So, this is a pretty satisfying feeling – the Kickstarter got funded before I could even get a post up about its launch. That’s an amazing accomplishment, and we should all be proud.
But it’s far from over yet! There are still some major stretch goals to meet. I never had any doubt that the first two would get met, but after seeing today’s results, I’m even more optimistic about the $600,000 Codex goal. I don’t know how much of Integral Works they plan to translate, but if you’ve never seen what’s in there, the sheer amount of info will blow you away. As for the $700,000 fandiscs goal, I was pretty skeptical, and to be honest I still think it’s not a done deal yet, but there is room for optimism there now too.
And there’s more! The video on the Kickstarter page makes it clear that if things go well, they are definitely thinking of bringing their other games over. Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Schwarzesmarken, and a brief picture of The Day After are all featured, but seeing as how I’ve spent the last three years talking about Total Eclipse on this blog, I am definitely most excited about the prospect of bringing that game over. If you watched the anime, then this is your chance to see the amazing ending to that story. Nobody’s arm needs to be twisted on this – Ixtl and Degica are absolutely ready to go beyond Alternative and release all their other games. All they need is to see this Kickstarter be a success.
So don’t let the quick funding of the games lure you into thinking the Kickstarter’s over. This is not a standalone project – the higher the final tally, the more enthusiasm we’ll build for future projects. So if you haven’t already, hit up the Kickstarter and pledge some money. You’ll be getting an amazing story, and you’ll be paving the way for other amazing stories down the road. I won’t be satisfied until I see Total Eclipse here, in English, the entire story available to fans.
(I got into the Kickstarter early enough to see the $5000 tier still available. And, for the briefest of moments, my mouse hovered over it. Oh, it hovered over it. The biggest prize in the land was mine for the taking, if I only had the courage to click . . .)