Sonic Mania co-developer Stealth and his team at Headcannon began their crowdsourcing campaign today to bring the original project Vertebreaker, which was among SAGE’s most well-received projects this year, from the boneyard back to life.
— Head_cannon (@Head_cannon) October 31, 2019
The $275,000 base goal will ensure production of six levels, a boss and mini-boss for each, several extra modes like Time Attack and Boss Rush, and deployment on all major computer platforms such as Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. Stretch goals include a custom level editor, and a port to the Nintendo Switch.
So far, the response has been modest. As of this article’s publication, more than 100 backers have pledged more than $4,000 toward the goal, more than one percent of the way there.
On the Kickstarter page, the team explains why they’ve set such a lofty goal:
We know that you may have come to expect lower funding goals, even when the campaign ends up earning many times what was asked for. For you, we have shaved every cent possible from our minimum goal, and can only otherwise offer an explanation.
We’re just now starting a brand-new game with a brand-new IP from scratch; what you see in the demo is everything that the game currently is, which comparatively isn’t much. We have no capital with which to fund any further development, and we’d rather bring this game directly to you rather than subject ourselves and our game to the complications and risks of outside stakeholders. We want to focus heavily on the development of this game so that it can be completed in a reasonable span of time, with some of us working on it full-time.
We want to bring this game to you as promised, which is why we can’t risk setting the goal any lower. The price reflects cost-of-living for the current 8 team members for the duration of development, plus Kickstarter and Stripe fees, as well as income tax.
Given that, this is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if the goal isn’t met, your pledge is returned and nothing is lost!
You can learn more about Stealth’s road to Vertebreaker in our Final Focus feature on TSSZ Plus.