Yatagarasu Smashes Funding Targets

Yatagarasu Smashes Funding Targets

The Indiegogo-funded fighting game from ex-SNK veterans has met not only its initial target, but an important stretch goal, too.

You may recall that a while back, a band of ex-SNK developers launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their "dream project" -- a 2D fighter called Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm. Today, the funding drive reached its goal and looks set to enjoy a strong final few days.

Attack on Cataclysm is an expanded version of the 2D fighting game Yatagarasu, which the team has been working on as a pet project for the last six years. You can actually download and play Yatagarasu in its current Japanese form right now -- it's part of a great doujin bundle from Groupees at the time of writing -- but Attack on Cataclysm seeks to, among other things, bring the game to the West with a full translation to English.

Yatagarasu's fighting mechanics tend to be compared to Street Fighter III, since it includes parrying mechanics, user-selectable super moves and similar move sets. Its character illustrations are the work of Toshiyuki Kotani, a Japanese artist better known as "styleos" who has previously worked on several King of Fighters titles along with Cave's danmaku shooters Mushihimesama and Pink Sweets prequel Ibara.

One of the more noteworthy features of Yatagarasu is its real-time color commentary system, with the Japanese-language commentary coming from well-known Japanese fighting game community personalities Tokido, KSK and Kokujin. The aforementioned Indiegogo campaign -- the work of PC doujin games specialist Nyu Media -- is, among other things, seeking funding for a full localization of the game, including this dynamic commentary system. The English-language color commentary will be provided by American fighting game community personalities Maximilian Christiansen, James Chen and UltraDavid, most of whom you'll likely recognize if you're an active follower of fighting games as eSports.

Attack on Cataclysm broke through its $68,000 funding goal early this morning, but a matter of hours later it continued on to smash its first stretch goal of $73,000. This was an important target to reach, as it means Attack on Cataclysm will now incorporate the Good Game, Peace Out (GGPO) middleware technology to minimize lag in online matches -- likely welcome news to those who take their online play seriously. Since then, it has also broken through the $75,000 barrier, which means an additional song will be added to the game's soundtrack.

At the time of writing, there are 66 hours left to run on Attack on Cataclysm's Indiegogo campaign. If you'd like to pitch in and get your hands on some good rewards -- or simply show your support for a promising-looking new 2D fighter -- then be sure to check out the campaign page here, and don't forget as mentioned above the Japanese version of Yatagarasu is part of Groupees' currently running "Let's Build a Doujin Bundle!" deal along with some other excellent titles of Japanese origin.

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