To continue our look at the list of Kickstarted video game projects people are still eagerly waiting to see released we turn our attention to Hyper Light Drifter developed by Heart-Machine studio. This pixel-art action adventure game inspired by some of the iconic imagery from Hayao Miyazaki’s epic masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Heart-Machine, managed to gather so much support for their game that they destroyed the original goal of $27,000 by acquiring over $645,000 from over 24,000 backers.
While the studios original goal of having the game completed by mid-2014 may have seemed overly ambitious, that expectation was set before the studio acquired more than half a million dollars in funding. With those additional funds the opportunity to create new features and add to the experience they initially advertised became a reality.
Despite their monetary success, Heart-Machine is moving further away from their initial end goal and closer to the one year mark, so we decided to check in with Director and Lead Artist Alex Preston to see how development was going.
For many of the backers the most pressing question seems to be how development has been progressing, “Wonderfully. As in any production, there are speed bumps, lessons to learn and simple times where we get stuck, but in general we've been keeping a steady and productive pace,” explained Preseton.
Heart-Machine has been maintaining a development-log which has seen one or two updates a month since February of this year. When asked what the massive amounts of extra funding would mean for the young studio and Hyper Light Drifter, Preston responded, “It means we have stability for longer than most tiny developer startups are given, which is a major boon for us. It allows us a level of comfort mentally that helps us focus on our most important task; developing the game.”
The small five man studio certainly has plenty of work ahead for their planned release on PC, MAC, Linux, Steam, PS4, Vita, Wii-U, and the OUYA. Hopefully for the thousands of patient backers that release will come soon, and the extraordinary amount of extra funds will visible in a polished and well-constructed final product.