ever known is NOW LIVE! It has everything! Words!... Read more
Don't forget your parachute!
And don't look down...
High above the sky the Ammo Baronattacks! When we last left our heroes we were enjoying some concept art depicting various racing craft. While we’re... Read more
Get your motor runnin'...head out on the Skyway!
Hey there Race Fans! We've got some exciting Shantae: Half - Genie Hero news for all you grease monkeys and hotrodders!
Sequins of Unfortunate Events!
As work continues... Read more
There's no place like home
Hello Shantaebackers and Tinkertarians...Backertarians and Shantinkers...Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
Today we’ve got something new for you…a first of its kind, one-and-only exclusive never-before-seen look at the inside of Shantae’s lighthouse!... Read more
Half-Genie, All Heart
Happy Genie-tines Day!
Here's a Valentine's Day wish from WayForward to all of our Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers! o^_^o
Building a Hero
Lets talk about game development at WayForward,... Read more
Pre-Production Concept Art
Hello Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
With three separate Shantae games in development at the moment we are belly-dancing at a furious pace here at WayForward.
Shantae and the Pirate's... Read more
Stay Warm this Winter...
As 2013 comes to a close, everyone here at WayForward wants to wish all of our Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers a very Happy Holidays!
See you all in 2014, The... Read more
Curses! Risky is in Control and she wants Steam-Powered Revenge!
Greetings and Salutations to all of our Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
Wow this year feels like it has flown by. Now that winter is finally upon us we hope... Read more
Happy Tasty Meal Day
Hello all! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US and we just wanted to give thanks for all of our amazing Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers!
Wallpaper is Ret-2-Go!
Check your... Read more
Emails, emails, soooooo many emails!
Check your email!
Emails have been sent out to all Kickstarter and PayPal backers to confirm your pledge amounts and reward selections! Check the email addresses associated with your Kickstarter... Read more
Screaming Internets, Streaming Demons, and Papered Desktops
Well howdy-doody backeroonies! Man this has been a busy week for us aboard Risky's Steam-Powered Tinkertub. Hope your week has been good ^_^
Empty Mailboxes :(
As many of you... Read more
Oh mai goodness, it's November!
Hi Everybody! We're all recovering from candy binges and sugar rushes over here at WayForward but hope you're all doing well ^_^
Halloween Gamer Costume Contest
We had a lot... Read more
This is the Spooky Update
Hello Boils and Ghouls! Welcome to our Halloween…ishupdate! We’ve been up to our eyeballs in pirates and half-genies but thought it was high time that we came up for air... Read more
Streaming, Switching, and...er...Laughing?
Hey Guys, Girls, Monkeys, and Mermaids, it's time once again for a handy-dandy (shmandy?) update! While we're hard at work getting everything over here at WayForward ready for a year's... Read more
All the news that's fit to post!
Hello all of our wonderful Shantaerians and Tinkerbackers! We thought we would give you guys and girls an update on all of the goings on here at WayForward since... Read more
WE DID IT!
Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts for making Shantae: Half-Genie Hero a reality! We could not have done this without YOU!!! We’re absolutely committed to making... Read more
GREAT JOB!! Costume Swap Stretch Goal has been reached!
14 hours to go, and we just hit our Costume Swap Stretch Goal! We're seriously blown away by how quickly this funded! Now Half-Genie Hero will be better than ever,... Read more
17 HOURS LEFT! Lets do a Transformation Update!
Hello everyone! It’s been an entire day of Twitch TV broadcasts over at WayForwardTV… juicy details are being revealed as we speak! If you haven’t tuned in yet, please... Read more
FREE! Backer Exclusive Risky Boots Costume!
At this time we’d like to thank everyone who’s helped fund this game by offering one more Backer Exclusive costume -- “Classic Risky” -- free of charge!
As with the ... Read more
THANK YOU! Stretch Goal Achieved!
With 48 hours to go, anything can (and will) happen! Thanks to your pledges we just hit the 600K Stretch Goal for a BONUS CHAPTER... that means the... Read more
Tinkerbat Transformation Update!
More Tinkerbat Codes!
To those who have pledged $55 or above (or are planning to), lend us your ears! Previously we had stated that each backer is limited to ONE... Read more
New Backer-Only Content: Hyper Light Drifter!
We have only 68 hours (or so) left in our Shantae: Half-Genie Hero campaign… but we've still got a few surprises in store. Today we’re pleased to announce that we've ... Read more
FREE! Backer Exclusive Costume!
We’d like to thank everyone who’s helped fund this game by offering this Backer Exclusive “Blue” Costume, free of charge. If you’ve backed at $12 or above (tiers that... Read more
Risky Mode funded, Final Stretch Goal revealed!
Happy Sunday folks! Thanks to all of your pledges, we’re happy to announce that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will now have 2 full campaigns to play; the main storyline featuring the ... Read more
Stretch Goal revealed – Clockwork Night!
This is the last “Bonus Chapter” stretch goal! Bonus Chapters sandwich right into the middle of the adventure, extending the amount of game between the mysterious INTROand... Read more
Vote for your favorite Dance Transformation!
In each Chapter of the game, Shantae will defeat a boss and gain a Dance Transformation. When she dances, she can change into a new creature form with new... Read more
Stretch Goal: Risky Boots Mode
We’re at the halfway point between our initial funding goal, and the Risky Boots Stretch Goal! Today we’re taking a closer look at exactly what it will be like... Read more
Stretch Goal Reveal & 3D Team Interview!
3D Team Interview:
Say hello to WayForward’s 3D department!This in-depth interview will shine some light on this incredible process of taking a 2D image and crafting it into a... Read more
PayPal is Ret-2-Go!
Hey Gang! Now that we're fully funded, as promised we are opening our shiny new PayPal store for everyone that hasn't been able to join in the fun yet!
Shantae:... Read more
New Reward Tier Revealed! Let's Dance!
New Reward Tier: Backer-Exclusive Tinkerbat Transformation!
Remember how in the Game Boy Color original you could stick the cartridge into a Game Boy Advance and unlock the Tinkerbat? No? Well,... Read more
Shantae is FULLY FUNDED!
THANK YOU!!!! Your support and endless enthusiasm just made Half-Genie Hero a reality!!
We're fully funded and WayForward's staff is running around and high-fiving like there's no tomorrow! Thank you... Read more
Giant Robots and 1337 Lounges, oh my!
Hey Gang! We're getting closer and closer to our goal! Only $14k left to go! We're so close Rottytopscan taste it! (I really hope it tastes like coffee and... Read more
It's a Monster Day!
Designs by Niklas Jansson (aka Android Arts)
Happy Saturday friends! Today we’ve got a treat for you from Niklas Jansson (aka Android Arts). Niklas is one of our freelance artists,... Read more
FREE GAME! Shantae: Risky’s Revenge iOS
We're 90% funded! Congratulations everyone! Let's get down and boogie with another update...
Introducing DANCER SHANTAE! If you’ve been wondering how our “Costume Swap” Stretch Goal would work, now’s your... Read more
Reddit AMA is happening...NOW! @_@
Hey everyone! In case you hadn't heard, we have 6 of WayForward's Game Directors doing a super crazy Q&A on Reddit! It's called an "AMA" which stands for "Ask Me... Read more
It's a call to arms!
Hello friends! We’ve reached the halfway point in our campaign, and it looks like we’ll be fully funded soon (fingers crossed)! Nearly 9,000 fanshave pledged so far, and many... Read more
Creativity abounds at the Sequin Land Art Museum!
SEQUIN LAND ART MUSEUM: This gallery is located in the world of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and will open shortly after your quest begins. This is YOUR TIME TO SHINE!
When... Read more
MEGA-SIZE Team Reveal: Mega Man developer Inti Creates! WHAAAAAT?!
W-A-R-N-I-N-G-! Tie down your inner fanboy… We’re pleased to announce that Mega Man developer Inti Creates is working on Shantae: Half-Genie Hero! If you’re not familiar with Inti Creates,... Read more
Animation Department Interview
Happy Monday! We're right on the edge of 300K, which means we're 75% of the way to funding this project! Thank you everyone for making this happen!
Today we’ve... Read more
Game Location -- Mermaid World!
In the first chapter in Half-Genie Hero, the citizens of Freshwater Towncall in Shantae to defeat a dangerous gang of Mermaids. Starting at her lighthouse, Shantae travels to a... Read more
News round-up and Giant Robot party!
Hey all you genies and pirates! The internet can be a large and scary place, so we thought we’d make it easy on everyone and share some handy links to... Read more
First Look at Risky Boots!
Arrr matey! Today we invite ye to feast your eyes on the scourge of Sequin Land, Shantae's arch nemesis Risky Boots!
The self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven... Read more
Team Reveal: Cucumber Quest's Gigi D.G.
If you're wondering where this fancy fresh style of background art is coming from, the answer is Gigi D.G.! She's the writer and artist behind Cucumber Quest, a comic about... Read more
Check out the Exclusive Collector's Coin!
Happy Wednesday everyone! We’ve reached 6,000 backers and over half our funding in the first week -- Thank you!There’s still plenty of time to fund the game and dig... Read more
Team Reveal: Skullgirls’ Mariel Cartwright!
If you haven’t heard of Mariel Cartwright, you’ve no doubt seen her work. Mariel is the Lead Animator for the much acclaimed 2D fighter Skullgirls. She’s also... Read more
VITA and VITA TV announcement!
Hey folks, a lot of you have been asking for Half-Genie Hero on VITA. As it happens, the landscape of gaming has shifted somewhat today with Sony’s VITA TV announcement.... Read more
Story Update: intro sequence
THANK YOU! We're so grateful for for the many fans who have given their time and energies to this project. We've made it to 50% by day five, and that's... Read more
Interview with Composer Jake "Virt" Kaufman!!!
We hope everyone is still bopping their heads and tapping their feet to the theme song (we certainly are)! For anyone who would like to know more about the music... Read more
Shantae character design update!
TWO UPDATES in ONE DAY!? Work on Shantae's character design is continuing at a brisk pace. We're presently trying out some new color palettes for the main sprite. Our... Read more
Interview with Cristina Vee & Theme Song Download!!!
We hope everyone loves the new Shantae theme song “Dance Through the Danger”as much as we do! And to make sure you have a rocking bellydancing weekend here’s a... Read more
Shantae Visual Design History
Hi folks, we're a THIRD OF THE WAY to reaching our goal! Thanks to everyone who's helped this project to go so far, so fast!
To celebrate we've just revealed... Read more
Introduction to Half-Genie Hero with Matt Bozon
Hello everyone! Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is live and off to a rip-roarin' start. A huge and heart-felt THANK YOUto all of our wonderful backers and supporters who are helping... Read more