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A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
2,681 backers pledged $204,680 to help bring this project to life.

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A Word About Continued Development and Support for Akaneiro

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Akaneiro Backers,

A little history and an update regarding Akaneiro development going forward: Development on Akaneiro started during the early months of 2011. Since that time, we've maintained a development team averaging 15 people/month on the project. In total, around 360 man-months have gone towards development, bringing our investment in dollars to nearly $2 million USD. In that same period, we've generated roughly 300kUSD in revenue - this includes funds collected via the Kickstarter campaign, F2P purchases in-game, and one-time purchases via Steam. In simple math: We've spent $2 million, we've made $300k, we're "in the hole" $1.7 million. 

Given this situation, we now have no choice but to radically alter the approach we're taking to maintaining and improving the game. The core development team has been reduced in size to just two people. They will continue to address bugs and make improvements while working towards goals like multi-player and tablet support, but progress will be slower. Depending on the success of our other remaining title, The Gate, we may one day find ourselves in a position to throw greater resources at Akaneiro. We certainly hope that will be the case. 

What's written here quickly in a few paragraphs represents some truly painful internal decisions and adjustments. Our Shanghai-based development team recently underwent downsizing so that all resources can be directed towards the one game that offers the greatest chance of bringing much-needed stability to our studio. If we can achieve our goals with The Gate, then we can bring greater attention to Akaneiro. 

Life as an independent developer is filled with the constant threat of failure. This isn't the first time in our 8 year history we've faced this sort of challenge. It's not the first time we've had to reduce staff on one of our games. It is different because of the demand for transparency that comes with being a part of Kickstarter. In providing transparency like this, I am asking for your understanding and I am hoping for your support. 

As is usually the case after these sorts of painful adjustments, we are now in a better position to survive, build success with The Gate, and re-focus development on Akaneiro with lessons learned from the mistakes we've made. Help us out by sending your feedback to us via support.spicyhorse.com

And please, continue to keep the discussion going here on Kickstarter. We're listening, we care, and we're excited about your involvement in the future of Akaneiro and our other projects. 

- American  

Your creativity in pixels!

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The majority of the unique player-created items are now available! Check your BackerKit accounts for your redemption codes.

There are two of you whose items are not yet available - we're working on getting some bugs out of the animation. Feel free to contact me at ophelea@spicyhorse.com if you think you're missing a code.

To everyone else, go get all dressed up in your new weapons/armor!

Ophelea

Gettin' all arty and stuff

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The art books are here and shipping! Also, we've uploaded codes for the digital art books. 

American spent two days signing art books and they'll start shipping from Shanghai later this week. They should start arriving in 10-15 days.

Also, awesome news...

We had extra keys for the digital art books so everyone has a copy! Head on over to http://akaneiro.backerkit.com and grab your key.

Enjoy everyone!

Ophelea

MOAR Backer Items!

Today I bring to you exciting news. Not only have the bridges, statues and gravestones been placed in game (time to sight-see!) but the Backer-created weapons, pets and armors are coming soon!

Get thee in-game and see if you can find all of the new landmarks. And be sure to have Crystals available when it's time to purchase new items!

Ophelea

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LOTS of Design Documents

Howdy Backers!

I've just finished uploading 142 MBs of game documents to our redemption system. For those who purchased Design Docs, the keys are in your BackerKit. Make sure you don't stop the download half way through or else you'll have to start over.

Get ready to edumacate your brains!

- Ophelea