Last year we talked about the announcement of the beautiful hand-drawn Metroidvania Afterimage. Created by Shanghai-based developer Aurogon Shanghai (known for creating Gujian games, a series of role-playing games set in ancient China) launched a Kickstarter campaign a few months after their game was published. And today the company announced that they have surpassed their target by more than 600%.
Aurogon Shanghai was aiming to hit HK$117,384 ($14,978), but that target was surpassed within 40 hours of the Kickstarter launch. Today, the final amount is 729,949 Hong Kong dollars, which is more than 92,000 US dollars!
This means that several additional goals have been achieved in the game, which means more new content! This includes new areas of gameplay, traditional CastlevaniaBoss style location, duplicate cutscenes, more gear, a new weapon class, and even a brand new character! The additional character will be available as DLC, but those who backed the game will get it for free as a nice little bonus.
Executive Producer Yang Ziliang talked about his inspirations for Afterimage, which includes some of the best in the Metroidvania genre:
I loved Metroidvania as a kid. Even when I was barely aware of game genres, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night left a lasting impression of what a game could be. After Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, it took a long time for Hollow Knight and the Ori franchise to take Metroidvania to the next level.
You can expect the perfection of many indie metroidvanias with Afterimage, but with an added layer of gorgeous, unique visuals. You’ll get:
– 2D side-scrolling ARPG Metroidvania, made in a hand-drawn art style.
– Seamless semi-open world with over 15 different areas to explore
– Approximately 25-30 hours for the first playthrough.
– A diverse selection of weapons with special attacks and skills, as well as various talent upgrades to help you shape your own fighting style.
– Over 40 epic original soundtracks created by the Aurogon Sound Team.
– Choose your own adventure – a massive storyline and multiple endings await!
– …and, of course, exclusive Kickstarter rewards!
We still don’t have a firm release date for Afterimage, but it’s expected to hit Switch later this year. We think it’s worth keeping an eye on, even in the midst of a sea of metroidvanias on console. You can learn more about the game on its Kickstarter pageand also you can try free demo on Steam.
Did you support Afterimage? Will you pick it up? Let us know.