Update 19: A Development Update, A Stretch Goal, Amano
The final week begins! We've got a pile of bombshells to tell you about before the end, so we'll be updating more frequently down the home stretch.
It's fun watching merchandise come together. That's most of what we do at Fangamer—when we're not helping IGA launch a Kickstarter, I mean—but it never gets old. So I'm pretty happy to announce that we've found an artist we think will be perfect for the poster that comes inside the Collector's Box.
You just might recognize the name: Yoshitaka Amano is an artist, illustrator, and character designer famous among fans of classic videogames for his work on the Final Fantasy series.
IGA and Amano have been talking since the launch of the Kickstarter, but now we're finally ready to announce his involvement. Here's Amano:
“Sumi-e (Charcoal Brush) is one of my favorite styles! Being able to mix the gothic aesthetic with a Sumi-e touch will make for a beautiful piece of art. It’s a style that I hope backers from all over the world can enjoy. Welcome to my Sumie-stained world!"
Amano has also offered to hand-sign a limited number of prints, so we're introducing them at a new $800 tier:
We're also offering one more set of castle portraits—this is your last chance to get your illustrious ancestors (who look suspiciously like you) into the game! IGA and the team have allowed us to make five more available:
Next up we've got a real treat: video of a recent session where Natsume-san (the game's character designer and artist) got a chance to show IGA the progress that he and his cohorts at Inti Creates have made in the past few weeks:
What you see on screen is an incredibly early animation sample, so this is only the beginning—the team will be keeping their noses to the grindstone all throughout the development process. (They'll be removing their noses from the grindstone just long enough to keep you up to date throughout as they work on character design, animation, gameplay, mechanics, and shaders, so stay tuned!)
With our Paypal backers included -- $118k from more than 1400 backers, as of this morning -- you've hit the Orchestrated Tracks stretch goal with momentum to burn! It'll be a while before Yamane and Yamada have all the tracks composed for Bloodstained, but now that you've reached this stretch goal they did want to allay one fear a few backers have had: There's still going to be a ton of variety on this soundtrack.
Hitting the orchestra stretch goal allows them to use live instrumentation where it makes sense, but some tracks just make more sense with electronic arrangements. Songs like Yamada's "Cursed Orphan", which already includes violin and electric guitar parts, will be performed by a smaller, rock-oriented ensemble.
In short: You've added more options, not taken any away. (And that's without even going into those 8-bit tracks you unlocked from Yamane, Yamada, and Virt...)
You're just inches from the Pyrite Coin! We counted 49 achievements, which means you could pick this one up as early as tomorrow. (I'm told you're very close on Overall Fanart and Miriam Cosplay, among others.) Get ready to spend it all in one place...
You brought more than enough fanart for the last achievement, which brings us to #4: we're looking for 15 pieces of art before the campaign ends on June 11th. This week's theme: THE END. Show us what you've got by submitting to the Bloodstained Tumblr or tagging your own tumblr post with #igavania
We're giving this week's last word to the illustrious Kari Fry, whom you've come to know by way of caricature. Kari is a longtime friend and partner of Fangamer who has worked herself (and her tablet) overtime to prepare a variety of illustrations for this campaign, including the now-recognizable-enough-to-have-become-a-Splatoon-meme caricature of IGA.