These New Characters Could Make It Into Skullgirls, Too

By Ishaan . February 25, 2013 . 5:00pm

In just a day, the fundraiser for Skullgirls has acquired over $90,000 of its $150,000 goal that will help the developer, Lab Zero, add a new character to the fighting game. Since that goal is in sight, Lab Zero have also begun to reveal other characters that they could add to Skullgirls, should the contribution goals for those be met as well. Here’s what they’ve announced so far:


$375,000: Big Band ($400,000 for Big Band stage and Story Mode)



$600,000: One of the below, by fan vote ($625,000 for stage and Story Mode)



Lab Zero actually have even more characters designed for the game. For every $20,000 they raise, they’ll reveal a new one, making them eligible for a vote. These characters were initially intended to be spread across three games, but Lab Zero have begun to reveal some of them early to spur interest.


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  • MrJechgo

    They’re gonna need like 7.5 millions to add these characters (that’s 250K per character BTW). Do they really expect people to donate that much? They’d be better working on other games, and take the profits from those to fund Skullgirls.

    • Sebastian Lothian

      I don’t think they expect people to donate that much. They’re saying that the second character added will be one of the characters revealed and the donations would allow more characters to be eligible for that second slot (from my understanding.)

    • James Reilly

      No, thats what the roster is most likely gonna be in the spam of this game and sequels if all is right in the world.

      No I don’t expect them to think Millions will be raised

      However, Clearing Squigly and the additional Stretch Goals seems very doable based on how great the pace has been and not even half a day has passed yet since it started

    • Mr. X

      It’s not for ALL those characters, those are character open to voting if they reach enough for a 3rd character.

      • MrJechgo

        They plan to release all 30 characters as DLC actually; the order of which one to release is up to voting.

        • Mr. X

          Some of those characters were planned to be released in Skullgirls 2 and Skullgirls 3. They’re showing some off early and letting fans vote for any 1 of those on the list.

    • Makr0ss

      At some point, the studio expect that either: their publisher get his lawsuit settled and afford the next characters (or a sequel), or get the attention of another company that’s willing to invest on the studio and the Skullgirls franchise
      The 3 characters that covers the indiegogo crowdfunding, should give them enough time to see how the situation developes, while working on the game properly.

  • In other words if fans really want it, Lab Zero is saying fund the sequel. At least characterwise.

  • Neppygear

    Mrs. Victoria, plskthx

  • James Reilly

    And here we go!

  • ResidentMetroid

    Yeah if you could first finish Squiggly, that’d be great…

  • Ace

    Interesting. Having the fans fund the game…

  • Sergio Briceño

    “Gentleman, you had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.”

  • TrevHead

    Making Marie a playable character would be cool, as would adding in another boss character

  • Xalsunwolf

    Well awesome, some character variety is pretty co-HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I think things just got a little out of hand.

    • They did promised a lot of characters shown throught the game’s story mode to be playable in the future. This just shows some of them.

      • Xalsunwolf

        Yeah I know, but I wasn’t expecting so many at one time.

  • Imagine how much money they would have by now if they didn’t wring the community dry the first time trying to compete with Melee.

    • zferolie

      well, seeing as they already raised 101 thousand dollars, I don’t think the wrung them enough, haha

    • Mr. X

      As someone who donated to both, I thought the same thing last week. But it has been less than 12 hours since thing has gone up and $100K got smashed like fine china.

    • We love to throw our wallets, safes and piggy banks to the direction of Game Development. Especially when said develpoment will create something EPIC! AWESOME! Whatever other mainstream descriptors are used nowadays!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I was thinking about making a fighting game, Yeah NVM lol

    • Barrylocke89

      Aww, don’t say that. I’m sure attempting to make a fighting game would teach you a lot about game logic, programming, development, etc. and you could probably make the basis of one on a more… manageable budget.

      Is it something that you’d be able to sell to people and have featured in bigtime online blogs? Probably not, unless you showed a solid concept and managed to get investors or kickstart people to show interest in you, allowing for you to get access to better resources.

      But if nothing else you might have something to put onto a portfolio, and that could always pay off in the future.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        I made Platformers and Rpgs, But I was thinking about getting in to the Indie game market

        • Mr. X

          Don’t give up because one dev has had a hard time. Find like minded people and go for it. You fail every risk you don’t take or whatever the saying is.

          • Exactly. The best time to take a risk would be to do it in the beginning! Accept the challenge! Make Barney proud!

    • The amount of work you would have to put into making a fighting game is no easy task. There’s a reason why there’s only a handful of decent indie fighting games.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        yeah and only with a team of 5 people.

  • Barrylocke89

    It seems like a smart idea to me. By having the fans vote on the character that potentially gets in, it helps to ensure that they get the most bang for their buck, especially since they seem to be working on a limited budget. And if fans continue to show more support, or if the DLC is a success when it goes Pay-to-play and they make some money back, perhaps more character options will open up.

  • Suriel Cruz

    Interesting… still, they can’t finish ONE, why the hopes up for others & that is thinking about those in shadow… some looks really GOOD!

  • ME WANT BLOODY MARIE FIRST! Then, we should vote for the next one.

  • JustThisOne

    Damnit! Venus is all the way at the end? ;__; We… we have to fund.. *crunches numbers* $504,000ish more for her to be eligible for election? Time to work hard. :’)

    Lesse if I can figure out who all the mysterious characters are:

    Deep Violet, Annie: Girl of the Stars, Sharkhead Guy, Hive, Leduc, Illeum, Brain Drain, Andy Anvil, Feng, Purple Hat Guy From Medici Circus, Strongman Guy From Medici Circus, Creepy Tall Clown, Daggers in Legs Guy, ???, ???, Yu Wan, Minette, ???, ???, The Entire Black Egrets Team, ???, Venus, Aeon, Samson

    Haha, any help filling in the blanks?

    EDIT: Added Samson, apparently? Nice catch, Nunes.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Black Dahlia, PLEASE.

    • Pretty cool! Maybe a little tasteless, but cool nonetheless!

  • Worth every penny =^_^=

  • Strain42

    Willing to bet now that whichever one wins the vote will be the one with the biggest breasts and/or is wearing the least amount of clothing.

    • JustThisOne

      Nah, it’s all about the coolest potential moveset. I’m guessing that’s why Big Band was so requested. And why everyone’s so curious about Sharkhead Guy.

      Although… It does help if they’re easy on the eyes, hehe. :3

  • Solomon_Kano

    Black Dahlia looks so awesome.

    I’ve held off on buying Skullgirls since I didn’t really enjoy the demo, but I might have to give it another look. Gotta play it before I decide to contribute to something like this, after all.

  • Shadowman

    Black Dahlia and Mrs.Victora Please^^

    • CirnoLakes

      Umbrella and Marie fan here.

      Of course Marie has long been announced. She’s already in the game as the final boss, isn’t she? Why is she there?

      Oh wait, playable character. Stupid me.
      Edit: And Annie. I want Annie.

  • Just Tim

    I personally don’t want to make the mistake of funding a character that would turn into the in-game equivalent of Cable.

    • raymk

      LOL I honestly never gave that much thought. Honestly I’m more afraid of one that could turn out to be mvc2 sentinel.

  • Tee Niitris

    Interesting… I’m surprised that they didn’t reveal some of these sooner (maybe the legal issues discouraged them from doing so). I’d love to see what these characters would look like in motion.

    I know that Big Band is supposed to be a grappler who is very inspired from the likes of Tager (Mike Z’s main if I remember correctly).

  • りんごタルト@エスカのアトリエ

    There’s this wonderful thing called Kickstarter, Lab Zero.

    • Exkaiser

      There’s not a lot of difference between indiegogo and Kickstarter. Kickstarter also takes a slice of the collected funds.

  • Nivans

    I’m just so surprised that the cost is that high for a single character. I wonder how much it would actually be if it wasn’t a xbla/psn game.

  • Personally I’d prefer Marie or Mrs. Victoria to come out before Big Band. SkullGIRLS is one of the few games I own that has a completely female roster, which I take pride in.

  • CirnoLakes

    I’m personally looking forward to playing as Umbrella in a team with Peacock.


  • Christopher Nunes

    I think Bloody Marie should get in first before Big Band, seeing as I want to see more on her backstory and history in her own Story Mode (makes me wonder who her final boss would be? Double?).

    Anyway I’m looking forward to these guys!

    Oh by the way… I think they let it slip, but the character on the bottom right at the end that’s hulky and huge. They listed that silhouette as “Samson”… so that’s what Samson’s original form looked like? How the heck did something that huge attached itself to Filia’s head?

    • JustThisOne

      Probably Nancy, the last Skullgirl/Parasoul’s mommy. Samson, hm? Good catch!

      That just leaves a couple of people in the forth row that I’m missing then.. hmm…

      • Christopher Nunes

        That’s a good theory… hmmm, I wonder which of these shadows COULD be Nancy. Would be interesting if they included her at one point in the game series, even if said character is no longer alive in the story (then again Squigly is an undead so who knows).

        Yup, Samson, and the two to the left of him are those two girls from the final game’s ending (I think from Double’s or completing all of the main characters stories).

        I would love to see ALL of them in the Skullgirls games.

        Too bad there isn’t a contest where users can submit their own character to see if Lab Zero games could add them into the game as a “bonus” character. Then again, the winner would be lucky to get picked.

        • JustThisOne

          None of em are Nancy, I think. :3 Silouhette doesn’t fit. I tried to list all the ones I could recognize down below.

          As for the bonus character thing, if you go to the page and look at their rewards, you’ll notice that donating 1000 bucks lets you submit an npc to a stage. So… I guess that’s the closest you’ll get, haha. :’)

          • Christopher Nunes

            Unfortunately I don’t have $1000 AND it was already sold out on that option so… yeah, out of luck. :/

            Eh, what can you do?

  • Lazulis

    I like Marie a lot. Those huge figures make me hope it works out well for them. At least Squiggly!

    • CirnoLakes

      You like Marie.

      I like you.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Holy smokes… they’re at $122,743 already! I think in a few more hours they’ll hit their mark! I know I donated $30 dollars, but boy howdy! That’s quick! o_0

    EDIT: They hit the $126k rate already! Just a little bit more now!

  • raymk

    I want ms victoria so where do I throw my dough?

  • CirnoLakes

    Update. There’s an Annie character. I like her.

    I have now decided I have 4 favourite Skullgirls characters now. Those are Peacock, Marie, Umbrella, and Annie.

    If one of these make it high in the polls I’ll have a reason to donate.

  • Asura

    At this rate they will reach their goal in less than 24 hours. Which would be INCREDIBLE.

  • Mnstrzero00

    Spread across three games! I’m a huge Skullgirls fan but they need to finish the original game first.

  • Marie. Yeah. I like the idea of her entering the fray.

  • neetyneety

    Call me when they reveal that last one. His (or her?) silhouette has already won my heart. <3

    • heartless141

      it’s a her. there’s a ribbon on top :3

      • miju

        And that would be Filia’s legs while bound to Samson’s back.

    • miju

      That would be Samson.

  • NTaiyokun

    I think I see the anvil guy that’s w/ Peacock.

  • Xalsunwolf

    *One day later, 8:40am Pacific time…..*

    VICTORY!!!! First goal reached!


  • 7 characters in the initial release Skullgirls… 34 DLC CHARACTERS!!!? O_O

    • Brandon Dutko

      Nope. They’re only releasing, at most so far (if funded) 3 DLC characters.

      The other characters are planned to be in a sequel if there’s enough interest.

      Squigly is confirmed. Big Band is confirmed for after her. The last of the 3 is a character planned to be used in a sequel, but will be put in as a tease DLC if they get the funding.

  • Göran Isacson

    S-so many slick designs… cannot cope with all this potential awesome.

    As for the fanvote, I think I’d cast mine on Black Dahlia or Umbrella, they look like they’ve got the most potential for fun moves.

  • Is Big Band a girl?

    • Ixbran

      … no, hes confirmed as the games first male character

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