Wild Bunch Productions and Yukikaze have announced a “double Kickstarter” campaign for two games, Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Wilderness, and Penny Blood. The former is a spiritual successor to Wild Arms while the latter is one for Shadow Hearts.
Wild Bunch is made of creators behind Wild Arms and Yukikaze consists of former Shadow Hearts creators. The campaign will launch on August 29 and the goal is to create large-scale JRPGs inspired by these classic titles, requesting $750,000 for both games.
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Armed Fantasia takes place in the wild west setting of Londenium and follows a young man named Ingram who loses his grandfather. He’s a Pathfinder, an adventurer who wields a weapon called ARM, to fight enemies called Anomalies that infest Londenium.
The game is a turn-based RPG where characters can land successive actions to disrupt enemies’ turn order. It also features a large world map where each party member possesses a unique Gadget that can help overcome obstacles when exploring.
Penny Blood is a dark gothic RPG that takes place during the 1920s during the Roaring Twenties time period and follows a man named Matthew Farrell, a private detective in New York working for the Bureau of Investigation.
An incident leads him to investigate a mental asylum but he finds it filled with monsters. Using transformation abilities he inherited from his father, he takes them down. The story will take Matthew all across the world through Asia and Europe. The game is turn-based as well, but with some reaction-time elements.
Both Kickstarter campaigns will share a “combo meter” that affects the stretch goals of both games. Pledging for one game will also contribute to the other’s stretch goals. Reaching the full funding goal will confirm both games for a PC release. Additional stretch goals will see the games being ported to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo’s most recent hardware at the time of release. No launch window has been revealed yet for either game, should the campaign reach its goal.
The Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes campaign was the most recent high-profile Japanese Kickstarter campaign, in which the game was billed as a successor to Suikoden. The campaign also stated that it would release on whichever Nintendo system was relevant by the time it was released, but a Switch version was recently confirmed this year.
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