Publisher Conatus Creative, with only a few days left in its Kickstarter fundraiser, has successfully raised more than $180,000 (Canadian) to develop its game, River City Ransom: Underground.
According the to the publisher, it is the "true" successor to the original NES game, River City Ransom. Some of the game footage shown from its Kickstarter trailer shows the game to be in 8-bit, just like it's predecessor, but the animation will be much smoother, and have more fighting moves.
While obviously still in development, the story so far is that after 25 years from the original story, the game's protagonist, Alex and Ryan run A&R Auto Shop, and once again disaster strikes in River City.
Like its Kickstarter counterpart, Mighty No. 9, this successful fundraiser has shown the commitment that many old-school gamers are willing to pitch in a few dollars to have their favorite franchises resurrected, something in which the big name publishers such as Capcom need to pay attention to. However, River City Ransom: Underground did not raise $4 million, but the money is good enough for at least PC gamers. It does show its stretch goals, but it may not be enough (at this moment) for traditional handhelds and consoles, yet Mac and Linux owners may be pleased after the fundraiser ends on October 9th.
With two successful fundraisers from the old-school crowd, there will no doubt be many more of this kind for months, if not years, to come.