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American McGee turns to Kickstarter for free-to-play action RPG

Akaneiro: Demon Hunter is out of money and needs a boost

American McGee's Shanghai-based studio Spicy Horse has launched a Kickstarter for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, an action RPG already in development. According to the Kickstarter page, the game has been in development since 2011, with a closed beta beginning in November 2012 and an open beta planned for this month.

Spicy Horse is looking for $200,000 to add more features and finish the title. The game was planned for PC and Mac, but the backing will allow for Android and iOS versions. Other features include co-op multiplayer, equipment crafting system, and improved community support.

“Because the project is in an advanced development state, the bulk of the risk has been overcome already. Bringing a faithful version to tablets will present some challenges, but with support from technology partners like Nvidia, we expect to clear those without too much pain. The remaining effort will be focused on content development and delivery of well-understood features. That being the case, we feel the overall risks are quite low,” states the company in their Kickstarter.

The game is currently #3 on Valve's Steam Greenlight as well.

“We've come a long way with a relatively small (but passionate) team. Unfortunately, we've reached the limit of what our resources allow, but the game has not reached the limits of awesome we're determined to hit. We want to be able to commit the time and team members we need to add vital missing features and apply proper polish,” said Spicy Horse on the game's Greenlight page.

The Kickstarter currently has 460 backers with $18,412 in funding.

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.