What made Hyper Light Drifter’s Kickstarter campaign so successful?
Perhaps the project hit at the perfect time as fans eagerly await Supergiant’s Transistor, a game with a similar look, feel and color palette.
Maybe it’s the genre: a 2D Action RPG game that likens itself to Diablo and Zelda: A Link to the Past, that tugged so perfectly at the nostalgia heartstrings and pocket books of its backers.
Sometimes letting the game speak for itself is all you need to garner the attention of large media outlets, the gaming community and the funds to propel your project forward. In Hyper Light Drifter‘s Kickstarter campaign, Alex Preston did just that; let the introductory video set the stage.
No slapstick comedy.
No “without your help…” pleading.
No celebrity endorsements.
Just gameplay and a terrific score by Will Wiesenfeld of BATHS Music.
Hyper Light Drifter, still very much a prototype, has already started to build a rabid fan base. Only 3 days in and backers are posting fan art and pushing for a Steam Greenlight page. Preston is playing it smart, the goals are not about lofty gameplay mechanics and features, but about fine tuning and refinement. Things like additional animators, SFX professionals and assistant programmers make the
list. In fact, support has been so overwhelming that Preston was forced to updated the original stretch goals to accommodate quadrupling the original $27k asking price.
HLD still has a long way to go to hit it’s mid 2014 launch goal, however with the abundance of support, Preston’s passion for the project and ability to “keep it real”, we wish them the best in their creation.
Consider it backed.
To find out more about Hyper Light Drifter visit their Kickstarter campaign page.