Follow me here: American McGee's Chinese studio, Spicy Horse, is developing a free-to-play Action RPG in the vein of Torchlight, but is heavily influenced by Japanese mythology and culture and the game looks like Okami. Still with me? Good, because this next part requires user participation. This game, named Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, needs Kickstarter support to get made and it's going to need every penny it can get.
With a lofty goal of $200,000, the typically profitable first day of Kickstarter campaign has proven disappointing for Akaneiro, as the game has pulled in only $15,000. With the slowdown that typically follows a campaign's start, McGee and Spicy Horse will have to build quite the marketing plan to bring in attention (and donations) to his project.
While McGee doesn't clarify whether the Kickstart holds the project's life in its hands, he does say that funding will allow them to port the game to iOS and Android. Multiplayer features are also in the line, which almost seems like taking a hostage as opposed to being an additional feature. Co-op should, in my mind, be the first priority in any ARPG. I'd hate to see it cut should the Kickstarter not succeed.
Give the Akaneiro: Demon Hunter Kickstarter pitch video a look to see if it matches your tastes. Even as a sort of derivative product it's still exciting to see more ARPGs in development.