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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Gets New Promo Art, Starts Vote For Rival Genie Design



In a recent Kickstarter update, WayForward shared some new promo art for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which you can check out in the above image, as well as information on a vote for Shantae’s rival genie. They also mention working towards releasing a physical version of the game.


Here’s some more information from WayForward on the rival genie design vote:



It’s time for another vote! Remember that “Fire and Forget” Stretch Goal you all funded into existence? In that storyline, Shantae gets REPLACED as Scuttle Town’s Guardian Genie. To make matter’s worse, her replacement is snotty, stuck up, and none too easy to get along with. So – what’s this new genie going to look like? You can see all three of Matt’s rough sketches above, along with the cleaned up in-game sprite designs below. Which one strikes your fancy? Vote by clicking the link right here, and make your selections by May 13th, 11:59pm PDT. Let’s get voting!


Additionally, the developer revealed that it is in talks to create a physical release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.


We’ve received a ton of requests for physical versions of Shantae. Thing is, WayForward is a game developer and a digital publisher – but not an authorized retail publisher. In order to make physical copies of our games for stores, or distribute games in certain countries, console manufacturers require us to work with an authorized publishing partner. You’ve seen us do this before; Square Enix published LIT for WiiWare in Japan, Capcom distributed the original Shantae cartridge in the US, and more recently Intergrow released the boxed version of Pirate’s Curse in Japan for Nintendo 3DS.


Due to the success of Half-Genie Hero’s Kickstarter campaign – and the positive support from fans and press – we’ve been able to enter into discussions with top tier publishers to do the same for Half-Genie Hero. We’re extremely excited about this, but we also recognize that this might raise some questions from our Backers. So, here’s what you need to know!


WayForward is the game’s primary publisher, same as always. You’ll still receive your download codes from WayForward, along with all of the Backer Exclusive content.


The game’s content will not be impacted by this. Partners will be given a license to distribute the finished game as-is.


Any extra work required for these ports will be covered by the distribution partners, not taken from your pledges.


Please understand that WayForward is not the distributor of the physical versions, so we can’t offer backers any boxed copies.


Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will release for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.