American McGee latest fairytale mashup—in this case, a cocktail of Red Riding Hood infused with a feudal Japan flavor—is now playable on Steam through its Early Access program. With the free-to-play Akaneiro: Demon Hunters having undergone a successful Kickstarter campaign, it may seem weird to pay $10 for the privilege of playing the Steam beta, but Spicy Horse swears you'll get some cool stuff out of this deal.
Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
Greenlight, Steam's community-voted popularity contest, has revealed the fourth selection of games to make it through the service and win Steam eligibility. As usual it's a nice and broad selection of games, featuring everything from Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards to American McGee's latest project, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.
The Kickstarter page for free-to-play ARPG Akaneiro: Demon Hunters stated that American McGee's studio, Spicy Horse, ran "out of time and money" for final polishing. McGee evidently took umbrage with the media focus on that line, clarifying to Kotaku today that Akaneiro is "100 percent finished" and Spicy Horse has money to spare.
Spicy Horse, the Shangai developer founded by American McGee (of Quake and Alice fame), says it's "out of time and money" to finish polishing its free-to-play ARPG, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. Money buys time, or is time, or something like that, so McGee is asking for $200,000 on Kickstarter to port the PC/Mac game to tablets, build in co-op multiplayer, add an equipment crafting system, hire dedicated community managers, and bulk up the game with other, smaller features before release.
Veteran PC developer American McGee (of Alice and id Software fame) has unveiled Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. It's an isometric ARPG about Little Red Riding Hood fighting demons in feudal Japan. If none of that sounds interesting at all, you might just be a lost cause.