We tend to sporadically feature Kickstarter projects on here, sure. Most of the time, we base our choices off of personal preference or reader suggestions. This time, it’s 100% the former. Plus, who the hell doesn’t like Bad Dudes?
The Grand Rapids based team has already set themselves up for an impressive start. Number one? They’re actively listening to interested backers. Already, a major change has been announced; while the team originally decided against using pixel art and going the assumed “cliche route,” they’ve renounced that effort as complaints reigned supreme against the decision.
Another cool thing? They’ve actually got the license to make an official sequel. This isn’t one of the dozens of projects on Kickstarter that are blatantly “inspired” by another famous retro game; the company contacted the current rights holder and got full permission to go through with the project.
The problem? No big company would want to fund this kind of thing, apparently, and licensing IPs isn’t cheap. That’s why, of course, there’s now a Kickstarter project vying for anyone with enough common sense to pass a few bucks their way to get this thing made. And, from the sounds of it, you’ll definitely want this to happen. Why? Well, for starters, check out the description of what the team is aiming for:
“When Blade and Striker come out of retirement, we want them to do it in style. The Bad Dudes will still travel through a series of environments that have no chronological reasoning to them at all, in a 100% seemingly random fashion. They will still be fighting ninjas left and right, and they will still be tough, gruff, face smashing machines. Still wielding an array of different ninja weapons, they will fight on the top of several speeding somethings, cars, trucks, trains, planes, whatever!”
They’re promising an “award-winning story to touch your heart,” while also acknowledging that the last person to hear what that story turned their head and literally threw up, right then and there. There’s only one word to describe that: boss.
With 24 days to go and an $80,000 goal set, Pinstripe Games is looking towards anyone with a fondness for the original arcade title, a craving to save the president of the United States, or general dudes that are bad enough to front the roughly $78,000 remaining. Licensing fees, paying staff members, and living near Detroit is expensive and tough, so consider fronting a few bucks.
From the sounds of it, these guys know what they’re doing, and they have a huge fondness for the original game– they’ve even got the arcade cabinet stationed somewhere. One thing’s for sure: if I don’t get to find out what the fuck that disgustingly, awesomely described story is all about, I’ll be blaming it on you.
- Valve Employee Handbook Leaked