Spicy Horse takes to Kickstarter for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, clarifies business model

By Stephany Nunneley
4 January 2013 16:19 GMT

American McGee’s Spicy Horse has launched its Kickstarter for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters – the developer’s take on the story of Red Riding Hood.

While the free-to-play plans were “shelved” according to a report earlier this week, the project’s Kickstarter page clearly states it is a “free to play ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action.”

Luckily, the firm has clarified the game’s business model to avoid any further confusion on the matter:

  • The game will be free to play
  • There will be a number of free maps players can play
  • The exact number of free maps will be determined in the upcoming open beta
  • Additional content will be available for purchase
  • This additional content can also be purchased by accruing the in-game currency, karma
  • Other items for sale will be cosmetic items and karma packs

With 29 days to go, the title already has 100 backers who have pledged $4,980 toward the $200,000 goal.

More information can be found through the Kickstarter portal page, and the project video below.

Akaneiro has been in development since mid-2011, and a closed beta has been running since November 2012. Target platforms are PC, Mac OS X, Android/iOS tablets with both the dedicated PC client and web version entering open beta sometime this month.

The game is also currently sitting at number 3 in the top 100 on Steam Greenlight.

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