Update 7: $2.5mm, 8-bit tracks + Virt, and a peek into the basement...
Here, on the cusp of the next stretch goal, we've got a little surprise for you. IGA's personal accountant just sent a bat-fax with the latest PayPal total, and it's good news: So far our PayPal backers have added $41000 to the total.
Adding in the Paypal total is like taking off the ankle weights. HYAAAA! That means we've raised over $2.5 million! And that means...
We're just getting into Day 9 and the campaign has surpassed the final castle stretch goal: Classic Mode, in which the game's assets will be re-arranged into six punishing, linear stages.
However... remember the lens we sent to the jeweler? Because you hit the castle floor too quickly? The Diamond Loupe has returned to us, and with it you can now see 6 tiny stretch goals for 8-bit music tracks! These songs will be new compositions -- not remixes -- which should complement each of the six Classic Mode stages quite nicely.
In addition to unique songs by Yamane and Yamada, we're thrilled to add a new artist to the lineup: Jake Kaufman, aka virt! You may know him as the prolific composer of dozens of songs/soundtracks for games including Shovel Knight, Ducktales: Remastered, Bloodrayne: Betrayal, Shantae, and Double Dragon Neon.
Way back on Day 1, when we were busy blowing through stretch goals, backer achievements, and indie Igavania games at a record pace, you guys unlocked the Wall Armor.
The Dungeon is quite dark and remains locked, but we lit the candle at the top of the stairs to get you started. Let your eyes adjust to the darkness.
Through the keyhole, you can make out a $2.75 million stretch goal that IGA's been excited to reveal for some time. More than all the other stretch goals this is something the Kickstarter has made possible: He's going to make this his biggest game ever. His original plans for the castle were conservative, but in keeping with the kind of work he's been able to do before. But that was all the way back at $500,000.
His ambition has grown along with the campaign, and at $2.75 million he's finally ready to commit to making this the biggest castle he's ever designed. (He estimates that the world will be 25 percent larger than it would have been if the Kickstarter had only just reached its goal.)
Now it's time to build. And in the eye of the storm you can almost hear the scrape of brick on brick...