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An officially licensed, North American follow-up to one of the most beloved RPG beat'em ups of all time.
An officially licensed, North American follow-up to one of the most beloved RPG beat'em ups of all time.
5,179 backers pledged CA$ 217,643 to help bring this project to life.

Achievement Unlocked: Yoshihisa Kishimoto

Posted by Conatus Creative (Creator)

From Day One we've understood the challenges of creating a sequel to a game with a loyal following, especially when we were not alumni members of the original's creative staff. We knew we'd need help if we were to recapture the spirit of River City Ransom on this project.

We are happy to report that Yoshihisa Kishimoto has agreed to join this effort as a creative consultant, advising us on art direction, the storyline, and the intangible elements that make a Kunio-kun game what it is.

If you don't know who Yoshihisa Kishimoto is, start here. Yoshihisa is the original creator of Kunio-kun, and his classic Renegade and Double Dragon games have helped define the beat'em up genre. Most recently, he was story supervisor on Hot Blooded Tough Guy Kunio: Fighting Concerto in Japan. 

To celebrate, we're opening up a new reward tier, DRAGON TWINS, which unlocks player skins for Kunio and Riki you can use in place of Alex and Ryan. We had a tremendous last week, and hope you'll help spread the word about our project!

More Great News

We listened to your feedback about in-game credits. The team huddled and came up with a solution. The founder's wall, as we've called it, will no longer just be a list of names on our web site; it will also live in the game itself! The original in-game credit reward will remain as an entry in the game's credit screen, but everyone whose reward includes the founder's wall will be able to find their name in a special attraction in River City itself.

Due to popular demand, we've opened a few more slots of SOUL PROPRIETOR.


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    1. Razvan Florentin Popescu on

      maybe there is a way to get this news to the Japanese, spam them guys

    2. Julius Mendoza on

      Yeah it would be so fitting if it made it to the Wii U. I know that will be tough but wouldn't it be great to see?

    3. Conatus Creative Creator on

      @Charly @Eward Thanks for the feedback. We'll certainly find a way to ensure that they will eventually unlock for others, either through achievements in-game or another mechanism.

    4. Eward Bonasser Jr. on

      Other thing that I thought you`d do, but you`re doing a little different. I thought you`d put Kunio and Riki as other characters, maybe distant cousins or friends of Alex and Ryan instead of just another skin, but this is good too.

    5. Justin Holmes on

      Awesome. Wii U, guys! Get this on the shop next to the original!

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      Charly Hughes on

      I think you should make the Kunio and Riki skins be dlc at a later date, This way we feel like we get our moneys worth while everyone still gets to get the skins sooner or later.

    7. Alyssa Oaks on

      We're not going fast enough people, spread the word! Get this thing backed!

    8. Veav on

      I was thinking about Soul Proprietor, not the skins. Any way to unlock that in-game? :D

    9. Devon Murphy on

      With Kishimoto, it is going to rock even harder!

    10. Conatus Creative Creator on

      @Eward @JetStrange @ostubash @Jesse Thanks, everyone. It's exciting news, indeed, and we're happy that you understood why we felt we needed his expert help on this project.

      @Charly We're still thinking the design through and can't confirm at this stage, but we're likely going with a more youthful look while keeping the story intact.

      @Veav We'll think of ways for you to unlock the skins on your own, so don't sweat! Well, no, do sweat, because unlocking those skins in the game is going to be difficult :P

      @Zeta Yes! We updated the grid on the story page, but SCANDAL RAG and everything above it has these unlocked as well.

    11. Eward Bonasser Jr. on

      I was kind of waiting for some news like this at any time. I think it's hard to believe that you, fans like you are, wouldn't try to involve mister Kishimoto on the project. This is what I'd do with all my efforts and I think anyone that is backing the project think the same.
      So, this is a f****** awesome great news

    12. JetStrange on

      Hell yea!!! brilliant!! :D

    13. ostubash on

      Yoshihisa Kishimoto! This is going to own.

    14. Zeta on

      Does Scandal Rag get the Dragon Twins tier as well?

    15. Kevin Roman on

      So proud of you guys for listening to me and making this event better as time progresses

    16. Eli Jackson on

      MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN every time you guys put out a new reward tier I need to keep increasing my pledge amount. This is beginning to be ridiculous.

    17. Veav on

      Man, I wish I had that kind of money. :(

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      Charly Hughes on

      Awesome that he is joining! Question, will it be teen Kunio and Riki or will it be adult?

    19. Jesse Dylan Watson on

      Great news about Kishimoto-san!